Pulling Two Shifts?

ATHENS - Coach Mark Richt hinted at the potential for Malcolm Mitchell to pull double duty in spring practice during a teleconference Thursday.

"I know people have been talking about Malcolm Mitchell and `could he end up playing both ways?' Quite frankly, we're going to experiment with that a little bit and see how much he can handle learning some cornerback," Richt said.

The need for help at corner was created by the dismissal of Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders in January. The secondary currently boasts Sanders Commings (suspended two games), Branden Smith, Damian Swann, Devin Bowman and Blake Sailors at cornerback. Sheldon Dawson, the lone recruit at the position in the 2012 class, will join the team in June.

Mitchell played defense and offense at Valdosta High and was ranked the No. 7 cornerback in the nation in the 2011 class before choosing to play wide receiver in college.

He had 45 catches for 665 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman in 2011.

-- As for another talked-about position chance, Richt downplayed the significance of where rising sophomore Ray Drew lines up.

"Here's the thing about our defense – it's very versatile," Richt said. "A guy at one time who might be standing up as a linebacker the next play he's got his hand on the ground rushing the passer. The flexibility of that has been going on since (defensive coordinator) Todd (Grantham) came in and did that. The bottom line is we're going to play everybody on any given game or any given personnel grouping."

Drew played outside linebacker last season, recording at least one tackle in four different games. His growing body has led some to forecast a move to defensive end to be in his best interest.

-- Richt also provided his reasons for suspending senior defensive back Sanders Commings two games before his court date (March 22).

"We're not going to have that kind of behavior," Richt said. "We don't condone it. There's always circumstances that some people know or don't know. I wasn't there. I certainly don't know exactly for sure what happened, but I've got enough information to feel comfortable that he didn't behave as well as he should and he's going to have to live out a consequence for that."

Commings was arrested Jan. 21 for domestic violence.

-- It's no secret that Georgia and Richt have been discussing a contract extension, but Richt isn't worried about when the deal will be finalized.

"It's going to happen in due time," Richt. "I don't have any anxiety at all. There's some different language in there. I don't even know how to describe it but when you rewrite a contract, there's just things that everybody's got to feel comfortable with. We're just ironing out all those little things. It's just more crossing your t's and dotting your i's type stuff together on our discussions."

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