Mitchell Logging Hours in Film Room

ATHENS - Malcom Mitchell has already watched film of Georgia's first two opponents — Buffalo and Missouri.

Mitchell is set to primarily play cornerback early this season, but he's studied both teams' offenses and defenses.

"Just in case," he said with a chuckle.

Mitchell, an explosive receiver for Georgia as a freshman last year, is helping out in a secondary missing at least Commings.

"I expect Sanders to come back and play his spot that he's been playing for a couple of years," Mitchell said. "I'm stepping into help. If the coaches want me to stay there, I'll stay there."

Richt said that probably 10 days before the Buffalo game, Mitchell could be integrated again into a "few things" offensively.

"We're not going to expect him to play every play, but I do want him to be available to play offense as early as the first game," Richt said. "As the season rolls on, I think that will increase."

Samuel is Bulldogs' busiest running back

Richard Samuel is the busiest running back on the Bulldogs' roster.

That's because he's getting more practice snaps than the rest of the tailbacks and fullbacks because he's working at both tailback and fullback.

"He's kind of doing double duty right now," Richt said. "We had a good discussion on that with him just the other day. The thing about playing two positions is it's difficult if you're talking about (defensive back) and wide receiver with Malcolm. …Even in run polish, (Samuel will) get some tailback reps and then jump in there with another group and get a fullback rep. He's probably getting twice the work of the other backs right now, but he's in good condition and he wants to know both."

Meanwhile, freshman tailback Todd Gurley was tested in practice Saturday morning in a pass-protection drill against Ogletree.

"He was struggling like a freshman would, but as the drill went on he got better," Richt said. "He was just kind of grinning knowing that he's got a ways to go, but he also knows how important it is and he wants to be good at it."

Andrews impresses as linemen square off

In a one-on-one drill early in Saturday's practice, center David Andrews bested big nose guard John Jenkins. That drew accolades for ‘Boss,' as his teammates call the sophomore.

Andrews is listed at 6-2 and 295 pounds. Jenkins is 6-3 and 358.

"It's not that unusual or that bad for a guy that height to be your center," Richt said. "He's very smart. That center must be able to make the calls and get everybody moving in the right direction. …If you're quick and you get your hands and feet where they're supposed to be and you run them with enthusiasm and you know what you're doing, you can play center."

Defensive end Ray Drew may have gotten the better of tackle Kenarious Gates in two matchups in the drill.

"K.G.'s a great player," Drew said. "Then again, it is only the third day of practice, so we'll have to see a little bit a long the line."

Freshman lineman John Taylor got an earful from demanding defensive line coach Rodney Garner during the first practice in shoulder pads of the preseason.

Quick hits

The Bulldogs' arrival on the practice field Saturday was pushed back due to a lightning strike in the area. The team eventually practiced in mostly light rain.

For the second straight day, Richt heaped praise on freshmen outside linebackers Josh Dawson, Jordan Jenkins and James Deloach. "They're really good-looking football players," Richt said. "Really, really athletic. They're all 255, 270-range, athletic, eager to just strike somebody."

Drew, who throws the discus for the Georgia track team, on former Bulldog Reese Hoffa winning a bronze medal in the shotput: "I'm proud for that. He brought a medal back to Georgia." Drew said he talks to Hoffa just about every day during track season when Hoffa trains in Athens.


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