Spring Day Three: The Rundown

ATHENS - Take a look at Dawg Post's rundown of Saturday's Spring football practice.

1. Malcolm Mitchell is out for the remainder of Spring practice after sustaining a left leg injury during practice on Tuesday, Georgia announced Saturday. It's nothing to worry about, though, due to the fact Georgia is still in Spring practice. However, it's noteworthy.

After all, Mitchell did have ACL surgery last fall. Nonetheless, Ron Courson, Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine expects Mitchell to have a full recovery by the start of the team's Fall Camp in August. Mark Richt didn't have much to say on the matter, but he was optimistic about the wideout's eventual return.

"We're trying to keep it vague, but the good news is we think he'll be ready by the summer time," Richt said.

Richt said it's likely Mitchell sustained the injury during the fundamental portion of Tuesday's practice, meaning it happened during a non-contact drill. Richt expects Mitchell to be his same game-changing self when he returns to practice.

"He can jump, he can change directions very quickly; he can go zero to 60 faster than most human beings," Richt said. "He's a super strong kid."

2. Quayvon Hicks is a bruiser with evident blocking skills, but the fullback has recently started taking reps at tight end.

"From the short time he's been playing tight end, he's been doing some really good things," Richt said.

At 6-foot-2, 257 pounds, the Blackshear, Ga. native has a little extra height for a fullback, which could help him haul in passes if the opportunity appears.

"He's really got a pretty decent knack for route-running," Richt said. "I think he's got the skill-set to do both (fullback and tight end) of them really well."

3. Hutson Mason is looking strong in his first Spring as the first-team quarterback. He really seems to have command of this Georgia offense. I've only seen short stints in open media periods, but Richt has had nothing but good things to say about his starter.

"Hutson is on it," Richt said. "You can just see he's on his game."

Richt doesn't short change Mason's backups, though. While Faton Bauta is currently the next man in line due to his experience with the offense, Richt spoke highly of Brice Ramsey today. While Ramsey is seemingly the third man in the rotation, Richt has taken note of his arm strength.

"Brice is getting there, you know," Richt said. "You'll just stand there and see him make some throws that are impressive."

4. Mark Beard's decision to leave, then eventually stay was a bit premature in Richt's opinion. However, he's never given the staff a problem. The conversation about Beard's near departure arose today during Richt's press conference, and Richt gave a few reasons why the thought of leaving might have crossed the offensive guard's mind.

"I think it was a culmination of not playing a lot last year, and the MAT drills in the morning," Richt said. "It wasn't a wise thing. I wasn't shocked he decided to come back. We've never had a problem with Mark Beard."

5. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall continue to make quick recoveries. While still wearing a green, non-contact jersey, Marshall has been getting after it as much as possible. He's still not doing anything competitive, but Gurley hasn't had any limits.

"Gurley's doing everything. It looks like he's really working himself into some better condition," Richt said. "He's just feeling more confident, I guess. I'm seeing less and less something was wrong along the way."

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