"The good news is we think he'll be ready by the summertime to be working and be 100 percent by the time camp starts," coach Mark Richt said after Saturday's third practice of the spring. "A lot of times the big question is, is that going to happen or not? We don't think it will cost him the season at all or even any camp for that matter."
Malcolm Mitchell had started limited practice work this week, doing non-contact drills when the team was doing fundamental work.
Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said in a Georgia release that Mitchell is still expected to have a full recovery by August preseason practices. The injury was described as just a leg injury.
"Yeah, we're trying to keep it vague," Richt said.
Mitchell has 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns in his college career.
Mitchell dealt with injuries even before the ACL injury.
He missed the G-Day spring game last spring after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, missed the 2012 opener with a sprained ankle and missed three games in 2011 due to a hamstring injury.
"He can go from zero to 60 faster than most human beings," Richt said. "Because of that sometimes it puts pressure on your muscles and your joints and all that kind of thing. I think that's part of it. He's a strong, strong guy."
Gurley looks ‘more like Gurley'
So far, so good for Todd Gurley.
How much the junior star running back would be available this spring was a question before practices began after ankle and hip injuries last season and not doing anything in mat drills this winter due to what Gurley said were leg issues.
Guess what? Richt said Gurley has done everything so far in practice and told one of his assistant coaches on Saturday that Gurley is working himself into better condition.
"It looks like he's just feeling more confident, I guess, would be the way to say it," Richt said. "He's cutting each direction well. I'm seeing less and less issues that something was wrong somewhere along the way. He looks more like Gurley. He's not in a tip-top condition like he was starting the season a year ago, yet. But he's getting there."
Georgia practiced in "shells"—shoulder pads and helmets—on Saturday, but has yet to go full pads.
More offensive line depth?
Richt offered this up on Saturday: "I don't know if we've got two full lines that can play but we're getting closer to that around here, which is a good thing."
Dantzler, a senior, has experience playing guard.
"It's kind of mixed emotions," said the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Dantzler. "Just kind of doing what the coaches asked me to do. They asked me to play tackle. Going out there, giving it my best. I haven't played that since kind of freshman, sophomore year. It's not too bad. At least I don't have to block Jarvis (Jones). That's a plus."
This and that
Mike MacDonald, a defensive graduate assistant at Georgia since the spring of 2011, is joining the Baltimore Ravens' staff as a coaching intern. He helped Georgia with its recruiting efforts after all four defensive coaches left following last season. He first joined the staff in 2010 as a student assistant.
Tailback Keith Marshall continues to practice in a non-contact jersey as he returns from a torn ACL. "He's been doing some change of direction things not in a competitive situation," Richt said. "We don't really want him to do anything competitive right now, but it's good to see him moving well."
Richt said he likes what he's seen from redshirt freshman tailback A.J. Turman so far. "He looks like he's in great condition. He's practice very hard, and he's practicing harder, longer than a couple of the other guys, I think, because he's in really good condition."