Mitchell and JSW Back at It

ATHENS - Nobody may be happier to see Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley back in the fold at wide receiver for Georgia than Michael Bennett and Chris Conley.

“It’s awesome to have those guys back just because practice reps and game reps for me and Conley has just been overkill,” said Bennett, who leads the team with 14 catches for 147 yards. “Just to have another couple of guys out there to help us out is going to help a lot.”

Bennett said he typically may play 45 to 50 snaps a game, but with the position depleted he’s played as many as 65 to 70.

“You’re dying out there,” Bennett said. “It’s good to have guys to give you a break.”

That includes in practice.

“The added depth alone makes practice better," said Conley, the senior receiver, said after Tuesday's practice. "We were able to roll more groups, we were able to do more plays with the second unit.”

Mitchell and Scott-Wesley practiced in non-contact jerseys on Tuesday. Scott-Wesley has been practicing while serving a suspension, but Mitchell had not before this week after arthroscopic knee surgery in late July. Receiver Jonathon Rumph is “probably doubtful,” with a pulled hamstring, coach Mark Richt said, Rumph was on the side Tuesday early in practice.

Regarding Mitchell and Scott-Wesley, Richt said both will play barring a setback and by Thursday coaches will know “whether or not it’s just play ball or we better be strategic.”

Scott-Wesley dealt with an ankle injury at one time while out.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Mitchell didn't go the entire practice but looked good.

“He’s a guy who still looks extremely explosive," Conley said. "Obviously they’ll sometimes limit what he does, but when he wants to go and when they give him the go, he can go. That’s good to see.”

Bobo was cautious in his appraisal.

“I don’t even know if those two are going to play yet,” said Bobo, noting that any swelling in Mitchell’s knee will play a factor. “That’s yet to be determined. We haven’t said that they’re going to play on Saturday yet. We’ll hopefully know by Thursday whether they’re going or not. It doesn’t matter who is out there, if we call a pass whether it’s drop-back of play-action, we’ve got to execute with who is on the field.”

Conley and Bennett can focus more on running intermediate routes and “go back to their normal positions and fill their roles that they’re normally used to,” quarterback Hutson Mason said.

Mason said Georgia is using some different names for different routes that Scott-Wesley and Mitchell will have to absorb.

“Can they make it through a whole game?” Mason said. “I asked Justin if that was going to be a problem and he said he’s been running some extra sprints on the sidelines and stuff. We’ll just see how it goes.”

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