Mitchell, JSW poised to make season Debut

ATHENS - Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was little hesitant Tuesday to say for sure that wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley would make their debuts Saturday against Vanderbilt.

A day later, Richt said: “They’ll definitely play. There shouldn’t be any setback tomorrow but we’ve had some Thursdays where bad things have happened. If there’s no setback at all then I would think they’ll both play.”

Both players wore non-contact jerseys Wednesday, but looked game ready going through drills early in the practice.

“I don’t know for sure how many plays they’ll play, but we’re planning on them playing,” Richt said. “By no means are they perfectly polished and all that.”

Richt said Mitchell and Scott-Wesley have “fresher legs” than the rest of the team.

Mitchell, who had 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns in his first two seasons, hasn’t played since tearing an ACL in the opener last year against Clemson celebrating a touchdown. He then underwent arthroscopic surgery on the eve of preseason camp.

Scott-Wesley last played on Oct. 5 last season when he tore an ACL against Tennessee. He had 16 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns in five games last year. He was later arrested on a marijuana charge and has served a suspension while also slowed by an ankle injury.

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