For weeks, Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell has been in some sort of football limbo when it comes to his position. He started off the season as a cornerback, but has moved back and forth between corner and receiver.
Now, he finds himself back on offense with the Bulldogs visiting South Carolina on Saturday.
Mitchell has slowly been moving back to wide receiver, but the season-ending injury to Michael Bennett has Mitchell permanently back on offense. He starred for the Bulldogs there as a freshman last year, and expect more of the old Mitchell to show up this weekend.
After a rusty return to wide receiver against Tennessee last weekend, Mitchell should regain his offensive legs this weekend in Columbia, S.C. Losing Bennett was a big blow to Georgia's offense, but the silver lining is that the Bulldogs' most talented wide receiver will return to the field for more action.
And he gets to do it against a South Carolina secondary that has yet to really be tested this season. With all of his time devoted to offense this week, Mitchell should be able to make quite a few plays against this Gamecocks defense. He can be used in the run game as well, where he'll showcase his tremendous speed and elusiveness. Expect fewer east-west runs from Mitchell this time around.
But where he'll really be effective is in the passing game, where he'll be able to stretch the field for quarterback Aaron Murray. The Bulldogs are going to want to test this secondary early, and Mitchell will more than help with that. He proved to be one of the SEC's best deep threats last season and should show some of that flash Saturday.
With Tavarres King and Marlon Brown both having strong years, it will be hard for South Carolina's secondary to just key in on Mitchell. The Gamecocks will have to prepare for all three and have to keep tabs on all three. And it won't be easy.
Expect Mitchell to have a big day at receiver for the Bulldogs this weekend.