Thursday, March 22, 2012
Day 2: UGA spring practice
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- With Day 2 of Georgia’s spring practice in the books, Malcolm Mitchell’s transition to cornerback was the main subject reporters discussed Wednesday with the Bulldogs’ defensive players who participated in post-practice interviews.
Although Mitchell himself joked that he doesn’t know what he’s doing yet when it comes to executing Georgia’s defensive scheme -- “There’s so many calls, I don’t know what they’re talking about, but all the guys help me,” he said -- his teammates complimented the moonlighting receiver on the way he’s adjusting.
“It’s early, but Malcolm has learned a lot in the first three days we’ve been going over football,” rising sophomore cornerback Damian Swann said.
Like with Mitchell’s springtime shift from receiver, other players’ transitions into new or greater roles are also closely watched storylines.
* Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington continued to work as defensive ends in the early practice periods that were open to the media, although Drew later said he and Washington still work at outside linebacker, as well.
“It’s moreso depending on what we’re working on that day,” Drew said. “If we’re working on a lot more base stuff, me and Cornelius might be working a little more inside. If we’re working a lot more nickel, we might be working with Coach [Todd] Grantham on the outside edge or something like that. So depending on what our plan is for that day and what all they plan on putting in the playbook, that’s what we’ll go by.”
* Although redshirt freshmen are not available for post-practice interviews this spring, speedy receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is still the subject of lots of media attention.
Scott-Wesley, who is also sprinting on Georgia’s track team this spring, could potentially bring the same speed element to Georgia’s passing game that Mitchell supplied last season. He worked with the second-team offense in the portion of practice that was open to the media on Wednesday.
“I’ll come out and just be the speed guy -- stretch the field and make plays downfield and not try to get outside of myself and not really call for the ball all the time,” Scott-Wesley told DawgNation last month. “As a receiver, you want the ball, but us having a deep group, I understand my role. I just come in and do whatever the coaches want me to and just fit in wherever I fit in.”
* The starting offensive line remained the same in the media-friendly portion of practice No. 2: Kentarious Gates at left tackle, Kolton Houston at left guard, David Andrews at center, Chris Burnette at right guard and Watts Dantzler at right tackle.
* Safety Bacarri Rambo flashed the catching ability during defensive back drills that helped him rank among the national leaders with eight interceptions last season.
He made a phenomenal diving catch inches off the ground in one individual drill and then caught a ball tipped by Shawn Williams in another drill and tapped both feet down inbounds before stepping onto the sideline.
“I’ve still got a little ball skills,” Rambo said with a laugh when two reporters told him they were watching those plays. “I had to go back to those high school days.”
The Bulldogs are scheduled to return to the Woodruff Practice Fields at 4:05 p.m. Thursday for their third practice of the spring.