Richt predicts more contributions from Mitchell, Scott-Wesley

Head coach Mark Richt expects to see receiver Malcolm Mitchell against Missouri.
Head coach Mark Richt expects to see receiver Malcolm Mitchell against Missouri.

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

Georgia coach Mark Richt believes the Bulldogs’ long-sidelined receivers are ready to contribute on Saturday. Really. He promises.

Richt said as much before the Bulldogs played Vanderbilt this past Saturday. Both players dressed out but only Malcolm Mitchell entered the game and then for only four plays.

Justin Scott-Wesley, as Richt revealed Wednesday, had a cut in the web of skin between the thumb and forefinger that required stitches and was scratched in pregame warmups.

“Malcolm seems to be more confident than a week ago,” Richt said. “Justin Scott-Wesley this week is catching the ball well. Last week he had stitches in his hand and a brace and all that. That’s part of the reason he didn’t play.

“My prediction is they’ll both play. That’s my prediction. I was wrong last week.”

Richt explained that Scott-Wesley at first had a small cut on his hand two weeks ago and it got worse while catching multiple balls in practice.

“Sometimes that happens to a receiver when a hot ball comes at you and hits it just right,” Richt said. “… It fileted him a little bit and he had to have it stitched up.”

Mitchell was targeted twice against Vanderbilt. He was unable to run down a good pass on a deep fly route and caught an 11-yard pass over the middle. Richt said Mitchell was almost scratched from playing plans during warmup last Saturday but seems infintiely more ready to play this week, physically and mentally.

“He brings energy,” Richt said. “You can tell he’s excited. I think last week khe was practicing hard and I didn’t think much about it. But (this week) he just seems very confident and I think he’s excited about playing. I think he got just enough of a taste.”

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