Richt said Boykin told him while the Bulldogs were having volunteer workouts last summer that Mitchell “might be the best receiver and DB we’ve got.” But regardless of how good Mitchell may look on defense, Richt doesn’t see him becoming a full-time player there.
“I don’t think that would happen,” Richt said. “I don’t think he’d want to do that. I think he’s enjoying playing receiver and making plays on offense.
Richt added: “I don’t want it to be a bigger story than it is. Somebody just asked me the question. Who knows? Like I said, if it’s going to help us win, we’ll do it. But how much and all that kind of thing, we’ve got some pretty good DBs around here. I don’t know if he can beat those guys out.”
Marshall among standouts
Speaking of good defensive backs, Richt identified freshman Nick Marshall as one of the Bulldogs’ reserves who could make an impact in the future.
“Nick’s really been getting after it at the cornerback position,” Richt said. “He’s been very difficult for anybody to shake in one-on-ones and pass skel and scout-team 11-on-11, that type of thing. He’s caught my eye. He’s a guy that’s a lot more ready today than he was a couple of months ago.”
Georgia is going to lose Boykin to graduation, and Smith, a junior, is considering an early jump to the NFL. If Smith leaves, it would leave Sanders Commings as the only cornerback with any significant experience. Freshman Damian Swann and redshirt sophomore Jordan Love are backups this season. Freshmen Chris Sanders and Devin Bowman were recruited to play the position.
Punter Drew Butler returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since spraining his left (non-kicking) ankle Dec. 10, when he slipped wearing tuxedo shoes before the Senior Gala. “It wasn’t really that big of a deal,” Butler said. “It was mainly for precautionary reasons. We wanted to be 100 percent for the Tampa trip, and that’s exactly what happened. So I’m ready to go.”
Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (ankle) was not. He sat out Tuesday’s workout, but is expected to practice before the week ends.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday he’s still awaiting word from the SEC office about the Bulldogs’ 2012 football schedule. Preliminary reports have Georgia dropping Alabama, playing at Missouri in the second week and facing South Carolina in October. ... McGarity said Richt’s contract extension should be finalized “at some point after we get back.” ... The Bulldogs practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday morning at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium. It’s normally a soccer field. ... Georgia players visited children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.