UGA cornerback Malcolm Mitchell will miss the team's season opener against Buffalo with a sprained ankle.
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WHO: Buffalo at Georgia
WHAT: 2012 season opener for both.
WHEN: 12:21 p.m. today.
TV: SEC Network.
RADIO: In Albany— 1450 AM or 103.5 FM; Americus — 98.7 FM or 1390 AM; Donalsonville — 106.3 FM; Moultrie 93.9 FM or 1300 AM.
LINE: Bulldogs by 38 points.
ATHENS — Mark Richt knows Georgia fans will be eager to see freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall when the No. 6 Bulldogs open their season against Buffalo today.
The coach promises fans will get their wish.
“I think everybody wants to see them run the ball out there between the hedges when it counts in a real ballgame,” Richt said of Gurley and Marshall. “There’s no doubt they’ll get in the game.”
Georgia also announced Friday the Bulldogs will be without cornerback Malcolm Mitchell, who will miss the game with a sprained left ankle. Mitchell suffered the injury in Thursday’s practice.
Mitchell was one of the team’s top receivers as a freshman last season. He moved to defense in the spring. He was expected to play on offense, defense and special teams as a return specialist today. Mitchell’s status for next week’s Southeastern Conference opener at Missouri was not known.
The loss of Mitchell puts more pressure on the offense, including the young tailbacks.
Many freshmen running backs struggle with pass-blocking, a skill few had to learn in high school. Richt said that will be a key for Gurley (6-1, 218) and Marshall (5-11, 216).
Buffalo, from the Mid-American Conference, is coming off a 3-9 season that included a 41-10 loss at Tennessee. The Bulls have never beaten an SEC team.
“Really, we’ve got nothing to lose,” said Jeff Quinn, who is beginning his third season as Buffalo’s coach. “We go down for the national exposure to play against a great team like Georgia.”
Buffalo is led by running back Branden Oliver, a junior who set a school record with 1,395 yards rushing in 2011. The Bulls’ top linebacker, Khalil Mack, is suspended for one game for a violation of team rules.