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We're doing a few player interviews today at the Butts-Mehre, with Malcolm Mitchell due in shortly.
I wouldn't normally do the live thread for such things, but the beat brigade is set up with tweets and updates, so I will as well.
There will be various updates on the live thread throughout the day (and on front page, of course).
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That is awesome. Can't wait for him to get back healthy and catching tons of passes again.
He has the ability to be a dual threat for us playing DB too.
He said he is ok with it.
Hope you get to ask him about it.
Art Schlichter's cellmates and Mo Clarett's rugby team believe Ohio State always does things honestly.....
Mitchell on the cornerback move
"I've been working on defense a little bit, trying to figure out if that does happen what role I'll play. ... During spring practice, they're going to let me try it. I don't know.
"I'll definitely still play (offense) no matter what.
"I'm excited. It's something I want to do, not something that just popped up. I actually approached them (after the Outback Bowl). ... The incident that happened when we lost a couple of corners, that just made it more to think about."
"I don't want to come off the field."
Mitchell on playing both sides of the ball ...
"I will put in the work to make sure I can physically withstand it all."
Asked about Champ Bailey playing 100 snaps in a game ...
"I want 101."
Thats cool, because the longer he stays on the field I have the feeling the better our chances of winning gets!
Mitchell: "I've been working out with DBs for a couple of weeks just trying to get it back down. I haven't played it seriously in about a year."
"We've got a lot of great receivers.
"I feel like we've got other receivers that can back it up just as good as I would."
Mitchell clear on the CB move that he wants to do it ...
"It's something I feel strongly about and really want to do."
He plans to still play offense, but he's clear that his reps at WR will go down if this goes through as they're playing.
Mitchell says he's not going to run a rematch with Keith Marshall ...
"I'm going to let him soak in his glory now. He's working hard. He's a good player. But it won't happen again. He can run. I'll give him that."
Mitchell says mat drills have been tough ...
"EVerybody on the team comes. Injured people do stuff. Everyone's doing something."
Mitchell says the defensive thing won't keep him from returning kicks if that option is there
"I want to do it all if they'll let me."
Mitchell asked about Harvey-Clemons ...
"Valdosta has become, I think, a Georgia town (with new recruits from there) ... If I go home, that's all I'll see."
Richard Samuel is up next ...
Samuel asked immediately about fullback ...
"It's been up in the air, but from when I've talked to Coach Richt and Coach McClendon, I'm strictly tailback."
Samuel (sharp kid) explaining that he doubts he'll be used as a lead blocker, but there could be some two RB sets where he is in the there with another tailback.
Samuel: "If it came about, I wouldn't mind (trying fullback)."
Samuel on Crowell ...
"He's grown and learned from things that happened ... He's working toward a goal instead of going through the motions."
Samuel on Keith Marshall ...
"He's a good guy. He works hard. He seems like he wants to learn a lot. He's always talking to me about plays and getting ready for spring practice."
Samuel says he's about 235 pounds right now and keeping it steady
"This offseason it's more we're looking at things as it's our team, it's our time. ... We've gotten back on the map. We did good, but have to do better."
Samuel said he wound up having two different surgical procedures on the ankle he hurt against Florida last season.
"It was real tough," he said.
He was not 100 percent in bowl but will be for spring
"I just want a healthy season."
Samuel is so far ahead academically that he's basically just taking internships now and will "have a full year focusing on football."
Says he'll intern this summer in football office with Gantt.
More from Samuel on Crowell ...
"It seems like he's more focused. I feel like he knows what it takes to get there and what it takes to prepare."
And Marshall ...
"He's way ahead of the curve learning all the plays. ... I feel like he has a real good jump on everyone who's coming in this summer."
Samuel says he wants to contribute more on special teams. Says that didn't happen last year because lack of depth at tailback, but that's not the case in 2012.
Arthur Lynch in now ...
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