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Murray raves about Mitchell

7/21/2011

HOOVER, Ala. -- The freshman who has generated most of the buzz heading into this season at Georgia is running back Isaiah Crowell.

But the freshman Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray couldn't stop talking about Thursday at SEC media days was receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who has been a blur during summer passing drills and one of the Bulldogs' most dynamic threats down the field.

"He could start for anybody in the country right now," marveled Murray, who's a little more impressed with Mitchell each time they throw.

Murray said the 6-foot-1, 187-pound Mitchell was "faster and quicker" than A.J. Green.

"He's just not as big," Murray added.

Murray wants to be careful not to over-hype Mitchell before he's ever played a snap in the SEC. At the same time, Murray can't wait to add Mitchell to his receiving corps this fall.

"It's unbelievable how fast he is," Murray said. "He ran a post route the other day and split the two defenders like they were just standing there. Our defensive backs will come back telling me they haven't seen somebody with that kind of speed."

Mitchell, who's from Valdosta, Ga., has only been on campus for the summer, but Murray said it's amazing how well he already knows the playbook.

"It's not going to take him long," Murray said. "He knows the plays. He knows where he's supposed to be, and with that speed, he's going to be something."

Mitchell was ranked by ESPN last year as the No. 7 receiver prospect in the country and was an ESPNU 150 member.