Georgia football wide receiver Adonai Mitchell taking advantage of his snaps and targets.
After George Pickens went down in March Georgia football had major questions at the X position. However, there was a young receiver working in the background and biding his time. There were whispers about this true freshman named Adonai Mitchell that the coaches were high on after Spring Practice as well as Terence Edwards who had worked with him while he was in high school. However, there wasn’t much else known about the kid.
However, following the G Day Spring Game, Mitchell had become a household name. In the scrimmage, he caught seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Even after this strong performance, there were still questions about the kid because after all, he is a true freshman. Mitchell played just 11 snaps against Clemson. His snaps increased to 20 against UAB before more than doubling to 43 against South Carolina, according to PFF College (subscription needed).
In fact, Georgia’s starting X Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint has seen a reduction in his snaps. Against Clemson, he was on the field for 53 snaps, against UAB that number went down to 24, and then against South Carolina, it was down to 22. This trend seems to show that Mitchell is now the starter at the X position, but Rosemy is still getting significant snaps there. This rotation will most likely continue for the rest of the season.
Mitchell has been targeted ten times, tied with Jermaine Burton for most among Georgia football receivers. He has caught six of those passes and turned them into 121 yards and a touchdown, according to SECstatcat.com. To call Mitchell a big-play threat is an understatement. He’s averaging over 20 yards a catch, most on the team among receivers with at least five catches. His 15.6 average depth of target is best among Georgia receivers with at least five targets. This shows that he is not just a big target, but also a true deep threat.
So it is easy to see why the coaches have increased Mitchell’s workload. He has truly taken advantage of the times he has been put on the field and been targeted. He has shown himself to be one of Georgia’s best weapons in the passing game. His arrow is most definitely trending up and he will only be getting better and more involved from here. Just as was predicted back in March when there was so much panic after losing Pickens.