ATHENS — As soon as Malcolm Mitchell saw Braxton Miller’s spin move in Ohio State’s win against Virginia Tech on Monday night, he was on the phone texting Isaiah McKenzie.
Turns out, both receivers are big fans of spin moves. In fact, Mitchell said he was actually working on his own spin move at Georgia’s practice on Monday, well before the Buckeyes teed it up against the Hokies in Blacksburg last night.
And by all accounts he’s got a pretty good one.
“I doubt it was that impressive,” Mitchell said Tuesday at UGA’s weekly media day gathering. “I have it in me. But can I pull it out like that? I’m not sure. I’m going to try though.”
Mitchell, a senior split end, was Georgia’s leading receiver in the opener against Louisiana-Monroe. He had three catches for 52 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown reception, in the Bulldogs’ 51-14 win.
McKenzie also has executed some nice spin moves in his short stint at Georgia. But he played sparingly this past Saturday as the Bulldogs remained guarded against his hamstring issues.
Miller, a converted quarterback who agreed to move to receiver for the Buckeyes this season, scored on a 53-yard catch and run in which his spin move to the inside of the field left a Virginia Tech linebacker grasping air. It was just one of several big plays the Heisman candidate made in the Buckeyes’ 42-24 win. He had one other catch and six carries for 72 yards on the way 160 total yards and two touchdowns.
McKenzie was particularly interested in Miller’s performance because he is hoping to contend for the Paul Hornung Award, which goes annually to the nation’s most versatile player.
“I texted Isaiah McKenzie and said, ‘man, you’re going to have some competition winning that award,’ ’cause he was everywhere in that game. He was at receiver, running back, quarterback. They might put him at punt return. I wouldn’t be surprised with moves like that.'”