Monday, September 2, 2013
Georgia loses WR Mitchell to knee injury
ATLANTA (AP) -- Malcolm Mitchell, receiver of Georgia Bulldogs will not be able to play the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Saturday's loss at Clemson.
Mitchell, the leading returning receiver for the No. 5 Bulldogs, hurt his knee when celebrating with a teammate following Todd Gurley's 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. No. 8 Clemson beat Georgia 38-35.
"He actually hurt it in the exuberance of the first touchdown of the game for us," Richt said on a conference call.
"He went to congratulate his teammate and I think they jumped up and chest-bumped or whatever and it ended up that he landed in a bad way. So he knew something happened."
Georgia opens its Southeastern Conference schedule against No. 6 South Carolina on Saturday.
Mitchell, a junior, was Georgia's leading returning receiver. He had a combined 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011 and 2012.
He played primarily at cornerback in the first four games last season before returning to offense.
Richt said he expects Mitchell will receive a medical redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014 season.