Why Georgia Will Survive the Season-Ending Injury to WR Michael Bennett
Georgia has posted the SEC's top offense during the first month of the season, averaging 536 yards per game en route to a 5-0 record and a No. 5 ranking in both major polls.
But things aren't all "peachy" in Athens.
Michael Bennett, Georgia's leading receiver with 345 yards and four touchdown catches, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee in practice, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It's certainly a big loss for the Bulldogs. Bennett has developed good chemistry with quarterback Aaron Murray and has been a big part of the Bulldogs offense during the first five games of the season.
But if there's anywhere on the field where Georgia can withstand a season-ending injury, it's at wide receiver.
But the real reason Georgia can survive the loss of Bennett is the emergence of senior Marlon Brown as a viable SEC wide receiver. Brown came to Georgia in 2009 as a 4-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, but until this season, he hadn't lived up to the billing.
Coming into 2012, Brown had just 382 receiving yards in his first three years combined. This season, he already has 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Did the light suddenly turn on? It certainly looks like it.
That's where he will see the majority of his time moving forward, according to the AJC.
The loss of Bennett hurts, no doubt. But the depth that Georgia has built at wide receiver will allow the Bulldogs to withstand the loss of their leading receiver.
Plus, when all else fails, freshman running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have proven through five games that they are fully capable of handling the load at running back and taking the pressure off of quarterback Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs passing game.
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