The spring practice injury bug has made its rounds to the Georgia Bulldogs. This time, it is wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell who will miss the rest of the spring with a knee injury, but he is expected to be ready for the big season opener against the Clemson Tigers.
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph reported the news:
Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell will have surgery for a torn meniscus, miss spring game. Team expects him back for start of season.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) April 4, 2013
The Georgia Bulldogs official website also confirmed the news, reporting that Mitchell will have the surgery on Friday morning. He injured the knee in a scrimmage last weekend, according to the report.
Hopefully Mitchell can make a speedy recovery because this is the last thing the Georgia offense needs. Easily one of the more talented players on the roster, Mitchell has made his impact felt the last two seasons, hauling in a combined 85 passes.
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A speedy and versatile player, Mitchell also spent time early in the season last year playing the defensive side of the ball. Holding his own, until a few of the key players were back on the team, Mitchell then switched back to his more natural position, finishing the season with 572 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
He also played a key role on special teams, racking up 360 yards on kickoff returns on 16 attempts.
Mitchell has played the role of the explosive receiver the last two years, but he is expected to take on a larger workload this season with Tavarres King no longer around. It is the 6'1" receiver that will now become the No. 1 option in the passing game.
Hopefully this is just a minor setback and Mitchell is back on the team quickly like everybody expects.