One of Georgia's most explosive offensive players will be back in uniform when practice begins this fall.
According to Gentry Estes of 247Sports, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who tore the meniscus in his right knee in April, has been cleared to participate after undergoing surgery that prevented him from playing in the spring game.
Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell says he's been cleared to do offseason workouts after minor knee surgery this spring.— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) June 4, 2013
Mitchell's injury was never considered serious or a threat to the season, but you can never underestimate the potential severity of a knee injury. Mitchell is expected to be the go-to receiver for quarterback Aaron Murray this season. Without Tavarres King, who was taken in the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, Mitchell will be asked to take his game to another level and help stretch the field for this explosive unit.
Mitchell finished second on the team last season with 40 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Keep in mind, he also spent a couple of games as a defensive back that took away from those offensive numbers. He was also a factor on special teams, returning 11 punts for 57 yards and 16 kickoffs for 360 yards.
His speed and playmaking ability make him extremely valuable and one of the elite weapons in the SEC. You can line him up anywhere on the field and defenses must pay attention.
Georgia is expected to have an elite offense this season, as 10 starters return from a unit that averaged 467 yards a game.
With Mitchell's return assured, folks in Athens can now breathe a little easier.