News came in from the Georgia football program that standout WR Malcolm Mitchell has once again been sidelined for the second year in a row due to a knee injury. Mitchell will be a junior this year after having a medical redshirt in the 2013 season. Mitchell started in nine games in both his freshman and sophomore seasons as a Bulldog but hasn't seen much of the field since.
In the 2013 season Mitchell started in the opener against No. 8 Clemson when he tore his ACL in the first quarter while celebrating a touchdown, and missed the remainder of the season. Coming into the 2014 season it was apparent Mitchell would return, but he would then suffer a knee injury while running routes in practice with teammates.
Georgia coach Mark Richt is anticipating a full recovery but is expecting Mitchell to be out "the first part" of Georgia's preseason practices. Richt went on to say "I won’t make a guesstimate on when he’ll play, he’s going to play when he’s healthy and ready to go. It was ‘scoped’ and it was a cartilage issue, so we’ll just see how quickly he can come back. But it’s really hard to say for sure.”
As a freshman Mitchell accounted for 665 yards receiving, one of them being a 71 yard reception against Tennessee which is still his career long, as well as four receiving touchdowns. As a sophomore Mitchell put up similar stats with 572 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Malcolm Mitchell did sit out a game with an ankle injury but did return the very next game.
Georgia hopes to have him back before the 2014 season kicks off. Once again Georgia will host the Clemson Tigers, where the game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5:30ET.
"We’re down one guy before it even starts, It makes you adjust." Coach Richt stated. "You just have to adapt and improvise. It’s kind of a pain in the rear, but it’s part of football. So we’ll adjust with the depth that we have left over.” Georgia would have liked no injury at all to one of their starters but if you look at it from a positive point of view at least it was before fall camp and before the season has even started. Mitchell will have plenty of time to get back into things once the doctors clear him to play.
Mitchell will be a huge asset to Georgia this year being in the SEC, and having the schedule they have this season. It's tough starting the season with a team like Clemson, but then the following week they have to play an in conference foe in South Carolina, things are not getting much easier. But wait there's more; Georgia will then play Troy, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, then have four straight road games against Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky. Then will close the season out with Auburn, Charleston Southern, and Georgia Tech.