The University of Georgia football team got hit with some bad news today. Wide receiver Michael Bennett, who injured his ACL in practice, will undergo reconstructive knee surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season according to UGA director of sports medicine, Ron Courson.
Bennett, a 6’3 sophomore, had been a huge part of the offensive success that the Bulldogs have had this season, leading all receivers with 24 catches for 345 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Michael Bennett will undergo reconstructive surgery and will miss the remainder of the season according to Ron Courson. #UGA
— Radi Nabulsi ESPN (@RadiNabulsi) October 3, 2012
The loss of Bennett couldn’t have come at a worse time for head coach Mark Richt‘s team, as they are about to travel into Columbia, SC. to take one the 6th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday, in one of the marquee match-ups in all of college football this week.
This may mean seeing more of WR Malcolm Mitchell — who was converted to defensive back this season — back on the offensive side of the ball. So far the majority of Mitchell’s snaps have been taken on defense.
The Bulldogs, currently ranked 5th in the nation, seemed confident heading into the game with South Carolina. Mark Richt had stated on Tuesday morning, “Now we are probably healthier at game six than we were when we started the season. So that is a good thing.” Apparently he spoke too soon.
Georgia currently is currently ranked 11th in the nation in total offensive yards per game (536), and 8th in the nation in points per game (48.2).