On Saturday night, the Georgia Bulldogs suffered a season opening defeat on the road at the hands of the Clemson Tigers. An early and bizarre knee injury to the team’s top receiving target however, only adds to the team’s disappointing evening.
After star running back Todd Gurley broke free for a 75 yard touchdown in the first quarter of Georgia’s loss, Malcolm Mitchell was there to celebrate with his teammates. During that moment however, Mitchell suffered a right knee injury and on Sunday evening, Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced that Mitchell would miss the remainder of the 2013 season after tearing his ACL.
Mitchell did not record a catch in the team’s loss after leaving the game early, but his career stats leading into his junior season speak for themselves. Entering the season, Mitchell had recorded 85 catches for 1,237 yards in his first two seasons at Georgia. He also has eight career touchdowns to date, as well.
While the Bulldogs can surely remain in the hunt near the top of the SEC this season, Mitchell’s injury in undoubtedly a back breaker for a squad that must look to turn things around quickly after beginning the season with a loss. In addition, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will be down of his top targets this season as he attempts to piece together a senior season with Heisman hype.
Georgia will play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday.