ATHENS – For the second straight year, Georgia appears to have lost a top receiver before the South Carolina game.
Star Malcolm Mitchell suffered a knee injury very early in Saturday’s game at Clemson and did not return. The injury didn't come during game action, but rather when Mitchell celebrated tailback Todd Gurley's 75-yard touchdown run.
"He jumped up to celebrate with him, and when he came down he hurt his knee," head coach Mark Richt said.
The team did not have an immediate diagnosis on the junior, but the signs weren’t good: Mitchell sat the rest of the first half with an ice pack on his right knee, rather than go in for treatment. Teammates came over to console him throughout the game.
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"He's our brother, man," said sophomore receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who had four catches for 55 yards. "Anytime your brother goes down you have to pick him up and let you know that you're there for him and praying for him."
Outside the locker room after the game, athletics director Greg McGarity sought out Mitchell and spoke briefly with him.
After the game Richt, asked about injuries to Mitchell and Gurley (who strained his quad), said: "I've got a feeling his (Mitchell's) might be worse than Todd's."
Last year Michael Bennett tore his ACL the Tuesday prior to Georgia playing South Carolina. At the time, Bennett was the team’s leader in receptions.
Bennett’s first game back was Saturday.