Athens, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Georgia’s top wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the rest of the season after he injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while celebrating Todd Gurley’s 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Clemson.
“Malcolm unfortunately has an ACL injury that needs to be repaired here,” Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced, adding that Mitchell should be eligible for a medical redshirt after suffering the injury so early in the season.
“I’m not sure when we’ll do the surgery, but sometime in the near future. So what we thought happened did happen. It was confirmed by the MRI today,” he added.
Mitchell sustained the injury after he landed awkwardly in the end zone when he leaped to celebrate Gurley’s score.
“I think he jumped up and chest bumped or whatever, and he landed in a bad way and that’s when he knew something had happened,” Richt said.
Gurley also suffered an injury on the play, straining his quad muscle while completing the long run and missing the next 11:14 of regulation while team doctors tended to the injury.
Mitchell was Georgia’s leading returning receiver last season, having totaled 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns last season.
“We’ve got other guys that have gone deep that can make plays for us, but Malcolm was certainly one guy that can do that,” Richt said. “He had great speed, quickness, he would snatch the ball in traffic. He was a great competitor.”
Sophomore Justin Scott-Wesley filled the void left by Mitchell, registering a career-high four catches for 55 yards, including a pair of big catches — one to convert on fourth down on a first-quarter touchdown drive.