Georgia's Mitchell out for Florida game

October, 29, 2011
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Georgia freshman receiver Malcolm Mitchell didn't make the trip and won't play Saturday against Florida.

Mitchell has been out since the Tennessee game with a hamstring injury, one he aggravated in practice this week.

Not having Mitchell limits Georgia in the passing game and probably impacts the way Florida will play the Bulldogs defensively. Mitchell, who was averaging 17.5 yards per catch, was Georgia's only real deep threat. He's the guy who genuinely scared opposing defenses and kept those defenses from walking safeties up closer to the line of scrimmage. His 71-yard catch against Tennessee broke that game open.

With Mitchell out, it makes sense that the Gators would look to stack more defenders in the box and make the Bulldogs prove that they have somebody else who can hurt Florida in the deep passing game.

Junior Marlon Brown is expected to start in place of Mitchell. Brown came through two weeks ago with the best game of his career against Vanderbilt. He had four catches for 121 yards, including touchdown grabs of 75 and 27 yards. The Bulldogs would love to get that kind of game out of him again, although Brown doesn't have Mitchell's speed.

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