Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Georgia WR Michael Bennett tears ACL
By Edward Aschoff
Georgia's receiving corps took a major hit this week, as redshirt sophomore Michael Bennett's season ended after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee Tuesday.
Bennett suffered the injury toward the end of Tuesday's practice. A date for his surgery hasn't been determined.
Losing Bennett is a huge blow for this offense. He entered the week as Georgia's leading receiver with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Talk about a hard worker. Bennett was probably one of the most underrated receivers in the SEC. He's shown great speed, tremendous hands and just outworked opposing defenders.
His skill is one thing that will be tough to replace, but his work ethic might be even harder.
The good news for Georgia is that it has two other very reliable receivers in seniors Tavarres King and Marlon Brown. King and Brown have combined to catch 33 passes for 579 yards and six touchdowns. Both are averaging more than 60 yards receiving per game.
This could also open the door for more opportunities for Malcolm Mitchell, who played on offense more last week against Tennessee. He's easily Georgia's most talented wide receiver, but with him starting on defense this season, he's had to slowly transition back to offense. You could see some of the rust in a few of the runs he made against the Vols, but more time out there will only help him shake some of that off.
Expect to see a lot more of Mitchell from here on out.