Malcolm Mitchell’s overexuberance has cost him his season.
The Georgia wide receiver was celebrating running back Todd Gurley’s 75-yard touchdown with an “air bump” when he landed awkwardly and tore his ACL.
It was the kind of freak injury Georgia could not afford.
“What we thought happened did happen,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a teleconference call with reporters Sunday. “It was confirmed with an MRI today. I can’t imagine him coming back from that [this season].”
It’s difficult to see Mitchell (No. 26) injure his knee in the video, but you can see him hobble a bit when he lands and he holds on to Gurley for a second as they walk through the end zone.
Mitchell has had knee issues in the past. He needed minor surgery to repair a meniscus tear this past spring and missed some of fall camp with swelling.
Mitchell will have surgery in a couple weeks and Georgia will try to get the junior’s year back with a medical redshirt.
Junior Michael Bennett replaced Mitchell and led all Georgia receivers with five catches for 60 yards. However, Richt said he wasn’t sure how the Bulldogs would line up its receiving corps for Saturday’s game against South Carolina.
This is a terrible way for Mitchell’s season to end, especially with so much expected from him and the Georgia offense this season.