Rutgers WR Ahmir Mitchell suffers torn ACL

(Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
(Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)

Ahmir Mitchell, expected to be one of Rutgers’ top wide receivers, suffered a torn ACL, the program announced.

Per, Mitchell’s injury occurred during Saturday’s practice “while running in the open field.” The program is hopeful the injury will not sideline Mitchell for the entire 2017 season.

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Mitchell, a four-star recruit in the 2016 class, originally signed with Michigan out of high school and joined the Wolverines last January as an early enrollee. However, his time in Ann Arbor was short-lived. He was suspended by the Wolverines and opted to leave the program and transfer to Rutgers in his home state of New Jersey.

When announcing his decision to enroll at Rutgers, Mitchell said he was on good terms with the Michigan staff, which gave him a full release, allowing him to transfer within the Big Ten. He sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer requirements and was listed as a starter on the Scarlet Knights’ spring practice depth chart.

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Mitchell also pointed to “personal things” with his family as a reason for the transfer. He planned to apply for a hardship waiver so he wouldn’t lose a year of eligibility (as in-conference Big Ten transfers usually stipulate). He is listed as a redshirt freshman on the Rutgers roster, so it seems like the waiver was approved.

Beyond Mitchell, Rutgers returns Jawuan Harris and Janarion Grant at receiver. Grant, one of the most explosive playmakers in the Big Ten, missed most of the 2016 season with an injury. He is not practicing this spring but is expected to be ready for the fall. Harris, one of the top players on Rutgers’ baseball team, is practicing with the football team on a limited basis as he balances the demands of two sports. Harris led the team with 39 catches for 481 yards in 2016. He also caught three touchdowns, second-best on the team.

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