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UGA leading WR Bennett out for the season

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Per UGA, leading wide receiver Michael Bennett tore his ACL in practice yesterday and is out the remainder of the season. Bennett has been Aaron Murray’s go-to receiver, as he has caught a team-high 24 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns.

In Bennett’s absence, Malcolm Mitchell will get an opportunity to play much more on offense. After being Georgia’s most explosive player at receiver in ’11, Mitchell was moved to corner because of depth issues early in the season, but he was involved more on offense last week against Tennessee. That plan will continue.

The emergence of Marlon Brown is an even bigger factor now, and he’s finally broken out of his shell as a senior. Brown has caught 16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. His presence is now key, compared to more of a luxury before Bennett went down.

Losing Bennett is a big hit, but it’s certainly not the end-all for Georgia’s explosive offense. Murray had created a great rapport with Bennett, after losing his primary target Orson Charles last season.

Now, Tavarres King, Brown, Arthur Lynch, Rantavious Wooten and Malcolm Mitchell will all get more touches. And that’s a very adequate and consistent receiving group, too.

You have to feel bad for Bennett because he was having an outstanding season, and he was not a very highly recruited player out of the state of Georgia. He wasn’t prolific, but he was very consistent. He dropped very few passes. Now, Murray will have to develop another go-to receiver Saturday against #6 South Carolina.

Bennett’s 8-yard TD catch





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Comments 12

  1. This sucks. I really thought Bennett was the best receiver we had…

  2. Georgia still has a lot of talent on offense, but this is a big loss.

    • It is a bigger loss than you think. Bennett was possibly the most underrated player on UGA’s whole team… Other than a few dropped passes, he is automatic.

  3. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  4. Its a good thing we have a truck full of good receivers.

  5. This is a huge loss for the Dawgs, but we still have 5 other viable receivers. King, Wooten, Mitchell, Brown, and Conley. Then Arthur Lynch is developing nicely into a solid tight (last three weeks 6 catches 148 yards 1 TD).

    This is a huge loss no doubt, but we will be fine.

  6. As much as I would like for the Gamecocks to beat the Bulldogs, I really hate to hear about an injury like this. He seems like a hard worker and he definitely produces. I wish him the best with his recovery.

  7. As much as I want the dawgs to lose, its a bummer to see an Alpharetta boy make it to a great team and this happen to him

  8. Big shame. I like watching this kid play football.

  9. We have a lot of talent, but this one is hard. Bennett is a great competitor. Oh well, that’s sports for you.

  10. RASATL
    Commented : 2 years ago

    Bennett was outstanding and I am sorry for his injury, prayers to Michael. The team will pick it up for him, but that will be heavy lifting indeed! Someone has to step way up!!! Who will it be? We will see Saturday night, Go Dawgs!

  11. Kevin
    Commented : 2 years ago

    As I mentioned in my article about Georgia, Bennett is so important because of the trust and connection him and Murray clearly have on the field. It’s not about having the most athletic WR on the planet, there has to be a connection between WR and QB and Bennett/Murray are a great example of it. If your WR is in sync w/ your QB AND is a freak athlete then even better.