Published October 3, 2012 - 11:37am
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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