The fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs are set to face off No. 6 South Carolina in a big SEC showdown this weekend. While the Bulldogs are in the finishing stages of their preparation for the Gamecocks, they received devastating news that will hurt their offense on Saturday.
The Bulldogs’ leading receiver, Michael Bennett, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL at the end of practice on Tuesday. Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson announced the news via a press release tonight. The redshirt sophomore will undergo surgery to repair the torn ligament at a yet-to-be determined date.
Bennett is the team’s leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He finishes his season with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Bennett’s average of 69 yards receiving per game was enough to rank him seventh in the SEC.
With Bennett missing the remainder of the year, the Bulldogs will be able to show their depth at wide receiver. It is no doubt a big blow for the Georgia offense but they have the pieces in place to fill in Bennett’s void.
Seniors Marlon Brown and Tavarres King will each have a chance to boost their numbers. Brown averages 68 receiving yards per game while King averages 61.4 yards per game. Those averages bring them in at eighth and tenth in the SEC, respectively.
As well as Brown and King, sophomore Malcolm Mitchell will see an increased role. Mitchell played a majority of snaps last week on the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback but he will switch sides and play primarily as an offensive weapon this weekend.