Mitchell to Have Knee Surgery
Malcolm Mitchell
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2013


ATHENS – Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia's top wide receiver, is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Friday morning but is expected to be fully recovered by August.

The junior from Valdosta will have arthroscopic surgery to his right knee after sustaining the injury in last Saturday's scrimmage, according to the school.

He'll be out of action for Saturday's G-Day game and the two remaining practices next week, but is expected to be back by the team's preseason camp.

Tight end Arthur Lynch said players didn’t even know Mitchell was injured until a couple of days later.

“He’ll be fine,” Lynch said. “He’ll be back in probably three weeks. I think it’s the same thing (former Georgia center) Ben Jones had in 2011 and Ben was literally practicing in a week. It’s not going to be anything too serious as long as he rehabs it.”

Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards with four touchdowns last season despite playing cornerback early in the season and led

Georgia with 16 kickoff returns for a 22.5-yard average.

This is the latest injury that Mitchell has dealt with at Georgia.

He missed three games due to a hamstring injury in 2011 and was sidelined for the 2012 opener with a sprained ankle.

Georgia already is missing receiver Michael Bennett this spring as he works his way back from a torn ACL. He is expected to be fully recovered this summer. Freshman receiver/running back Tramel Terry also is out this spring after sustaining a torn ACL in a high school all-star game.

Theus getting shot at left tackle

Offensive lineman John Theus expects to play at left tackle during the G-Day game after working at the position for most of the time during practices in the last week.

The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Theus would like to play the pivotal spot when the real games roll around.

“Before it’s all said and done, I would like to in the perfect world,” said Theus, who played the position for three seasons at Bolles School in Jacksonville but started every game at right tackle last season as a freshman. “I think every guy who is an offensive tackle wants to have their shot at left tackle. It’s a prestigious spot and when you do make it to the next level, if you’re fortunate enough to make it to the next level, that spot pays more than the right side. That’s a thing that every guy wants to work for.”

Theus isn’t certain if left tackle will be his home this fall, but signs are pointing in that direction.

“I knew before my career ended here at Georgia I wanted to have my shot there,” Theus said. “It’s nice to have my shot come early. Now it’s up to me to perform and try to keep that spot.”

Kenarious Gates, who started at left tackle last season expects to play right guard Saturday. The starter there, Chris Burnette, is out this spring with a shoulder injury.

Gates was working at right tackle earlier this spring but Xzavier Ward is now manning right tackle.

“He has some natural ability without a doubt,” Theus said. “The kid has good footwork and takes some natural pass sets. A strong kid, he’s not afraid to stick his head in there and hit you.”

Said Gates: “He earned playing with the first team. It wasn’t given to him. I congratulate him. We’re playing besides each other. We’re comfortable besides each other.”

Fans have say in play

Georgia fans who think they could draw it up better than offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will have their chance Saturday.

Tight ends coach John Lilly offered the opportunity to call a play for the G-Day game by emailing in their suggestions. He asked for the play to be diagrammed.

“The winning play will be run by the Black team offense,” Lilly tweeted.

The deadline for submissions was 8 a.m. Friday. By Thursday morning, they had gotten at least 20 requests.

“I wouldn’t mind if I was a halfback catching a toss sweep and then if there’s too many linebackers coming at me, just casually step out of bounds,” Lynch said. “I’d love to take one to the edge and test my speed. It’s cool. I’d love to see a tackle screen or something.”

This and that

Lynch first called him Reggie Jackson on Thursday, but inside linebacker Reggie Carter has made an impression on him this spring. The freshman “is a stud,” Lynch said. “He’s gained like 18 pounds since he’s been there and the kid is like 18 years old.” Lynch expects Carter could have a “very productive year for us if he remains healthy and keeps doing what he’s doing.” …Gates remains close friends with Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is weighing whether to enter the NBA draft. “We’ve been talking about it, but I have no clue,” he said.

Georgia had yet to release the rosters for G-Day as of Thursday night.

Receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (chest contusion) and linebacker Ryne Rankin (sprained ankle) were in non-contact jerseys during Thursday’s cold practice in the rain. Receiver Chris Conley was in a regular jersey but was listed as having a hamstring strain. …Georgia players headed to the Athens Country Club after Thursday’s practice for its lettermen’s club banquet.


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