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UGA: Receiver Bennett out with torn ACL

Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett (82) scores a touchdown after a catch as Tennessee defensive back Byron Moore (3) defends in the second half of last week's game.

Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett (82) scores a touchdown after a catch as Tennessee defensive back Byron Moore (3) defends in the second half of last week's game.

ATHENS, Ga: — Georgia is dealing with a big loss heading into its Southeastern Conference showdown against South Carolina.

Michael Bennett, the fifth-ranked Bulldogs' leading receiver, tore up his right knee in practice and is out for the year, coach Mark Richt announced Wednesday.

Bennett injured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) toward the end of Tuesday's practice. He will undergo reconstructive surgery, though no date has been set.

The third-year sophomore leads Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Though he wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, Bennett had developed into one of Aaron Murray's favorite targets.

The only consolation for the Bulldogs: Receiver is one of the team's deepest positions, especially since two-way player Malcolm Mitchell has moved back to offense after starting the year at cornerback. Chris Conley and Rhett McGowan could also take more of a role in the offense, bolstering a receiving corps that already includes Tavarres King (16 catches, 307 yards, three TDs), Marlon Brown (17-272-3) and Rantavious Wooten (6-99-1).

Georgia faces No. 6 South Carolina (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday in a game that will play a big role in the SEC East race.

Comments

tywebb 1 year, 10 months ago

time for someone else to step up. malcom mitchell, justin scott-wesley, anyone!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Here we go again. Good luck # 82 on your recovery.

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The_Dude 1 year, 10 months ago

I think Chris Conley is the name you are looking for stepping up. He's a player. Bennett was the best blocker on the team, so it's definitely a loss.

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tywebb 1 year, 10 months ago

conley could definitely be the one

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TRUTH101 1 year, 10 months ago

He is definetly going to be missed....Great blocker and led the team catches....However, he had quite a few drops....King and Mitchell should be able to hold down the fort

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