Georgia football: Malcolm Mitchell to have knee surgery

Kevin C. Cox

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will be out until the start of fall practice.

The Georgia Bulldogs have lost their top wide receiver for the rest of spring practice. The school announced that Malcolm Mitchell will have arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee on Friday. Mitchell will not participate in the spring game this weekend, but he's expected to be back in August, just in time for preseason practices.

Mitchell played pretty much everywhere in 2012. As a sophomore, he caught 40 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns and rushed five times for 17 yards on offense. He also played on special teams, managing 16 kick returns for 22.5 yards per return and 11 punt returns for 57 yards. He also broke up three passes and compiled a dozen tackles.

Who can step up for Mitchell? DawgSports did a breakdown of all the wide receivers going into spring camp, and with Mitchell's absence, the top four receivers from 2012 are all gone. What's left is uncertain. Michael Bennett will be coming back from a torn ACL. Justin Scott-Wesley will try and step forward in the rotation. Former walk-on Rhett McGown could also be an option, and Chris Conley is another potential candidate.

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