UGA leading receiver Michael Bennett out for season

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 11:47 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia has lost leading receiver Michael Bennett to a season-ending knee injury.

Redshirt freshman Michael Bennett, who leads Georgia receivers in catches, yards and TDs is lost for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.   SPECIAL
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Redshirt freshman Michael Bennett, who leads Georgia receivers in catches, yards and TDs is lost for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The redshirt sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., tore the ACL in his right knee toward the end of practice Tuesday.

Bennett leads Georgia in receptions (24), receiving yards (345) and touchdowns (four).

“It’s very sad that it happened,” coach Mark Richt said Wednesday afternoon. “It happened on the very last play of practice (Tuesday). It was a heck of a practice, really. Everybody was working hard. Everybody had a good attitude, scout teamers were getting after it, giving us a good look, everything you’d hope for a Tuesday practice we were having.”

Richt said Bennett was engaged in a block – “just working it” – when he was injured.

“No one ran into him, no one rolled into him or anything like that, his knee buckled,” Richt said.

The date of Bennett’s reconstructive surgery has not yet been determined.

“God has a plan for me and everything happens for a reason,” Bennett tweeted Wednesday. “Get ready for a historic season Dawg nation. Our boys are gonna get it done!”

The loss is a blow to a Georgia offense that leads the Southeastern Conference in total offense at 536 yards per game going into Saturday’s game with No. 6 South Carolina. But the Bulldogs are deep at receiver, especially with sophomore Malcolm Mitchell returning to offense.

Mitchell led Georgia in receiving yards per game last season. He has six catches for 74 yards this season in limited offensive work.

Georgia still has Marlon Brown, Tavarres King, Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley and Rhett McGowan in its receiving corps.

Coaches could consider playing freshman Blake Tibbs, who seemed to be headed for a redshirt season.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• S.C. State vs. North Carolina Central, 2:30 p.m. (No TV)

• Georgia Southern at Western Carolina, 3:30 (No TV)

• Georgia Tech at Clemson, 3:30 (ESPN)

• Georgia at South Carolina, 7 (ESPN)

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palmettogreg
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palmettogreg 10/03/12 - 12:47 pm
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"I hope he recovers in time

"I hope he recovers in time to participate in the PapaJohns.com Bowl," says the Gamecock fan with a slight smirk.

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etlinks 10/03/12 - 01:49 pm
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No call for that statement.

No call for that statement. Wishing Bennett the best on a speedy recovery. I hope the game is injury free for both teams.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/03/12 - 03:33 pm
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Hmmm, I sure hope greg

Hmmm, I sure hope greg doesn't represent Carolina-nation. Nobody wants a kid to get hurt...I know the Georgia fans wouldn't want Lattimore to be hurt again. It is what it is. The game will go on. Luckily Georgia has more receivers on their roster.

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KSL 10/03/12 - 07:08 pm
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No

Greg doesn't represent Carolina nation, which is why I thought the comment was made in an attempt to be in jest.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/03/12 - 07:57 pm
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Michael

Bad news for him. So much work down the drain. Tough. Hope he bounces back next year. Go Dawgs!

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wildman 10/03/12 - 08:15 pm
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Great Kid

He will be missed, I enjoy watching him play the game. Great kid and I wish him well. We will miss him for sure. Go Dawgs! This should be one heck of a game, both teams are very good this year.

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KSL 10/03/12 - 10:57 pm
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Nice

To hear from Georgia supporters who are not claiming that USC has no business being in the SEC. Thanks guys.

That injury happened to my son when he was a sophomore quarterback on the JV team in high school. His brother was the QB on the varsity. Between the successful surgery he had and the rehab he put himself through, he came out with a knee stronger than his uninjured knee. He had no problems playing JV basketball and varsity baseball the rest of the year.

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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/12 - 12:51 am
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He's great reciever

You hate to see any player get hurt but it happens. As a Gamecock fan I know one thing. This Saturday's game is going to be one heck of a good one to watch. The Dogs have plenty of other recievers and are loaded with weapons. The Gamecocks are having a great season so far too. If history is any indicator the Gamecocks have never beaten the Bulldogs three games in a row dating to the 1800's.
I can assure you I will have dip and chips and soft drinks and boiled peanuts and a bunch of other food ready for Saturday night's game.
The problem is that I will probably be chewing on my fingernails instead of the snack food!
GO GAMECOCKS!

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blues550 10/04/12 - 06:00 am
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Classless Statement

Unpublished

Being a major wise-cracker myself that statement was best left unpublished.

Big hole for the Dawgs but prevail we will.

And all true SECOND fans pull for other conference teams against the rest of college sports. Period and including Florida.

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justputtin 10/04/12 - 06:30 am
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Go dawgs

Very nice and classy shrimpfor. Should be a great game. Has to be a toss up. Hate comments about injuries that lack taste.

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Retired Army 10/04/12 - 06:55 am
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shrimp for breakfast10/04/12 - 12:51 am

You were doin' great until the last line. Had to thumb down that one. I'm sure you understand. :)
GO DAWGS WOOF, WOOF!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/12 - 08:11 am
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That's Ok Retired Army!

I pull for the bulldogs as long as they're not playing my alma mater.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/04/12 - 08:14 am
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Spurrier Comment

“I think Georgia is our biggest conference rival, although we’re certainly not their biggest conference rival,” the South Carolina coach said Wednesday. “They’ve got Florida and Auburn. … At South Carolina, we still have not beaten teams enough for them to consider us a big rival. … I don’t think Georgia sees us as a big rival.” That what worries me the most. UGA doesn't take this game as serious as the Cocks. Maybe this year..

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Retired Army 10/04/12 - 09:01 am
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shrimp for breakfast10/04/12 - 08:11 am

Son got his teaching degree from Georgia, Daughter did her first two years at MCG and then her MD at SC-the traitor!(Husband got his residency in Greenville and "wither thou goest" she transferred, so she has been forgiven)

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