Talk about a touchdown celebration that has gone horribly wrong. Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell has been injured and will miss the rest of the college football season after injuring himself during a touchdown celebration.
Mitchell didn’t even score the touchdown that led to his injury. Instead, the WR was celebrating Todd Gurley’s 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Bulldogs lost to Clemson, and now they will be without their best wide receiver for the remainder of the season.
After the game, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced that Mitchell injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
“Malcolm unfortunately has an ACL injury that needs to be repaired here,” Richt said.
With the season in its infancy, Richt believes Mitchell will be eligible for a medical redshirt. According to Richt:
“I’m not sure when we’ll do the surgery, but sometime in the near future. So what we thought happened did happen. It was confirmed by the MRI today.”
Mitchell leaped and landed awkwardly after running towards Gurley in the endzone. Adding insult to injury, Gurley also injured himself on the play, straining his quad muscle and missing the next 11:14 of regulation play while being tended to by team doctors. Gurley did eventually return to play and rushed for another 74 yards in the second half of play.
After the team completed testing on Mitchell coach Richt said, “[Mitchell] actually hurt it in the exuberance of the first touchdown of the game for us when he went to congratulate his teammate. I think he jumped up and chest bumped or whatever, and he landed in a bad way and that’s when he knew something had happened.”
Last season Mitchell stacked up 40 catches for 572 yards with four touchdowns.
Filling in for Mitchell will be sophomore Justin Scott-Wesley who had four catches on Saturday alongside 55 yards. Scott-Wesley had a big fourth down conversion catch during the game that helped convert a first-quarter touchdown drive.
Despite losing Malcolm Mitchell the team still has a capable receiving core that includes Chris Conley, Rantavious Wooten, Rhett McGowan, and Michael Bennett.