The University of Georgia will be without its most potent threat at wide receiver Saturday when the team takes the field for its annual spring football game “G-Day.”
Junior split end Malcolm Mitchell, who was second among UGA receivers with 40 catches last year, injured his knee in practice last Saturday and will miss the rest of spring football activities, according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson. Mitchell will have his knee scoped Friday to repair a torn meniscus.
Mitchell is expected to be ready for fall camp in August.
As for “G-Day,” here are three things you should expect:
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“G-Day” will be the first time many fans get to look at true freshmen Tray Matthews, Ryne Rankin and Reggie Carter. All three are highly touted prospects who have been linked to huge hits during spring practice.
Matthews may emerge as the starter at free safety, which would be a landmark under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. No true freshman has started UGA’s opening game since Grantham’s arrival in 2010.
Rankin and Carter are both inside linebackers who could push for immediate playing time.
Who’s Going to Step at WR
Speaking of Mitchell missing “G-Day,” the Bulldogs will find it necessary to find able replacements for departed seniors Tavarres King and Marlon Brown. One of the candidates could be junior Chris Conley.
Conley, who was last seen darting 87 yards in the fourth quarter of the Florida Citrus Bowl has had a promising spring. He caught 20 passes last season and was second on the team with six touchdown receptions. He’ll have every opportunity to step into a solid receiving corps which includes Mitchell, Michael Bennett and incoming junior college transfer Jonathon Rumph.
Where Will Josh Harvey-Clemons Play
Sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons is definitely going to be on the field for UGA, the questions remains where.
Harvey-Clemons is being looked at as a safety or an outside linebacker. He appeared in a limited role for the Bulldogs in every game last season and UGA fans should be excited to see what the former high-school All American can bring to the table, no matter where he plays.