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Blog: Knee injury ends season for leading receiver Bennett (updated with Richt comments)

Georgia has lost leading receiver Michael Bennett to a season-ending knee injury.

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

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

“It’s very sad that it happened,” coach Mark Richt said this afternoon. “It happened on the very last play of practice yesterday. 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. “There it was.”

Bennett will undergo reconstructive surgery at a date to be determined.

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

The loss of Bennett is a blow to a Georgia offense that leads the SEC in total offense at 536 yards per game, but the Bulldogs are deep at receiver, especially with sophomore Malcolm Mitchell returning to offense.

“Now, especially with Bennett’s injury, we’re going to be using him more offensively,” Richt said.

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

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

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

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