Malcolm Mitchell’s season may have ended with an injury in the season-opener, but he hasn’t let that keep him away from his team.
Mitchell left the first game of the season with a knee injury following a mishap during a touchdown celebration. However, coach Mark Richt said the junior is already itching to get back on or around the field every chance he gets.
“He comes to practice every day and goes to meetings every day,” Richt said.
Even during the rehabilitation process, injured players meet with their position coaches every day. Upon having those meetings, the coach then decides whether he wants the player at practice or wants him to rehab. Richt said sometimes it’s better for Mitchell and other players to be at rehab rather than stand around on crutches and watch.
Because Richt still has some rehab of his own to do from his hip replacement earlier this year, he said he gets a chance to see players like Mitchell more and find out how they are doing from both a physical and mental aspect.
“I’ll run into all the guys from time to time because I’ve been doing some of my rehab, but Malcolm really has very good spirits right now,” Richt said. “He’s not moping around. He’s working hard, and he feels like he’s ahead of schedule.”
Teammate Reggie Wilkerson also suffered an ACL injury, but in the summer. Mitchell’s presence around the facility has given players such Wilkerson a little added motivation toward a full recovery.
“There are other guys, of course, going through it, but spirits are good,” Richt said. “I’m excited about him getting back.”