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Dawgs expect Mitchell back, better than ever

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ATHENS, GA (WALB) -

Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell was expected to be a leader for team's offense last season, and he was.

Just not in the way many wanted.

The former Valdosta Wildcats star was the first of many injury casualties in 2013, suffering an ACL tear while celebrating the Dawgs' first TD of the season.

He missed the entire season, and took a medical redshirt.

Mitchell will return to the Georgia offense this season, and his team expects his to be better than he has been before.

"He is one of the more explosive players we have on our team. Very fast, very quick," says head coach Mark Richt. "A guy that can take a routine play and stick it in the endzone. He scares people on the deep ball. He's a guy we hope comes back a hundred percent and stays healthy."

Mitchell was UGA's second leading receiver his freshman and sophomore seasons, and that kind of production will be very welcome in Athens this season with new QB Hutson Mason taking the reins.

Mason says he's seen Mitchell in summer workouts and he expects big things.

"Malcolm's been running with us and working out in May. He looks great," the redshirt senior says. "He's about as close to 100 percent as he'll be."

If Mitchell does return at full strength, Mason knows what an asset he can be.

"Every time we go into a week, we scout out what coverage a defense will play and we kind of realize what shots we can take downfield," he says. "Malcolm is usually right there as the guy we're going to throw it to."

Mitchell missed spring practice with a separate leg injury, but is expected to be ready to go for preseason camp in August.

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