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Aaron Murray Sets SEC Passing Record; Johnny Manziel And A&M Blitz Bulldogs

postgame-links-150x1501Georgia 45 – Appalachian State 6. Video Highlights

1. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray becomes the SEC’s all-time career touchdown passing leader. 

2. Murray ties Danny Wuerffel’s career mark of 114 with first-quarter touchdown; breaks record on second quarter touchdown pass to Michael Bennett.

3. Georgia hit with another targeting penalty.  Safety Corey Moore ejected from the game in the second quarter.

Texas A&M 51 – Mississippi State 41. Video Highlights

4. Quick-strike Aggies blitz the Bulldogs.  All seven of A&M’s touchdown drives take less than two minutes.

5. Fans chant “One more year!” to Johnny Manziel.  Quarterback completes 30-of-39 passes for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

6. Manziel on NFL: I’m just focusing on getting us to a BCS berth (or) the best bowl game we can get to.”  Coach Kevin Sumlin on USC rumors: “I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about LSU.”

7. Aggies score late second-half touchdown to push lead from two to nine points.  MSU coach Dan Mullen: “Appears to be our Achilles’ heel.”

8. MSU quarterback Dak Prescott plays less than a week after his mother died of colon cancer.  Had 149 passing yards and another 154 on the ground.

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Georgia WR Bennett Could Return After Surgery; Richt “Grumpy” Over Injury Talk

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Georgia receiver Michael Bennett — one of a pack of Dawgs to be injured at Tennessee last Saturday — has undergone surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.  There is no official timetable for his return, but it is expected that he can be back in action in a matter of weeks.

UGA has already lost receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley for the season due to knee injuries.  Bennett missed all of last season with a torn ACL.  While the Bulldogs will have to play without their top three wideouts for sometime, at least one of the three is expected to return.  At some point.

With running back Keith Marshall done for the year and starting running back Todd Gurley dealing with an ankle sprain, coach Mark Richt has been peppered with questions about ailments and his depth chart.  Yesterday on WSB-AM radio in Atlanta, the top dog barked:

 

“Well, you know, I’m tired about talking about the injury report.  That’s all everybody talks about.  We need to talk about who’s healthy.  We need to talk about who’s going to play in this ballgame (against Missouri).  We’re sorry for the guys that got hurt and I’m sure they can figure it out on the internet.  It’s time to talk about the next man getting his opportunity and play well and certainly loving up the guys who got hurt.  If we want to talk about it all week, I’m going to stop it now.”

 

Richt later apologized on Twitter “about being grumpy.”

It seems clear that Georgia’s coach doesn’t want Georgia’s healthy backups — who’ll now be thrust into action — to hear too much of the “Well, the Dawgs are doomed now” talk.

Good luck with that one, Coach.

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Knee Surgery For Georgia Receiver Mitchell, Expected Back In August

malcolm-mitchell-247-ugaGeorgia’s top returning receiver will miss the rest of spring practice. Malcolm Mitchell was scheduled to have knee surgery this morning.  He suffered an injury during last Saturday’s scrimmage and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to ready in August for preseason camp.

Despite playing cornerback early in the season last year, Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns.  He missed the 2012 opener with a foot injury and three games in 2011 with a hamstring injury. He’s the second Georgia receiver to miss time this spring.  Michael Bennett is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season.  He’s been running on the side in spring practice.

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UGA WR Brown Done For Year With Knee Injury

A month ago, Georgia lost receiver Michael Bennett to an ACL injury.  Luckily for the Dawgs, Malcolm Mitchell was able to move from his brief emergency role in the secondary back to UGA’s receiving corps.  Question is: Who’ll step up now that receiver Marlon Brown has also been lost for the year to an ACL injury?

Brown is a senior and the injury he suffered Saturday will bring his career to a close in Athens.  For those wondering, Bennett is a sophomore and will return next season.

Mark Richt said of the injury:

 

“It’s just a hard thing to swallow right now…

We still have some playmakers, but Marlon and Michael were just two outstanding football players.  I mean at the time of the injuries they were both leading the team in receptions and actually have a nice physicality to them, as well, at that position.”  You know, we’ll miss that.  Other guys will just have to step up and get after it.”

 

Bennett had 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns when he went down.  Brown exits with 27 catches for 469 yards and four more TDs.  That’s a lot of production to have to replace.

Georgia won 37-10 over Ole Miss and has remaining games against Auburn, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech remaining.  If they beat Auburn, they’ll wrap up the SEC East title and likely be treated to a date with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.  Against the Tide’s defense, it’s best to have all your weapons loaded.  If UGA faces Bama… they won’t.

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Bad News For UGA As Leading Receiver Bennett Goes Down With ACL Tear

On Saturday, receiver Michael Bennett was hauling in five catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia’s 51-44 win over Tennessee.  Yesterday he was helped off the Bulldogs’ practice field with a torn ACL in his right knee.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Bennett is now done for the season.  The redshirt sophomore leads Goergia with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns through five games.

Bennett announced via Twitter:

 

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

 

Expect Malcolm Mitchell — who just moved back to receiver from defensive back last week — to see his role expand with the loss of Bennett.  Bennett had basically picked up the slack while Mitchell served his stint on defense.

For the season, 12 different players have caught passes for the Dawgs: eight receivers, two tight ends and both freshman running backs.  If there’s a bright spot to this it’s that UGA is deep when it comes to pass-catchers.

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