KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia's victory over Tennessee may have come at a cost after freshman wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell injured his hamstring while catching a 71-yard pass from Aaron Murray late in the third quarter.
After making the grab, Mitchell stood up, then reached for his hamstring before walking off the field.
"It didn't really happen until after I caught the ball and took a couple of steps," said Mitchell. "It was a pop. They said I'll get treatment this week, and hopefully get ready for next week."
Head coach Mark Richt didn't seem quite so confident.
"We hope to have him back for the Florida game," Richt said as he completed his post-game press conference.
Before the injury, Mitchell posted arguably the finest game of his young career, catching three passes for 126 yards.
Mitchell leads the Bulldogs with 25 catches for 438 yards and three touchdowns.
Richt "humbled" to get 100th win
With Saturday's 20-12 win, Richt picked up his 100th win to move to 100-36 in his 11th season.
He becomes just the third coach in UGA history to reach 100 wins, joining Wally Butts (140) and Vince Dooley (201). Butts and Dooley reached that milestone in their 14th season.
"Really and truly, to think you'd even coach 100 games, then all of a sudden you win 100 games
," Richt said. "Again, it's not me winning, but a representation of a lot of time, a lot of people ... It's like I'm about to hit my 25th wedding anniversary, that's a big deal. For whatever reason, those 25s, 50s, 100rds seem to be just a little bit more meaningful."
Overall, Richt's teams are now 4-2 in Knoxville and 36-10 overall in an opponent's home stadium.
Back in the lineup
Sophomore Chris Burnette returned to the starting lineup at right guard after missing the previous two contests while recovering from a knee injury.
Burnette assumed his customary spot at right guard, with Dallas Lee moving back over to left.
Also, junior Jonathan Jenkins made his first career start, becoming the 14th first-time starter for the Bulldogs this year.
• Chase Vasser started at Will linebacker in place of Cornelius Washington, serving a two-game suspension for last week's DUI.
• Amarlo Herrera started at Moe linebacker with Mike Gilliard getting the call at Mike.
Smith sees time on offense
Junior cornerback Branden Smith saw his first action on offense this year, rushing twice for 19 yards.
He has played on both sides of the ball and on special teams as a punt returner and kickoff returner throughout his career.
This and that
Coming into Saturday, Georgia was 3-for-9 on fourth down conversions. In the first quarter, Georgia was 3-for-3 on fourth downs. "This week we did a lot better job of putting a plan together," Richt said. "I had a lot more confidence with what the offensive staff had put together so I was more decisive in what to do. I thought we practiced it well. I'm glad we made it."
Gilliard has been the leading tackler for the Bulldogs the past four games. He had a career-high nine against Miss. State last week and followed that up with a new career high getting 12 along with one forced fumble, a sack, a pass breakup and one tackle for a loss. Also, safety Shawn Williams tied his career-high with seven and added a blocked point. During this streak, Georgia has outscored the opposition 130-35. Overall, Georgia's defense limited UT to a pair of field goals in the first half and then one touchdown with 2:51 left in the contest. In the past 16 quarters, Georgia's defense has allowed just two touchdowns.
Georgia's offensive line did not surrender a single sack of Murray.
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