ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell is expected to recover for the start of the 2014 season after having surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Mitchell, a junior who was No. 9 Georgia’s top returning receiver, had surgery Tuesday after tearing the ligament in the Bulldogs’ loss at Clemson on Aug. 31.
He will miss the remainder of the season.
Georgia associate athletic director for sports medicine Ron Courson said a full recovery is expected for Mitchell, who is expected to apply for a medical redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.
MEYER ‘FAIRLY OPTIMISTIC’ MILLER WILL PLAY AGAINST CAL: In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he is “fairly optimistic” that injured quarterback Braxton Miller will be able to play when the fourth-ranked Buckeyes play at California on Saturday.
Speaking on the Big Ten coaches teleconference, Meyer said that Miller has shown signs that he may be healthy enough to see action after spraining a ligament in his left knee in last weekend’s 42-7 win over San Diego State.
Miller received treatment on the knee on Sunday and Monday, then threw a few passes before participating in a limited capacity in Tuesday’s workout. Meyer hopes that Miller will not suffer any setbacks and will be able to take part in Ohio State’s last big practice of the week on Wednesday.
SPECIAL TEAMS COACH SUSPENDED ONE GAME: In Honolulu, the Mountain West Conference suspended Hawaii special teams and safeties coach Chris Demarest one game for inappropriate sideline conduct during a loss to Oregon State.
The conference said in a release Tuesday that Demarest is prohibited from coaching during Hawaii’s next game Sept. 21 at Nevada.
A conference official declined to give details, but the release says Demarest was suspended under a sportsmanship rule that governs obscene gestures and language toward other people during games.
Hawaii coach Norm Chow said in a statement that the situation is unfortunate and the team will abide by the penalty.
Hawaii (0-2) lost 33-14 to Oregon State on Saturday. The Beavers (1-1) outscored the Rainbow Warriors 19-0 in the second half.
Demarest is in his second year as a position coach with Hawaii.
SPARTANS MAY ADD THIRD QB TO MIX: In East Lansing, Mich., Mark Dantonio could have his third quarterback rotation in as many games with Michigan State freshman Damion Terry officially in the mix for Saturday’s game against Youngstown State.
Terry is expected to get the second-most repetitions at practice, behind second-game starter Connor Cook. The Spartans (2-0) are looking for answers for an offense that has scored just two touchdowns, half the output of their defense.
If Terry is solid the next three days, he should see the field against the Penguins, a team that has put up 95 points in two games, both wins. Dantonio added that he won’t risk burning a top prospect’s redshirt year for one appearance.
The team needs Cook, Terry, Andrew Maxwell or Tyler O’Connor to emerge as the starting quarterback.
CB BODDY-CALHOUN FOR SEASON: In Minneapolis, Minnesota starting cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Boddy-Calhoun was hurt last week at New Mexico State. Coach Jerry Kill revealed the injury on Tuesday. He said he expected Boddy-Calhoun to qualify for a medical redshirt from the NCAA, which would give him two more years of eligibility.
The junior was in the lineup in the opener against UNLV because of an injury to Derrick Wells. Boddy-Calhoun had an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in that game, the third-longest in program history.
Backup defensive end Alex Keith has a broken hand, but Kill said he expects Keith to be able to play against Western Illinois on Saturday.