Malcolm Mitchell is having fun again.
It’s been a long time coming, considering the circumstances of the anterior cruciate ligament he tore in the 2013 season-opener against Clemson.
Following two years of rehab, which included Mitchell getting some game action a year ago, Mitchell finally feels back to his old self again.
“I think previous years were a challenging time in my life personally. I wasn’t on the field," Mitchell said. "The comment, ‘I’m having fun again’ just relates to my ability to perform on the field.”
Mitchell has impressed so far through three games. He’s hauled in 15 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns already, which includes going for 122 yards and a score on eight grabs last week against South Carolina.
Mitchell’s speed has been evident early on, which has only added confidence to his game.
“I think a big reason he is having fun is I don’t think he is worried too much about his wheels anymore,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s just playing again and he’s producing and doing some of the things he hoped to do all along. I think you see a lot of his energy in practice.”
Mitchell’s presence has made things easier for quarterback Greyson Lambert, who developed trust with the senior receiver rather quickly after transferring in from Virginia this summer.
Lambert said Mitchell at 100 percent benefits him since he can throw just about any kind of ball to him.
“He’s a great route-runner and he scares DBs some with his speed,” Lambert said. “That gives him a little extra cushion on the shorter routes, the underneath throws. Those mostly were there all night this past Saturday, which gave us a nice little throw-and-catch system.”