ATHENS — Malcolm Mitchell had one more non-football feat to pull off before he left Georgia.
In his final semester at UGA, the star receiver achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, according to the school. Mitchell’s achievement was mentioned at Tuesday’s athletic board meeting.
Only three other football players, and a total of 26 athletes, had a 4.0 last semester. The other football players were freshman tight end Jackson Harris, senior kicker Patrick Beless and freshman long snapper John Courson.
Mitchell, a highly-sought recruit who became a standout receiver at Georgia, probably ended up becoming more noted for his off-field accomplishments. He famously joined a women’s book club, then last year wrote a children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat.” Last December, he was chosen by fellow seniors to give a speech at the team gala honoring departed head coach Mark Richt, who wrote the forward to Mitchell’s book.
The Valdosta native, who estimated that he was reading at only an eighth-grade level when he got to UGA, made the most of his education. He graduated in December with a degree in communication activities.
Mitchell pulled off the perfect GPA last fall while leading the team with 58 catches, 865 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He stayed healthy and played in every game, the first time he had been able to do that since he arrived on campus in 2011.