Cruel blow leaves hard decisions for Sturdivant, Dawgs

Trinton Sturdivant has a tough decision to make. (Associated Press)

Trinton Sturdivant has a tough decision to make. (Associated Press)

Returning to the dispiriting news of Trinton Sturdivant’s third major knee injury definitely isn’t the way you want to come back from a week away from following the Dogs.

It’s hard to imagine a crueler blow to both the fifth-year senior and the team.

Having already rehabbed ACL tears twice on his left knee, Sturdivant, who was a freshman All-American in 2007 when he started all 13 games at left tackle, now faces some really hard choices.

Try to do it all over again and apply for a hardship sixth season as a Dog? The precedent certainly is there since he will have missed two seasons to injury.

Skip a return to UGA and try to go straight to the pros with two rehabbed knees? Sturdivant has talked in the past about how playing in the NFL has always been his dream and worried about being viewed as damaged goods by the league’s scouts. In fact, that’s why he decided to return to Georgia this season, he said, “to make the GMs in the NFL feel more comfortable about drafting someone with two ACL [surgeries].”

How will they feel about drafting a guy who’s had three ACLs?

And then there’s the option that could either be toughest for Sturdivant to face: Coming to the conclusion that, if not a higher power, then at the very least his body is trying to tell him something and perhaps he should hang up his cleats for good.

Meanwhile, new offensive line coach Will Friend is certainly getting his baptism by fire. He also faces some tough choices. Would it be best to give A.J. Harmon or one of the other backups the chance to finally claim a starting position, or should he shift Kenarious Gates or Justin Anderson over from guard? Certainly, depending on one of the true freshmen coming in August would be the worst-case scenario.

The inconsistency of the offensive line already was considered one of the main obstacles, besides the transition from high school to the SEC, facing incoming would-be star Isaiah Crowell. And this past Saturday’s scrimmage results weren’t too encouraging, with Mark Richt noting that there was “not much in the way of running the ball,” though at least the pass protection was good.

You’d like to think maybe Todd Grantham’s run defense really has simply gotten a lot better, but we won’t know that really until September.

All in all, a sucky turn of events.

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112 comments Add your comment

dawgfan

April 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

This is not a difficult decision IMO. Football is over. 3 torn ACLs is unusual. I guess lightening can strike twice (or 3 times) but you have to wonder if there is something wrong with this guy’s body mechanics to bang up his knees that much. Then again, I have no idea what the hell I am talking about. All I know is that there is more to life than football and Trinton could waste a lot of time chasing a dream that isn’t realistic. I know all these guys come in with NFL dollar signs dancing in their heads and that may be a tough pill for him to swallow right now, but one day he’ll know its the right decision. Football was only going to be temporary anyway. I will be impressed if Trinton decides to give up football. I think it would show a lot of maturity.

Thanks.

TallyDawg

April 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

Dawgfan, I really think he got dinged up in high school, was given cortizone shots to keep him going and was shot out from the get go.

D A DoubleU G

April 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

For those unaware, I found a great video of Jan Kemp expressing the allegations she brought to light……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al8yCWnt8J0

Unfortunately, Techies will enjoy this one.

LawDawg

April 12th, 2011
1:01 pm

Talk about a kid who has had a hard run of luck. He has persevered through a lot, but this may be the end of his career. I wish him all the best.

As for the team, the D is going to have to make huge strides over last year (which considering the abysmal safety play and the question marks at DT and ILB, that may not be possible) because the OL is going to suck yet again.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

April 12th, 2011
1:06 pm

Burt:
How do you major in running the football without an SEC runnung back….Hopefully someone will step forward and take the position…

old time dog

April 12th, 2011
1:12 pm

Wish the ajc would get a writer who could get some newsworthy stories which someone hasn’t previously broken and covered. Bill King to my knowledge has never had anything original and worth mentioning. There has to be some UGA news of interest that hasn’t already been covered.

edumacated

April 12th, 2011
1:13 pm

Ariel is just the same insane person who has been posting that same crap about Jan Kemp and the cesspool for more than a year under about a dozen different names. Don’t respond to him so he will go away.

Great, our offense can’t run the ball. What else is new?

ACL 3

April 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

I’m a Tech fan, but this sucks for the kid. I do know multiple people who have torn both ACLs and 1 person I know has had the same situation as this kid. She came back to play well in her sport all 4 years of college. Most of the time when this happens to the other knee, they haven’t rehabed the unijured hamstring as much as the injured one, leaving it weaker and more prone to injury. They kid can come back…whether the Pros are willing to take the risk is an altogether different situation. He needs to get his degree, and maybe change it from whatever rinky dink major it is to something that is actually useful, cause I don’t think he’s making millions in the Pros, unfortunately for him!

DawginLex

April 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

I have never understood why idiots like Ariel and plum nellie waste their limited brainpower by getting on a UGA blog and spewing the same old inane drivel day after day thinking it is funny.

No one is laughing except your girlfriend who laughs every time you drop your pants.

Or your boyfriend.

Either way, laughter.

Of course, both of you are thrilled that someone can see your rod since you haven’t seen it without the use of a mirror in over 10 years.

400 pound losers

quit crying

April 12th, 2011
1:40 pm

every program has injuries throughout the year. Richt seems to be so focused on recruiting dream teamers at the glamour positions that he doesn’t have depth up the middle. if you can’t control the middle of the field – you have losing seasons. good luck next year dawggies.

old time dog

April 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

Hey Bill, Chip and Tim have once again came out with new and previously uncovered news. It is about time for you to piggyback those articles in a few days isn’t it? Atta boy Bill!!! Let someone else who is capable do the real reporting.

Musical Chairs

April 12th, 2011
1:55 pm

This program is falling apart anyway. Now Logan Gray has wised up and heading to play at Colorado. He knows UGA has a clueless overpaid coaching staff. Good Luck kiddo!

old time dog

April 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

Bill, did you copy other kid’s papers and schoolwork in class? Nevermind, that answer is obvious.

RxDawg

April 12th, 2011
2:00 pm

“Cause Murray was great all season long. Be Honest.”

ALL season long? Look I’m no Murray hater, but while were being “honest” don’t forget about the UF and UCF games.

D A DoubleU G

April 12th, 2011
2:09 pm

old time dog,

Bill King is not a “reporter”.

Bill King is an opinion columnist for University of Georgia athletics.

Bill King was also out of town last week, on vacation, and is just now sharing his OPINION on this story.

If you do not like the style of Bill King’s writings, the simple solution is not to click on his link, and even go as far as scroll all the way to the bottom on his article to make a pointless comment.

Thank you, come again.

Jeff Dantzler

April 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

Couple of thoughts

1) Murray had an outstanding season but didn’t play great in every game. That said, he only really hurt us versus Florida

2) We’re not a running team. As long as Richt is here and we continue to recruit NFL calibre QBs, we’re not going to be a running team. Frankly the teams that win lately are ones whos QBs run, not true “running” teams. Bama is an exception but Florida and Allbarn certainly aren’t.

3) Sucks what happened to TS but won’t hurt Dawgs in grande scheme. You can take this one of two ways. He was part of the problem or we can’t get any worse. Neither way is positive FWIW.

4) I don’t find Bill King any more interesting than most writers but this is a free blog. And in reality it is more of a message board than anything.

old time dog

April 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

D A Double U G, who made you God?

D A DoubleU G

April 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

Really good response, old time dog.

Guess that’s your way of coping with the fact that what I said above is correct, and now you;re just embarrassed.

Bulldog Arch

April 12th, 2011
2:20 pm

The nay-sayers and the boneheads on here with all these negative,defeatist comments amuse me.Talk to some Dawg fans who have been around a long time,like me,and you will begin to understand that there is no way possible that anybody knows what will happen this year.Know this if you care to read it,the 1979 team was 6-5.So,I’m always anticipating the season especially because I don’t know what to expect.2006 was a bummer but what about 2007?Can’t wait for the 2011 edition.

D A DoubleU G

April 12th, 2011
2:24 pm

Whenever these Techies flood a UGA blog, all you have to do is sit back and realize that THIS, is the type of person we are dealing with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bp7yEjTj8I

After watching that, words cannot express how much better about myself I feel.

Pinson Laine

April 12th, 2011
2:31 pm

With Richt’s modus operandi, Murray will be starting QB for every game, no matter what happens in the spring or fall practices. Only a crippling injury would induce Richt to change his plans.

Why is Richt still here?

old time dog

April 12th, 2011
2:32 pm

Way to go d a uu g! You sure put me in my place didn’t you? Anything else? BAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! I AM NOT a GT fan, been a UGA fan since 1955 but why explain that to you since you obviously possess great intellect. Don’t know you and don’t want to. BAHAHAHAHA!!!

ca dawg

April 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

i hate it for trinton. a DGD, smart kid, and a class act. at least bill “the sky is falling” king has something else to complain about.

i understand that aj harmon is back in good academic graces and has looked very good in practice, as has austin long. i would much prefer to see one of them step up at RT rather than having to slide bean out to the edge. that kid is a guard if there was one.

Trenton Sturdyvant

April 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

SO, he is where he wanted to be ............

April 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

Young men, learn well fron this news. The bod sometimes cannot hold up …………. so your degree is your ticket out of the hood. Trinton is well prepared for life’s phase II. He will likely pursue is career now but w.o. a degree, more than likely it ( his future ) would look dim.

We all have blown knees, whether we play ball or not. In the end, it is how well that you get back up and getting back is easier with that dimploma.

Good luck TS. Heck, pursue a Masters now. THAT will last forever good or bad knees.

UGA class of 71 & 73

7576DAWG

April 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

The first time I saw TS as a freshman I said how can those little legs , knee down , support such a massive body. He gave us one great year and we thank him for that , before my fears were realized. I hope we do not have to play another player out of position unless he wants to.
For those of you that support Bobo even though he has done nothing to warrant the praise , I hope he shows more this year than in the past since CMR has decided to risk his future on him being able to run the offense the way it needs by working with the defense. Drives ending with a touchdown need to take 5 to 7 minutes not to put too much pressure on the defense late in the game because they are so tired. . Most in the know in college football agree with me since nobody wanted to interview Bobo for a lot of head coaching jobs that came open in 2010. The pro’s are not interested either.
Enjoy Grantham this year because he will be hard to hold onto after this year. The defense will be night and day different.

Dawg Gone

April 12th, 2011
2:50 pm

Pinson Laine troll on off into the sunset…

UGA Insider

April 12th, 2011
2:54 pm

There are many here wondering if the D Line has stepped it up and let me tell you….. Hell yes!!!

Geathers, Abry Jones, Tyson and C Washington have had HUGE spring’s. They have dominated every practice and have made Will Friend lose sleep at night. Once we plug Jenkins in we may move Geathers out to DE to create more havoc in running situations. We also have lots of depth finally and keep moving fresh parts in throughout practice. For icing on the cake we get Ray Drew and a few others who will add additional depth.

Most importantly, Jarvis Jones has brought some fire to this defense…. these guys play hard and folks will not recognize this defense against Boise State. Grantham was the right hire and I’m glad he is here. If we can find a play maker at safety and inside LB….. Haters better watch out for this defense. Grantham told me there will be as many as 8 players playing new positions against Boise-which is not all that bad of a thing.

Jake

April 12th, 2011
3:00 pm

You have to feel sorry for the kid, but obviously he’s fragile. And very likely carrying too much weight. The way guys bulk up to play football, it’s a wonder it doesn’t happen more often. I hope he’s been smart enough to be getting an education through all this.

Dawg Gone

April 12th, 2011
3:05 pm

UGA Insider thanks for the update, looking forward to the spring game and your insights there as well !

Go Dawgs!

April 12th, 2011
3:07 pm

A couple of things to consider, while a torn ACL is a signifigant injury, the advances in medicine/surgical techniques in many cases make the repaired knee stronger than before the injury.

Before TS is completely written off, consider this:
Jamal Lewis had an MCL tear in his right knee in 1999, and an ACL tear in his left knee in 2001. A year removed from his 2nd major knee injury all he did was rush for 2066 yds in the NFL. One of only 6 EVER to rush for over 2000yds in a single season, and the ONLY one to do it on two surgically repaired knees.

So before he’s completely written off, let’s not sell short modern medicine or Trinton’s heart.

No matter what he decides he’s got my best wishes either way.

Dbalcer

April 12th, 2011
3:07 pm

I hope the surgery to repair the ACL will enable Trinton to play again he has put so much of his effort into getting back in position to play. He is a DG DAWG.

reebok

April 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

Trinton, young man, your body is telling you that you will not be playing football at the next level. Please get your degree and start your non-football career before you wind up crippled at age 30…

DawginLex

April 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

Insider,

thanks for the updates.

Regarding nose tackle:

don’t we need 2 players to rotate? Don’t we have enough depth and talent at DE and LB to keep Geathers at the nose with Jenkins?

Marshall or Swann will get looks at DB/safety right?

IMO,one of them will start.

Dawg Gone

April 12th, 2011
3:22 pm

7576DAWG just a quick point for discussion…no one wants to talk to Bobo who’s offense set UGA records for the number of games where they scored 30 or more points..but will want to talk to Grantham…who’s defense let us lose after scoring 30+ on Auburn and the Gators….and the USC game was lost to a blown coverage in the last seconds…we can hardly hang the Goat tag on Bobo without another one for Grantham..we had problems last year here’s hoping we can fix all of them on both sides of the ball.

IL Jacket

April 12th, 2011
3:25 pm

I am sorry for this young man’s injury-sounds like he was a hard worker, anyone coming back from two knee surgeries would have to be. It is always hard to give up on one’s dreams, but looks like the NFL is not to be. I hope Trinton will use his scholarship to position himself for a career where he can find fulfillment and a productive life. Good luck in the future.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

Dude has not been the same since he won Dancing with the Dawgs in Jax in 07.

Jeff Dantzler

April 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

Go Dawgs, I agree. And I also think he needs to try to come back (if he wants to play in the NFL) to UGA because he needs to prove himself just like he needed to this year. The risk has gone up, but if he ultimately wants to play in the NFL, he’s going to have to put in another year in college imo.

As far as his degree, doesn’t he have to be pretty darn close to graduating just to have been eligible this long?

icedawg

April 12th, 2011
3:49 pm

With that kind of record he should hang it up and finish his degree and move on. Some things are just not to be and it certainly looks like that for him at football. Too bad for him. He was the sport to try and come back twice. Move on to bigger and better things. Sport for most is a short shelf life.

waytogoricht

April 12th, 2011
3:49 pm

Somethings wrong with Richt’s practices/workouts/conditioning. Duh! Same old crap every year followed by Richt’s lame excuses as for why he has become the ultimate loser.

Spurrier, Saban, Miles, formerly Meyer, all have had injuries to deal with, but Richt gets away with excuses for his player injuries by forgiveness from UGA’s administration. If it rained in a game, and it was slushy for both teams, Richt would tell some UGA people, “well we lost because the ball was wet and because we dropped it three times”. Other UGA people are getting sick ot this koolaide.

When will Richt ever be held accountable, for preparing for all types of possible game conditions(the best SEC coaches do), and for adequate conditioning(recent losers like Richt haven’t and their records reveal it. Richt has beaten that “injury” dead horse too many times to even think about using it again in 2011. But I’m sure he’ll try.

arielsmellslikedoo-doo

April 12th, 2011
3:58 pm

ariel loves the dawgs

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

April 12th, 2011
4:00 pm

I would highly recommend that Mr Sturdivant concentrate on earning his degree, and maybe doing a co-op program in his major area of study. If he has a pro future, good and well, but a degree earned now is good for life.

UGA Insider

April 12th, 2011
4:01 pm

DawginLex,

I’m just going by what I was told regarding Geathers. I’m sure he will still platoon at NG but also move over to DE from time to time. Grantham is going to put his best players on the field at critical situations. So if it’s 3rd and 2 against USC with the game on the line…… Grantham can put Geathers and Jenkins in at the same time……. that sounds good to me. I’m telling you… Geathers is 344lbs and NO ONE on the UGA team this spring has blocked him.

arielsmellslikedoo-doo

April 12th, 2011
4:01 pm

buzz is my hero

dawg85

April 12th, 2011
4:03 pm

waytogoricht — you are a moron. Give us some quotes where Richt used injuries as an excuse.

UGA Insider

April 12th, 2011
4:07 pm

I haven’t been told this but I think UGA coaches expect Swann to come in and possibly start. Marshall would surprise me but I think he will work his way into the lineup as the season goes on. We are pretty deep at CB.

Jay

April 12th, 2011
4:14 pm

If anybody can rehab a third time it’s Trinton. I almost wish he wouldn’t. Get that degree and be able to walk when you’re 50.

DawginLex

April 12th, 2011
4:28 pm

Thanks insider

Snake Doc

April 12th, 2011
5:19 pm

Sorry to hear about Sturdivant – He was/is a leader!

Snake Doc

April 12th, 2011
5:20 pm

Oh yeah, before I go, I must say, Chip Towers Stinks!