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

Gen. Forrest

April 12th, 2011
5:49 pm

Devout life-long Techie here, but I have to say that absolutely SUCKS about TS.!!! That poor kid has worked his butt off year after year and to have this happen again….. well, it just sucks! The NFL won’t even consider him after 3 torn ACL’s, and in all honesty they shouldn’t. Sad to say it, but T.S. needs to drop football immediately and get into a decent major and focus on graduating, otherwise he’ll end up doing manual labor the rest of his life. Too bad, because he is an awesomely talented kid. But 3 blown ACL’s? It’s time to call it quits and focus on life in the real world.

Best wishes and best of luck to you Mr. Sturdivant!!!

Beast from the East

April 12th, 2011
5:51 pm

This Gator wishes Trinton a full and speedy recovery. Whether he decides to return to football or not, he is on track to get his degree and looks to have a bright future. The SEC needs more young men like this.

edumacated

April 12th, 2011
6:05 pm

UGAInsider,

The news about Geathers dominating is good to hear, but I think it should be taken with a grain of salt. That offensive line made a lot of guys look dominant last year, including that scrub from CFU.

Mr Jacksonville

April 12th, 2011
6:40 pm

Just dance it off jackass.

10 years later and mark richt still cant put together an o-line

April 12th, 2011
6:40 pm

how long has this broken record been playing? 10 years.
Has mark richt ever been able to assemble an offensive line on his own?
Answer = NO.
We are always cobbling together something.
But, then again folks….our perfect game planning will overcome this obstical.

Dawg89

April 12th, 2011
8:05 pm

Sorry Trinton. Best wishes for a speedier than usual recovery.

powerhouse?

April 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

Sorry to hear about another injury TS.

ps….don’t think boisey will score 67 but rickt and the dream was planning to rebuild next year…why start with boyz?

Nobody

April 13th, 2011
12:06 am

Glenn will replace TS.

LCDawg

April 13th, 2011
1:09 am

I have never in my life seen so more shoulder and knee injuries on an offensive line than we have had the last 5 or so years. What gives? I know JOeT has only been on the job for a few months but we MUST get better flexibility and strength training fast.

RED DOG 77

April 13th, 2011
1:14 am

Well Bill, yet another bummed-out story about “my” Georgia Bulldogs. Golly-gee Bill, don’t ya ever just get a little tired of writing negative stories?………Me? yea Bill, bad news about Trinton, ok, but goodness gravy man………..MAN-UP fella!!!!!………Trinton, IMO, was playing on borrowed time anyway, so no real surprise here. Bill, son, if you were to take a quick little look at the 2011 roster, I think you will find that coach Mark Richt…….and yes coach Bobo have been stockpiling great big ‘ol offensive linemen the past two to three years!……….Heck Bill, Trinton was what? come on, you can say it, yep………a Freshman All- American!!!……….We have dudes just chomping at the bit to be the next freshman All-American……….so lighten-up Bill…….alls good, as they say……..Come September “my” Georgia Bulldogs will put an impressive group of Olinemen on the field. And yes Bill, Todd Grantham’s defense is very, very much improved from last year………so next time Bill, just give it a try fella, write something with a little optomism, how bout it?……Regards, RED

Tech Owns This State

April 13th, 2011
7:30 am

Let’s see now… that makes five in a row for Tech over the Dawgtards in baseball.

Tech owns this state!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 14th, 2011
10:51 am

Tech owns this state,

Based on a minor sport in Baseball, you won the baseball part only. That is as stupid as saying UGA owns this state in womens softball because they beat tech. yesterday. UGA owns this state and tech. in football and even this year in basketball. Wonder how baseball revenue stacks up to football and basketball revenus. And yes, it does matter becasue UGA funds it’s own athletic programs upgrades, not float a 50 million dollar bond to improve it’s facilities.