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

devildawg

April 12th, 2011
10:35 am

devildawg

April 12th, 2011
10:36 am

Sweet! But that sucks about Trindon.

devildawg

April 12th, 2011
10:36 am

Sorry, Trinton.

George Stein

April 12th, 2011
10:39 am

Brutal. This Tech fan would never wish that on a kid in a thousand years.

I hope he regains his health and gets his degree.

Alphare

April 12th, 2011
10:47 am

Trinton, good luck and get well soon.

Burt

April 12th, 2011
10:52 am

Don’t matter. Georgia was 11th in SEC in rushing last year. Gets worse every year under Bobo.

And Richt loses more games than year before 7 out of last 8 seasons.

Injuries are not why.

Burt

April 12th, 2011
10:54 am

With 2 ACL’s, surely Georgia wasn’t caught by surprise.

BornADawg

April 12th, 2011
10:58 am

I sure do hate this for Trint. Will possibly end his opportunity for an NFL career as well! But, I’ve felt all along this would only be a matter of time. Good luck to you Trint and hope you recover as quickly as possible…Go DAWGS!

Red

April 12th, 2011
11:01 am

Man, I can only imagine how Sturdivant feels. He was good enough to go Pro and even contemplated skipping his last year of eligibility. Gotta’ feel for the kid.

RxDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:03 am

This was horrible news… I hate to say it, but Trinton’s body may be calling it quits. 3 blown ACL’s? That’s not just a coincedence.

Cobb Dawg

April 12th, 2011
11:03 am

Bad break for a good kid. Bill, speaking of OL injuries, do you know anything about Brent Benedict’s rehab status and possible availability for this season?

VinnyD

April 12th, 2011
11:03 am

The good news is that our Olineman might be a bit more athletic and mobile with a different S & C set up. So glad to see Van Halanger switch to a different role.

Burt

April 12th, 2011
11:09 am

Running game has gone form 6th in SEC, to 8th, to 11th last season.

Bobo is clueless about how to run, and how to win in the SEC.

Hint: Relying on Murray’s arm led to 6-7.

AthensDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:13 am

Burt, I agree that Bobo is clueless. But relying on Murray’s arm didn’t lead us to 6-7. Him not having a run game led them to 6-7. Cause Murray was great all season long. Be Honest.

HOUDAWG

April 12th, 2011
11:16 am

Best of luck to TS …….. has fought back so many times. Got a tough decision ahead ……

Probably wouldn’t hurt to try rehab one more time, but not sure his NFL chances would improve in the end.

cantondawg

April 12th, 2011
11:16 am

Reading this article about Trinton reminded me of Albert Hollis. Trinton and Albert were perhaps two of the most talented dawgs whose careers were shortened because of injuries. This is why it’s so important for these players to take academics seriously. Football careers can be ended in a split second. However no one can take the education they receive from them.

TallyDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:17 am

My cautiously optimistic side leads me to believe that the Defense has stepped up, but at the same time, not being able to run the ball on a defense that’s missing over half its linebacking core doesn’t bode well.

TallyDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:18 am

Does anyone know whether it just gave or did he get rolled up?

Burt

April 12th, 2011
11:19 am

I’m talking specifically about some fo the games Georgia lost by relying on Murray’s arm: South Carolina, Miss St., UCF = 1 PASSING TOUCHDOWN.

Then several games ended with the ball in Murray’s hands on a passing play: Arkansas, Florida, etc.

You win the SEC relying on your RB’s legs, not your QB’s arm.

It didn’t work with Joe Cox either.

Burt

April 12th, 2011
11:20 am

Looking at 5-7 this season guys.

PowerDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:20 am

No decision to make really. He’s a great kid and was a helluva talent on the OL, but he just needs to concentrate on finishing up his course work and getting his degree…maybe enter into a post graduate program… anything to help him in his future endeavors…but his career in fooball is over.

Just doesn’t seem worth the pain to try and come back for a 6th year. No NFL team will touch him now.

And one more injury like in the past and he could wind up permanently disabled.

Thanks for your contribution Trinton, and good luck in whatever you do.

AthensDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:23 am

Joe Cox was just terrible. But that is the problem. No legs backing up the arm. Defenses key on UGA passing, not running. That is why Murray had a few off games. And the o line was apparently a “strong” point last year which is a lie. You can’t throw when you don’t have time.

S'paw_99

April 12th, 2011
11:26 am

As a Tech guy I fell bad for TS, 3 blown knees in 5 yrs is a tragedy. I think he’s better off calling it a career & getting his degree to prepare for life after football. Even if he came back for a 6th yr & had a great season, the NFL won’t touch him after 3.

cantondawg

April 12th, 2011
11:27 am

Athensdawg,

Joe Cox was not terrible. I believe he tried to do too much because of our poor running game. I’m sick of people ripping on him. There were a couple of games where he looked better than any QB we ever had (Arkansas and South Carolina).Sure he made mistakes, but he had some talent.

nesbittch

April 12th, 2011
11:31 am

burt, last time i checked our running backs had a little issue with holding onto the ball and staying on the field…which led to a couple losses as well

PowerDawg

April 12th, 2011
11:33 am

BURT…stick it in your hat.

Go back to the Gator, Tide, Vol or wherever blogs because that’s where you obviously belong.

Maybe they’ll run it… pass it… or win enough for you to feel good about supporting them because you damn sure ain’t hitting on much here.

jablonski

April 12th, 2011
11:33 am

Cox threw a pick while trying to throw it out of bounds…weak. He was the worst.

Blame it on Bobo

April 12th, 2011
11:34 am

Yep, according to some of our fans, if we’d just had a different offensive coordinator for the past few years, our offense would have resembled the Green Bay Packers. Here’s a challenge for you, Bill. See if you can come up with a blog topic that doesn’t lead to some commenter criticizing Bobo. Bet you can’t.

BULLDAWGHUFF

April 12th, 2011
11:37 am

LET’S LAY OFF MURRAY! GLENN,GATES,JONES,ANDERSON,AND A.J HARMON.WILL BE THE KEY.WITH BENIDECT,LEE,BURNETTE,LONG. BACKING THEM UP.

Plum Nellie

April 12th, 2011
11:40 am

Boise State 67, Dawgtards 13.

Another looooooooooong season ahead. :-)

JDawg1785

April 12th, 2011
11:44 am

What a tough break for Trinton and all of Bulldog Nation. He’s been nothing but a fighter since 2007 and I hope he’ll be able to overcome this injury as well.

I also feel for Coach Friend, who really has his work cut out for him…

Ariel

April 12th, 2011
11:45 am

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing for years without taking any college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when dozens of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER CUP AND THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH.

old time dog

April 12th, 2011
11:46 am

This is stuff already covered and reported on earlier by another writer. Why can’t you do something besides piggybacking someone elses work? You never have anything original or wrth printing.

BULLDAWGHUFF

April 12th, 2011
11:48 am

ARIEL, JUST SHUT UP. THANK YOU.

AdMan

April 12th, 2011
11:56 am

With a name like Ariel I’d be willing to bet that you have to sit down every time you have to pee and are hung like a field mouse….what a joke you are…a real pompous ass.You’ve got to be a Tech fan…certainly not a graduate…..what makes you an authority on anything having to do with Georgia football? Did you ever play?…no….do you personally know the facts behind any and all decisions made?…no….do you like to make things up because it makes you feel good?…yes….do you have many friends?…no…..Go away little boy..please. Get your GI Joe, go outside and play in the sand box. Your wasting everyone’s time with your childish posts.

DS

April 12th, 2011
12:04 pm

At least we got the headline down belittling Jakar hamilton.. how wonderful it must have been for everyone in his family to log on to ajc.com and see that headline EVERY DAY for about 10 days…
For a lifelong fan, you sure can write some depressing stuff and headlines there Bill.

J-Dawg

April 12th, 2011
12:04 pm

Ariel, perhaps ignorance is the bliss served with your morning coffee, but to assume whatever school it is you root for doesn’t practice favoritism towards it’s athletes makes me only sympathetic for whomever has to listen to you spout about how smart you think you are.

Throw your stones. Just be careful in that glass house of yours. Enjoy that coffee.

Go Dawgs!

April 12th, 2011
12:12 pm

Plum Nellie

April 12th, 2011
11:40 am
Boise State 67, Dawgtards 13.

Seriously?!

This all sounds very familiar. I remember – UGA is in trouble, look out for Boise St and Jared Zabransky. KH and ESPN kept putting UGA on upset alert, etc…, and please spare me the K.Moore isn’t Zabransky crap, because he was a preseason Heisman candidate until midway through the 2nd qtr!

Boise is going to come in with a bunch of hopes and dreams only to wake up in the middle of a nightmare.

Go Dawgs!

PowerDawg

April 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

Ariel? Who the name of Barry Switzer is she?

And what is she doing on our blog about UGA football offering politcal witticisms and criticisms? And bringing up stuff about Jan Kemp again…really? Ms. Kemp is no longer with us. Leave her alone.

Dawgtards?

Listen sweetheart…doing the whole B-team behind the bus garage doesn’t qualify you as an expert on anything…well, on second thought maybe it does.

kydawg

April 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

The sign of a good coach/recruiter is having someone to step up and fill TS’s shoes. We’ll have to wait a while to find that out.

CrackDaddy

April 12th, 2011
12:17 pm

Joe Cox shud have gone to UNC. If he won 8 games there as Butch was rebuilding, he wud have been hailed a hero. UGa fans call him a bum. Hope you make better decisions in future Joe.

Sav Dawg

April 12th, 2011
12:19 pm

Hope he gets well soon. The real problem is Bobo or should I say DoDo. The offense has gone down every year with him doing the play calling. Especially running the football.

Ohio-on-the-Gulf Dog

April 12th, 2011
12:24 pm

Enjoyed re-watching the 2007 Sugar Bowl v. Hawaii.

Georgia’s D did the job that day, for sure.

Hope for a reprise performance against the most-recent WAC champs.

Dawg79

April 12th, 2011
12:29 pm

Sorry Trinton, hate to hear it. Keep your head up son, and god bless.

D A DoubleU G

April 12th, 2011
12:35 pm

Trinton,

Get that degree and apply for a 6th year at UGA.

Life is full of tough breaks, which only make us stronger.

Best of luck in rehab. DGD!!!

D A DoubleU G

April 12th, 2011
12:38 pm

And go ask anybody under the age of 35 who “Jan Kemp” is, and you’ll only get blank stares.

And according to Ariel(and all his other anonymous blog aliases), apparently “cheating” in the past scares a program for life as a cheater??

So how would the little Techie like to explain this??

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2227377

Jealousy is the finest form of flattery.

1eyedJack

April 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

Western Carolina 67, Yellow Maggots 13.

Another looooooooooong season ahead. :)

Old Dawg

April 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

Ariel, whoeverthehellyouare, you change your name more often than Donald Trump applies jell to his combover. You can write about the Jan Kemp era all you want, but that was 30 years ago. Go back to several Sports Illustrated stories from the late 70s and early 80s and the scenario you keep writing about was rampant all over D-I sports, with some of the athletes trying to sue schools for not providing them with an education.

I know you enjoy getting a rise out of Dawg fans, but your efforts are passe. Please, please, for your own sake, go out and get run over or something else productive!

Eisendawg

April 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

Great comments AdMan! LMAO! I wasn’t sure what an Ariel was, turns out it’s a little mermaid surrounded by pink frilled seahorses. Isn’t that cute? This is probably St Simons in drag! See:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariel_(The_Little_Mermaid)

Whoa, Nellie!

April 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

Plum Nellie
April 12th, 2011
11:40 am
Boise State 67, Dawgtards 13.
Another looooooooooong season ahead.

OK, here’s the bet. You’ve got Boise -54, I’ve got the Dawgs +54. Loser leaves the state forever. What do you think? Didn’t think so, loser.

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!

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.