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.