On Sturdivant’s injury, among other things

The bad news kept coming for the Bulldogs on Sunday.

It’s been a rough few days, starting with Joe Cox getting sick and continuing with a messy loss to Oklahoma State and culminating with word that Trinton Sturdivant will miss another season with a torn ACL.

You really gotta feel bad for Trinton.  He worked so hard for so long in rehab to make it back from last year’s knee injury, only to be faced with doing it all over again after playing less than three quarters of one game.

Mark Richt predicted Sturdivant will be just as diligent in his rehab this time and be back playing in 2010.

Meanwhile, the 2009 Dogs are 0-1. It’s the first time Georgia has been 0-1 since 1996,  when Jim Donnan’s first season as UGA coach started with an 11-7 loss to Southern Miss in Athens.

And if you’re wondering when was the last time the Dogs were 0-2, well, the answer is the same: 1996.

The loss to Southern Miss was followed by a 23-14 loss on the road to  . . . South Carolina.

The Gamecocks again will be trying to drop the Dogs to 0-2 when they come to Athens on Saturday for Georgia’s home opener.  Obviously, Georgia’s offense — now minus Sturdivant up front — is going to have to make some serious progress in a week’s time to do much against South Carolina’s stellar defense. Much more to come on that, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, a few quick notes from Richt’s teleconference Sunday:

– At least one offensive player helped himself on Saturday. “I think Tavarres King earned himself some more playing time,” Richt said. “He really got after it as a blocker and made one catch across the middle where he had to really extend; that took some bravery. We have gained some confidence in Tavarres’ ability to play more downs and get more opportunities.”

– If anyone thought Caleb King’s pulled hamstring had cost him his chance for a prominent role in Georgia’s offense this season, the Bulldogs’ mere 95 yards rushing against Oklahoma State corrected that notion. There’s still plenty of opportunity. Asked if he expects King back this week, Richt said: “I would love it. He’s a guy that we need to get healthy and get in there [to] compete and play.”

– Richt on Cox: “I really don’t know how he’s feeling, to be quite honest. He wasn’t going to miss that game.”

190 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

September 7th, 2009
4:54 am

((((( 24 10 ))))) hahahahahahaha

Reality

September 7th, 2009
5:00 am

If we have to depend on Joe Cox this year then we are in trouble. Dude just dont have it. He’s a nice guy, nice story but I dont see us going far with him under center. Arm strength is bad, Mobility is bad, and he is not a game changer. He needs to come off the bench and provide a spark when one of the other Quaterbacks are struggling. Logan Gray is the best chance right now.

Dude

September 7th, 2009
5:01 am

Ill be back you guys let me ley Saint Simons mother out!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude

September 7th, 2009
5:07 am

Ill be back you guys, Let me let Saint Simons Mother out!!!!!!!

god and greyhound

September 7th, 2009
6:57 am

Wait, but weren’t all the mutt fans saying that they didn’t need cox to be any good, that they were so loaded with talent that he merely needed to manage games? Wasn’t uog simply going to reload and win the national championship like UT after Peyton left? Didn’t they have the best O-Line in the country, as well as all these superstar freshmen that were all going to be the next AJ Green at their respective positions??

An ugly, pathetic effort by a group of overhyped knuckleheads against a very average OSU team. There are mutt fans who are trying to puff OSU up as a “top 5″ team now that they’ve dominated mighty uog. OSU will prove over the course of the season to be another 8-4/9-3 type squad that can’t beat the best teams in its league.

As for uog? 6-6, loss to TULSA in the independence bowl

hipdawg

September 7th, 2009
7:19 am

Ive seen enough already.Fire Bobo and WM!!!

69 Dawg

September 7th, 2009
7:38 am

We would have had to score 25 points to win … we couldn’t. I realize short fields/turnovers affected field position but D was predictable and never adjusted. Where was the blitz and stunts and all out take no prisoners play … Willie don’t have it and it will show up in the weeks to come. It’s not the O that’s going to get us … it’s the D.
We’ll see 35 points scored on us at least four times this season.

DawgJones

September 7th, 2009
7:48 am

Gee Wiz 69…CWM’s Defense was pretty good….and got handed a short field three time (17 pts). CMR better evaluate three things, why we don’t have a playmaker in the backfield (QB & RB), Why our talent level and depth is questionable (Rodney Garner) and why we always get out hustled and physicaled (strength and conditioning)

M3Dawg

September 7th, 2009
7:59 am

god and greyhound – Let me guess your team opened up with Stanton St? At least we played a D1 school!!

I Bleed White and Old Gold

September 7th, 2009
8:43 am

Sorry about Sturdivant. Three, yes three ligaments last year and now this. Gotta say the guy’s got guts. Hope surgery and rehab work out for him regardless of his football future.

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
8:57 am

M3dawg, Even though you may want to argue that your dogs opened against a ranked team, the reality is this. Neither Georgia nor OSU should have been ranked anywhere near what they were. You want to brag about just how great your dogs are to play a ranked team in week 1 but the reality is , until last season you were opening with the likes of Georgia Southern. Who will the rest of the SEC be playing the weekend you visit Tennessee Tech?
The reason these blogs are filled with haters is the months leading up to kick off all of you dog lovers are calling for Cox to be the 2nd coming and how a NC is just around the corner and how you just cant wait to put the hob nailed boot in Tennessee. You love discussing the trade school who bragged about beating you for the first time in 8 years yet you dogs will dance in an end zone and act like WORLD beaters when you beat Florida 2 times in 19 years. Its always OK for you boys who have never attended UGA on a weekday to sill your hate as long as its going your way.This year will be sweet revenge for us who are sick of the bragging that comes with NO reason as we watch you fellas cower in a corner and throw excuses around for your 4 or 5 losses this season. ENJOY as the rest of us will !

ggs

September 7th, 2009
8:59 am

I keep reading Bobo and WM must go –but when is enough from MR?

tim

September 7th, 2009
9:08 am

it’s going to be a long, long season for you puppies. Joe Cox is awful….not a D1 QB at all.

god and greyhound

September 7th, 2009
9:17 am

To KNelson:

Don’t forget about when they backed into a win against Vanderbilt and danced on their logo at midfield!

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
9:33 am

god and greyhound. I didnt forget about that one it’s just because the list can go on and on.Im still seeing in the vents where they want to cry about Florida not playing anyone, but does it matter? They will still kick Georgia around like a 4 eyed geek! If Florida wins because they play a week schedule then why doesnt Georgia beat them more than once a decade?
Reality is UGA fans are always looking for an excuse. They make fun of Spurrier, Fulmer, Meyer and so on and it’s because each one of them have a National Championship and SEC Championships. CMR has an SEC trophy but that is where it stops. They all have something CMR doesnt and with this loss they see another season without hope.

DirtyDawg

September 7th, 2009
9:45 am

You guys enjoy this while you can. Remember, what goes around, comes around and we ain’t done yet…not by a long shot. And speaking of shots, be glad you’ve got this forum to take yours…makes you feel brave and bad, don’t it? Try it to a Dawg’s face sometime, although I wouldn’t recommend it.

coach smith

September 7th, 2009
9:46 am

Everyone is looking AT THE FIRST GAME against a top 10 team on the road and thinking that everything is going to happen the same way in every game!

Good grief! Does anybody realize that football is about making changes, adjustments, AND PROGRESSING!

The DAWGS WILL BE BETTER IN THE LONG RUN FOR PLAYING THAT GAME!

They will progress and still go 10-2/9-3

DawgGirl32

September 7th, 2009
9:47 am

I try not to come to these blogs too often anymore because people like god and greyhound and Knelson make me sad for humanity. Here it is, a blog about our starting right tackle who will miss ANOTHER season, and all they can do is spew hate about how they can’t wait to see us lose 4-5 games? Isn’t that what Tech loses EVERY year? Please tell me. When was the last time Tech won 10 games. ?? Anyone?? Why are they on our blog in the first place? It’s utterly classless and pathetic. They give a horrible name to their institution.

Notes about the game:
1. I’m not ready to call Joe Cox a bust until he has a chance to play at full health. I’m not saying that the “flu” did or didn’t affect his game, but I remember when I had it a couple years ago and I had absolutely NO energy for a good week. He just looked sluggish.
2. I am so sad about Trinton Sturdivant. Good luck to him.
3. Where was Marlon Brown on Saturday?
4. I love how last year, it was “fire Willie” and now this year it’s “fire Bobo.” I actually just read an article recently in SI or NY Times or something where they rated the top offensive coodinators in the nation. Guess who was in the top 10? Mike Bobo. In fact, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure he was the only OC from the SEC to crack the top 10. Give the guy a chance.

I’m not ready to say that the sky is falling and we’re looking at a losing season. Let’s play a few more games first. As a proud ALUMNI (ahem Knelson), I will support these guys til the end. Have a great day everyone.

jason

September 7th, 2009
9:51 am

I find it interesting that the “Fire WM” are already out. Dawgs D played good. They shut Bryant down pretty much the whole game. The DC from OSU even said UGA’s D controlled the style of play all afternoon. No we didn’t pressure the QB, we just kept Bryant from going 10- 200 with 3+ scores like he does on evey other team they faced. Great players are going to get theirs. UGA kept Bryant in check for the most part. Another point on our susposedly bad D is we controled Hunter. What with 70 yards on 23 carries. UGA D dictated the flow of the game. Another point on the QB pressure is OSU ran the ball an awful lot also. UGA had to respect the run before pressuring the QB. I say enough of the “Fire WM” chants until this weekend. They will probably start up if we don’t shut out and hold USC East to negative yardage.

The reason we lost that game was the inability of Cox to execute his throws. I don’t want to hear crap about dropped passes (by the way, AJ had 2 that I counted.One for a TD.). Alot of passes that hit WRs hands were hung up in the air or thrown behind the WR. There wasn’t going to be any YAC even if they were caught. And it wasn’t because he was sick. Most players when they are sick tend to bear down and focus more. Maybe if he was slinging like Staff, we could go with the Joe was sick excuse. The simple truth is Joe Cox is not a SEC QB. Logan Gray will have his shot after the USCEast game. That was about the time Staff got his shot, right?
Also Samuel will be ok at RB, but he is not a starter. We need to get King or Ealy in there. We have to have a RB with some cut back ability. Samuel is a bruiser, and he will be a good change of pace back with his physicality. But a King or Ealy will have that HR factor we need at RB. THe OL is not overpowering. That is a concern, and has been under CMR. We don’t play with a nastiness of a UF or LSU. We are to finess. That will hamper a physical staright ahead runner like Samuel. While the OL may open holes on the backside, it does Samuel no good because he is not a cut back runner. You have to know how your RB runs so you can block accordingly. Now that we have lost Sturdivant for the year, our OL can go back into disaray. We didn’t lose a good OL, we lost our best OL. The rest are merely good, adequate. Good and adequate are not going to win SEC Champ or MNC. Hey it could be worse. We could be the Sooners this week.

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
9:57 am

Once again dawggirl proves my point. Its ok to talk about your school just dont talk about mine. Oh and if you have a top 10 offense then there are 50 better. Look at the stats from week one and see how many schools rank above them. Of lets make it easier , only look to SEC schools. The UGA Spring game showed the lack of offense for the Dogs.

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
9:59 am

Jason, you and the Sooners have much in common. You both were ranked and you both lost. Exception is their back up QB is better than your starter.

pj

September 7th, 2009
10:01 am

Hey, Tech posters….

It was kinda funny to do the whole “45-42″ thing during the offseason. I get it – you have bragging rights.

But this past UGA loss has nothing to do with you, so pretty please – with sugar on top – buzz off, will ya? Come talk smack in November before our game, sure. That’s part of the college football rivalry experience… but continually posting about anything bad that happens to Georgia is really a classless gesture. While some of us could find a little humor in the Tech vs UGA stuff – these recent posts just make you look angry, bitter and foolish.

As for the game, we lost a competitve game to a top 10 team on the road. If we were picked to go 9-3, wouldn’t it be fair to think this could have been one of those 3 losses? The only team on our schedule ranked higher is Florida.

Everybody relax. We had Joe Cox, Richard Samuel, Branden Smith, Orsen Charles and Tavarras King out there trying to make plays. Not one of them has played any significant time if any for the dawgs. It’s gonna take a second.

Meanwhile, the defense looks motivated and ready to really hit some people. I didn’t see many missed tackles and the played very good assignment defense. They were put in bad situations and still held the Cowboy offense to their least amount of points in YEARS.

Good luck rehabbing Trinton. Feel awful for you.

Let’s get ready for Spurrier folks! The REAL season begins Saturday!

Buzz Off

September 7th, 2009
10:09 am

agree, PJ. No need to that kind of trash.

Now, get your fellow dawggies off the GT blogs and we’ll be even.

jason

September 7th, 2009
10:09 am

KNelson, This is true. Cox is just not that good of a QB. All the knowledge in the world don’t mean crap if you don’t have the tools to use it.

HT

September 7th, 2009
10:20 am

It’s time for Richt to go!

coach smith

September 7th, 2009
10:21 am

could understand some of the Freaking out IF Georgia had lost to an unranked mid-level team at home BUT…….They lost a tough game on the road to a team that will be #6 this week!

did any of you see Georgia’s defense shut down one the top offenses in the country?

How in the world is SC and some of the others going to score on UGA?

DAWGS improve each week and still go 10-2/9-3

RxDawg

September 7th, 2009
10:21 am

I feel bad for Trinton. I really do. However, that knee injury was pretty much his own fault. Nobody rolled into him or anything like that. He was falling and stumbling foward. So he stuck his leg out to try to stop himself…all 300lbs. So his knee buckled and down he went. If he would of just let himself hit the ground and roll it never would of happend. I know that hind site is 20/20 but that seems like technique to me.

RxDawg

September 7th, 2009
10:23 am

Oh, and heres another post to campaign to put Richard Samuel where he belongs. Linebacker. He is not a natural RB at all.

I’ll give Joe another game or two before deciding there needs to be a change there. We should of seen more of Logan though against OSU though.

Dawgs73

September 7th, 2009
10:30 am

How in the He!! can any realistic UGA fan say that “UGA will be fine”? The lack of preparation and discipline is the sign of another poorly coached team that will be LUCKY to win 7 games this year. We were supposed to be strong on the o-line and we score 10 points against the 93rd ranked defense last year. I can’t believe that OSU’s defense got SO much better in one offseason. The UGA staff had 7 + months to prepare for OSU (with plent of tape on this team and same players) and this was the best they could do??? I am saying it now because there has been plenty of evidence to support my theory, this coaching staff as currently constituted is NOT GOOD ENOUGH to make a difference and or run at a NC. If they were, they MUST/would excell when they do not have SUPERSTARS on the sideline and coach this team up…when has that ever occurred?

superDawg

September 7th, 2009
10:43 am

UGA will be fine.As far as you tekies are concerned be real carefull your day is near.

The UGA "D"...

September 7th, 2009
10:47 am

…did not stop the high powered OSU “O” – IF they had they would have only scored 16 points (3 field goals instead of 1 and 2 TDs). That is what a “good” SEC does, and what UGA did not do.

You can spin it anyway you want, the bottom line is we lost to a pretty good team, however, it was a team that we could have, and should have, beaten,, no matter who played QB and no matter who fumbled (by the way, during spring practice I questioned all the hype given the small UGA running back – and I was castigated by bloggers who said I had no clue as to what I was talking about since he was All-Everything in HS.

As someone else said (me) – if we lose this week I really have difficulty seeing UGA win more than 2 games this year – and then this blog, and other blogs, will really be fun to read – as if Football really matters in the grand scheme of things called life!

I sure hope I am wrong about the 2 win thing!

hayley

September 7th, 2009
10:49 am

Enter your comments here

THE FABULOUS KID

September 7th, 2009
10:51 am

Mike Bobo has forgotten more about football than any of the clowns on this blog. Georgia is fortunate to have a young coach and father who has actually PLAYED the game. This bunch doesn’t know a cover two from a dust cover. I’m sure he doesn’t read ANY of this dribble but you fair weather fans are too much.

Denver Dog

September 7th, 2009
11:13 am

I hope he doesnt’ read it either. I tdoesn’t make much sense on the play calling. I still say the biggest problem could’ve been that know one, inlcuding UGA had ever seen that Ok State Defense. It was new, and not seen before. There were no films, no tendencies to work against, so I’ll give them a pass on that. d played well. They stopped them 8 times inside the 10 and surrendered a field goal. They had some tough plays, but the offense still couldn’t score. I hope that we see improvement there.

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
1:07 pm

No film??????????????? I guess all of the 12 games of last year were hidden? No tendencies??????? Wait , is this OSU first year of college football or were there NO video allowed at any of last years games. If that is true how in the hell did OSU ever review a game without film? MORE EXCUSES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

coolaid drinker

September 7th, 2009
1:30 pm

Coach Smith is right. UGA lost to a very good team. Tough game on the road. As a SC fan, I know UGA has a better D and better atheletes than NCSU. It will be harder between the hedges for the obvious reasons. Oh and SC is starting 5 freshmen on the road, too.
The line is 7.5 and will rise. I do believe SC offence will be better because the game plan will be different. SC had 3 DL suspended for State. N.Pepper has a chronic bad knee and coaches did not think that he could play the entire game. So, SC ran 2/3 of the time against a good D line trying to play field position and ball control.
My prediction is if SC’s D plays great and the offence does not turn the ball over, it will be close. If Garcia is rushed and he gets happy feet, SC will get blown out.

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
1:35 pm

Hey god and greyhound, what time you coming over tonight? My neck is a little sore from all the hair pulling, so this time just grab onto the lapels of my crested blazer when your plowing my pudgy white can. TYIA.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 7th, 2009
3:00 pm

So, DIRTYDAWG you get talked bad and you want to react like Blount of Oregan? Well, when I say it to your face we will not be covered by the NCAA joke rules. I might have a bloody nose, but your a** will being paying for an lawyer and spending time with bubba in the Athens-Clarke County(UGA south) Jail. So, you be the big MAN you are. I bet your UGA class ring is rubbed all the way down as your knuckles drag the ground.

My Turn

September 7th, 2009
3:08 pm

To the idiots who want MR fired, who would you hire? Look at what he’s done at Georgia and ask, is there more potential to go up or down if you made a coaching change? People who want to fire the OC or DC have no clue what they’re talking about. They just see results. Why sports is results-oriented, you should educate yourself a little more before ripping people who devote their lives to their jobs. If Logan Gray or Aaron Murray is better than Joe Cox, one of them will play, just as Stafford did three years ago.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 7th, 2009
3:13 pm

off subject M. Oudin just won her match. She wants to be a DR. and I figure she will be at UGA in a year or 2. She is so cute and humble. Great win young lady.

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2009
3:40 pm

You boys that continue to defend Richt’s decisions are one of the reasons of our dismal records against ranked teams. You poke fun at those of us who are genuinely frustrated with the waste of great talent we have recruited. Richt is a good coach and could be great if he would make the tough decisions such as getting a successful, accomplished and proven OC and DC.
Last season BoBo and Martinez owned their own problems. This season Richt owns the whole enchilada since he did nothing to change the situation.
To you Bandwagon Draggers who continue to believe that BoBo and Martinez will turn things around this season, wait and see what lowly South Carolina does to us. I don’t even want to think about the Florida Game at that “Neutral” site of Jax.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 7th, 2009
3:58 pm

I said 7-5 and no cox as a starter after the 3rd game. I love seeing all the Cox haters are out in full force now. I don’t hate the young man. I just don’t think he is the player he was made out to be. He should get better, but how long can UGA wait? USC was given the ball inside the 10 yrdline on the first play and that was their only score. UGA and USC play each other tough most times. This could get ugly. Sorry for T. Sturdivent(?), but he should have a Graduate Degree by the time he uses all his eligability = 4 playing yrs., 1 redshirt, 1 Medical redshirt. I hope he uses his school time well. I don’t think his body will make it in the NFL even if he can ever play for UGA again or not.

Ringleader

September 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

This entire problem goes to the top, the President and Athletic Director. How do you explain only receiving 5,000 tickets with a cut-off at 4,000 points to a game that was not sold out and had 10,000 empty seats. That’s right, we set a new record for attendance, at 53,000, the biggest game in their history, but not sold out and a herd of empty seats. We took over 20,000 to Arizona last year, so there are problems everywhere, from bottom to top.

Bring on the Darth Visor………….I’m ready for a turnaround.

Shane

September 7th, 2009
5:00 pm

No major conference endured a more humiliating opening weekend than the ACC, which went 4-6 in non-conference play despite the fact six of those games came against I-AA opponents. The league lost all four of its BCS-conference matchups (NC State fell to South Carolina, Virginia Tech to Alabama, Wake Forest to Baylor and Maryland to Cal), while Virginia (to William and Mary) and Duke (to Richmond) fell to I-AA foes. Mind you, many of the victims were picked near the bottom of the conference anyway, but it doesn’t make the idiot who said the league could be “poised for prominence” look very smart.

Carty Seay

September 7th, 2009
5:16 pm

First things first, as a Gator I’ve very sorry to hear about Sturdivant for the second time, it does trully suck. However, many posters on this site ragging on the Dawg fans are right. Pup fans talk more crap and drink more preseason Kool-Aid than any other fan base in the SE US except Clemson fans. Grow up pups, outside of Athens and N. Georgia you’re a regional team that blows up when the spot light is on you year, after year, after year. And by the way, Bear Bryant and Bo Schembechler were still coaching the last and only time you won a NC. Oh and by the way, kudos on playing that big tough out of conference game, OSU really appreciated it. See you in Jacksonville, bring that big bad OL, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Go Gators!

eddcunningham

September 7th, 2009
5:29 pm

Most of the venters on here have never played a down of football. Georgia had two calls go against them that could have made a difference in the game. The 4th and two in the third quarter that gave OSU a first and goal at the one and the 3rd and long in the fourth quarter when Georgia was flagged for a personal foul unnecessary hit to the head area would have made the game a 13-10 game and would have changed how the playcalling was done by Coach Bobo in that fourth quarter. When Georgia was in the I they were able to move the ball effectively. I don’t care about anyone that gets on here and says “don’t blame the refs”. Those two calls were wrong and it gave OSU the points they needed to put the game away.

superDawg

September 7th, 2009
5:35 pm

I agree edd.

collegeballfan

September 7th, 2009
5:53 pm

You are who you are. If UGA is not a passing team, then UGA is not a passing team. 10 to 15 passes & run, run , run. 3 to 4 yards on a running play is OK. Line up, run the ball, occupy the clock. Move a tackle to TE if necessary. Coaches must be patient & concerned with first downs.

Defense looks good enough if the offense will occupy the clock.

KNelson

September 7th, 2009
6:18 pm

Now blaming the refs ! You do know dont you that those were SEC Ref’s ? The play calling would have made NO changes in the outcome. Once again another dog fan putting the blame outside of your team. Hey , What if OSU didnt have but half the penalties they did?

PeligroPero

September 7th, 2009
6:44 pm

Does Mike Bobo know football? You betcha’! Is he creative, innovative and a “gamer”? No sirreee!
Is Willie Martinez an adequate DC? You betcha’! Is he a innovative and able to adjust obn the fly? No sirree!