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.”