Healthy Sturdivant is ‘dreaming’ about spring practice

ATHENS — This is the first January in three years that Trinton Sturdivant is not rehabbing from knee surgery.  Come March, he’ll participate in spring practice for the first time in three years.

“I’m actually really excited about it,” the UGA offensive tackle said Tuesday. “I’ve been dreaming about it sometimes.”

Season-ending knee injuries in 2008 and 2009 resulted in surgeries and long, arduous stretches of rehabilitation, but Sturdivant made it through the 2010 season healthy and looks forward to 2011, his senior season.

He said he considered “pretty seriously” the possibility of entering the NFL draft but “came to the conclusion it’d be best for me to stay here” for several reasons.

“I graduate in December with a degree in finance and management,” he said. “And my goal coming in to Georgia was to win, and I don’t want to leave on a losing note. . . . Another reason it’s a good idea I stayed [is] to make the GMs in the NFL feel more comfortable about drafting someone with two ACL [surgeries].”

Sturdivant said he was “disappointed at first” about offensive line coach Stacy Searels‘ decision last week to leave for the same job (and higher pay) at Texas, “but I talked to him and it was a good business move for him. I’m confident coach [Mark] Richt is going to hire a really good offensive line coach.”

Richt eased the offensive linemen’s concerns after Searels’ departure, Sturdivant said.  Richt “talked to us about how the calls weren’t going to change, the blocking style wasn’t going to change too much -– only, like, small techniques. So hopefully it won’t be too much of a transition.”

Sturdivant started all 13 games at left tackle as a freshman in 2007, then missed the entire 2008 season after blowing out his left knee in preseason camp. He made it back by the start of the 2009 season, only to reinjure the same knee in the first game, starting again the surgery-rehab cycle. He started seven games during the 2010 season, his workload increasing as the season progressed.

After all that he has been through,  Sturdivant clearly is happy to be healthy, happy to be here. . . .

“Even though we had not such a great season . . . I love being at Georgia,” he said.

– Tim Tucker, UGA Sports Blog

203 comments Add your comment

lanier

January 26th, 2011
5:27 am

I thought he was our best lineman as a frosh so expect big things this comming fall. anyway up is going to be a plus for this mob

gomdawg

January 26th, 2011
5:38 am

A very good Senior leader,now that’s what I’m talking about. Go Dawgs 2011

Mountain Dawg

January 26th, 2011
5:42 am

Wise decision.

Dean Tate

January 26th, 2011
5:48 am

Here’s to a healthy 2011 season for TS, for his sake and the team’s. He can be a huge force on an OL than needs to establish some respect.

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Bill

January 26th, 2011
6:21 am

Good Luck to an outstanding young man!

Voice of Reason

January 26th, 2011
6:41 am

TS being healthy and comfortable (trusting his knee) will have a greater impact on 2011 and CMR’s future than anyone we can sign in our upcoming class.

Top Row Dawg

January 26th, 2011
6:55 am

Have a good memorable senior year son. Let’s go out strong.

DawgJohn

January 26th, 2011
6:58 am

He is the man! Thanks for your good decisions.

AltamahaDawg

January 26th, 2011
7:08 am

Hopefully, the small technique change in blocking will be to actually do it.

Palm City Dawg

January 26th, 2011
7:25 am

This will be Sturdivant’s year to dominate. He will be a leader and a mentor.

Destin Dawg

January 26th, 2011
7:33 am

New and improved Strength and Coniditioning program will bring back the JunkYard Dawgs !! great attitude.. this could ( will ) be a special Year if we win the 1st 2 games… great freshman class will push everybody…. No More seniority system .. Go Dawgs !!

bardawg

January 26th, 2011
7:40 am

You;ve got to love this young man;s attitude

D A DoubleU G

January 26th, 2011
8:00 am

DGD!!!

I think we are ALL excited about Spring Practice. Not only will it mean this stressful recruitment season will be over, but it will mean warmer weather is here.

I am also excited to see how many “Mark Richt Hot Seat” articles Bradley and Schultz will be able to write throughout the duration of Spring Practice.

Anyway, Dogwood Blooms on North Campus and a cold Terrapin Rye Pale Ale in Downtown Athens on a beautiful Spring day after the G-Day game cannot get here soon enough!

GO DAWGS!!!!

kydawg

January 26th, 2011
8:03 am

Glad TS will be there to watch Murray’s back.

run the ball

January 26th, 2011
8:03 am

Richt kicked a field goal against Nobody State in the Nowhere Bowl on 4th and one inch? Wow

SEC1

January 26th, 2011
8:08 am

per Richt…”the calls were not going to change…the blocking style was’nt going to change too much…”

So is this what he has learned from studying the game of football over the last month or so?

My God, we are in trouble…

CONFEDERATE DAWG

January 26th, 2011
8:11 am

LANIER THANKS FOR MAKIN AN ACTUAL COMMENT AND NOT BEING A LAME 1STER
GOOD FOR TS!!!
HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!

woebegong

January 26th, 2011
8:12 am

Now this is the kind of athelete that all of college football could use, not just Georgia. Somehow we have to get back to recruiting these young folks in football out of high school and let them know, that it is a gift to be able to go to a major university/college, and not their right just because the good lord gave them a special skill. This young man, no matter what his future employment outlook holds, will be a gigantic success, mostly because he has his priorities straight. I will bet you that he will fill the void of senior leadership on the DAWGS, and be a good example of a young leader. Lord knows, with a lot of the high school kids we have coming in, his talent and skills will be well used. Part of playing at the next level from high school, involves maturity as well as the physical skills. I admire a lot of these young folks skills, we have coming in, but frankly, some of their immaturity kills me, and their supposed sense of entitlement. No matter the age, they have to grow up rather quickly or the “Dream Team”, will be just that; A dream. I realize they are still young, and I know what I am about to say, will open me up to a lot of cheap shots, but, when I was their age, I was getting drafted, and prepared to go to Viet Nam, and I grew up rather quickly, LOL. It took me years to get my degree, and I sure would have loved to get a free education. I did get the GI Bill, but believe me, it did not and would not have paid for an education to a fine university like Georgia.

Bremen Dawg

January 26th, 2011
8:18 am

Oh great, the blocking style and plays are not going to change with a new coach. So a new OL coach has to learn RIchts system.

Asheville Dawg

January 26th, 2011
8:23 am

Well stated woebegong. I hope this young man has a great senior season and becomes a #1 draft choice.

~The Tin Man~

January 26th, 2011
8:24 am

I not so sure about T. Big injuries usually leads to disappointment and busts. See Caleb King. Is that all UGA can do lately which is Dream ? We need do’ers now.

terpdawg

January 26th, 2011
8:26 am

everyone talks about the strength and conditioning at uga.when the big tackle long from michigan who went to miami a couple of yrs ago benched 225 37 reps everyone was blown away.sturdivant who is 6′ 7″ with real long arms did it 34 times last yr.just sayn,last yr in the combine owens 43 reps,only 1 shy of record.and shaun jones the safetyl that weighs only 220,27 reps.60 players on the 2009 team could clean 300 lbs,that is pretty impressive. . .

free

January 26th, 2011
8:31 am

JT

January 26th, 2011
8:32 am

Thank you for your service, woebegong. Good comments.

RammerJammer

January 26th, 2011
8:34 am

Well, Trent is healthy for all the illusions of grandeur from the dawg nation. Let’s hope he stays healthy to experience the Florida loss and the eventually 8-4 season.

fg924181088

January 26th, 2011
8:35 am

It wouldn’t matter if Hershel Walker came back, Geogia needs a new coach or at least a new offensive coordinator

frannie mae

January 26th, 2011
8:41 am

UGA football is in big big debt.

Dawgfan0711

January 26th, 2011
8:41 am

Terpdawg: I think we have some guys who are self motivated and do really well in the weight room. The problem with it is, as a team this is maybe not the case. I think as a whole team they have failed to hit the weights the way other programs have. This is not really what I think the problem is but I think a lot of our fans feel this way. I believe the problem has more to do with the overall discipline of the team.

Trojan

January 26th, 2011
9:05 am

Rammer Jammer- real classy to slight the potential health of a man to take a jab at a football team.

RammerJammer

January 26th, 2011
9:08 am

dawgfan

January 26th, 2011
9:13 am

Am I the only one that is concerned by the fact that Sturdivant was seriously considering leaving early for the NFL in the first place? I just think it looks bad when guys who clearly are not ready for the NFL want to jump ship anyway. What are they running from?

Dazed and confused

January 26th, 2011
9:19 am

Glad TS is coming back. Hopefully, he’ll get some good coaching from the new guy.

free

January 26th, 2011
9:22 am

@Terpdawg, @Dawgfan0711: The team endurance and giving out and loosing in the 4th quarter seemed to be a huge issue. How does that get resolved? They need to be able to compete and whoop other teams with strength and endurance. Maybe, we need to bring in the water boy and his high tech water.

Knowall Moreno

January 26th, 2011
9:22 am

I can believe hes been dreaming, cause last year was a nightmare! The O line underachieved, good riddance to Stacy Searels, need a coach to get back to the junkyard dawgs days & man up, Bulldogs are not suppose to be soft!! Lets Go Dawgs, hunker down Im sick of the Gators!!!!

BG

January 26th, 2011
9:25 am

Trinton “Big Ticket” Sturdivant you are the man! GO DAWGS!!!!

Lilburn Dawg

January 26th, 2011
9:30 am

TS, Glad to have you on the Team!

dawgfan

January 26th, 2011
9:34 am

I’ve got news for you woebegong. If that draft advisory board had told Sturdivant he was a likely 1st, 2nd, or maybe even 3rd round selection he would have been a goner. All this sentimental crap about honoring commitments and getting a degree is just that, CRAP. These schools know damn good and well that the guys they recruit are eligible for the NFL draft after 3 years. The only people that act all shocked and surprised about it are ill informed fans. A scholarship is only good for a year. Had Sturdivant left early he would have honored his commitment to UGA. To say otherwise is simply not true and has no basis.

Thanks.

What???

January 26th, 2011
9:35 am

Just because guys can lift a lot of weight doesn’t mean they are in the best shape to compete in the 4th quarter of hard fought games. Do you really need a safety to lift like that? No. You want him to basically be able to sprint for hours at a time. I think the S&C philosophy has not been very advanced and this is a good example.

Howl&Woof

January 26th, 2011
9:36 am

TerpDawg, our strength and conditioning program may not have been the problem but the bench pressing numbers you quoted are not really relevant. As Claude Humphrey, All Pro defensive end, once said: “seldom in the course of a football game do I get the opportunity to bench press somebody.” This was his response when asked why he was so good when he could only bench about 250lbs! I personally believe football is more about explosiveness than brute strength. Strength matters, but only when it results in quick explosiveness.
One thing I would like to see is replacing mat drills with something more relevant to specific positions. Mat drills are absolutely HELL for the big linemen. I doubt in this era that we get much benefit from making guys puke in trash cans months before fall practice begins. I also doubt that mat drills are a big selling point when recruiting “big uglies”!

Hey, Dawg Fan

January 26th, 2011
9:38 am

I would be more concerned if he was not smart enough to explore his options.

Get your a$$ of your shoulders

layinlow

January 26th, 2011
9:40 am

I too am a little worried by Richt’s comments about nothing is really going to change on the offensive line. What? The line needs some kind of a major overhaul in S&C, technique, scheme, etc. We were terrible last year with a veteran group. I truly want Richt to succeed but I’m starting to think he just doesn’t get it. McGarity is not going to put up with failure in the football program so Richt needs to make some serious changes. But I wonder if he will.

Hunker Down

January 26th, 2011
9:40 am

Good luck to the big guy this year!

JB

January 26th, 2011
9:42 am

Speaking of the offensive line, What is about Mark Richt, Athens and Georgia football that Kept Stacy Searles from being successful at UGA, because at LSU he helped win( a National title) and just being hired by one of the top 3 or 4 programs in the country? Why did our line stink under him?

Paul N Destin

January 26th, 2011
9:50 am

McGarity needs your money to fix the problem. 8.5 million will get you headed in the correct direction.

athenian

January 26th, 2011
9:50 am

A blog about an average O lineman who has seldom played on Jan. 26? Are you people serious? As Spurrier once said after beating uga, “it’s not like we beat some big team”.

layinlow

January 26th, 2011
9:50 am

JB, I think the answer to your question is EDGE. At programs like BAMA and UF they demand their players work hard and compete. Players at those schools are worried about their security and standing with the football program. Saban even gets rid of underperformers if neccesary. This EDGE comes from the top and Richt just doesn’t create that type of environment. In fact it seems Richt has some kind of seniority policy and reward for upperclassmen. How hard are you going to bust your rear if you don’t have to fight tooth and nail for your position? Richt must change and let every player know that they better step up because the best players are going to start and the slackers are going to ride the pine.

JB

January 26th, 2011
9:57 am

layinlow……………………” Richt must change”…………….That may be the 7 million dollar buyout question.

NFL Bound

January 26th, 2011
10:03 am

Can I get an article??? Headline would read, “Socrates at UGA has been DREAMING of a new head football coach!”

dawgfan

January 26th, 2011
10:05 am

I think I have every right to have my a$$ on my shoulders after a 6-7 season. You can go ahead and stick your a$$ up your backside and pretend that things are all honkey dorey. I choose to live in reality. After two knee surgeries and an underwhelming 2010 season, Sturdivant is no more ready for the freaking NFL than I am. The fact that he was “exploring his options” means that he wants to leave UGA. Why else would he “explore his options?” Its not a good sign. Its just not. You can spin it all you want, but its not a good sign.

You know what’s also not a good sign? A losing season. But I always find myself defending perfectly reasonable comments on here about the state of the program. Some of you are turning in to Tech fans.

My a$$ is fine on my shoulders thanks.