Monday, September 7, 2009

Dawgs Lose Sturdivant For Season..... Again.


For the second time in his Dawg career, sophomore offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant has been sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

A 6-5, 306-pound native of Wadesboro, N.C., Sturdivant injured his left knee midway through the third quarter against ninth-ranked Oklahoma State and did not return for the remainder of the game.

“I saw Trinton today, and he was a little surprised by it,” said Coach Richt. “He didn’t figure that it was that serious after the game, and it was a surprise to him and to us. He did tear the ACL in the same leg, and he will be out. He was more philosophical this time. He said he’s got two choices, either give up or fight again. We know, and he knows he will be back.”

Sturdivant missed the entire 2008 season and spring drills in 2009 due to reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation after the first ACL injury.

In 2007, he earned Freshman All-America honors after starting all 13 games for the Bulldogs at left tackle.

The first knee injury happened during preseason practice in August of 2008.

“Psychologically, it’s tough, he will have to rehab and come back,” Richt said. “I’ve coached guys who have had it happen more than one time, and they’ve come back and played great. He’s going to battle, and he’ll be back next year.”

Senior Vincent Vance replaced Sturdivant for the remainder of the game Saturday.

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