After enduring two ACL tears in the left knee during his Georgia career, offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant has now gone down with an ACL tear in his other knee.
The fifth-year senior suffered the injury during a scrimmage on Saturday. He will undergo surgery to repair the knee “sometime this week.”
UGA has not said whether or not Sturdivant will miss the season, but it’s unlikely he could return by the fall. It’s possible he could petition the NCAA for another season via medical hardship if he is out in 2011.
After being named a freshman All-American in 2007, he missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons with his previous knee injuries. Last year he played in 12 games and started seven at left tackle.
First, this is a sad situation for Sturdivant. On a personal level, the young man has continued to battle back, recuperate and rehabilitate his knees to no avail. After returning twice previously, now he must go through the same routine again. Even if he chooses to hang up his cleats, he’ll still have to go through the rehab process… which isn’t pleasant.
Second, the injury is a cause for concern for the Bulldogs. Cordy Glenn — UGA’s right tackle — has four starts under his belt on the left side. Whether he moves from right to left or not, new offensive line coach Will Friend will have to plug in a new, inexperienced body at one of his starting tackle spots. Welcome to Athens.
Just a sad story to start the week. For Georgia, and especially for Sturdivant.