Sturdivant (77) doing his happy dance his freshman year as the Dawgs scored first and beat Florida in 2007 (from google.com)

With the news that from the closed scrimmage the Georgia Bulldawgs football team participated in on 9 April had 18 players on the sidelines with various injuries, no announcements have Bulldawgs fans more upset than hearing fifth-year senior, offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered his third major knee injury in as many years.

Reported by Georgia Sports Communications and the AJC.COM on Sunday, the Freshman All American tore the ACL in his right knee—-the two previous injuries were on the left knee —- and will be out for the rest of the season. The likelihood that Sturdivant will recover and play in 2011 is slim, since ACL injuries require 6-12 months to be rehabilitated from.

After playing all 13 games as a freshman in 2007, Sturdivant missed the next two seasons with ACL tears in 2008 during a spring scrimmage and 2009 during the first regular season game. He returned in 2010 to appear in 12 games and start the last 7 at left tackle. He has been competing with left tackle Cordy Glenn for the starting left guard position, with reports that the two players were switching from left to right tackle throughout practices. It appears that Glenn will get the starting job. Earlier this year, Sturdivant announced that he would be staying for his senior year, citing it was the right decision, so he could obtain his degree, and that NFL teams would be more comfortable with drafting someone who has had two major knee surgeries so early in their careers.  
In the event that Sturdivant does indeed miss the 2011 season, he and the UGA Athletic Association can petition the NCAA for a 6th year of eligibility so he could play in 2012. Under the NCCA’s “Hardship Rule” (which you can read in more detail in PDF format here ) as Bryan W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP states,
The medical hardship waiver can be requested to the appropriate conference or to the NCAA if the institution is an independent. The following situation must be met per NCAA rules: a) the
Incapacitating injury or illness occurs either during the senior year of high school or during
One of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition, b) the injury or illness occurs prior to
the first half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA Championship in that sport, and c) the student-athlete has not participated in more than two contests or 20% of the scheduled contests (whichever is greater). A similar request is to waive the five-year period of eligibility and extend a sixth year. This requires two out of five years of circumstances
Beyond the control of the student-athlete.  An incapacitating medical circumstance would be one example of a qualifying condition. A voluntary redshirt year would not. A medical disqualification
Or medical non-counter is a different situation. This involves a medical condition in which
The student-athlete is advised to not ever further participate in intercollegiate athletics. If
This situation is approved; the student-athlete may retain their grant-in-aid at the discretion of
The institution for the remainder of their four to five year college experience.

Simply put, it’s an easy process with a lot of paperwork. But according to the UGA assistant athletic director for sports medicine Ron Courson, Sturdivant will have surgery on the right ACL “sometime this week” and will defer all questions about his recovery and whether his football career is indeed over until after the surgery and when recovery begins.
This is why it’s good to have your degrees, folks. Trinton is a damn good dawg though.
A Freshman All American in 2007, Sturdivant has successfully returned from two previous ALC tears on the same knee (from google.com)

As reported by the AJC.COM’s Tim Tucker on Saturday’s closed scrimmage, there were 18 players sidelined with injuries. Have practices been that tough or is it the new strength and conditioning program they are under? Questions abound since media weren’t allowed in, but stats were released by HC Mark Richt on  Saturday after practice (you can check those stats out here ) where we still might have to be concerned about the running game.
Back to the injuries, where at least five projected defensive starters were left out: Brandon Boykin, Sanders Commings and Christian Robinson (concussions), Bacarri Rambo (sprained knee ligaments) and Alec Ogletree (strained groin).  Reports from spring practice have been of injuries popping up quite a bit, which is creating worry for the health of the Dawgs as they approach their 2011 campaign. With a tough season ahead of us, beginning with the Chick Fil A Kick Off game against Boise State in the Georgia Dome to start things off, these injuries in the Spring could come back to be nagging injuries when the games do count. Saturday was the second-to-last spring practice before the G-Day game, which is 16 April at 1 PM in Sanford Stadium. 

Sources used for this post are from AJC.COM, NCAA.COM, Bulldog Blog: On the Georgia Beat with Seth Emerson. Photos from google.com 

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