Trinton Sturdivant Injury: Georgia Tackle Contemplating Return As Tight End

Trinton Sturdivant's third ACL tear ended his 2011 season before it began, but the tackle has started talking about coming back for 2012.

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Mark Richt On Trinton Sturdivant's Plans: 'A Bright Future'

Georgia head coach Mark Richt had positive things to say about injured offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant as they prepare for senior day this Saturday before the Bulldogs match-up with Kentucky. Sturdivant tore his ACL for the third time in his Georgia career back in April during a spring scrimmage and has contemplated coming back next season at tight end. But Richt talked about more than football when discussing Sturdivant's 'bright future'. via dogbytesonline.com

"I’ve talked to him over the course of the season and they’ve kind of bounced around a little bit like a lot of guys his age trying to decide what’s best," Richt said. "It’s been anything from continuing school to maybe getting out and getting some work experience as he tries to prepare to get into law school. I know he has a tremendous interest in administration—athletic administration. He’s kind of bounced around a little bit. He’s just a very bright guy who’s got a bright future and we’re going to help him realize whatever goals and dreams he has."

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Trinton Sturdivant Hopes To Play For Georgia As Tight End In 2012 Despite Injury

Trinton Sturdivant's injury-plagued Georgia career has been little short of tragic, at least as tragedy goes in football: Three torn ACLs have ended three separate seasons for the talented offensive tackle, and the latest, in April, could well have ended his career.

But Sturdivant doesn't think like that, and told The Red & Black that he's planning to come back to football in 2012 — as a tight end.

"Obviously, I would not try to come back and play offensive tackle, but I have made a decision," he said. "I have skills in the sense that I could possibly move to a different position and see myself excelling in it because of my athletic ability."

Sturdivant, who says he hasn't discussed the position change with Georgia's tight ends coach, sees himself as a potentially valuable blocker at the position, and isn't worried about the competition against Orson Charles and other highly-touted recruits. He's also considering the move something of a necessity, given that he's lost more than 50 pounds from his playing weight at tackle since surgery to repair his torn ACL in April.

But while Sturdivant is a good bet to receive a medical redshirt and be granted a sixth year of eligibility in 2012, he's probably going to be fine if football doesn't work out. He's on track to graduate with a double major in finance and management in December, has applied to graduate school for a master's in sports management, and will apply to law school. If he attacks any of those careers with the tenacity he's shown in coming back from multiple serious injuries, he might just be a success.

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Trinton Sturdivant Injury: Third Torn ACL In Georgia Tackle's Career

Trinton Sturdivant has unbelievably suffered the third torn ACL of his Georgia Bulldogs career, according to Seth Emerson and others. He'll have to undergo his third knee surgery in his time on campus after sustaining the injury in Saturday's scrimmage.

The offensive lineman, who at one point this offseason strongly considered entering the 2011 NFL Draft, should be able to receive a sixth year of eligibility. In Sturdivant's place, redshirt junior A.J. Harmon could be the most likely candidate to emerge as the team's starting left tackle.

The North Carolina native has had a tough playing career after breaking through as a 2007 SEC All-Freshman teamer and appearing on the national freshman lists put together by Rivals and Scout. You'll also recall him as the most visible member of Georgia's 2007 end zone dance in the team's game against the Florida Gators.

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