August 11, 2008

Injury mars scrimmage

So far, the injuries suffered by Georgia players this preseason have been minor by most descriptions.

That might have changed during Monday afternoon's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium after starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered an apparent knee injury and had to be carted off of the field.

According to Georgia head coach Mark Richt, Sturdivant was taken to St. Mary's hospital where he was to be examined by team doctors. The extent of Sturdivant's injury is not expected to be learned until Tuesday.

"Trinton hurt his knee. I don't know for sure yet how bad, but it swelled up pretty good, I know that," Richt said. "He got banged up pretty good."

Richt wouldn't speculate whether or not the injury might be of the season-ending variety.

"Until we know, I don't want to say anything and I'm not sure we've gotten hold of the family yet," Richt said. "I know how things fly out. It's not going to come from me."

Redshirt freshman Josh Davis played the rest of the day with the No. 1 unit at left tackle after Sturdivant went down.

"It was a pass rush, (Matthew) Stafford in the pocket, here come the ends , the tackles try to push them by the quarterback, the quarterback steps up in the pocket and those guys, all four of them, kind of ran into each other," Richt said. "We had the ends coming hard and the tackles engaged trying to push them by the quarterback and as the ends were squeezing in trying to push them out, the quarterback stepped up like he should. I didn't exactly see who ran into whom."

If Sturdivant is lost for an extended period of time, Richt said any one of the team's current linemen could assume the starting role. He said that list would include Davis, Vince Vance, freshman Cordy Glenn, and sophomore Clint Boling. Starting right tackle Kiante Tripp could also be considered.

"It makes you sick. It's just said," Richt said. "You never want to see anybody get hurt. It's just sad."

There was some good news.

Running backs Caleb King and Richard Samuel enjoyed solid afternoons, with King rushing 11 times for 52 yards and Samuel 11 times for 45 yards and a touchdown. Dontavius Jackson had nine carries for 28 yards, followed by quarterback Logan Gray with five for 25.

"I was pleased with (King and Samuel)," Richt said. "Both had a good feeling for what they were doing. At times they missed a crease or a couple of holes, but overall I did not see any missed assignments on pass protection that would have gotten the quarterback hit."

Stafford and Gray also enjoyed solid efforts passing the ball. Stafford completed 11 of 21 passes for 108 yards, with Gray completing 12 of 22 for 119 and one touchdown. Second-team quarterback Joe Cox did not play as he's been nursing a sore elbow.

Freshman wide receiver A.J. Green caught three passes for 28 yards before coming out to rest the hip-flexor injury he suffered last week. Samuel caught three passes for 26 yards, King 2 for 22 and Israel Troupe 3 for 21.

Senior Demiko Goodman had two grabs for 61 yards, while tight end Tripp Chandler caught four passes for 34 yards and a score.

Freshman kicker Blair Walsh was a perfect 3-for-3, connecting on field goals of 37, 38 and 36 yards. Andrew Jensen converted his only attempt, hitting on a 36-yarder.

Defensively, cornerback Ramarcus Brown led the way with 10 tackles followed by linebacker Darryl Gamble with seven and Marcus Dowtin with five.
Richt said that any changes on the Bulldogs' current depth chart won't be made until coaches have the opportunity to evaluate film.

"I'll leave that up to the coaches to decide and I don't think that there's a one of them that will say there was an on-the-field promotion or demotion based on the scrimmage," Richt said. "Every coach may say it may look one way as its happening, then you watch the film and realize that maybe it wasn't quite the way you thought. Everybody likes to reserve their decisions until after that. Right now, I'd say no, but after they look at the film it might be a little different."

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