ATHENS -- Trinton Sturdivant is set to be honored with the other seniors Saturday, but the Georgia offensive tackle hasn’t made a decision yet.
That’s according to head coach Mark Richt, who said Sturdivant has gone back and forth on whether to try to return next season or move on from football.
Sturdivant tore his ACL in spring practice, the third time he has had a season-ending knee injury. He had been expected to start at left tackle.
He’s a fifth-year senior, but he would be eligible for a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility if he applied. A couple of weeks ago, he told the Georgia student newspaper he wanted to return and play tight end, but Richt indicated that wasn’t a firm call.
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“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.
Sturdivant has professed an interest in going to law school or getting into athletics administration.
“He’s just a real smart guy who has a bright future, and we are going to help him realize whatever goals and dreams he has,” Richt said.
Quarterback Aaron Murray laughed off his apparent snub from the SEC office. The sophomore passed for four touchdowns against Auburn, and was 14-for-18 and 224 yards.
But Murray was not named the SEC’s offensive player of the week, and he wasn’t even mentioned among the conference’s other outstanding performances.
Center Ben Jones, however, was named the SEC’s offensive lineman of the week.
“They just asked me that downtstairs,” Murray said. “A win’s a win, so whatever. I’m just Ben got his award.”
Murray was asked kiddingly if the Georgia sports information staff didn’t see fit to nominate him.
“I don’t know, I guess Coach Richt doesn’t like me or something,” Murray said. “I’m just happy the big guy got his award; that makes me happy.”
As the nose tackles turn
Earlier this season, Kwame Geathers took advantage of John Jenkins’ absence from practices to grab the starting nose tackle job.
Now it’s the other way around. Geathers has been hit by nagging injuries, only getting in three plays against Auburn, although he did recover a fumble on one of them.
In the meantime, Jenkins is drawing praise from defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
“It’s good to see John is coming on, and he’s been able to take the bull by the horns and be that guy that everybody thought he would be and could be,” Garner said. “And just every week (we’re) seeing him get better. So that’s been good, and that’s been refreshing.”