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College Football: Georgia Bulldog's Title Hopes take a Huge Hit

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IAugust 12, 2008

As if the Georgia Bulldogs football team did not have enough problems this
off-season with eight arrests and six suspensions, now Georgia loses their
starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant for the season with a severe knee
injury.

According to the Associated Press, "Sturdivant suffered multiple ligament
injuries to his left knee in a scrimmage on Monday. Ron Courson, Georgia's
director of sports medicine, said Tuesday the 6-foot-5 Sturdivant might need a
full year of rehab after he undergoes reconstructive surgery next week. 
Sturdivant started 13 games as a freshman last season."

Behind losing Matthew Stafford or Knowshon Moreno, this is the worst injury news
for the Bulldogs.  The left tackle is the most important position on the
offensive live because he protects the Quarterback's blindside.  Left Tackle is
the position that you do not want to have to worry about all season, and now it
is a big question mark for Georgia.

If Georgia wants to contend for the SEC Title, let alone the National Title they
need to get someone to step up at left tackle.  This is because the Bulldogs
face some pretty good defensive ends this season:

Arizona State - Luis Vasquez and Dexter Davis: 15 sacks and 25 tackles for loss
in 2007

LSU - Tyson Jackson: 15 QB hurries and 10 pass breakups in 2007

Florida - Jermaine Cunningham: 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2007

Of course there will be plenty of other defensive ends in the SEC that will give
the Georgia line fits.  That journey to the National Championship just got
tougher.  If the preseason poll came out this week, Georgia would not be number
one.

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