June 19, 2010

Player Countdown to Kickoff - No. 77

 

#77 Trinton Sturdivant Position: Offensive Tackle Class: Junior

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Height/Weight: 6-5, 320 High School: Wadesboro, N.C. (Anson)
Projected Fall Team Depth Chart Position: Second Team

Spring Review: Sturdivant sat out the spring while he continued to rehab his second torn ACL in as many years. According to head coach Mark Richt, Sturdivant has made good progress and is healing on, if not ahead, of schedule. This bodes well for the North Carolina native, who if healthy, will really give Georgia's already experienced offensive line a real shot in the arm.

Fall Preview: All signs point to Sturdivant being ready to begin preseason drills, but coaches will still take their time to ensure all systems are go. Although it's still a bit early to assume that Sturdivant will immediately regain his starting role, don't be surprised if he is eventually able to do exactly that.

Trinton Sturdivant is a 77 who needs no introduction. All Bulldog fans know how great he was when he was named a Freshman All-American and unfortunately all Bulldog fans also know about his knee injuries during his last two seasons. So far he has been looking good in his rehab and fans will wait to see what 2010 brings for the outstanding offensive tackle.

Mike Wilson had an interesting time with Georgia in the mid 70's. As a freshman this 77 quit several times, but he stuck with it and by the time he was finished he won several awards and played in many big games. "Moonpie" was a two-time All-SEC tackle and was named All-American in 1976. He later played twelve seasons in the NFL including a Super Bowl with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Another 77 Bulldog that won several awards and played in the Super Bowl in the NFL was Bill Stanfill. The Cairo native was an All-American, Academic All-American, Outland Trophy winner and winner of two SEC titles in the late 60's as a Bulldog. After leaving Georgia, he won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins including a season in which they finished undefeated.

While playing the entire 1947 Sugar Bowl, Charley Trippi led the Dawgs by running 77 yards in a 20 to 10 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Georgia would finish the 1946 season a perfect 11 and 0.

In 1980, Georgia's offense was mostly run by Herschel, run by Herschel and you guessed it… run by Herschel. The offense was more than that as Buck Belue completed 77 passes that season… OK, it was mostly the Goal-line Stalker.

In 2002, Georgia had a solid rushing and passing game. One of the key players in the passing game was wide receiver Terrence Edwards. Edwards that season averaged just over 77 yards per game receiving the ball. He would finish as the only Bulldog in history with over 1,000 receiving yards in one season with 1,004.

1977 - Georgia Record: 5-6
Head Coach: Vince Dooley
Captains: Ben Zambiasi and Willie McClendon


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