June 24, 2009

Sturdivant discusses summer workouts

With so many options on the offensive line, Stacy Searels has the luxury that many coaches at that position don't have - the ability to mix and match his lineup and not miss the proverbial beat.

While that's obviously a great ability to have, left tackle Trinton Sturdivant said Wednesday that the offensive linemen have been working with a set lineup during summer workouts.

"Right now we have a set lineup that we're going through summer and we look really good," Sturdivant said. "We're focusing on getting used to the player beside us because last year everybody was mixed up, switching positions every so often every week.

"Right now we're just getting better, learning what everyone's tendencies are on the field on pass situations, run situations. In other words, we're not necessarily focusing on the lineup, we're focusing on getting better with the lineup that we have now."

According to Sturdivant, Georgia's offensive line is shaping up like this:

At left tackle, it's Sturdivant with Vince Vance at left guard, Ben Jones at center, Cordy Glenn and right guard and Clint Boling at right tackle.

Chris Davis, recovering from hip surgery, is currently backing up Vance at left guard with Justin Anderson backing up Glenn at right guard.

"He's (Davis) not able to do 1-on-1 pass (skel) or anything right now so we don't really know how he's going to pan out as far as the injury goes," Sturdivant said. "He's an excellent player, we know that. We're just hoping his injury will allow him to get back where he was, to get his strength level where it was before."

But even if Davis is slow returning from his injury, Sturdivant said the fact that this year's line is so experienced, it will allow the unit to overcome whatever obstacles might be thrown it's away.

"Being we have so much experience we already know what's going to happen. For example, when you put a freshman on the field you don't know exactly what he's going to do. But with a guy that's more experienced you know that if they bring a certain defense, they already know what's going to happen," Sturdivant said. "Because of that you can move at a quicker pace and not have to slow it down and tell them every single detail. Because of that I'm pretty confident in the lineup that we have now, because of that experience."

The fact that Jones has a year of experience under his belt is crucial and will certainly be beneficial to the rest of the offensive line's success.

Sturdivant doesn't see any weaknesses.

"Playing as a true freshman is hard. I had the luxury of having Chris Davis beside me my freshman year, then Fernando (Velasco) the senior and Cheese (Chester Adams)," Sturdivant said. "Clint and I were the freshmen but we had everybody around us helping us. It's hard to put a freshman out there and expect them to succeed on a high level because there's so much new being thrown at them."

As for Sturdivant, he said the left knee that he tore last August couldn't be in better shape.
According to the North Carolina native, he no longer has to wear the brace on his knee and doesn't even have to go through treatment any longer.

"I'm back with the boys," Sturdivant said. "My left leg that I injured actually feels stronger than my right, now. I feel faster, I feel stronger, I just feel great."


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