September 5, 2009

Bulldogs hope Sturdivant is OK

STILLWATER, Ok. - This wasn't the sight anybody wanted to see - left tackle Trinton Sturdivant being helped off the field with an apparently knee injury.

"I don't want to speculate yet," head coach Mark Richt said after Georgia's 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State. "Ron (Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson) said it will be at least 24 hours. We have to get a picture of it. I just really can't speculate on it right now."

Sturdivant, who tore his ACL in preseason last year, was seen leaving the team lockerroom with a full brace around his left leg.

He was replaced in the starting lineup by senior Vince Vance.

"In the heat of the battle, you certainly feel bad for the player, no doubt about it," Richt said. "But the only thing you can do is put the next man in there."

Sturdivant's was the only apparent significant injury for the Bulldogs against the Cowboys, but Richt raised some eyebrows later in his press conference when he said that backup defensive back Makiri Pugh tested positive for the H1N1 virus and didn't make the trip.

Quarterback Joe Cox, who flew out separately to join the team Friday night, was also tested for N1H1, but those tests Richt said came back negative.
"We did what the CDC (Center for Disease Control) was asking us to do as fas as how long, how much time expired between the last fever and those type of things," Richt said. "Ron did a good job of making sure we were not putting him at risk."

Richt was unsure how long Pugh might be out.

"I don't know," Richt said. "Even with guys who have had that, sometimes it's a quick turnaround, sometimes it's not."

Smith the "Secret Weapon"

All week long, speculation grew that the Bulldogs would unveil a special wrinkle, or "secret weapon", as it were on offense against the Cowboys.

Turns out freshman Branden Smith was that person as he carried the ball three times for 11 yards. One of Smith's carries came as a result of a direct snap.

Smith was one of six true freshmen who saw action, a list that included tight end Orson Charles and Arthur Lynch, linebacker Michael Gilliard, defensive end Montez Robinson and defensive tackle Abry Jones.

Receivers Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten made the trip but did not play.

Big day for Butler

Sophomore punter Drew Butler had six punts for an average of 57 yards, including a long one of 75 yards.

This marks the second-best average for a single game in Georgia history.

The record is held by Bobby Walden of 63 yards against Texas in 1958 on three punts.

This and that

Geno Atkins saw considerable action at defensive end. Richt said he would alternate between end and tackle the rest of the year.

• Georgia fell to 30-5 under Richt in an opponent's home stadium, including 10-3 against ranked teams.

• Mike Moore's first-quarter touchdown pass was the fourth of his career.

• Linebackers Rennie Curran and Marcus Dowtin tied for the team-high in tackles with eight. The eight marked a career-high for Dowtin. Curran was the second-leading tackler in the SEC last year with 115.

• Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the plan was to use backup quarterback Logan Gray extensively in Red Zone situations. Unfortunately, Georgia only made it inside the OSU 20-yard once during its opening drive.

• Oklahoma State scored 10 points off of three Bulldog turnovers.

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