While the highest-profile Georgia underclassmen have yet to announce whether they are headed to the NFL, junior offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant said Friday that he’s returning for his senior season instead of entering the draft.
Georgia offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant will return for his senior season after weighing his NFL draft options.
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“I’m staying this year,” he said.
Sturdivant started seven games at left tackle in 2010 after suffering season-ending knee injuries each of the previous two seasons. He said he told Georgia coaches of his decision on Thursday.
“It was a really, really, very, very tough decision being that my lifelong goal was to play in the NFL,” Sturdivant said. “It’s been tarnished because of the two injuries. I was really thinking about leaving this year because of so many different factors because of the what if.”
Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and outside linebacker Justin Houston have not yet made public their decisions.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Sturdivant, who was not expected to have been an early round draft pick, saw risk in staying or going.
“Both sides are very risky,” said Sturdivant, who started every game as a freshman in 2007. “If I stay I could get injured and potentially never play NFL ball, but if I left I would have reached my goal hopefully of making it to the NFL. There were some more obstacles this year with the lockout. … I feel like I’ve made a really good decision.”
The Wadesboro, N.C., product submitted paperwork to the NFL’s underclassmen advisory board, but declined to reveal the projection he got back.
“I’ve decided that I really like what’s going on at Georgia, even though we didn’t have a great season,” he said. “I really like our offense, I really like the coaches for the most part. I like the personnel and hopefully we get a couple of good recruits.”
“We’re obviously excited with Trinton’s decision,” Richt said. “(He) will be an important part of our team.”
Offensive guard Cordy Glenn and cornerback Brandon Boykin, both juniors, are also considering a jump to the NFL.
Sturdivant said he has not talked to Glenn.
“I’m praying that he stays, of course,” Sturdivant said. “Hopefully he’ll stay and we can potentially do all the things that I came to Georgia to do.”