"You want your very best pass protector on the left side, and he's the guy we feel has the best chance of protecting (Stafford) right now," Richt said. "He's very, very athletic; he's a quick learner. He competes. If we started today, he would without question be the starting left tackle."
Sturdivant is trying not to think about the responsibility that comes with the position, he said.
"I've started to comprehend the plays a lot more," he said. "I'm still adjusting to the speed of the game, to the power of the game, but I feel like I can contribute to this team greatly. I do think I will maintain that (starting) position because I'm going to work as hard as I can to maintain that position."
STILL OUT: Georgia Military College transfer Vince Vance, the man who Georgia coaches thought would be their left tackle, remains out due to a right knee sprain, but he could be back as early as Friday, he said.
"It's a little aggravated, but it's nothing I can't handle," he said. "I'm ready to come back. I'll have to get it passed by the doctors, but me personally I'm ready to come back."
Regardless of Vance's health, he won't vault Sturdivant on the depth chart when he returns, Richt said.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS: Freshman offensive lineman Tanner Strickland spent 36 minutes in the Athens-Clarke County jail Tuesday afternoon after turning himself in at 4:32 p.m. An arrest warrant was issued for Strickland on Friday on charges of possession of a fraudulent I.D., a misdemeanor. Strickland will not miss any game or practice time due to the incident, Richt said.