Two Bulldogs plead not guilty to battery charges

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ATHENS, Ga. --Two University of Georgia football players accused of touching a woman without her consent pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery charges this morning in Clarke County State Court.

Offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, 19, and Justin Anderson, 20, "did intentionally make physical contact of an insulting nature with (the woman), who he does not know, when he approached her and touched her stomach," according to separate affidavits sworn by the woman.

Sturdivant, a tackle from Wadesboro, N.C., and Anderson, a guard from Ocilla, approached the woman in a breezeway of Building 1512 of East Campus Village early on a Friday morning, the woman told a UGA police officer shortly after 2 a.m. on June 27, about half an hour after the alleged battery.

East Campus Village is a grouping of on-campus dormitories and related facilities.

Neither player was suspended from the team, but both received undisclosed "in-house" discipline, coach Mark Richt said in late July.

Sturdivant, a starter last year, injured his knee last week and is out for the season.


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