Player Profile #79 – LB Quan Sturdivant

The 2010 season was not a good one for the University of North Carolina. One of the most talented teams in college football was decimated by scandals involving relationships with agents and academic fraud. Disappointment would be the one word necessary to describe what went down last fall.

LB Quan Sturdivant did not serve any suspensions last fall. But at a time when the Tar Heels badly needed any and all help, Sturdivant ended up missing six games with a hamstring pull. It was a disappointing end to what had been an impressive four years in Chapel Hill for the North Carolina native.

Here’s his story.

FAMILY MATTERS

Quan Sturdivant

Born – December 5, 1988 in Oakboro, North Carolina.

Family – He’s the son of Marcella Sturdivant. No information available on his father.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 1 inch.
  • Weight – 241 pounds.
  • Arm – 32.4 inches.
  • Hand – 10 inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.63 seconds.
  • Bench press – 21 repetitions at 225 pounds
  • Vertical jump – 34 inches
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 7 inches

HIGH SCHOOL

Sturdivant was part of the 2007 graduating class at West Stanly High School in Oakboro, North Carolina. WSHS is part of the Stanley County Public Schools. Oakboro is a town of approximately 1,200 in south central North Carolina.

Playing for head coach Rich Williams, Sturdivant was named the Rocky River Conference player of the year as a senior QB in 2006. He also played safety on defense for the Colts. He earned all-state honors twice and all-conference honors three times.

He holds the career records at West Stanly in passing yards (5,798 yards), points scored (606) and total offense (9,159 yards).

FOOTBALL

2006 – Sturdivant led the Colts to a 9-4 record and a conference title. He completed 99 of 179 passes for 1,667 yards and 21 TDs. He ran 111 times for 745 yards. On defense he added 12 tackles, one INT and 3 PBU.

2005 – He turned in the best offensive season in school history, putting up 2,539 yards in total offense, including 1,794 passing yards.

2004 – the Colts finished 5-7 on the season, and he threw for 1,190 yards.

2003 – Sturdivant threw for 1,147 yards in a 5-7 season for the Colts.

RECRUITING

He received scholarship offers from Duke, Florida, North Carolina State, North Carolina and South Carolina. In November ’06 he made a verbal commitment to attend Florida, but backed away a week later. He changed his commitment to North Carolina.

COLLEGE

Sturdivant was a Communications major at North Carolina. He enrolled in January 2007 after graduating from high school early.

He was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels, essentially only coming out of games or not starting because of injuries. He was named first-team All-ACC after the ’09 season.

2010 – he played in 8 games, starting 7 times. Sturdivant suffered a left hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the September 25th game against Rutgers. He then missed the next five games before returning. He was third on the team with 61 total tackles. In that game against Rutgers he had 12 tackles, 3 TFL, a sack and a PBU.

2009 – started all 13 games. He played middle linebacker for the first six games, but moved back to the weak-side OLB for the last seven games. Led the team with 79 total tackles. His best performance came on the road against Virginia Tech, when he had 7 tackles, a TFL, two QB hurries and a PBU.

2008 – started all 13 games at OLB. Led nation with 87 unassisted tackles and led the team with 122 total tackles. Sturdivant had 11 tackles in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against West Virginia. Against Notre Dame, he had 10 tackles and an interception that he returned 32 yards. Had 89 yards in INT return yardage.

2007 – played in all 12 games and started five times at linebacker. 47 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT and a blocked punt. Started against Miami and had 4 tackles, blocked a punt and had his first career INT.

JURISPRUDENCE

On July 10, 2010, Sturdivant was cited for simple possession of marijuana during a traffic stop in Abermarle, North Carolina. It was a misdemeanor charge, because it was less than a half-ounce of grass. He was stopped in a parking lot next to a Bojangles Restaurant.

Later in July, Abermarle County prosecutors dropped the charge after Sturdivant entered a deferred prosecution agreement. He was required to complete 24 hours of community service and have a substance abuse assessment.

 Year

 

G

 

S

Total

Tks.

 

TFL

 

Sacks

 

QBH

 

INT

 

PBU

 

FF

 

FR

2010

8

7

61

8.5

3

0

1

2

0

1

2009

13

13

79

12

1

6

0

3

1

1

2008

13

13

122

5.5

2

0

2

4

1

0

2007

12

5

47

1.5

1

1

1

0

1

1

Totals

46

38

309

27.5

7

7

4

9

3

3

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – As a run defender there haven’t been many better in major college football over the last few years. Quick reacting, he attacks the line of scrimmage and often can beat the blocker to the point of attack. Is very good going laterally as well and is deadly on backside pursuit when given the opportunity. His background as a high school quarterback gives him a deep understanding of the passing game and the coverage angles. He’s very good at sniffing out screens and draws.

Weaknesses – He’s not always nimble, especially in the open field and he’s susceptible at times to play-action because of his aggressiveness. Sturdivant needs work on his upper body strength and use of his hands; too often he gets tied up with a blocker and does not get free. On pass coverage, he gets by with his understanding of the passing game rather than athletic ability; RBs can make him look foolish in the open field. In the Carolina defense he wasn’t asked to blitz much and he displays no fundamentals of pass rushing.

Analysis – Not always the type of guy who makes the right choices (see marijuana arrest), he was able to keep himself out of all the troubles his teammates found themselves dealing with during the 2010 season. At North Carolina, he played both middle LB and weak-side outside LB, but seems best suited to play inside in the NFL. Not especially athletic, he plays aggressively and with good understanding of angles of pursuit.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

An NFC scout said – “Definitely some concerns about his only starting seven games last year. Hamstrings can be tricky, but to miss half the games says something about the shape he may have been in to start the season.”

WHAT DOES HE SAY

Here’s five minutes from Sturdivant’s conversation with the media at the NFL Combine in late February.

Quan Sturdivant

HOW DOES HE FIT WITH THE CHIEFS?

A four-year starting career will grab the attention of any team, but there are concerns over the hamstring injury that really hurt his senior season. The dropped charge on the marijuana arrest shouldn’t play much of factor, unless there are bigger problems that have come out through NFL physical exams and testing.

STURDIVANT HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2010 SEASON

Quan Sturdivant highlights 

 

 

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