Matthew Stafford, perhaps the greatest quarterback in Georgia history, has fulfilled his potential in a short amount of time, but not without a mighty struggle in and out of the spotlight
It was, perhaps, the weirdest car drive Joe Cox had ever been on.
The Sunday two weeks before the start of the 2006 season Mark Richt summoned his four quarterbacks to his Oconee County home. Joe Tereshinski, Matthew Stafford, Blake Barnes and Cox had been in a nearly nine-month competition to replace D.J. Shockley as the starting quarterback. The fervor around the quarterback competition was an every-day conversation in the Bulldog world – Just who would start the first game of the season? Would a different player be the starter at the end of the season? If Matthew Stafford was supposed to be the future of the program, why not just throw him in there at the start of the year? On the other hand, the last senior who waited his turn, Shockley, produced one heck of a senior season himself.