The Throwback: Stafford Still a Star

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ATHENS – His talent is exceptional, but his numbers are purely pedestrian.

Today's Dawg Post Throwback Story of the Day features this piece by Josh Kendall from December of 2007.


Matthew Stafford, Georgia's sophomore quarterback, arrived on campus as star material but two years later, with the Bulldogs on the biggest stage of his career, is playing a strictly supporting role.

Stafford was ranked the No. 1 or No. 2 quarterback in the nation by every major recruiting service and was the EA Sports national player of the year after throwing for 4,018 yards as a senior at Highland Park High School outside Dallas.

His passing ability is unquestioned, but his primary role this season as Georgia has won six straight games has been as middleman, getting the ball safely from center Fernando Velasoc to running backs Knowshon Moreno and Thomas Brown.

"Statistically, it's not like anybody is going to want to write a lot about how things have gone for him," head coach Mark Richt said. "We are doing what we feel like we need to do to win, and we have won."

Stafford has thrown for 2,348 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions this year. He is sixth in the SEC in yards per game, behind the likes of John Parker Wilson and Matt Flynn, and he has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game.

That can't all be blamed on Georgia's growing dedication to the running game.

"He knows he's had some opportunities for more completions and more yards and more touchdowns," Richt said. "He's got to improve, too, and he is. He's been very unselfish in how he's playing the game and his best years are yet to come statistically."

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