The Velocity Issue

ATHENS - Most of the season, Richt has dismissed the notion that the speed of Matthew Stafford's passes makes them difficult for Georgia's receivers to catch.

However, on Tuesday, he acknowledged that in-game changes between Stafford and Joe Tereshinski, who throws a softer pass, could have been causing a problem.

"I can't say it wouldn't be because there's been a definite difference in the velocity of the ball," Richt said. "If Matthew goes in there and plays well, and we don't feel like we have to make any changes, that might help the guys."

Georgia's receivers should be glad to have a quarterback who gets them the ball in a hurry, Richt said.

"There's probably been a couple that have come out of there like an ICBM, but for the most part, he's throwing the kind of ball that receivers should be excited about catching," he said. "You should want that ball to be right on you."

Of all the Georgia quarterbacks, Stafford has been the most plagued by dropped passes.

"I think if every ball that was catchable was caught then we might not have ever had a transition," Richt said.

Stafford understands the Bulldogs' system better than he did when he made his first start of the season in week 3, partially because he's been more diligent in his preparation, Richt said.

"I think he understands the value of preparing more than he did," Richt said. "He's more comfortable and certain about what we're trying to get out of a certain plays."

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