March 28, 2007
Stafford progressing this spring
Last fall one player that was inescapable from Georgia football news as then freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford. This spring Stafford now a sophomore is quietly settling in as Georgia's starting quarterback and learning to become a better all-around quarterback.
Stafford a heralded quarterback from Dallas, Texas was the highest rated Pro-Style quarterback by Rivals.com coming out of high school, but it took him time to break into the lineup as Georgia's quarterback. This spring with Stafford having a firm grasp of the Georgia's offense, Stafford is focusing on the areas of his game he struggled in last season.
One aspect Stafford struggled with last season was putting touch on short and mid-range passes. Often during pressure situations Stafford would over throw the ball and make it difficult on his receivers.
"I think touch comes with knowing where the ball is supposed to go and feeling comfortable throughout the play. If you are late then you have to zing it in there as hard as you can. If you are on-time you do not have to throw it as hard all the time," said Stafford. "That comes with being more comfortable in the offense."
Head Coach Mark Richt thinks Stafford has always had the physical talent to make all the plays necessary to be a good starting quarterback in the SEC it is just taking him time to get comfortable in the offense.
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