January 1, 2009

What Now?

ORLANDO, Fla. - Fifty-fifty. That's the percentage junior quarterback Matthew Stafford put on his spurning Georgia for the riches of the NFL following Thursday's 24-12 win over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

Running back Knowshon Moreno? He was a bit less specific.

No doubt the entire Bulldog Nation will be waiting with baited breath on both.

"It's going to be an extremely hard decision for me," Stafford said. "My college career has been great. It's been an awesome time and it's something that I'm contemplating continuing. I admit I'm intrigued by the lure of the NFL, but to tell you the truth, I'm 50-50 right now and I don't really know what I'm going to do. I love playing for Georgia. It's been an outstanding time. But we'll take these next couple of days and think about it and try to figure out what I want to do."

Most draft analysts predict Stafford to go somewhere among the Top Five selections of the April draft, including many who predict him to be the first player selected.

Ironically, those same Michigan State fans who watched Stafford light up their Spartans may be cheering for him next fall as Detroit, which finished the season an NFL-record 0-16, gets the first pick.

As for Moreno, his plans are also supposedly up in the air.

"I would probably say the same thing (as Stafford)," Moreno said. "I'm trying not to think about it RIGHT at this moment. But at the same time, when I get home and talk to family, things like that, that's when we'll make a decision."

Although Moreno only finished with 62 yards rushing on 23 attempts, he did catch six passes for 63 yards and tallied Georgia's final touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Stafford on a wheel route to account for the final 24-12 score.

The touchdown also allowed Stafford (20-for-31, 250 yards and three touchdowns) to lock up the game MVP award and set a new single-season Georgia record for touchdown passes with 25, surpassing both D.J. Shockley and Eric Zeier.

Stafford finishes the year with 3,459 yards, the second-best tally in school history, trailing only Zeier's 3,525 yards set in 1993.

"It's awesome. It's a testament to the guys who go up and get it for me because a lot of times I wasn't on the mark. Of course, the guys up front give me time to throw," Stafford said. "But wins have always been the most important thing and I'm glad we could send the seniors out with a victory, their 40th overall. The records, all that is icing on the cake."



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