October 17, 2008

The Dashboard

Not much was made out of this, but did you know that quarterback Matthew Stafford established his career-high for passing yards with an injured right hand?

It's true.

Stafford bore a nasty-looking red scrape on the heel of his right palm about the size of a 50-cent piece.

It wasn't pretty, to be sure, but it obviously did not affect the way he was able to grip the ball.

How did it happen? Well, that remains somewhat of a mystery. Although nothing has been confirmed, the entire situation was kept very hush-hush.

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Chris Davis catches an awful lot of flack from fans, but you've got to hand it to the Jefferson native for fighting through the hip-pointer that's been bugging him for basically the month.

Chris more than likely will have surgery after the year is complete, but in the meantime deserves some serious pats on the back for pushing himself through the pain.

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Several people have asked me whether or not I thought Stafford and Knowshon Moreno would turn pro after this season.

Granted, both players are going to have some thinking to do once the season is over, but here's what I think:

I've talked to Stafford more than I have to Knowshon about the subject, and just what I've gathered, it appears to me that the Texas native is leaning to coming back for his senior year.

Oh, Stafford is keenly aware that some of the draft experts out there consider him one of the top picks in the April draft, and that will undoubtedly play into his decision.

But there is also a legacy that Stafford wants to leave at Georgia and the only way to do that is to lead the Bulldogs to a championship. Despite what you might read, I think there's a 70-percent chance he comes back. We'll see.

As for Moreno, when the season started I was almost 100 percent positive that this would be his last year. Now, I'm not quite so sure. The latest draft boards I've seen actually have Moreno slipping somewhat, although there's certainly plenty of time for that to change.

No, I don't expect Moreno to stay all four years at Georgia, but to me the odds are 50-50 that he comes back for one final go-around in 2009.

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A few other thoughts: Darryl Gamble will become an All-SEC performer at linebacker before his playing days at Georgia are through. … Freshman receiver A.J. Green's ankle is better, but head coach Mark Richt isn't quite ready to guarantee significant time Saturday against the Commodores. Richt isn't saying he won't play, but didn't want to say one thing and then have him not play. … Vince Vance will have surgery on his torn ACL in three weeks. … Trinton Sturdivant and Jeff Owens are both on track with their respective rehabs and will be ready for the start of 2009. … Did you know Georgia has outscored its Homecoming opponents 2,163 to 1,078?

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