As I’ve mentioned before, TSN’s Matt Hayes has this thing about Matt Stafford that I just don’t get.
Today, mixed in with his praise (“At this point, the ‘Dawgs are the nation’s most complete team.”) in elevating Georgia to #1 on his 2008 preseason list is this comment:
My only reservation with Georgia: What happens to QB Matt Stafford in big road games. (South Carolina, Arizona State, LSU, Auburn; Florida in Jacksonville are all on this year’s road slate)? He was hot and cold last year away from Athens…
What happens to Matt Stafford in big road games? Well, last year he led his team to a 4-0 record in Georgia’s four biggest away games – Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech and Hawaii.
His stats in those four games?
- Alabama – 19/35, 224 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
- Florida – 11/18, 217 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
- Georgia Tech – 14/29, 214 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 31 yard TD run
- Hawaii – 14/23, 175 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
In three of those four games, Stafford clearly outperformed the opponent’s starter and in the fourth (Florida), the QB stats were fairly even. And don’t forget his heroics in the ‘Bama game. I’m just not seeing “hot and cold” there.
Look, given the man’s conclusion – “He’ll go one of two ways this fall: succumb to the preseason pressure, or develop into the No. 1 overall NFL pick. I’m going with the latter.” – and the fact that Stafford does need to improve his game for Georgia to have a strong chance to excel this season, I don’t want to be too harsh here, but, seriously, has Hayes watched much Georgia football lately?