Stafford and Tebow have history

Matthew Stafford

ATHENS – Tim Tebow keeps up with Matthew Stafford's progress when he can. Stafford keeps up with Tebow because he can't help it.

"It's hard not to," Stafford said. "He's everywhere you look."

The two sophomore quarterbacks met at the 2005 EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp, and their paths were later linked when Stafford came to Georgia and Tebow signed with Florida. So far, Tebow has a decided edge in production, not to mention a national championship ring, but both quarterbacks insist they don't compare their young careers.

"I don't think about it like that," Tebow said. "I know (Stafford) is doing a great job at Georgia."

The two will meet for the first time as starters Saturday when the No. 20 Bulldogs and No. 9 Gators play in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. CBS, which will televise the game, is expected to focus lots of attention on Tebow, who is a Heisman Trophy contender. Stafford, meanwhile, will be a footnote, but he's not worried about that, he said.

"We're in two completely different offenses and on two completely different teams," he said. "I just try to do what I can to help this team win. I'm happy for him. He deserves all the credit he's getting."

Stafford is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,364 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions this year, while Tebow is completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 1,711 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. Tebow also has rushed for 578 yards.

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