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QB on the rise

With few exceptions, the quarterback is the most important player on a football team. If he plays well, the team usually wins. If he plays poorly, the team usually loses.

Case in point: Matthew Stafford. Stafford played poorly as a Georgia freshman in 2006 and the Bulldogs dropped four SEC games, including embarrassing setbacks to Vanderbilt and Kentucky. He completed just 52.7 percent of his passes with nearly twice as many interceptions (13) as touchdown passes (7). His passer-efficiency rating of 109.0 ranked eighth among SEC quarterbacks. One year later...