Quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, won his first-ever NFL Playoffs games in the 2021 NFL season after joining the Los Angeles Rams after 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions. Before first hearing his name in the NFL draft, Stafford played in the SEC, starting three seasons in Georgia.
Here’s everything you need to know about Stafford’s college career.
Matthew Stafford’s Vital Signs
Weight: 210 pounds
Years active: 2006-08
Here are Matthew Stafford’s career stats in college. Scroll right to view full stats.
Where did Matthew Stafford go to college?
Stafford attended the University of Georgia, which he chose over reported scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas, according to 247Sports.
What kind of prospect was Matthew Stafford in high school?
Stafford was one of the top high school soccer players in the country when he played for Highland Park in Dallas. He was ranked as the No. 6 prospect and No. 1 quarterback in the 2006 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
What was Matthew Stafford’s college record?
In Stafford’s three seasons in Georgia, the Bulldogs went 30-9, including victories in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl, 2008 Sugar Bowl and the 2009 Capital One Bowl. Georgia went 11-2 in the 2007 season , Dawgs’ best season during Stafford’s time there.
In the SEC, Georgia finished 4-4 in the SEC East in 2006, 6-2 for the crown in 2007, and second 6-2 in 2008.
Statistical Performance by Matthew Stafford
Here are some of Stafford’s statistical achievements:
- T-1 in Georgia history in touchdown passes in a game: five touchdowns (vs. Georgia Tech, 2008)
- 2nd in Georgia history in season total offense: 3,499 yards (2008)
- 3rd in Georgia history in passing yards in a season: 3,459 yards (2008)
- 4th in Georgia history in average yards per try in a season: 9.03 yards/attempt (2008)
- 5th in Georgia history in careers completed: 564 achievements
- 5th in Georgia history in passing yards: 7,731 yards
- 5th in Georgia history in percentage of career completed: 57.14%
- 5th in Georgia history in passing touchdowns in a season: 25 touchdowns (2008)
- 5th in Georgia history in career passing touchdowns: 51 touchdowns
- 6th in Georgia history in season completions: 235 completions (2008)
- 10th in Georgia history in season completion rate: 61.36% (2008)
- T-13th in Georgia history in passing yards in a game: 407 yards (vs. Georgia Tech, 2008)
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What were some of Matthew Stafford’s best games in college?
Here are some of Stafford’s best achievements of his college career:
Georgia 35, Oklahoma State 14 | September 1, 2007
After a freshman season in which Stafford threw 13 interceptions compared to 10 total touchdowns, Stafford opened his sophomore campaign with an 18-for-24 passing performance for 234 yards and two touchdowns. In his 14th game of his career, it was the first time he had scored multiple touchdowns but no interceptions in a game. After Georgia took a 21-14 lead at halftime, the Bulldogs defense shut out the Cowboys in the second half and led a couple of goals in the second half, each of which ended in a passing touchdown.
Georgia 42, Florida 30 | October 27, 2007
In a rivalry game against reigning champions Florida in a top 25 matchup, Stafford threw three touchdowns in a game for the first time in his college career. While attempting only 18 passes, Stafford completed more than 60 percent of them for 217 yards. Stafford threw 84 yards to Mohamed Massaquoi and 53 yards to Mikey Henderson.
Georgia 27, Arizona State 10 | September 20, 2008
During Stafford’s junior season, the Bulldogs got off to a 4-0 start with road victories over South Carolina and Arizona State. In the latter, Georgia scored 21 points in the second quarter and Stafford threw for a then-career-high 285 yards on 16-of-28 passing. His only touchdown pass was a 14-yard strike for AJ Green just before halftime.
Georgia Tech 45, Georgia 42 | Nov 29, 2008
In a home loss to rival Georgia Tech, Stafford had a career day in a shootout, completing 24 of 39 passes for 407 yards (better than his previous career high of 376) and five passing touchdowns (he never had more than three in a match earlier). In the second quarter, Stafford threw three touchdown passes to Mohamed Massaquoi – touchdown receptions of 10, 49 and 3 yards.
Stafford’s final touchdown pass went to AJ Green with 4:04 left and it narrowed Georgia Tech’s lead to 45-42, but Georgia was unable to complete the comeback.
What awards did Matthew Stafford win in college?
- 2009 Capital One Bowl MVP
- 2008 Pro Football Weekly All-American
- 2008 Second Team All-SEC
- 2008 Vince Dooley MVP Award Recipient
- 2006 Chick-Fil-A Bowl MVP
- 2006 All-SEC freshman team
- Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week
What did people say about Matthew Stafford?
Georgia coach Mark Richtin which Stafford was the team’s No. 3 quarterback in late August of his freshman season (as of The Constitution of Atlanta): “He realizes that this thing is not a sprint at all. This man has his whole career ahead of him. He knows that this is just a starting point of the season. We don’t know what the future holds. All he has to to do is keep repeating, keep preparing and getting better every day… When he does things right, it’s exciting to watch. Honestly, out of all the guys, the more he learns, the better he’ll get.”
Georgia Walks Back Danny Wareafter Stafford’s first touchdown in his career (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “It was magic. That was the magic moment. He goes out and makes it.”
Former Georgia coach Vince Dooleythrough Stafford’s first three games in his career (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “Only Mike Cavan, who I can remember, has the balance that this one has. And Mike was a sophomore because we weren’t playing freshmen back then. The way he came in at the South Carolina game and this game, it’s like he’s home. It’s like he’s been there for a long time. That’s remarkable to me.”
Georgia wide receiver Demiko Goodmanafter a 60-yard short against UAB (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “Stafford has an arm on him, and I tried my best to get it.”
Georgia wide receiver AJ Bryantto the expectations placed on Stafford (as of The Constitution of Atlanta): “It’s not fair, but that’s the way it is. That’s the world for you. He hadn’t played, but they expect him to do all these things. So it is. But he will comply with them.”
Georgia walks back Thomas Brown (by The Constitution of Atlanta): “His ability to stay so calm and poised is quite amazing. He’s a freshman fresh out of high school and he’s not upset about anything. It relaxes you when your quarterback comes in there and he’s calm. It sets you up able to go out and have more fun.”
Georgia quarterbacks coach Mike Boboon Stafford’s performance in the third game of his career in a win over UAB (of The Constitution of Atlanta): “He seemed at ease. Most importantly, he got reps all week with the No. 1 attack. There wasn’t a game or scenario that he didn’t practice. Overall, he managed the game well and took care of it.” football. There will be pressure on the quarterback, whether it be to throw it out or to get out of the bag. He did that for most of the day – except the one where he was hit in the mouth for kicking the flash missed.”
Stafford’s father, Johnat his son’s first career start against UAB (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “It was amazing. I saw him and could give him five. We couldn’t talk to each other. But we saw each other. It was just amazing to be a part of it. This was my first time back since 1972. It’s just changed a little bit.”
boboafter the first game of the second season (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “I feel very comfortable. He is a very sharp boy, a boy with a lot of knowledge. He is not a boy who needs a lot of reps or you have to show him on the board to get it. You can really verbalize it to him and he understands what you are talking about which is good especially during the game when you make adjustments some guys have to see it on the film then they have to do it on the field and they have to screw up a play before they can get it. He understands the way I communicate now.”
Aimon Stafford’s second season, prior to his junior season (from The daily item): “There were a number of things that needed to be done to manage the situation (from last year), and one of them was not to fall back and tap the ball three times and throw it to the one that was open. Hopefully we are mature enough now everywhere I think we will see a more productive year as the numbers go. I have no doubt that he is an extremely talented man.”
Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoion Stafford entering his junior season (from The daily item): “There’s not even a wow factor. It’s expected now. When he does things, it’s not out of the norm.”
ESPN Analyst Jesse Palmer on Georgia and Staffordentering his junior season (from The daily item): “I think one of the reasons a lot of people think they’re the best team in the country right now is Matthew Stafford. It’s imperative that he has a great year this year.”
Georgia Recruiting Coordinator Rodney Garneron Georgia enrolling wide receiver AJ Green (of The Constitution of Atlanta): “It’s a coup to get a guy with that kind of talent from everywhere. He’s a man with impact who can change a game. You don’t come across guys like that very often. Those guys are program makers – a Knowshon Moreno , an AJ Green, a Matthew Stafford. You can get guys like that anytime, anywhere, that’s important.”
Aimabout how Stafford’s dedication to Georgia helped the Bulldogs get pledges from other talented players (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “Well, with a Matthew Stafford most regarded as the best, or at least one of the top two or three, quarterbacks, if you tie one of those guys to you early, it attracts other good players. “
Aimafter Georgia lost at home to Georgia Tech in its last regular-season game (of The Constitution of Atlanta): “Matthew is a great footballer. He played well.”
boboafter Georgia’s 2009 Capital One Bowl victory (from The Constitution of Atlanta): “I just think he came out when he was trying to be too perfect. He just had to take it easy and just try to get the first downs, and that’s what he did in the second half. I’m really proud of it the way we played in the second half.”