Stafford served well by pro-style offense

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Tim Tebow is a better quarterback than Matthew Stafford.

That's the popular perspective of most who closely follow college football. It's hard to argue the assessment.

As Stafford struggled to make the leap from high school to college two years ago, Tebow helped Florida win a national championship. Last season, Tebow compiled offensive numbers Stafford could only dream of and became the first underclassman to win the Heisman Trophy.

There is, however, another prevailing opinion among the populace regarding which quarterback has a better chance to thrive in the professional ranks -- that Stafford is better equipped for the NFL than Tebow.

So, if Tebow is considered the top college quarterback in the country, shouldn't he stand the best chance to be the top quarterback picked when he enters the NFL Draft at the end of this season or 2009?

The answer? Because Tebow manages the full-blown spread offense, a system growing in popularity but if used exclusively would never work in the NFL's warp-speed playground.

Coaches who once swore against the spread, calling it gimmicky and a fad, have given in to its allure.

Even Auburn's Tommy Tuberville, who chastised Georgia coach Mark Richt for not running the ball enough in 2001, dumped his two-back attack late last season in favor of the spread.

"I think if you go back and look at it, it's hard to find a Matt Stafford at quarterback, a true drop back guy, because high schools are getting away from that," Tuberville said last week at SEC Media Days.

Most college teams, even some in the NFL, have offshoots of the spread. But of the 32 teams in the NFL, only the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints have a starter at quarterback who ran the spread offense exclusively in college.

There's no doubt that the spread offense works in college and high school. Until defenses catch up, it will continue to grow across the country.

But as Tuberville has pointed out, it's becoming more difficult finding the traditional, drop-back passer because of such growth, and that has the potential of leaving the NFL in a pinch in the next five to 10 years. It certainly could evolve into one of the dark ages of quarterback play. When guys like Brady, Roethlisberger and the Mannings are history, who will fill the voids?

Hard to say as long as high school and colleges keep producing more Tebows and less Staffords.

Reach John Kaltefleiter at john.kaltefleiter@morris.com.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 07/28/08 - 04:57 am
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Tebow is in for a bad time
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Tebow is in for a bad time this year because of his running. Watch out for someone to level Mr. Hot Dog!!!

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4725 07/28/08 - 06:24 am
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How many TD's would Stafford

How many TD's would Stafford have had IF his number was called EVERYTIME inside the 2 yard line. Yes, about 25 rushing TD's.
And guess what. UGA would be like Fla. and have NO running backs to speak of on the roster.

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patriciathomas 07/28/08 - 07:11 am
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Go 'Cocks!!!

Go 'Cocks!!!

Swains
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Swains 07/28/08 - 07:35 am
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Let's see... Fun Facts About

Let's see... Fun Facts About the Gamecocks: Number of major bowls (Sugar, Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose)played in: ZERO. Number of regular bowl games played: 13. Number of wins in those 13 bowl games: 4. Number of 10 win seasons since 1960: ZERO. Record against UGA: 14-44-2. Record versus DUKE: 17-24-3 (I just threw that one in, because well, it's hilarious). ZERO SEC Championships in 16 tries. ZERO SEC East Championships in 16 tries. ZERO National Championships in 101 tries. They really would be better off joining Division 1-AA.

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hobo 07/28/08 - 08:03 am
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Stafford is a better all

Stafford is a better all around QB. Fla has built thier offense around Timmy Boy. I am not impressed with him anybody can run it in from two yards out

zcock
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zcock 07/28/08 - 10:15 am
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Hmmm... Patricia, you think

Hmmm... Patricia, you think these UGA fans are little worried about the upcoming game in Cola this year? Sure seem to be rather testy lately. I take it as they are scared to death they will not make it out of Cola alive. There is no doubt that we have not done anything in football worth crowing about. But we alllllways play Georgia close. Swains, if we are so bad and GA so good then why waste the time to bring up all of that? You must be worried that we have what it takes to beat UGA 2 years in a row?

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stumpjumper 07/28/08 - 11:26 am
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I'm a UGA Alumni and support

I'm a UGA Alumni and support Mark Richt and his team in every way. I do think we're possibly a bit overated for the up coming year; however, Mark Richt is such a fine Christian and so knowlwdgable aout winning, don't surprised if we're in the BCS. We have one of the toughest schedules in the SEC, but I still have faith in the dawgs. GO DAWGS...............

zcock
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zcock 07/28/08 - 11:36 am
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Stump.... I agree 100% about

Stump.... I agree 100% about Mark Richt! He is everything you mentioned. A class act in my book. Without a doubt you guys will end up in a BCS bowl even if they don't make it out of Cola with a win. Keep in mind, LSU lost 2 games in the SEC and still won the National Championship. If we happen to be fortunate to win this years game we have an opportunity to make good... a bad end of a season last year. That is what I am hoping for at least.

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steve-o 07/28/08 - 07:22 pm
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The DAWGS leveled him several

The DAWGS leveled him several times last year, and I think that the entire country figured him out after michigan dismantled them. Dawgs will hunt in 2008!

steve-o
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steve-o 07/28/08 - 07:24 pm
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As far a s the Georgia

As far a s the Georgia faithful being worried about the Gaytors this year, we say JUST BRING IT!

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justputtin 07/30/08 - 06:23 am
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I love college football time.

I love college football time. Go Dawgs!

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