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Bulldogs expect to see improved Stafford in 2007

Matthew Stafford's baptism-under-fire freshman campaign had its ups and downs, but Georgia expects the experience to pay big dividends in 2007, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: February 21, 2007, 1:39 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

A year ago, when quarterback Matthew Stafford should have been preparing for his senior prom at Highland Park High School in Dallas, he was trying to navigate his way through Georgia's playbook and mat drills, the team's rigorous offseason conditioning program.

"It was tough coming in here within a month and a half of leaving high school," Stafford, who graduated high school early, said. "It was hard going right out and competing on the field."

It was much more difficult for ...

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