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Stafford Named To Davey O Brien Award Watch List

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior Matthew Stafford has been named to the 2008 Davey

O Brien Award Watch List, according to an announcement from the Davey O Brien

Foundation and its national selection committee.

Stafford is one of 31 quarterbacks from the Bowl Subdivision who will vie for the award

honoring the nation s best quarterback for the 2008 football season. Stafford is one of

three quarterbacks from the Southeastern Conference to be recognized.

During the 2007 season, Stafford started all 13 games for the 11-2 Bulldogs, who finished

No. 2 in the final AP poll. The Dallas, Texas, native completed 194 passes for 19

touchdowns and 2,523 yards, which was the third-most yards by a sophomore in school

history. Stafford led the Bulldogs to a 7-0 record to finish the season, including a 41-10

rout of No. 10 Hawai i in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The 2008 winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards

Show on ESPN Dec. 11. The recipient will be honored Feb. 16, 2009, at the 32nd

Annual O Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The O'Brien award honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires

student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. By recognizing and honoring

athletes who excel in both sports and academics while exhibiting strong character and

leadership, this award aims to help instill a lifelong moral fiber in each candidate. The

O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is

headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation had given away over $750,000 in

scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform

leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit


The Bulldogs kickoff the season against Georgia Southern in Sanford Stadium on Aug.

30 at 12:30 p.m.

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