Who would you rather have as your starting QB? Matthew Stafford or David Greene? The stats and our picks are below...
42 Wins in 4 years (most ever in NCAA until Colt McCoy broke record this year)
Gave UGA its first SEC title in 20 years
Named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2001
Named to 1st Team All-SEC in 2002
Named MVP of the SEC Championship Game in 2002
Named to 2nd Team All-SEC in 2003 & 2004
11,528 career passing yards
1,440 attempts, 849 completions (58.96%)
72 TD, 32 INT
138.30 QB Rating
Named to the 2006 SEC Coaches All-Freshman Team
Named Offensive MVP of 2006 Peach Bowl
Named All-America by Pro Football Weekly in 2008
Named to 2nd Team All SEC in 2008
Named MVP of the 2009 Outback Bowl
Threw school record 25 TDs in 2008
7,731 career passing yards
987 attempts, 564 completions (57.14%)
51 TD, 33 INT
133.30 QB Rating
This debate isn't even close. Greene played in 2 SEC Championship games in 4 years and in 2002 was the MVP of the game. He won more games as a QB than any other QB in the history of college football until Colt McCoy broke the record this past season. Greene also brought the Dawg-Nation back to the level that we all wanted as he passed for more yards than anyone in SEC history. Despite all the yards and many more games (and pass attempts), Greene still has one less interception than Stafford in his career. During one stretch of his career, Greene threw the ball 214 straight times without throwing a pick which is also an SEC record. Has Stafford ever gotten to 100 attempts without throwing a pick?? I will sleep just fine knowing that David Greene is running my offense.
RB Dawg's take...
This will probably go against the popular vote as the obvious sentimental choice is David Greene. And, I give Greene all the credit in the world for staying in Athens for 5 years as opposed to Stafford's 3 years. I know that #7 never led us to the GA Dome, much less to an SEC title. But, there is a reason that the guy was drafted #1 overall in the NFL Draft. And has anyone taken a look at the defensive players that were on Greene's teams? David Pollack, Greg Blue, Sean Jones, Thomas Davis, Odell Thurman, Jonathan Sullivan, Boss Bailey are some names off the top of my head (Stupid question - who gives a team a better chance at success - Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez??). Not to mention having Jon Stinchcomb and Max Jean-Giles on the offensive line. Of course, Greene had the intangibles and knew "how to win", but I always thought Stafford got a bad rap on that. Dude looked like he knew how to compete pretty damn hard a few times this past fall in Detroit.
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