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August 22, 2006

Stafford transfer rumors shot down at Georgia

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Despite a swirl of rumors to the contrary, the prize of Georgia's 2006 recruiting class - quarterback Matthew Stafford - isn't going anywhere.

"I heard something about that, but it's all a hoax," John Stafford, Matthew's father, told Rivals.com late Tuesday afternoon. "Matthew is out there practicing, and he's happy at Georgia. I don't know where all of this came from, but he's not going anywhere."

The rumors appeared to stem from claims on an Atlanta radio station that Stafford was unhappy after senior Joe Tereshinski was named the starting QB for the Bulldogs' season opener against Western Kentucky. It quickly became a hot topic on Internet message boards, and speculation centered on Stafford leaving for Oklahoma or his home state Texas Longhorns.

Redshirt freshman Joe Cox was named the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, with Stafford co-No. 3 with sophomore Blake Barnes. Georgia coach Mark Richt has not ruled out the possibility of Stafford redshirting for the 2006 season.

But Stafford's father said his son is not considering a transfer.

"He's happy that he's a Dawg and that's where he wants to be," John Stafford said.

Stafford was rated the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2006 and No. 2 overall player in Texas.

Check UGASports.com for more on this story and other news about the Bulldogs.

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