Epps: Stafford lives up to hype as Georgia’s QB

ATHENS, Ga. — A lot of highly-rated recruits arrived at their college campuses three years ago with unrealistic expectations. It’s college football in the South. But only one was adorned a future No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft by Mel Kiper Jr., obliterating any remaining reason.

And that’s where we are with Georgia junior Matthew Stafford, trying to discern what he’s accomplished compared to how much we expected. If Kiper’s projection is correct, and initial mock drafts suggest he’ll be close, Stafford might be attempting to win the SEC East for the final time when Georgia meets Florida on Saturday. A gifted quarterback like Stafford could easily leave early.