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Matthew Stafford won Capital One Bowl MVP honors after
throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Why can't they all be more like D.J. Moore? Moore, Vanderbilt's star cornerback/kick returner, decided during the middle of the season that, if all went well the rest of the way, he would skip his senior season and go to the NFL. So, after the Commodores beat Boston College in the Music City Bowl on Wednesday, Moore didn't talk about consulting his family or spending a weekend chanting with Gregorian monks before he made the big choice. Instead, he said simply that he'd decided to turn pro.
 
After Thursday's 24-12 win against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl, Georgia stars Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno -- two likely first-rounders -- took the more common approach. Stafford, a junior quarterback, and Moreno, a redshirt sophomore tailback, each said they need time to weigh their options.
 
"It's going to be an extremely hard decision for me," Stafford said. "My time at Georgia has been great. It's been an awesome time, and it's something that I'm contemplating. Obviously, there's the lure of the NFL. But, to tell you the truth, I'm 50/50 right now, and I really don't know what I want to do."
 
Now, Moreno.
 
"I'll definitely go home, talk to my family, stuff like that," the Bulldogs' leading rusher said as several teammates chanted "Don't go pro!" behind him. "After that, I'll make my decision. ... I'm not sure. That really comes after talking to family and talking to coaches."
 
This is no knock against Stafford and Moreno, who may very well be conflicted about their choice. They also may not have heard back from the NFL's draft advisory council -- Moore still hasn't -- which may be the crucial piece of information they're missing. But wouldn't it be refreshing if a surefire first-rounder -- just once -- strolled into a bowl postgame press conference and said something like this?
 
Reporter: "Jimmy, have you decided whether you'll come back for your senior year?"
 
Star lineman Jim Jockstrap: "I'm glad you asked. After careful consideration and consultation with my coach, my mother, the three uncles who never called me before last season and that nice guy who gets paid in cash by the sports agent and always lets me win at cards, I decided in August to take my considerable gifts to the NFL as soon as humanly possible. When I took macroeconomics for the second time, we studied a concept called "opportunity cost." At least that's what my tutor told me. It's a complicated concept, but let me boil it down for you this way: This is an opportunity I can't pass up.
 
"Did you know that Kenny Phillips, the safety who got taken with the last pick of the 2008 first round, got a $2.53 million signing bonus? My school paid $10,000 in tuition and $20,000 for room and board for me last year, and the football program made $63 million in revenue. My less-talented teammates can sit in Intro to Statistics, but these are the only stats I'm worried about right now. The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid that I'm going to buy in about 45 minutes with my agent's money -- I'm very concerned about my carbon footprint -- has a fourth-generation V8 with active fuel management. I don't know what that is exactly, but it sounds like something I'll be able to afford when I sign that contract.
 
"Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. If anyone has more questions, you can find me in the champagne room at The Booby Trap."

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