Quarterbacks must be progressing

Georgia's quarterback battle continues to heat up as the candidates' play improves.

According to quarterback coach Mike Bobo, both Cory Phillips and David Greene completed near 70% of their passes in last Saturday's scrimmage. If this is the case, then improvement in the play of the quarterbacks has occurred since the spring.

Last spring when Georgia got together for its annual G-Day game the defense dominated. Sure, it is supposed to be that way in the spring, but at the same time, the defense is supposed to dominate well into the early season. So what is happening now in late summer that is allowing both quarterbacks to play so well?

Head Coach Mark Richt says that it is execution. After looking at Saturday's scrimmage on film Richt commented, "the number one offense had good execution. There were not a lot of penalties or missed assignments and usually in the first scrimmage you have those but we didn't."

Richt seems pleased with the play of his quarterbacks. "On the first drive Cory took the team down the field and did well," said Richt. "Greene got in later with the first unit and moved them into field goal range, which was the purpose of the drive." But Richt remained non-committal when he said that, "no one was really unbelievable, but they played well overall."

Richt continues to be impressed with true freshman DJ Shockley saying that he has done well in the scrimmages too. Shockley, along with Matt Redding, took a fair share of snaps on Saturday. Richt has also been non-committal about redshirting Shockley. "Shockley has done well enough to make it very interesting. I just don't know what to do with him because he's done so well."

With all of that in mind, Richt will have to be committal in a few days. With little time left before classes start, two-a-days will be ending soon. Two-a-days are an excellent time to evaluate talent and to determine winners of positions that are contested. In the short time left before the first game, Richt must decide two very importation issues about the quarterback position: Who will be named the starter; Will Shockley receive a redshirt.

The decisions made this week will not only impact Georgia this season, but for several seasons to come. If Green is not made starter this season then next season Georgia will go into the start of the season, again, without a truly experienced starter at quarterback. If Shockley is not redshirted then he and Green will battle for the position for the next three seasons. If Green is redshirted, then new quarterbacks next season will most likely be redshirted themselves.

The impact of the decision of starting quarterback is a far-reaching one. The right decisions will be made; I have no reason to believe otherwise.

Caption: Georgia QB David Greene Photo by Dean Legge/DawgPost.com

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