Spring Lessons: Quarterbacks

Georgia spring practice concluded with its annual G-Day game. Here is a look at the quarterbacks:

David Greene is certainly the number one quarterback and will destroy the all-time starts record if he can stay healthy this season. Greene will likely be pushed for the Heisman Trophy this fall; he did nothing this spring to make me think otherwise.

D.J. Shockley did not participate in this spring's contact drills or in any of the live situations. It's hard to know how well Shockley is doing but his number one goal for 2004 should be to stay healthy. He will be the starter in 2005 and he has yet to get through a season without injury.

Joe Tereshinski III struggled during G-Day throwing a few strange passes. He is number three in the depth chart and got a lot of work with the number two unit this spring. He still is a few years away from cracking the starting lineup and that's a good thing because he still has to develop into a starting SEC quarterback.

Blake Barnes will likely open the fall at the number four spot for the quarterbacks but he will not play. Richt confirmed once again Saturday that Barnes will redshirt the 2004 season no matter what. Barnes has the most potential of the young quarterbacks and he showed that with his nearly flawless effort at G-Day. He will be waiting in the wings for a while but he has tons of time to learn.

Tommy Wilson might have gotten the Red team going the other day with his bomb to Fred Gibson. Mark Richt has said how disappointed he is that he did not get a chance to train Wilson as a quarterback from the start. Wilson, however, will be used mainly to provide depth and for passing drills in practice.

Key to this position:

Greene needs help in 2004 if Georgia is to challenge for the national title. A running game and pass protection will help Georgia score more consistently in the fall.

Depth chart shuffle:

The only move in the depth chart was A.J. Bryant moving out to wide receiver. The rest of the quarterbacks stayed in place.

2004 Prediction:

Look for Greene to have a huge year with a Heisman campaign starting up if Georgia beats LSU in Athens.

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