Shockley's seven-play 63-yard drive ended with a touchdown pass to roommate Fred Gibson. The play got Georgia within a field goal, but the Bulldogs could not recover from a 10-0 first quarter deficit and fell to Tennessee 19-14.
Still, Shockley has gotten used to the amount of playing time he has gotten as well as the way he is used sporadically during games. Earlier this season Richt was questioned after he did not use Shockley against South Carolina even though the offense was struggling against the Gamecocks. Richt said he would use the junior signal caller against Marshall, but did not speculate how often. It turned out to be only one series.
But against LSU and Tennessee Shockley played more often and also drove the team down the field and scored on both of his starting possessions.
"I am used to it now," D.J. Shockley said of the amount of playing time he gets. "Each week I have to have the mind frame to just be ready. You never know when the time will come and you are called on to play, so you just have to be ready. I know what to expect now, so I just have to be ready. You have to prepare. Anything could happen at any time of the game."
What happened against Tennessee was that the Bulldogs were upset at home. It was their first loss in Sanford Stadium since 2001. The Vols' win broke the second longest winning streak in school history.
"We put ourselves in a bad position," said Shockley of the 10-0 deficit to start the game. "We had a lot of penalties and that really hurt us. They put us in a lot of 3rd and longs and it was hard. The offense shrinks when it's 3rd and long."
Shockley went on to explain how difficult it is for an offense to overcome penalties.
"It was very uncharacteristic of us, especially the offense, to have so many penalties. That really hurt us when we were trying to get things going on offense. It might have been some lack of concentration," he said.
Concentration is something this backup quarterback must rely on due to the way he is used. The junior realizes his role on the team and accepts it.
"Sometimes I look at it and say ‘I could be in that position'. But at the same time it is happening for a reason," Shockley said.