Dawgs glad Shockley didn't leave

ATHENS – Sticking it out for a while has paid off for one Bulldog, and his teammates respect him for it.

D.J. Shockley opens fall camp today as the number one quarterback. It's been a long time coming, but his teammates are glad the fifth-year senior decided not to leave when he had the chance a few years ago.

"I'm glad D.J. stayed around because the chemistry is great with him around. I think the team is going to hop on his back," said senior defensive back Demario Minter.

"I give D.J. the utmost respect," continued Minter. "Because he didn't have to stay here guys would say ‘Why stick around?' surprised that he did stick around. All of the adversity he went through, I think, shows his character. (Greene) was the number one quarterback – the guy that won more games in college football than anyone else, and I think D.J. learned a lot from him," said Minter.

"It would have been difficult for me," said running back Thomas Brown of Shockley's situation for the last four years. "I think he really wanted to be here, and that's why he stayed."

"D.J.'s been a real trooper through this whole thing. He's always been positive about everything he's been through," said fellow senior Kedric Golston.

And for the upcoming season, Minter thinks Shockley will be fine.

"He can do it – he can; I can tell by the way he is when we are out at practice – he's just amazing. He knows the offense, and he can do anything. Now that we have offensive plays that are going to exploit his strengths, I think he'll be more dangerous," Minter said.

Brown agrees: "Ever since D.J. has taken over as the starting quarterback he's done and outstanding job of leading this team."

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