We are blessed with two outstanding QBs

Richt says that Dawgs will use two quarterback system in 2002

ATHENS, Ga. — The idea of a two-quarterback system at Georgia next season is no longer a theory.

Coach Mark Richt said Monday that starter David Greene and top backup D.J. Shockley each will play on a regular basis.

"I'm very confident the top two guys are ready,'' Richt said. "They're both going to play. We just have to figure out the best way to get it done.''

Richt earlier had talked of a two-quarterback system as a possibility, not a certainty. While Richt said he expects Greene, who last year was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, to retain his starting job, the coach will find playing time for Shockley, a redshirt freshman.

Asked how much he expects Shockley to play, Richt said "I can't define that yet.''

Added Richt: "The bottom line on the quarterback thing, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, is we are really blessed with two outstanding quarterbacks.''

It is likely that Greene and Shockley will be on opposing teams in Saturday's 2 p.m. G-Day spring game at Sanford Stadium.

Instead of having the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense on one team and the No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense on the other side, Richt plans to split up the first-team players, with some starters from offense and defense on the Red and some on the Black.

Each quarterback gave mixed reactions to Richt's plans for a two-quarterback system.

"I figured that we both will play, because D.J. is a great player,'' Greene said. "He brings a lot of things to the table. ... You've got to do what's best for the team. Obviously, everybody wants to be out there for the whole game.''

Said Shockley: "It's good in a way. I want to start, but it's a step in playing. I want to get on the field and show what I can do.''

Richt also had compliments Monday for the play of the team's two other scholarship quarterbacks, Cory Phillips and true freshman Joe Tereshinski III. Quarterback is one of few skill positions that will not be affected by a lack of depth in the G-Day game.

NOTES: Georgia probably will be without its top two receivers Saturday. Terrence Edwards was still on crutches Monday after suffering a sprained ankle Friday. Fred Gibson had his arm in a sling after suffering a separated shoulder Friday. That left two scholarship receivers — Damien Gary and Michael Johnson — in Monday's light practice.

Tight end Ben Watson suffered a concussion on Thursday and missed the Friday scrimmage. He returned to practice Monday. He may be cleared for today's practice in full pads — the last session in full pads before Saturday's game.

In a late decision, the G-Day game will be televised by Comcast Sports, available on some cable systems in the state. More information about the telecast will be released later in the week.

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