Shockley happy with role

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia's off week before Saturday's game against Georgia Tech came at the right time to heal more than aching muscles.

Redshirt freshman quarterback D.J. Shockley's psyche needed some massaging after he had seen his playing time decrease the last few weeks, and so he used the open week as a time to meet with Coach Mark Richt and discuss the situation.

The result, according to Shockley, is that "Right now I'm happy here.''

Because Shockley's talent is so highly regarded, there have been rumors he might seek a transfer after the season so that he could start at another school instead of play behind Greene for two more years at Georgia.

Shockley looked happy Saturday as he made the most of an increase in playing time from recent weeks. Though David Greene still clearly is the starter and played about two snaps to every one for Shockley, that still meant an increase for Shockley.

The two-quarterback system worked well against Tech. Following Greene, who spends most of his time in the pocket, Shockley was especially effective on plays which utilized his running skills. Shockley was 5 for 8 passing for 86 yards and rushed for 20 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown scamper.  

"The whole thing is I just wanted to come in and produce, to help the team and not have any mistakes,'' Shockley said.

Greene also was sharp, completing 10 of 14 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown.

"I'm just very pleased they both played well,'' Richt said. "I'm very pleased with what Shockley did on that first drive so that he could continue to do some things.'' Added Richt: "I believe in them both. I want to play them both.''

Shockley's first possession came on the opening drive of the second quarter. On his first play from scrimmage, Shockley completed a play-action pass to Michael Johnson for 34 yards. On second down, he passed to Fred Gibson for 9 yards and later hit Reggie Brown for 13 yards on an option play.

The drive ended with Shockley faking a pitch to his right, turning and running to his left for eight yards and a touchdown.

Shockley led Georgia to field goals on his next two possessions. He led one more drive early in the fourth quarter that ended with a punt, but only after Georgia had picked up two first downs, including one on a 22-yard pass to Mario Raley.

While Shockley said after the game "I haven't made a decision about anything,'' he said he was happy and would have been just as happy if he had not seen as much playing time, "as long as we won.''

Said senior receiver Terrence Edwards: "I think he's going to stay here. I talk to him all the time about the situation and he likes it here.'' Added Edwards: "Every kid wants to be the star. I hope he stays around. Every team needs a quarterback like him.''


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