11 01 2004 Notebook

D.J. Shockley

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's late practice in Athens.

SAME STORY: Backup quarterback D.J. Shockley reacted predictably to his lack of action in the Florida game. For just the second time in his career when he's been healthy, Shockley didn't play against the Gators.

"It was very disappointing not playing, but the bigger picture is we won," he said.

Shockley went into the day expecting to enter the game on the third series, but when starter David Greene led to the team to touchdowns on the first two drives, that plan was scrapped.

INJURY UPDATE: Peach County product A.J. Bryant returned to practice Monday after missing two weeks due to a foot injury. He practiced in a no-contact jersey and remains questionable for this week's game.

THE BIG GAME: CBS picked up Georgia's Nov. 13 game against Auburn. The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. EST.

BCS STALL: Georgia remained No. 9 in this week's BCS standings. The Bulldogs had hoped to move up since two teams in front of them last week lost, but both Texas and Tennessee both jumped Georgia. USC and Oklahoma remained Nos. 1 and 2 in the rankings.

Unlike non-BCS conference teams, Georgia is not guaranteed a spot in a BCS bowl as a top six team. Teams that are not champions of BCS leagues must finish No. 3 in the BCS to guarantee themselves a spot in a BCS bowl. A BCS non-champion that finishes No. 4 in the rankings is guaranteed a spot if the top three finishers are all league champions.

SEC HONOR: For the first time since his freshman season, David Greene was named the SEC's offensive player of the week on Monday. Greene completed 15 of 23 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns as Georgia beat Florida 31-24.

More impressively, he tied Peyton Manning as the winningest all-time Division I-A college football with 39 career wins. He also passed Eric Zeier for the school record in touchdown responsibility with his 72nd, and he tied Zeier with his 67th career touchdown pass.

Also Monday, Greene was one of 15 players in the nation named to the 2004 National Scholar-Athlete Class by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He will be recognized at the annual Hall of Fame award dinner on Dec. 7 in New York.

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