Spring Practice Countdown: Quarterbacks

D.J. Shockley

Each year spring practice is the best indication of the depth, starters, and players are at each position on the team. Even with Georgia's personnel loses due to graduation and the NFL the Bulldogs are strong at many positions. Still, there starting are spots on the team that will be hotly contested this spring. Quarterback does not appear to be one of them, however.

2004 Starter: David Greene (52 games started; 849 completions; 1440 attempts; 11,528 yards; 32 interceptions; 72 touchdowns)

D.J. Shockley (0 games started; 67 completions; 133 attempts; 967 yards; 4 interceptions; 10 touchdowns) takes over starting quarterback responsibilities for the first time in his career. He has waited patiently for his time and now it has come. Shockley will not be challenged for the starting job this spring, according to head coach Mark Richt. That does not mean he won't get a healthy workout with the number one offense. That also does not mean that competition at the quarterback spot will be non-existent.

Backups Joe Tereshinski and Blake Barnes will battle for the number two spot this spring. Tereshinski goes into the drills as the backup, but that's more because of his time at Georgia than anything else. Barnes appears to be the quarterback of the future at Georgia, but for how many years? Both backups have a lot to play for this spring: the winner of the backup job will likely be the number one quarterback going into spring of 2006, when the starting job will be up for grabs at Georgia for the fist time in nearly five years.

Final take: The goal of the spring is to keep Shockley healthy and determine if Barnes will leapfrog Tereshinski or if that battle for backup spot will rage for months. Both backups are far from ready to take snaps when the band plays. This spring is critical for all three scholarship quarterbacks.

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