Shockley named the SEC’s Player of the Week

Posted Sep 6, 2005

ATHENS – University of Georgia student-athletes D.J. Shockley (football), Maria Taylor (volleyball) and Ali Williams (soccer) were recognized by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday for their performances in their respective sports this past weekend.

D.J. Shockley, a senior quarterback, was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week after leading the No. 13 Georgia football team (1-0) to a 48-13 victory over No. 18 Boise Sate on Saturday.

In the first start of his career, Shockley completed 16-of-24 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 85 yards on five carries and one touchdown. Shockley’s five touchdown passes tied the school record set by former Bulldog David Greene, who threw for five scores last year in Georgia’s 45-16 win over LSU. By throwing for five touchdowns and rushing for one, Shockley set the school single-game record for touchdown responsibility.

Taylor was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week after posting new career highs in kills in both of Georgia’s wins over Georgia Southern and Grambling.

Taylor finished the Bulldogs’ win over the Eagles with 17 kills and followed that with 18 in the win over Grambling. Her 18 kills against Grambling went along with a .739 hitting percentage and a career-high five digs. For the week she hit .437, which helped her season average climb .297 points. The Alpharetta, Ga., native has played in 14 of Georgia’s (3-1) 15 games so far this year and is third on the team with 3.36 kills per game.

Williams was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals last week for the Bulldogs. A senior forward, Williams scored two goals in a 5-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe and another in Georgia’s 3-1 victory over the College of Charleston.

Williams currently leads the undefeated Bulldogs (5-0) in goals scored with five and total points with 10. In only five games, Williams has already equaled the scoring numbers of the team’s leading scorer in 2004. After spending the majority of her collegiate career as a defender, Williams has found immediate success at her new forward position. Under the direction of new head coach Patrick Baker, Williams has moved up top and now leads a solid Bulldog attack. As a team, Georgia has scored 19 goals and tallied 21 assists for a total of 59 points.

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