Catching up with 2005 SEC Championship MVP, former UGA QB DJ Shockley

Former UGA QB DJ Shockley (middle) aspires to be a TV network analyst, commentator or studio host for sports (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Former UGA QB DJ Shockley (middle) aspires to be a TV network analyst, commentator or studio host for sports (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

DJ Shockley led Georgia to its most impressive SEC Championship game victory, a 34-14 upset over then No. 3-ranked LSU in 2005. For Shockley, the win concluded one of the most efficient and productive seasons for a quarterback in Georgia’s history, with him completing 55 percent of his passes for 2,588 yards and 24 touchdowns with only five interceptions.

In the 2005 championship, Shockley was named MVP of the game after throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score. Georgia finished that season with a 10-3 record after a 38-35 loss to West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. Shockley was a backup quarterback for five seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

These days, Shockley is still involved with football as a member of the TV and radio media. He is an analyst or co-host for several shows, including CSS’s SEC Football Tonight, WSB-TV’s High School Football “Game of the Week,” and the Falcons postgame show on 790 the Zone. Shockley aspires to be a commentator/analyst, studio host or reporter for one of the major networks.

Shockley, 29, lives in Atlanta with his high school sweetheart, wife Portia, and their two kids, daughter Milan (2 years old) and son Mekhi (8 months).

Shockley spoke with the AJC this week about his SEC memories:

Who wins UGA vs. Alabama and why? “I believe Georgia wins simply because they are hitting their peak at the right time. They’ve just been playing lights out in recent games. Their offense has been pretty consistent the whole year with scoring points and moving the ball. I think it’s going to come down to which quarterback plays better. I think with Aaron Murray, not really having a real big signature win in his time and playing well in that win, this is as big of a time as ever to get that big signature win.”

How often do people talk to you about your moment of SEC Championship glory? “A lot. A lot actually, especially the world of Social Media and everything. I go to a lot of different appearances. I got to a lot of different places. People still remember that game. Not just Georgia fans, but a lot of college football fans period. They remember that season, what we did as a team, and what I did as well. It still happens a lot. And it’s still kind of baffling to me that it still happens with it being seven years later.”

What should people know about 2005 SEC game that is not really known? “At the time, LSU was like No. 3 and if they won, they would play in the national championship. I think everybody had us losing by maybe like 9 points or something. Nobody expected us to be in the game. Nobody gave us chance. That was the big storyline. We just didn’t beat them, we beat them pretty good.”

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shadetree

November 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

A really impartial opinion

David C

November 26th, 2012
2:06 pm

Georgia is Peaking? How about there Schedule go a lot easier… 3 of the 4 games were at home and the best team you played is 6-6 and the last SEC Team to become Bowl Eligible. Reminds me of last year after Georgia lost the 1st 2 games they went on to win 10 in a row and claimed they were back!!

Ole Miss 6-6
@Auburn 3-9
Georgia Southern – Div. 2 Team. who cares…
Georgia Tech 6-6 soon to be 6-7

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checkmyjunk

November 26th, 2012
2:27 pm

Dawgs are in for a very big surprise because they are fooling themselves into believing they are good. If they took a few minutes to look and see who they have really,really played, they have not seen anything like what they will be going up against (other than UF) and what has NEVER been reported about that game in Jacksonville? 6 or 7 of Florida’s top players had the flu. But you will never hear Muschamp say a word about it.

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Buckeye

November 26th, 2012
2:36 pm

Now there’s an objective analysis with absolutely no bias

sandiegodawg

November 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

DJ is one of my all-time favorite Dawgs- Loved when Richt put him right back in the game vs FSU after he threw a pick and he came in and led the Dawgs to a score. All Gator fans know we would have won that game with DJ. He is right- Dawgs with the upset.

Pat Way

November 26th, 2012
3:06 pm

Hey checkymyjunk, what about your gators struggling against louisiana lafayette or struggled to put away jacksonville state Ga may not win but they have a better offense than the junk that Urban left muschamp with but gators fans and dawg haters can relax cause if Ga lose to bama Fl go to the Sugar bowl where Oregon, Oklahoma or Kansas State beat the life out of them

Pat Way

November 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

next year when ga plays clemson, bama, lsu fl and southcarolina and runs the table lets hear the excuses then only reason Ga did not play bama and LSU was because A&M and MIssouri joined the SEC so the schedule was not Ga,s fault

Pat Way

November 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

As for gators fans crying about players being sick suck it up or go play in the ACC

Pat Way

November 26th, 2012
3:15 pm

Funny how when Herschel Walker played for the Dawgs, Bama made sure they did not play GA

BobDawg

November 26th, 2012
3:26 pm

PAT WAY… Tony Barnhardt reported today that UF may get the glorious Kent State if they win their Conference Championship… They are the 16th BCS team and guaranteed a BCS spot in either the Orange or Sugar Bowls… Would that be a hoot for the Gayturs to get up for to play!!!

gator22

November 26th, 2012
3:28 pm

I would like to have seen ga playing that day with their qb,d linemen sick with the flu, and half of their o line as a mash unit. 6 turnovers? IF you guys were anything you would have smoked us with that many turnovers.

BobDawg

November 26th, 2012
3:31 pm

..Guys, I’m getting the “violin” out as we speak… Basically, 3 teams fans can crow right now; ND; Bama and UGA.. The rest of you are all out for sloppy seconds….

Dawglasville

November 26th, 2012
3:44 pm

sandiegodawg – UF fans definitely count that 2005 win when we played them without D.J.

UF had a great season. Absolutely deserve the Sugar Bowl game. Your team lost to our team head to head. You’ve got plenty to crow about. Be good sports.

Dawg Talk

November 26th, 2012
4:57 pm

A First-Class Bulldog for sure!

#1bamafan

November 26th, 2012
5:00 pm

Shockley picks UGA….get out. RTR

jp

November 26th, 2012
7:10 pm

checkmyjunk it think iit is in your hand

jp

November 26th, 2012
7:17 pm

gator 22 2 in a row and football did not start in 1990 next year will be 5 out of 10 tell your dumb ass team to get a flu shot .. I heard the qb had a hand nail and rb had paper cut and the head coach had a bad case of idano . rush for 50 yards and cry cry cry

sunshinemaker

November 26th, 2012
7:30 pm

jp, we will hurt your boys next yr sir! you cost us a nc, your azz is going to pay BIG TIME!

Rick James

November 26th, 2012
8:29 pm

He has all the tools to do very well…Hands down the best dressed guy in Atlanta media bar none.

james jackson

November 26th, 2012
10:42 pm

Sunshinemaker sounds like uga in yrs past. keep dreamin sunshine.Keep dreamin

Pat way

November 27th, 2012
7:16 am

Funny how when Spurrier was the coach and GA had 8 turnovers and he scored with less than a minute to go to rub it in that is okay or the year DJ got hurt at ARK or they would have beat Fl Fl may have rule the 90 and part of 2000 but who rule for the previous 30 years Fl offense sucks yes GA should have beat them by 40

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why?

November 27th, 2012
7:57 am

If FL didn’t have 6 turnovers then they would have won? Not so sure about that. Their longest scoring drive of the game was 11 yards!!! UGA also had 3 turnovers in the 1st quarter. Shouldn’t the gators done more with that. Also, I am not sure but I don’t recall FL handing the DAWGS the ball. They are called forced turnovers for a reason. Not sure how this turned into a GA/FL discussion as this should be about DJ. He is a class guy who waited for his chance. Hunter Mason is following in DJ’s footsteps. Hopefully Murray comes back and Hutson gets some quality reps next year so he can be prepared to lead the DAWGS to their 3rd consective National Championship!!!

BullDogMike

November 27th, 2012
8:18 am

Okay, let me get this straight. UGA only beat Fla. due to many of gators having had the flu. Lets see now , as I recall , Ga. won last year too. What did gators have last year ? West Nile Virus ? Maybe they just had chicken pox ! Now I’ve heard it all… LMAO

JustMyOpinion

November 27th, 2012
9:20 am

Shocker!!! UGA in a blowout!!!!! 33-3!!!

sunshinemaker

November 27th, 2012
11:09 am

No! Last year we had a one-legged QB and a mess of a team that almost beat you. Going in, this was going to be Georgia’s year, well you got there so see what you can do with it. Nobody expected Florida to hit their mark until 2013 anyway. Half of those 6 turnovers were NOT forced, watch it again!

HardTruth Here.....And the Hardest comments you'll see

November 27th, 2012
6:21 pm

One Damn Good Dawg!!!!!!!!! Nice suit combo too!

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Number15

November 28th, 2012
11:37 am

Best Dressed?? Are you kidding me? Are those “Baggy” pants?