UGA quarterback challenge: Who would you pick?

If you could draft among these four at their college peak, who would you take? (Georgiadogs.com)

If you could draft among these four at their college peak, who would you take? (Georgiadogs.com)

In addition to playing fruitbasket turnover with the player draft, Mark Richt and company are spicing up Saturday’s G-Day a bit with a halftime quarterback skills challenge pitting Matthew Stafford, Eric Zeier, David Greene and D.J. Schockley against each other for charity.

That group includes UGA’s three career passing yardage leaders in Greene (11,528), Zeier (11,153) and Stafford (7,731), and the most recent QB to win an SEC championship for the Dawgs, Shockley.

Through Georgiadogs.com, fans can bid on the opportunity to participate in the challenge by catching passes from the QBs. (No word on whether you have to sign an injury waiver in case you’re the unlucky subject trying to snag one of Stafford’s bullets.) The winning fan will earn the chance to make a pass to win $25,000, to be split between the fan and the fund established for injured Diamond Dog Johnathan Taylor. If the fan misses the toss, they will receive a 42-inch HD LCD Television and two 2011 Georgia football season tickets.

The auction closes Thursday and the winners will be notified Friday. All participants must be at least five years removed from playing high school, college or professional football.

Stafford, of the Detroit Lions, is the only active player in the competition and so should rank as the favorite, but just to make this more interesting, and in the spirit of Richt’s G-Day draft, let’s say that with the help of a little time travel you had the chance to pick a quarterback from among these four in their peak college playing condition.

Unless scrambling was one of the skills, you’d figure Shockley would probably be at a disadvantage in a competition like Saturday’s, but what if you’re talking about drafting a team? Do you take his playmaking ability over Stafford, who definitely had the stronger arm? Zeier was probably the most accurate. Strength and accuracy would probably give Stafford and Zeier the edge in a straight skills competition, but if I were drafting a QB to run my team, I’d definitely take Mr. Reliable, the lefthander Greene, the winningest of the bunch.

How about you, who would you take?

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224 comments Add your comment

Pull My Finger

April 13th, 2011
11:01 am

David Greene’s the man!!!

Pull My Finger

April 13th, 2011
11:01 am

Delbert D.

April 13th, 2011
11:03 am

spia '04

April 13th, 2011
11:03 am

Can’t wait until the blogs actually provide some worthwhile content again. I will humor you a bit, and say that Stafford would win the skills competition. Greenie would have to be the pick to run the team.

john gorham

April 13th, 2011
11:04 am

smoore54

April 13th, 2011
11:08 am

Absolutely Greene but with a dash of Shockley on the side.

Jasper Fraaaanks

April 13th, 2011
11:09 am

BLAKE BARNES!!!

Tanner

April 13th, 2011
11:10 am

David Greene was the best quarterback Georgia has had in recent history. He was like a coach on the field. If he would have been given an opportunity in the right system in the NFL he would have been great

TommyP

April 13th, 2011
11:22 am

DJ Shockley would be my 1st pick. He had 1 year at the helm and was incredible. I believe Georgia lost 3 games that year….Auburn, which DJ led a late comeback only to see Willie’s defense wilt on 4th and 15 to lose it….Florida, where DJ didn’t play due to injury….and W.Va., which DJ led another great comeback) DJ put pressure on the defense with his strong arm and his legs. He also audibled into a positive play almost every time.

Staff is my 2nd pick. It’s a shame had had horrible defenses there while he was QB.

Greene is my 3rd pick. Very heady QB but was very limited. We NEVER stretched the field with Greene ’cause of his weak arm. Benefitted from GREAT talent on both sides of the ball.

SSIgator

April 13th, 2011
11:25 am

Mountin Dawg

April 13th, 2011
11:31 am

David Green by all means!

SSIgator

April 13th, 2011
11:37 am

On second thought, Joe Cox. That boy could really wing it. And what a leader.

Newman

April 13th, 2011
11:39 am

74 Dawg

April 13th, 2011
11:41 am

Greene. Just win baby.

Coachdawg 2000

April 13th, 2011
11:42 am

1992 Zeier over 2002 Greene. Shockley would be third and Stafford has another Nuke LaLoosh performance(100 mph and wild)

DawginLex

April 13th, 2011
11:55 am

Hey SSI,

All you boys on the b-ball team out of jail yet?

How long before y’all start questioning why Brantley is still the starter even though Tyler Murphy clearly had the better spring?

I say 7-5 for the gators this year with Brantley getting benched halfway through the year and everyone starts realizing what a huge mistake it was to hire Muschamp.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 13th, 2011
11:57 am

Please. Stafford. Easily.

TallyDawg

April 13th, 2011
11:58 am

Stafford all day long

GeorgiaDawg972

April 13th, 2011
12:05 pm

You guts are hilarius talkin about Joe T, Blake, n Logan Gray, who is that lol, how bout Quincy Carter n his 5 ints against Carolina? I like Greene, Shockley and Stafford, he shudda stayed ibe more yr, but its Murray now baby!!! Go Dawgz n fire Bobo tha Clown, or Richts toast!

schmeckdawg

April 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

David Greene, end of story!!!!!!

chilidawg

April 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

1eyedJack

April 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

Stafford in a walk. The rest are out of shape.

Rowdy Dawg

April 13th, 2011
12:21 pm

Is this even debatable? I would take Greene even during his worst season for the rest of eternity

GeorgiaDawg972

April 13th, 2011
12:23 pm

I agree with Rowdy

MattDawg

April 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

Greene, next question.

dawgfan

April 13th, 2011
12:32 pm

I would take Stafford over all of them. Greene was a great QB, but what did he have to do with that suffocating defense we had while he was around? Absolutely nothing. Stafford never had that luxury. You put Stafford with those 2002-2004 teams and we win a national title or two. End of discussion.

Toomers

April 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

Bill,

No offense, but that is like asking who would you rather have as the leader of the free world; Reagan or Obama? Sometimes the answers are just that obvious.

Greene in a landslide.

wow

April 13th, 2011
12:37 pm

Do you really mean to tell me that the Shockley worshipers have finally given it a rest after 5+ years of madness??! Unbelievable!

Big Albany Dawg

April 13th, 2011
12:54 pm

Really, this is a debate? GREEN. I don’t care if you had Buck as a choice. GREEN.

D A DoubleU G

April 13th, 2011
12:54 pm

Anybody off the top of your head know the overall record for the Damn Good Dawgs over Georgia Tech??

Wow!

D A DoubleU G

April 13th, 2011
12:54 pm

*these Damn Good Dawgs

D A DoubleU G

April 13th, 2011
12:58 pm

Answer:

As starters, these guys are 12-1 against the pompous nerds from North Ave.

Let’s hear some Techie try and defend that…….

Ron

April 13th, 2011
1:00 pm

You folks who are saying Greene are insane. He was a very smart quarterback but very limited phywsically. Its not taking anything away from him but he would be well behind the other three QBs participating here. I would love to see us replay the 2003 and 2004 seasons with Zeier, Shockley, or Stafford (in their prime) at QB. I bet we’d have a national championship….

And Stafford is the best of the bunch.

I'm a HUGE cheezer but....

April 13th, 2011
1:01 pm

Are You kidding me? I’m the Z Man and by far the best. If the Browns/Ravens didn’t suck so bad I’d still be in NFL.
If Goff had a dang D, I’d have won a few Heismans. Oh, and those jackass refs in Fla screwed me as well.
David Greene, are u kiiding me?

reebok

April 13th, 2011
1:05 pm

Tech fan here. The QB I would least want to face is David Greene. My 2 cents’…

dawgfan

April 13th, 2011
1:06 pm

Actually D A DoubleU G, I believe its 11-1. Your point is well taken however. It absolutely sucks to be a Georgia Tech fan.

Even in the lone loss Stafford threw for 400 yards and 5 Tds. Tech fans have absolutely nothing to say to any of these guys, but they will run their mouths anyway. pathetic.pathetic

RacistDAWG

April 13th, 2011
1:09 pm

The only one that I wouldn’t pick is Shockley because he is Black!!!!!

chiefdawg

April 13th, 2011
1:10 pm

Greene,Shockley, Zeir, Stafford in that order. Staffford was a bust, never won anything.

StungByAYellowJacket!!!

April 13th, 2011
1:11 pm

Quincey Carter

dale

April 13th, 2011
1:17 pm

What is wrong with everybody?!?!

It’s Reggie Balla!!!!!!

old time dog

April 13th, 2011
1:19 pm

DA Double UG…. This upcoming season is what really matters. Citing what most real dawg fans already know won’t help. There are several teams likely to be a tougher opponent than GT. BAHAHA!!!!

Red Clay Hound

April 13th, 2011
1:23 pm

@ Ron

April 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

You are confusing NFL talent and potential with what was actually accomplished. Many a great NFL player were not studs in college and vice versa.

Even ignoring the actual stats, Stafford never hid the fact he never really wanted to play college ball. I always think of him as more of a hired gun than a real Dawg.

UGA83

April 13th, 2011
1:27 pm

My top three are Tarkenton, Tarkenton, and Greene.

dawgfan

April 13th, 2011
1:29 pm

@Ron, please provide a quote where Stafford said either expressly or impliedly that he never really wanted to play college football. Otherwise, please stop talking out of your azz.

Thanks.

MiltDawg

April 13th, 2011
1:29 pm

I take Green because he was a winner, but Shockely is one of my all time favorite Dawgs because of loyalty to the program. I also think he wins the same amount of games as Green did if he gets 4 years.

Bravesqueen

April 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

Without a doubt, David Greene!

MamaDawg

April 13th, 2011
1:31 pm

David Greene, hands down.

Jeff Dantzler

April 13th, 2011
1:32 pm

I love David Greene but this is a SKILLS competition. Stafford will walk away with this handily. I would give Zeier a shot if he weren’t 40.

Jeff Dantzler

April 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

Sorry didn’t read the “in their peak” part. It really depends on what they are doing / throwing to. If they are throwing to targets in their prime, I’d take Zeier. Stafford is without question the best of the bunch though from a pure skills perspective. Greene can’t throw over a 6 foot fence.