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

D A DoubleU G

April 13th, 2011
1:50 pm

Correction:

They are 11-1 against Tech. Yet the Techies think they have the upper hand because of the “1″.

old time dog,
you really need to take your old man meds and cheer up a bit. I haven’t smoked marijuana since shortly after high school, but I would recommend it for you to perhaps cheer up. Part of college football pride is history. So yes it DOES matter, just as much as the upcoming season. Georgia Tech could lose every game in our series with them for the next 10 years and I guarantee you they will have a “10 year reunion party” for their team that beat our crippled dawgs in 2008.

GO DAWGS!!! Then and now!!!

sldkfjei

April 13th, 2011
1:52 pm

Stafford. He was the best quarterback we’ve ever had. He had no defense, a terrible line and coaches who mailed it in. Greene was in the right place at the right time. Richt came in and changed things around and we had a defense that kept him in the game. Everyone remembers the Auburn pass but Greene couldn’t get anything done that whole game and the defense kept bailing him out until the final drive. Without Stafford, Richt would have been fired a long time ago. He kept those teams from being sub-.500 which is what we’re staring in the face again. I love the results we had during the Greene era but he wasn’t the best quarterback.

Dumbo

April 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

bo

April 13th, 2011
2:03 pm

as an all around player, shockley was the most effective QB we have had. Zeier was the best pure passer but was short and slow.

Jeff Dantzler

April 13th, 2011
2:03 pm

Amen, sldkfjei. And it is not DG’s fault. He was/is a winner. But Stafford isn’t a loser because we couldn’t stop anyone on defense. Hell early in Stafford’s career he had no defense AND no one could catch. We had a RBBC in the backfield and a good TE.

Alabama Jack

April 13th, 2011
2:05 pm

Y’all should have asked Reggie Ball as part of the group.

John

April 13th, 2011
2:11 pm

No one who knows football would pick anyone but Zeier

Dumbo

April 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

John…I’ll go with Zeier only if he gives up the UGA football radio job….the guy is duller than Loren Smith and brother that is saying something!!!!!!!!!!

Zeier is a

April 13th, 2011
2:55 pm

gamer. best of the 4

Devil's Advocate

April 13th, 2011
2:56 pm

I’ll take BVG’s defense with any of these QBs and enjoy regular trips to Atlanta the first weekend in December.

VA DAWG

April 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

ncb34

April 13th, 2011
3:08 pm

never saw zeier play, im only 21.. so i can’t make a fair choice.
stafford obviously was the most talented qb, shockley was so electric, but didnt put up many points in games..(even though the reciever’s were not near as good as staffords) and greene just had that “IT” factor, whatever ‘it’ is. i would take any, shockley would be the most fun to watch though.

RxDawg

April 13th, 2011
3:08 pm

If I’m drafting a QB… you gota go with Stafford. Imagine if he had the defenses that Greene did. Maybe Shockley too…

edumacated

April 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

What’s sad is that Richt has been unable to win a national title with all of that talent at QB. I mean who does he need to get under center to lead us to the promised land? Jesus?

RxDawg

April 13th, 2011
3:11 pm

Shockley had a cannon of an arm too Bill. In fact, I’d guess he’s got the second strongest arm behind Stafford amongst that bunch.

Tom

April 13th, 2011
3:12 pm

Z man all the way!!

St. Bernard

April 13th, 2011
3:17 pm

Just seeing David Greene on the field gave me confidence.

RxDawg

April 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

“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.”

Which is probably why he doesn’t come back to help out with charity events and such even when he’s an active NFL player. Oh wait…

Kyle

April 13th, 2011
3:20 pm

hate to see stafford back…this loser only cares about himself and the NFL…his heart was never at UGA. Hope he is boooed off the field. Green and Shockley have more class in the baby toe than Stafford does….total jerk and loser!

Joe

April 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Wonder how Stafford feels…green stafford and shockley 7-1 vs tech…stafford is the loser…..this group won the SEC east 3times…stafford is the loser…no SEC East……SEC Champs 2times…again stafford is the loser…No SEC titles….hmmmmm…seems to me when compared to the rest…stafford is a loser……go back to the NFL…you are no dawg!

RxDawg

April 13th, 2011
3:27 pm

Kyle I hope you get booed out the stadium. Stafford worked his tail off to win games for us. He was a frickin #1 draft? Let’s see, you have your 4th year after starting for 3 to play QB again in one hand. Then you have complete financial security for life in the other. Ummmm, come on get real and quit trollin.

Devil's Advocate

April 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

LOL at the uber great guys bashing Stafford for taking the money. Did Greene, Zeier, or Shockley have the opportunity to leave early to be the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft? Hmmmm….

Frank Lane

April 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

David Greene

ugaclassof2004

April 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

You guys who say Greene was limited are idiots. I’ve seen Greene chunk it down the field plenty of times. Granted he never had a Matt Stafford monster arm, but then again he didn’t choke it up in big games like Stafford either. And for anyone who said Greene had better players around are also flawed in their logic. I agree that the defenses were better in Greene’s day, but offensively his receivers were good but not great( he never had an AJ Green to throw to) and his running backs were good but not great( he never had a Knowshon Moreno to work with). You give Greene an AJ Green and a Knowshon Moreno, and Dawgs win a National Title, guarantee it! UGA has yet to have a QB match Greene’s production, and nobody was more clutch in the 4th quarter than Greene! NOBODY! Where would Richt’s program be without those wins over UT in 2001 or AU in 2002? I rest my case.

I would put Shockley in second place, Zeir third, and Stafford fourth. I just was never a Stafford fan. Monster talent, but weak leadership skills. The mistakes he made his freshman year, he continued to make in his second and third year. And the fact that he and Knowshon basically used UGA to up their draft status kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t blame them for leaving, but at the same time I couldn’t help but feel a bit used. Shockley, Greene, and Zeir bleed Red and Black, and I’m not so sure I can say the same about Stafford. Give me accuracy over a cannon “homerun” arm anyday.

CoolBreeze

April 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

From a Tech guy – You guys had a Heisman winner in QB Frankie Sinkwich. Great player. Led the nation in rushing, won the SEC, won the Rose Bowl. Then was MVP in the NFL. But if you aren’t aware of that stuff, just go with the latest hot hand. Those miss a lot of richness who live in ignorance…..

South Jax Dawg

April 13th, 2011
3:42 pm

Shockley! I believe we would have won a national championship with Shockley running the show all four years. David Greene couldn’t get away from pressure and that killed us in so many huge games.

Devil's Advocate

April 13th, 2011
3:48 pm

ugaclassof2004,

You only gave one side of the perspective…give Greene superior weapons and see UGA win championships by scoring more points. Now look at the flipside. Give Stafford a BVG defense while he’s on the sideline to keep the opponents from scoring 30+ and watch how the most prolific offensive run in UGA history might have secured some championships (SEC and BCS).

The Greene years vs the Stafford years are really 2 sides to the same coin. The former was great defense with a capable offense, a solid team. The latter featured a stellar offense with subpar defense, a sporadic team. While some refuse to admit it, defense leads to more championships than offense and we’ve seen just that the past 10 years at UGA.

Cuz

April 13th, 2011
3:50 pm

I can’t decide between Greenie and DJ. Loved them both on the field. Both DGD’s

Megan

April 13th, 2011
3:53 pm

While Stafford and Zeier might be the most talented, and Shockley, the most explosive… Greene is just Georgia Bulldog Football in its purest form… r-freshman year at Tennessee with 44sec to go ring a bell? First SEC Championship in 20yrs ring a bell? 214 passes without an INT ring a bell? The man knows how to win!

i know who wins the keg press!

April 13th, 2011
3:59 pm

is keg pressing a part of the competition?

this is a joke. a guy who is almost 40 vs two guys in lat 20 early 30s vs an NFL qb.

The man who continues to disgrace Rodney Hampton’s Jersey will win.

Athens= God's Country

April 13th, 2011
4:07 pm

It’s crazy to say who you would want at their college PEAK? It’s crazy because Stafford finishes 4th EVERY TIME.

Devil's Advocate

April 13th, 2011
4:10 pm

Zeier – Most solid QB of the bunch. Great head on his shoulders, great ability, a gamer.

Greene – Best leadership of the bunch but probably least talented. Not a knock, just stating an opinion but the game is about team and leadership might be the single most important quality.

Shockley – Best playmaker of the bunch. Definately a throwing QB who could run and evade when necessary. Probably best suited for the college game given a 3 or 4 year run.

Stafford – No question the best physical QB talent of the bunch. Probably the worst leadership of the group but that’s not saying much as he did enough to win many games that UGA lost. I’m old school and feel that if you have to expect to score 30+ to win a game against more than half the teams on your schedule then your defense isn’t championship quality.

All fine QBs. Go Dawgs!

Athens= God's Country

April 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

Who threw the most INTs with the game on the line? The most talented guy did- Stafford. Awesome to watch… except when he threw those bone-headed picks.

Zoli

April 13th, 2011
4:23 pm

Why isn’t Joe T competing…I’d rank him up there!

old time dog

April 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

Da UU G…What’s wrong with little D A UU G? Now you are trying to portray yourself as some kind of doctor. Did I hurt your little feelings? If so, grow up and get over it!!! I ain’t gonna be hard to find big talking computer boy! I have season tickets on the 20 yard line. Can you make it to a game? I will gladly save you a program! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

chipper

April 13th, 2011
4:43 pm

Ronald Reagan was an egocentric maniac and the worst player ever drafted in Washington. Hollywood Ham.

ugaclassof2004

April 13th, 2011
4:50 pm

And I’ll tell ya’ll another thing: I think this Aaron Murray kid will make a strong case for himself when it is all said and done. Now you talk about a guy who has jack crap to work with, and who makes plays as a freshman! He reminds me a lot of DJ Shockley or a Steve Young. Unfortunately, I can see him finishing his career at UGA like Eric Zeier did: a good QB who played on some really crappy teams with idiot coaching. Its unfortunate that we as a fanbase are willing to tolerate Richt’s mediocrity and live in the past. I think we can all agree that seeing a directionless program squander amazing NFL talent is pretty sickening.

dawgfan

April 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

ugaclassof2004, you said Greene never stunk it up in big games and that simply isn’t true. He was 1-3 vs. Florida and usually played his worst game against them. The week after he lit the world on fire against LSU in 2004 he laid a big fat egg against Tennessee. These are but a few examples. I remember several games where he threw for like 150 yards and completed only 50% of his passes. We usually won anyway because we had an outstanding defense.

For the record folks, Greene never won a championship. His team did. I am a HUGE Greene fan but he is more of a sentimental favorite than a great QB.

Thanks.

Better Dawgs!

April 13th, 2011
5:04 pm

no class 2004- Do you really think that we are going to win every season? First lossing season in over a decade. The dawgs will be back this year! The only way to win every season is to pick the winner of the last game and run with it. Not sure you are realistic in your comment. All programs are very irelevant at some point for longer than we will be. Once you experience several more decades you will understand.

UGA Alumnus

April 13th, 2011
5:14 pm

Is someone gonna “ghost throw” for Stafford? Can he even raise his arm over his head?

Einsteindawg

April 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

In my opinion, it would have to be Shockley. Zeier…all arm, Stafford…all arm and no brain, Greene…great arm and skills, but no mobility, one dimentional. Shock was only given one year. If CMR had pulled Greene in several games we lost, we probably would have won most of them. Richt made too many promises, but he kept them and it hurt our chances.

Beast from the East

April 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

Zeier was the best in my opinion. That guy could carry the offense all by himself. Could not same the same about any of the others even though they were all fine QB’s.

Beast from the East

April 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

Typo….should be could not SAY the same

Baffin Bay

April 13th, 2011
5:26 pm

If the fan misses the toss, they will receive a 42-inch HD LCD Television and two 2011 Georgia football season tickets.

Could I just get a bigger TV? :-)

ugaclassof2004

April 13th, 2011
5:27 pm

dawgfan

I think your definition of “stink it up” and mine are two different things. Having an off game but still being competitive, like that 19-14 loss to Tennessee in 2004, is one thing. Getting blown and not being competitive, like that 49-10 loss to Florida in 2008 or that 35-14 loss to UT, is another. I get what you are saying about having talent on defense bail out your offense( yet another reason Richt should be fired). However, who cares how many yards you throw if you do what it takes to win? Some guys are just winners. David Greene knew how to win and knew how rally the troops even when he was having a crappy game. Stafford was a great talent who could win post up monster victories if the defense was generating turnovers( like they did in the 2006 Auburn game or 2007 Florida game) and if Knowshon was having a good day. But if the team got down( like they did vs. Bama and Florida in 2008) he just didn’t have the ability to keep his team in the game. Right or wrong, QB is a leadership position, and Stafford just wasn’t one.

Better Dawgs: Yes I expect my team to win game. 6-7 is not an acceptable outcome for a program that has the resources and instate talent that UGA has. 8-4 should be considered a losing season. I don’t expect us to be Florida( who always gets amazing recruiting classes) or Bama( who’s willing to sell their soul for a football coach). But I think we should definitely be on par with the LSU’s and Auburn’s, both of whom have won National Titles in the last 4 years. There is no excuse for UGA being on the outside looking in when we should be on inside looking out.

ugaclassof2004

April 13th, 2011
5:33 pm

Oh and for the record, Auburn had a subpar defense this year. But that didn’t stop them from winning the National Title. So much for the old ” defense wins championships” line. Not necessarily the true anymore.

Colonel Reb

April 13th, 2011
5:34 pm

If a fan catches one, he/she will immediately line up in formation with the team and be named a starter for the Boise State game.

Cherie

April 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

The best UGA QB since Fran Tarkenton is playing at LSU this year. And that’s a fact!

The Orginal WDE

April 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

“(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.)”

My eyes rolled out of my head.

Betty Boop

April 13th, 2011
5:39 pm

Boise State 77, Dawgtards 10.