UGA quarterback challenge: Who would you pick?

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

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

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, 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


April 14th, 2011
10:02 pm

Jon England, Wayne Johnson and Preston Jones


April 14th, 2011
11:01 pm

Q Carter!!!!!!!!! He can play on grass and smoke it too.


April 14th, 2011
11:03 pm

What UGA QB started and played more games other than FRAN the man.
If Stafford can do the Bedpan hand-off drill from his hospital bed then he will win.


April 14th, 2011
11:18 pm

In the NFL sorry.


April 15th, 2011
12:13 am

Stafford would be last on my list. Most talented by far, but was NOT a leader. He was preparing for the NFL. His heart wasn’t at UGA. Greene was a great leader and a coach on the field, but had a limited arm. Shockley was better than Greene, but had only one year to show his wares. Zeier was a GREAT college QB. Unfortunately he came through when Goof was coach. I would go with Shockley as the best with Zeier a close second.


April 15th, 2011
12:15 am

One of my favorites, who never gets mentioned, is Andy Johnson. Great athlete. He played several years with the NE Patriots as a running back. And of course there was Fran the Man.


April 15th, 2011
12:17 am

Quincy Carter is my least favorite QB.

Large Farva

April 15th, 2011
12:55 am

Definitely Greene, not even a question.


April 15th, 2011
1:29 am

Green is my man all the way

Glory Glory

April 15th, 2011
4:13 am

Where’s Buck Belue on this list? Which of your list won a National Championship, mythical or not?

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
6:58 am

I think “batter up” played catcher too close to the batter up. I am trying to figure out how you tie in a baseball game, with a blog about who the best QB for UGA is, in a 4 man competition. Let’s see, UGA women’s softball beat Tech. softball, so I guess Techs. football team should be worried. Certainly you see the simularities to those two as well.


April 15th, 2011
7:56 am



April 15th, 2011
8:04 am

the whole worlds going greene


April 15th, 2011
8:10 am

That’s a no brainer, David Greene.


April 15th, 2011
8:18 am

Greene iz da’ man…… Let his record alone, speak for itself. He may not have the arm that the others have but he is a better decision maker and could read alignments better than the other 3. As far as the NFL player goes i’d pick Stafford eventhough he may not ever win a Super Bowl or possibly get to go to a Pro Bowl……he’s my choice.
He’ll just end up being rich without a ring but breaking records in Detroit.
His only hope is to get traded to New England and wait for Brady to retire or go to a team with potential to go all the way. But otherwise Stafford will just spend 10-15 years in the league and leave quietly.


April 15th, 2011
8:51 am

Big Dawg

April 15th, 2011
9:51 am

You don’t have him on your list— the greatest QB to ever come out of the University of Georgia- Sir Francis Tarkenton, better than all of these guys

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
10:03 am


It is a on field skill competition and I am not so sure that at 71, Fran would have a lot of chance. If it were just a rating system with past performances only being considered, he might be near the top in that category. I would still go with Greene, for his great leadership abilities.

Buckhead Bulldog

April 15th, 2011
10:20 am

David Greene all the way. Clutch, clutch, clutch!


April 15th, 2011
10:35 am


April 15th, 2011
10:38 am

No connemt!!


April 15th, 2011
11:18 am

Fran Tarkenton is someone who should not even be mentioned as a DAWG anymore until he owns up for what he did.

He is a glory seeking, vacuum cleaner salesman who has lost everyone’s respect for not having the guts to voice his opinions in a private session with coach Richt.

Instead, he gets on a radio talk show and spews like a little girl.

I’d punch him in the face if I saw him if I were Richt.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
6:31 pm


Perhaps Fran the man, is a little senile at his age, LOL. He probably doesn’t even remember what he said on the radio. Who knows; He probably doesn’t even remember the lines for the infomercials and products he hawks. Give the ole man a break. He is only nine years older than me, so I sure hope I don’t go the route he is going with respect to growing old gracefully.


April 16th, 2011
5:14 pm

There are a lot of different ways to look at this. I give a lot of credit to DJ for his patience, waiting his turn and then his outstanding performance in one season, leading us to an SEC Championship. If he had more than one season of comparable performance, he would be my pick Zeier was tremendous and shattered all of the UGA passing records but due to circumstances didn’t win a championship. Stafford had some great games and an impressive arm but didn’t win a championship. As good as those guys were, Greene really personifies a great college quarterback. He won a championship, he played with heart, he led great comebacks and won in the last second of games, made unbelievable play-fakes and ultimately won more than any QB in the history of the game when he graduated.