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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