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.

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.

Colonel Reb

April 13th, 2011
5:40 pm

After the third quarter, several UGA running backs, past and present, will attempt to outrun the cops.

DAWGS forever

April 13th, 2011
5:41 pm

Love em all but Zeier is my man!

Musical Chairs

April 13th, 2011
5:54 pm

Joe T and Joe C hands down!

maggie

April 13th, 2011
5:57 pm

For me, Stafford is the best!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 13th, 2011
6:15 pm

Bill King, I can not believe you didn’t at least admonish the poster who goes by the name racistDAWG after the comment he made. I thought you guys were suppose to at least monitor your blog. I realize that this wasn’t exactly a prize winning topic for a blog about UGA, but darn man, surely you should care a little bit about a statement like that made on your blog. I seriously doubt that idiot is over 14, and he does not represent the majority sentiment of true DAWG fans.

ROGERITER

April 13th, 2011
6:21 pm

I agree that Greene lack some of the talents of the others. He didn’t have the arm or scrambling ability. But what he did have was the ability to find a way to win. Brett Farve wasn’t as talented as other QB’s but he is/was a winner. In college, Greene was that way also. He knew how to win!
Greene was the best college QB ever at Ga. And I remember Tarkington and Zeke Bratkowski too.

buffdawg

April 13th, 2011
6:27 pm

1-Z Man 2 Shockley 3 Greene 4 Stafford

GR82BAG8R

April 13th, 2011
6:32 pm

DAUUG, I am amused at Bulldog fans that crow about their dominance over Tech like it is a big accomplishment. It’s like the high school bully bragging about beating up the middle school nerd on the bus. When was the last time Tech had a top-40 recruiting class. Until they can offer some “Turf Management” degrees and stop having the highest SAT scores of any public university in the country, Tech will never compete with Georgia. Perhaps that is the way it was planned all along. UGA has no in-state competition for blue chip talent in a state that perennially produces some of the best in the country. Yet what does UGA do with it?

UGA Football – - never has so little been done with so much.

Cops Alive

April 13th, 2011
7:12 pm

“After the third quarter, several UGA running backs, past and present, will attempt to outrun the cops.”

:-) :-) :-)

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

April 13th, 2011
7:27 pm

For pure skill, I have to go with Stafford. For overall QB play, I’d have to go with Greene. But Shockley’s not that far behind either one of ‘em. We’ve had some damn good QBs over the last ten years, and Murray’s continuing the tradition!

Cant Beat Gatauh

April 13th, 2011
7:52 pm

Timmy Tebow!

MightyDawg

April 13th, 2011
7:53 pm

Eric Zeir is the best. Stafford has a strong arm…like Zeir, but he’s not as accurate.

Cindy Hendrix

April 13th, 2011
8:07 pm

Eric Zeier
is my favorite liked Stafford & Green Stafford made me nervous when he threw the ball never thought he could miss. Zeier strong arm accurate passer tough that’s why he was called Iron Man did not get hurt until his sr yr in the final game before the half aganist tech he was also very smart. Shockley he was good because he throw & run a good combo but Zeier broke all our records it was10 yrs before Green passed his records but not by much if He had not gotten hurt in his final game & we had played in a bowl game they would have been higher & closer to Green’s records hope they all do well. But I am pulling for Zeier all the way baby! also he is still very devoted to UGA doing play by play for us on the radio I am glad he is still contributing. AS Always GO DAWGS SIC EM WOOF WOOF!!

Astrid

April 13th, 2011
8:11 pm

Stafford. Smart and better physical tools. If they other three had played behind the same freshmen-laden lines he had there while at UGA there would be no debate here. Not to mention having to make up for those dreadful defenses. Just thinking about it still ticks me off.

PowerDawg

April 13th, 2011
8:27 pm

Biggest no-brainer ever…GREENE!

PowerDawg

April 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

Also, If Greene came up lame I’d go with Shockley. He threw a really nice deep out and had beautiful touch on the post. Staff, unfortunately could not connect on the deep routes to save his life and he never did show great touch on the short stuff. Intermediate throws; he was the man. But not overall. Greene is the overwhelming choice for all-around accuracy and consistency.

Gators for Richt

April 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

Either Zeier or Greene. Shockley was a dangerous QB in the NCAA, but not a good enough passer for the NFL. Stafford? Puh-lease! I know the bull-dreg nation loves chubby boy, but he is currently lighting up the NFL with his sub 55% completion rate, which is about the same as what he did in Athens. How this turkey was a #1 draft pick is beyond all reason and comprehension.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

April 13th, 2011
8:33 pm

Zeir played with a staff of idiots

If UGA wouldnt have had him we would have lost every game those 4 yrs except against those FCS schools. He kept us in every game

Green though good lucked out with having at least one coach who knew football VAN GORDER
If it wasnt for those defenses Green would have been just another QB though a good game manager

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

April 13th, 2011
8:34 pm

By the way

IF we are 11-1 this year and the loss is to FL I hope we get a new coach

IRISH DAWG

April 13th, 2011
8:42 pm

NO CONTEST, DAVID GREEN THE 2 TH MOST WINS AS QUARTERBACK IN NCAA HISTORY ,ALSO WON SEC TITLE IN 2002.

Bill E Ruben

April 13th, 2011
8:50 pm

Preston Jones would be the man to beat…

Someone is still obsessed with GT

April 13th, 2011
9:38 pm

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…….
———————-
A blog talking about which of 4 UGA QBs was the best and D A has 3 consecutive posts about GT.
ROFLMAO

Bhag

April 13th, 2011
9:56 pm

It’s all about who could make a play when the game was on the line. Neither Stafford or Zeier ever came through in the clutch but, Greene and Shock always found a way to make a play when the team needed it. Many of you might not remember this but it was Shock in 2002 that kept UGA from loosing to Kentucky in Lexington. Greene was having and bad game and Shockley came in to bring UGA back to win. I would still take Greene but both of these new how to win!

bardawg

April 13th, 2011
10:05 pm

As good as all these guys were ,Ya just got to keep in mind how smart Eric Zier was. Ithink that the raw ability , natural talent that Zier had was unsurpassed. David Greene has to be pick # 2 although a close second ,DJ at third & Stafford bringing up the rear ( he should have played his senior season, I still have’nt forgiven him for his early exit.)

Steve Superior

April 13th, 2011
10:42 pm

sldkfjslk

April 13th, 2011
10:55 pm

Classof’04 feels used? These guys bust their butts for nothing but room, board and a desk and you feel used? They are the one’s providing you with entertainment for nothing. Did you feel used by Herschel, Worley, Henderson, Hampton, Hastings, Hearst etc? Did you feel used when Stafford got his face smashed by Kentucky as a freshman because our pitifully coached line couldn’t block or when Knowshon got George Fostered by Spikes because our pitifully coached line still couldn’t block? They owe you nothing. Get over yourself and recognize that it’s not the players letting you down. Richt has allowed this program to slide back into Goff-era mediocrity. But don’t worry, because he righted the ship by hiring a videographer to train and condition our team. Oh wait, 25% of our team is currently injured. I can’t say I’m surprised.

Bhag

April 13th, 2011
10:58 pm

Now if it was toughest QB of all time, we would have to put #16 Cory Phillips in the mix, that guy could take a hit….. He had a pretty good arm too, they need let him compete in the QB challenge this weekend…..

ugaclassof2004

April 13th, 2011
11:32 pm

sldkfjslk

Two things

1. Oh yes those POOR football players!! There are NEVER any perks that come from being a football player in Athens!!! No playstations for winning bowl games. They never have drinks bought for them or get laid! EVER!! Jeez…spare me
2. Eat a bowl of Dick.

KB

April 13th, 2011
11:38 pm

Tough to say one is better than the rest when all were very good players and great DAWGS.

I would take Zeier. Of the bunch mentioned Zeier was the most well-rounded and consistent. Unfortunately Zeier played on the worst teams of the bunch. What would Zeier have accomplished if he had QB’ed the same teams as Greene?????

Without doubt Zeier was the strongest leader. Stafford had the strongest arm. Shockley was the most athletic and Greene was the ultimate clutch player.

Random thoughts:
Strong arms are overrated. Joe Montana had a weak arm by NFL standards. Jeff George had one of the strongest arms ever in the NFL (if not the strongest.) Which QB is considered the greatest ever?

If Shockley had started for 4 years then strong chance he would have been the best.

Got to love Shockley’s attitude. Had to ride the bench for several years behind a starter that he may have been better than (I love Greene but it’s an honest debate.) Shockley never whined, no bad attitude, didn’t transfer etc.

Moreno won more games for UGA than Stafford did. Stafford’s marquee win was the Sugar Bowl vs. Hawaii, Marcus Howard was the biggest impact player and defeated Hawaii by himself. Stafford had a awesome arm, grit and incredible swagger. Stafford was a great player but I would take Greene, Zeier or Shockley ahead of him.

Why no Fran Tarkington or Buck Belue? Tarkington had the greatest pro career of any UGA QB. Belue won the biggest game(s) in UGA history and is UGA’s only National Champ QB?

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

April 13th, 2011
11:52 pm

Mutts sniff and lick poop!!!!!!!! Bla ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!…………………………..

KB

April 14th, 2011
12:05 am

ATLER (ramblin wreck) if this blog is full of “Mutts sniff and lick poop!!!!!!!” Bla ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!” then what that does that say about you? You’re the self-described GT fan chasing UGA fans on a UGA blog.

No hate but I’m just saying 8-)

dawgs43

April 14th, 2011
12:17 am

Everyone has short memories. Eric Zeir was by far the best college QB of the group. He had a much more accurate arm, and was by the smartest of the group. Go to Butts Mehre and look at some of his highlites. The offense was far more sophisticated and productive than anything that Donnan or Richt has put on the field.

KB

April 14th, 2011
12:34 am

dawgs43 – agreed.

Zeier was a master of using all the receivers (going to the 2nd or 3rd guy) and calling plays at the line of scrimmage. Zeier never “lost” a game with untimely, boneheaded, risky play.

If Greene hadn’t been such a hot and cold player I would call it a tie between Zeier and Greene. Greene never lost a game via bad play but he also got some of his wins handed to him by Van Gorder and the defense. Zeier won a lot of games despite the defense; how many games did UGA lose in the Zeier era when UGA scored more than 28 points? I bet if you compare QB stats Zeier is the all-time QB stats leader against Florida despite never beating UF.

RED DOG 77

April 14th, 2011
12:45 am

Bill……..surely you are kidding. Good grief man we are in the last week of Spring practice and you waste energy on this lame brain story? Bill…….Come on man! There was a time when I found some of what you wrote interesting, but the last several columns have been down-right pityful………..Bill, I challenge you, people want some red meat, they want “real” football stories……..but don’t tell us what your old pal “Ernie” thinks……or your brother…….or anyone else for that matter….knuckle down Bill, you can do it………..I’m pulling for you…….Regards, RED

Columbus

April 14th, 2011
2:27 am

Very tough question because of different teams, coaches etc. All were just as good as the other in their own individual ways I think. If Zeier had played under Richt I think he may have been slightly better than all of them. Flip a coin really but I would pick Zeier for my team. I think he would beat any of the other guys head to head all else being equal.

ugakev

April 14th, 2011
4:12 am

Give David Greene one season with A.J Green to throw to…Stafford will never be a true bulldawg like the other three greats in the competition. I want a Dawg leading my team. That guy is Greene for me, but you wouldnt do wrong with Shockley or Eric. I just get mad because we would of won the national championship in 2002 if Richt stays with Greene Quarterbacking the entire game versus Florida. Florida caught some breaks against us this past decade. We should of won that game in 2002 and Shockley spanks Florida in 2005 if he plays against them. There were other years where we were also better and choked. Atleast Muschamp will ruin their program now. Thank God a bulldawg came in to destory their program …:-) GO DAWGS!

Hard Truth Soldier

April 14th, 2011
4:55 am

Hey Racist Dawg, I’d pick your mother because I know she has a strong arm doing the Black jerk off to help all the brotha’s, Sisssssy,

Dawg in Malta

April 14th, 2011
5:12 am

Why didn’t Buck Belue get invited? He’s the only UGA quarterback in the last 30 years with a National Championship?

If not him it has to be Reggie Ball.

Dennis

April 14th, 2011
7:24 am

Easy pick……………Green

Dennis

April 14th, 2011
7:28 am

I can’t believe anyone would say Shockley. Personally served up a loss to Fla

Panther

April 14th, 2011
7:55 am

Nick Marshall cause numbers don’t lie

UGASlobberknocker

April 14th, 2011
8:09 am

Who cares about a contrived skills competition?

Greene started 52 games and won 42. And got us back on the winning track. I don’t care about his pro failure..he is still the gold standard Dawg QB for me because he was a winner. Only Belue is in the same category (for the same reason). I wonder if Greene is coaching material?

UGASlobberknocker

April 14th, 2011
8:14 am

I wouldnt pick Shockley, but I also dont write off his career due to one bad game against Fla. He is one of just a handful of QBs who won an SEC championship for Ga. And we haven’t won one since he left.

If we bashed all Dawgs based on their performances against Fla, we wouldn’t have many people left to praise.

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
8:30 am

auburn 2002

Who do you want to throw that pass in the corner to Michael Johson?

That is the answer as to who is the best in their prime.

It is David Greene hands down.

Buck!!

April 14th, 2011
8:55 am

Buck was the man….

Devil's Advocate

April 14th, 2011
9:42 am

ugaclassof2004,

First of all, honor your degree and stop considering 8-4 a losing season. Seriously? I know it’s becoming cooler to have low self-worth but words do have established definitions and are not based on those found on Urban Dictionary so a team with an 8-4 record had a winning season.

Second, why shouldn’t we expect UGA be as good as Florida? How are you going to bash the job that Richt has done then turn around and say you don’t expect us to be as good as Florida and only on par with LSU and Auburn? When LSU and Auburn won national titles they were as good or better than Florida’s national championship teams. When LSU and Auburn have not won national titles, they’ve been worse than UGA. For the record, Florida was one game better than UGA in the regular season in 2010 and that one game difference was their head-to-head matchup won in OT. Sounds like we are on par with Florida right now. We scored more points than Florida for the season but they gave up few points. *SHRUG*

Third, I can tell you’re purely a statistics guy. You’d rather point to boxscores and record books than what actually happens on the field. Auburn’s defense statistically performed worse than UGA’s in 2010. UGA gave up fewer points per game both in conference and overall. The difference is that Auburn’s defense featured playmakers who could get key stops when the team needed them for the game in question. UGA was owning Auburn then the defense stepped up and gave Cam a chance to win the game. Bama was owning Auburn then the defense shut them down and gave Cam a chance to win the game. UGA gave up thirty or more points five times in 2010 and went 2-3 in those games. Auburn gave up thirty or more four times and of course went 4-0 in those games. When is the last time UGA had a Cam Newton caliber player on the field? Hmmm, probably when UGA last won a national championship.

UGA’s recent defenses have been missing the playmakers that those during your time at UGA featured. If you graduated in 2004 then you should have been around for one of the best defensive runs in program history. There have been no Pollacks, Baileys, Blues, Grants, etc recently.

Minnesota Dawg

April 14th, 2011
9:44 am

You always remember David Greene because he led us to the first SEC Championship in years. Stafford has the arm! Shockley could always find a way to win. Zeier was the first real passer since Tarkenton. I’m for all of them!

Charlie Sheen

April 14th, 2011
9:47 am

Me! I have tiger blood,Adonis DNA, and fire brathing fists!

Brian

April 14th, 2011
9:50 am

To me it’s a toss up between Greene and Shockley. I get that Greene has all the numbers, but it’s only because he started for 4 years. Multiply Shockley’s numbers from the 2005 season by 4 and they compare nicely to Greene’s. Physically ability goes to Shockley as well. Both knew how to win games, period. I would go with Shockley, but by a slim margin.

In your heart, you know I'm right!

April 14th, 2011
9:58 am

Boise State 77, UGA 10.

copdawg

April 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Do not really caqre how he did in the NFL Greene is the man.
no matter the situation with Greene in the game one always
had the feeling he could pul it out. Never will forget sitting in
Neyland stadium and watching the come back, almost as good
as good as Belue to Scott, was in Jax for that also.

TRAVELDAWG

April 14th, 2011
10:20 am

David Greene loved UGA, still does, and gave us our highlight reel of the century when he lead us down the field in Knoxville to step on Tennessee’s face with a hobnail boot. Stafford couldn’t hold his jockstrap for him as to dedication and contribution to the Dawgs. Love Eric Zeier and Shockley, both, but they were not in the same league with Greene.

hop

April 14th, 2011
10:26 am

DAVID GREENE was very average qb who who had a great team to surround him, much like buck belue who had the greatest tailback in college football.

greene and belue could not make it in the nfl and that is a fact!

stafford is the most gifted qb georgia hAS Had in the last 20 years.

YardDawg

April 14th, 2011
10:36 am

Hope Greene or Shockley wins it.

Not so much with Stafford.

To hell with Zeier.

SouthGA Dawg

April 14th, 2011
10:40 am

No contest the winner is David Greene.Stafford has a cannon but he threw too many stupid interceptions. Greene all day every day, Joe Cox close second.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 14th, 2011
10:43 am

Greene was a general on the field. He never gave up on a game and inspired his teammates to go that extra inch to pull out a game, and keep their heads up. If this competition could be based on leadership, Grene would win hands down.
Shockley would be a close second. Not the best passer but a inspiration to his teammates. Played with a lot of guts and his scrambling pulled out a couple of wins for UGA. Had a never give up attitude second to none.
Stafford is the best of the QB’s listed as far as physical skills. Not much of a leader and tried to be a hero too many times and win the game by making unwise decisions. If he can control his urges in the NFL and take what the defense gives him, he will still be a great one. Hard to shine though when you are with a team like the Lions. They are an exercise in futility, no matter who plays for them. Never the right coach in the game it seems.
Zeir was probably a more accurate passer with an arm almoist equally as strong as Stafford, I think the mental aspect of the game kept him from being a star in the NFL. He just never got used to playing with a lot less support than he had at UGA. He was surrounded by less than a solid team at the next level. He would have needed to be able to scramble to utilize his good arm more.

john mceachern

April 14th, 2011
11:13 am

Stafford, if he’s healthy

Beast from the East

April 14th, 2011
11:14 am

“To hell with Zeier.”

@YardDawg,
What gives with that? Seriously, what did he ever do to you? As a Gator fan, he was the only one that I ever feared going against. That guy was a playmaker and used all of his receivers. If he had the same defenses that Greene was fortunate enough to play with the Dawgs might have won a NC or two during his tenure. Why the hate?

In your Fat gut, you're still FAT

April 14th, 2011
11:18 am

Georgia 35
Boise state 24

PMC

April 14th, 2011
11:57 am

depends on what you’re taking them for. College. David Greene all the way.

Zeier didn’t win enough, Stafford didn’t care enough.

Greene made up for lack of ability with sheer will and leadership. He just got it done. Absolutely brilliant with his ball fakes.

I’d take Shockley probably 3rd after Greene and Zeier. If his knee had only held up…. and he wasn’t saddled with whatever the crap Willie Martinez decided to do in the first half of that terrible sugar bowl.

Coachdawg 2000

April 14th, 2011
12:04 pm

Stafford will turn out to be more Ryan Leaf than Peyton Manning. Also Crash Davis has been hired as QB coach for Detroit. Afterall we all Stafford has a $40 million arm and 10 cent brain.

Richts Butt Cut

April 14th, 2011
12:17 pm

Zeier #1- was the only one who could put the team on his back and carry them… DJ would be second, then Stafford, then Greene.

Richts Butt Cut

April 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

Stafford will be a complete bust and a waste of $60M when its all said and done.. just fyi…

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

Stafford already has better stats than Leaf did in his entire career. Starting in year 3 of his career, Leaf was gone from the league. Year 3 for Matt, the Lions anxiously await Stafford’s return from injury.

There is no comparison.

Stafford will star this year. Lions OL is better, they have a good running game and their defense is improving.

Richts Butt Cut

April 14th, 2011
12:20 pm

Zeier- Heart, Smarts, Skills
DJ- Heart, Smarts, Skills,
Greene- Heart, Smarts
Stafford- Skills

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
12:23 pm

If they can keep those two on the field in 2011, this offense has the potential to be explosive.
**********************************************************************

I didn’t write this. Sorry haters.

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
12:24 pm

You know I'm right

April 14th, 2011
12:29 pm

UGA’s best quarterback of all is now playing for LSU. :-)

But after him, it’s Fran Tarkenton, who isn’t afraid to tell the truth about UGA.

Commonsense

April 14th, 2011
12:29 pm

If you are a knowlegeable, informed football fan over the age of 25 you would obviously pick Greene, no brainer.

If you are under 25 and think Michael Vick is cool and play Madden everyday you would probably pick Stafford or Shockley.

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
12:34 pm

Zach Met=3rd string at LSU
Already recruited over for next year
He will never play

Tarkenton is a tool
Radio drive by shooting
Never shows his face or is man enough to talk in person.

In your Fat gut, you're still Fat

April 14th, 2011
12:36 pm

2011 SEC Championship Game

Georgia 31
LSU 27

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
12:44 pm

Colonel Reb

April 14th, 2011
1:03 pm

Florida plays in the weak SEC East, so it still could contend. If the Gators played in the SEC West, they would be lucky to finish fifth.

Uh oh is right. If Florida would be lucky to finish fifth in the SEC West, Georgia would be lucky to finish sixth.

Truth is, all of us in the West are better than Georgia. Leaving Oxford this year, Georgia will own a losing streak against every SEC West team.

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
1:08 pm

nutt is done after 2011

Georgia 38
Ole Missy 17

No problem. miss State is twice the program y’all are.

jnasty

April 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

i would take dirty dave greene to lead my team. i also might take him as UGA IX!!! ole boy has the perfect bulldog face for the job. isiah crowell should have held up david greene at his signing ceremony.

McDawg

April 14th, 2011
1:38 pm

Shockley-if he had not gotten hurt we would have played for national championship that year

McDawg

April 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

Col Reb the war is over hand has been for sometime

UGA Insider

April 14th, 2011
1:42 pm

Chaz Ramsey is about to testify to the NCAA next week regarding improper benefits at AU. If my math is correct that is 8 current ongoing investigations currently being held at Auburn. * that is embarrassing.

Jim Tressel's Sweater Vest

April 14th, 2011
2:01 pm

If you want to win, you have to pick Greene.

Go Dawgs!

April 14th, 2011
2:20 pm

If Stafford had the same line to work behind as Greene, it would be no contest. As for Stafford’s interceptions- how many of those came when we were behind and he was having to make low percentage throws to keep us in a game? Don’t even get me started on stone-handed WRs he had as well.

Greene was a GREAT game manager, and could audible with the best of them, but he had a LOT more to work with than Stafford. He had arguably one of the best O-lines, and one of the best if not the best WR/TE corps.

Bubba J. Dawgman

April 14th, 2011
2:45 pm

Greene all the way!

Gates

April 14th, 2011
2:51 pm

@ Go Dawgs!

Thats a huge negative. Stafford threw so many picks because he went for the homerun everytime. He loved the talking heads going on and on about his arm strength.

Stafford was on team “me,” while Greene was on team UGA.

Pitbull

April 14th, 2011
3:00 pm

Andy Johnson as a runner

Matt Robinson as a passer

Wayne Johnson as the sturdiest

Preston Ridlehuber as the gutsiest

Buck Belue as the steadiest

John LaStinger always just got the job done

And Reggie Bawl was the most fun to watch throw away a game to Georgia.

truedawg

April 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

in their prime?? build a team around, is that the question? Big Z.. then David G !! Z= skills and leadership, David heart and leadership. Z was just a lil more blessed with and arm, but couldn’t go wrong with either one.
Matt “me” stafford will wins a skills contest everytime though, love to take his arm and put it on David G, Then you’d have the best to ever play the game.

Who knows though, we get a O line and a running game, We might have a great one in Athens right now in Murray, LeMay, Mason…truely stacked at QB in Athens.
Murray needs a knoxville drive or a BoBo comeback in a bowl to show he has what it takes. But hey, only one year into it, with 3 left, I have alot of hope in the kid.

truedawg

April 14th, 2011
3:13 pm

one more thing…how good would Z have been under CMR..a QB coach? We didn’t really have the best coaching when he was there for QB’s

Macon Dog in the Middle East

April 14th, 2011
3:29 pm

Although I realize that half of today’s readers and bloggers were not alive to see my choice demonstrate his terrific leadership, composure under pressure and wonderful QB skills, both running and passing, I would choose none of the four featured here. My choice for the best leader and most exciting Bulldog QB would be Andy Johnson.
Buck Belue would be a close second. Both of those players could ignite their teammates and inspire them to play at a higher level and as a beautifully effective machine. Ray Goff had that ability too, and he surely was deserving of his SEC Player of the Year award.
A. Johnson drew raves from every coach for whom he played. During his 16 years at Georgia, Erk Russell chose A Johnson as the best Bulldog QB. Chuck Fairbanks, for whom A. Johnson played at New England (as a running back), could not compliment him enough. A. Johnson’s win over Tech in ‘71, and Belue’s in ‘78 (both nail-biting, exhausting, sweet victories), are two of the greatest games I have ever seen. They rank high in my top 10 all-time Georgia victories.
Of the four QB’s pictured herein, I would choose Green for his inspirational leadership and coolness. He could also light that unifying, take-no-prisoners fire in his teammates. For pure ability, however, Zeier tops the list. Green and Zeier could be compared to A. Johnson, Belue and Goff. Both Stafford and Shockley were better-than-good QB’s, who could rise to the occasion, but neither played in A. Johnson’s or Belue’s zone.

Denver

April 14th, 2011
3:39 pm

Mark

April 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

If we are talking about a team then I have to go with Shockley, as much as I loved Greene watching the team the next season under Shockley had me wondering about what might have been.

Old Fart

April 14th, 2011
4:13 pm

David Green. Shockley is a joke. Buck was a winner. Murray can be up there before it is over. The Tech fan that posted 77-10 Boise, put yo money where your clueless mouth is………

Otto

April 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

Tarkenton for OC

wilson72

April 14th, 2011
5:43 pm

Zeier, hands down. Stafford was never a real leader, Greene had the exact chemistry, and command.. But not a lot of strength. Shockley is a hybrid. But still needs the right personnel to be effective. Zeier loved the school played, games like they could be his last. Come to think of it the ones with heart will always be loved. One may have a whole lot of NFL success but he will never be held in the esteem as the other 3.

Batter up!

April 14th, 2011
5:57 pm

As a public service in case you missed it:

For the second time in about three weeks, Georgia Tech gave Georgia a nine-inning demonstration of the might of its heralded freshman class.

Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com Jackets freshman Daniel Palka (right) hit his team-best seventh home run of the season against UGA April 12.

From the Bulldogs’ vantage point in the first-base dugout, it could not have been a very encouraging presentation. Tech freshman pitcher Matthew Grimes overpowered Georgia, and freshman designated hitter Daniel Palka delivered a decisive two-run homer in the Yellow Jackets’ 5-3 win over Georgia on Tuesday night at Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium.

“He pitched a great game,” Georgia coach David Perno said of Grimes.

Tech, ranked 12th in the country in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, improved to 25-9 and has won the past five against the Bulldogs. Georgia is 18-16.

“They’ve all contributed, done a great job for us,” Tech coach Danny Hall said of his freshmen. “We’ve needed them.”

By winning the first two games of the season against Georgia, Tech has clinched the season series for the second year in a row, barring the teams meeting in the NCAA tournament. They’ll play one more game, April 26 at Turner Field. The last time Tech won the season series in back-to-back years was 1998-99.

Hall’s freshmen appear prepared to extend the run. Last year, in the wake of losing seven underclassman starters to the draft, including first-round pick pitcher Deck McGuire, Hall reeled in 17 players. Of the class, rated as high as sixth in the country, five started Tuesday night.

That would include Grimes, a 6-foot-6 right-hander from Mill Creek High who got a shaving-cream pie in the face for his efforts Tuesday. Against the soft-hitting Bulldogs, Grimes struck out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 innings with no walks and gave up two runs to beat Georgia for the second time this year.

“He couldn’t have pitched better and gave us a big lift by pitching the way he did,” Hall said.

Grimes (5-1) stranded five Georgia base runners in the first four innings, giving Tech a chance to unravel Bulldogs pitcher Chase Hawkins (1-2).

They began to do so in the third, employing four singles and a groundout to score two runs, and again in the fourth, when Palka barely cleared the right-field fence for his team-high seventh home run of the season and a 4-1 lead.

Another freshman, pitcher Dusty Isaacs, did his bit later on. With two on and two out in the top of the seventh, Isaacs retired Kyle Farmer, Georgia’s RBI leader, with a three-pitch strikeout. He struck out two more in the eighth in giving up one run. Farmer also made the last out of the game, another two-on, two-out situation.

“Maybe a couple things go a different direction, it could have been a whole different outcome,” Perno said.

wilson72

April 14th, 2011
6:14 pm

Batter Up, what does baseball have to do with Georgia Football. Please go troll some place else.

Dawg4life

April 14th, 2011
6:46 pm

DAWG with two bags over head

April 14th, 2011
6:56 pm

Greene, no question.

dave

April 14th, 2011
7:04 pm

Zeier without a doubt…Best pure passer to ever play at UGA.

Dawg89

April 14th, 2011
7:42 pm

Greene, then Zeier, then Shock, then Stafford. Of the four, Stafford is the least.

GTDAWG

April 14th, 2011
7:42 pm

Gen. Forrest

April 14th, 2011
9:04 pm

Bloomberg/Businessweek 2011 College rankings based on ROI (that’s Return on Investment for the liberal arts majors and dawg fans who dropped out of high school, which is the majority):

Georgia Tech — #23 (#2 Public school)

University of Georgia — #203 (ROTFLMAO!)

‘nuf said pups, now give me fries and a shake with that!.

Don’t feel too bad though, ya’ll finally beat Auburn (#246) at something!!!!

Ramguy

April 14th, 2011
9:54 pm

Matthew Stafford with the teams that Greene played on. Next!

Otowndawg

April 14th, 2011
10:02 pm

Jon England, Wayne Johnson and Preston Jones

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
11:01 pm

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

51WTGW50

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.

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
11:18 pm

In the NFL sorry.

LakeDawg

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.

LakeDawg

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.

LakeDawg

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.

aladawg

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.

ED SINGLETON

April 15th, 2011
7:56 am

TODAY, STAFFORD, GREENE, ZEIER, SHOCKLEY. IN THEIR PRIME, ZEIER, GREENE, STAFFORD, SHOCKLEY.

laine

April 15th, 2011
8:04 am

the whole worlds going greene

GATOR HATER

April 15th, 2011
8:10 am

That’s a no brainer, David Greene.

RMikel58

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.

BG

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

BIG DAWG,

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!

astrouga

April 15th, 2011
10:35 am

Ceasar

April 15th, 2011
10:38 am

No connemt!!

DawginLex

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

DAWGinLex,

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.

DawgVoiceofReason

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.