Best Bulldogs Quarterbacks of the Last 20 Years
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When you think of Georgia football over the past twenty years, you often think of a prolific quarterback.
In a program that used to be almost completely defined by hard-nosed rushing attacks and dug-in defenses, the position of quarterback has gotten a larger share of the spotlight over the past two decades.
This list attempts to rank a few of the best over that period. Let the argument begin. Enjoy!
6. Quincy Carter
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After passing on Georgia Tech to play professional baseball, Quincy Carter showed up in Athens in 1998 with a ton of promise.
He won the starting job over future Oklahoma starter Nate Hybl, and ended up Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.
After a strong start, Carter was never really able to duplicate the success of his freshman year and couldn't seem to find a way to improve. Even still, his numbers are good enough for this list.
Passing: 483 Cmp, 853 Att, 6,447 Yds, 35 TD
Rushing: 251 Att, 606 Yds, 2.4 Avg, 11 TD
SEC Freshman of the Year: 1998
5. D.J. Shockley
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There's no question that D.J. Shockley was an exceptional talent, however his career had one major "problem" and that was David Greene.
Once Shockley got his time in the spotlight, however, he made the most of it.
His 2005 season was a memorable one for Bulldogs fans, passing for over 2,500 yards, rushing for another 300 and leading the bulldogs to an SEC Championship.
Passing: 240 Cmp, 443 Att, 3,555 Yds, 34 TD
Rushing: 154 Att, 643 Yds, 4.2 Avg, 7 TD
SEC Champion: 2005
First-team All-SEC: 2005
SEC Championship Game MVP: 2005
FCA Bobby Bowden Player of the Year: 2005
Johnny Unitas Award finalist: 2005
4. Aaron Murray
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The Bulldogs' current field general is on a rapid ascension upward on this list of recent Georgia greats.
With his first two seasons in the books in outstanding fashion, Aaron Murray goes into the 2012 season with NFL scouts hanging from the rafters.
If his junior campaign is even close to his first two record-breaking seasons, then you can surely make Murray a solid three, or even two on this list.
Passing: 447 Cmp, 745 Att, 6,198 Yds, 59 TD
Rushing: 174 Att, 270 Yds, 1.6 Avg, 6 TD
First-team All-SEC (ESPN): 2011
Second-team All-SEC (AP, SEC Coaches): 2011
UGA single-season record 35 TDs: 2011
UGA single-season record for TD responsibility at 37
Pre-season First-team All-SEC (multiple publications): 2011
Freshman All-American (multiple publications): 2010
SEC Coaches All-SEC Freshman Team: 2010
UGA freshman record 3,216 total offensive yards: 2010
3. Eric Zeier
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During his time at Georgia, Eric Zeier proved himself as one of the most prolific passers in Georgia Bulldog history by setting dozens of school and conference records.
He was only the third quarterback in NCAA division one history to throw for more than 11,000 yards in a career.
Zeier would later be overshadowed by David Greene, but his numbers stack up against most of the greats, even after almost two decades.
Passing: 838 Cmp, 1,402 Att, 11,153 Yds, 67 TD
Rushing: 158 Att, -312 Yds, -2.0 Avg
SEC Freshman of the Year: 1991
All-American (AFCA-Coaches): 1994
Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame
2. Matthew Stafford
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The only thing keeping Matthew Stafford from the top spot would be another year of video game-like statistics.
It's difficult to turn down the No. 1 overall pick in the draft for another year of dorms and cafeteria food, but with another season in Athens, Stafford was on pace to possibly become the greatest Bulldog's quarterback of all time.
Surely his signing bonus was worth a bump to number two, but oh man, what might have been.
Passing: 564 Cmp, 987 Att, 7,731 Yds, 51 TD
Rushing: 141 Att, 213 Yds, 1.5 Avg, 6 TD
SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team: 2006
Second-team All-SEC: 2008
Chick-fil-A Bowl MVP: 2006
Capital One Bowl MVP: 2009
All-American (Pro Football Weekly): 2008
NFL Draft first overall pick: 2009
1. David Greene
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There's really not a whole lot of need to mull over the career of David Greene. His numbers are absolutely incredible and speak for themselves.
He was one of those rare players that make other fan bases take a moment, as their team is getting picked apart, and watch in awe. Greene almost made rival fans not feel so bad about their loss, because you knew you'd been beat fair and square by the best.
Greene is the No. 1 Bulldogs quarterback in the past two decades, hands down.
Passing: 849 Cmp, 1,440 Att, 11,528 Yds, 72 TD
Rushing: 204 Att, -258 Yds, -1.3 Avg, 5 TD
SEC Champion: 2002
SEC Freshman of the Year: 2001
SEC Championship Game MVP: 2002
First-team All-SEC: 2002
Second-team All-SEC: 2003, 2004
Johnny Unitas Award finalist: 2004