The Top 10 Quarterbacks in Georgia History
The University of Georgia football team has always been considered a team that runs the football.
Rarely has there been a time when the Dawgs would send a quarterback on the field to sling the football around like Texas Tech or Hawaii.
On the other hand, there have been good quarterbacks to come through the program, and this list is going to shed some light on their greatness.
No. 10 DJ Shockley 2005
I know a lot of people will not like this pick, but you really have to look at what Shockley was able to accomplish in his ONE year under center.
In Shockley's first game as a starter against Boise State, he was able to tie the Georgia record for passing touchdowns in a game with five, and break the total touchdowns in a game record with six.
He would lead the Dawgs to a record of 10-3, with regular season victories over South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech.
He led the Dawgs into the Georgia Dome for the SEC championship and left with a 20-point win over LSU.
He then threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns in a thrilling loss to West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. He brought the Dawgs back from a 28-point deficit to only lose by three in the final minutes.
Shockley was a 2005 All-SEC selection, he set a total of four Georgia passing records, and finished No. 9 on the career passing yards list with 3,555.
No. 9 Zeke Bratkowski 1951-1953
Zeke Bratkowski was a three-time All-SEC and two-time All-American selection that played during some of the lean years under coach Wally Butts.
Bratkowski led the Dawgs to an overall record of 15-17 as a starter with his best year at 7-4. He was unable to lead the Dawgs to a bowl game in his three years under center.
Some of his more notable wins came against Auburn and Boston College in 1951 and LSU and Auburn in 1952.
Bratkowski set numerous passing records while at Georgia and he still holds three Georgia records and two SEC records today. He is currently ranked No. 6 on the career passing yards list with 4,836.
He was inducted into the University of Georgia Circle of Honor in 2006.
No. 8 Mike Bobo 1994-1997
Mike Bobo was a fiesty quarterback who led the Dawgs to some great wins while he was under center.
He was 15-8 as a starter, some of his more notable victories include the four-overtime victory at Auburn, and a victory over Florida in 1997 that ended Florida's streak at six.
Bobo still holds four passing records at Georgia and will probably go down as the most accurate passer to play at Georgia. He is currently ranked No. 5 on the career passing yards list with 6,334.
No. 7 Ray Goff 1975-1976
Coach Ray Goff was not your normal quarterback. He led the Georgia veer attack to a 19-5 record and the 1976 SEC championship.
Goff was named to the 1976 All-SEC team, was the 1976 SEC Player of the Year, and finished seventh in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Goff had three great wins with two being comeback wins against the Gators in Jacksonville.
Goff would hold several rushing records for quarterbacks until the late 1980's.
No. 6 Larry Rakestraw 1961-1963
Larry Rakestraw was a two-time All-SEC selection that also played during some lean years for coach Johnny Griffith.
Rakestaw would lead the Dawgs to an overall record of 10-16-4. His most famous victories were an upset over Auburn in 1962 and a victory over Miami in 1963.
Rakestraw would become the first quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in Georgia history in the victory over Miami. He is currently ranked No. 12 on the career passing yards list with 3,142.
No. 5 Matthew Stafford 2006-2008
Matthew Stafford was the most coveted quarterback out of high school to ever play at Georgia.
Stafford was 27-9 as a starter with huge comeback wins against Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech in the 2006 Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and against Alabama and Vandy in 2007. Stafford always seemed to lead the Dawgs back in the second half of games.
He was quarterback in two games that will always be remembered: The Blackout against Auburn and the end zone celebration against Florida in 2007.
Stafford was a 2008 All-SEC selection and set four passing records at Georgia finishing No. 3 on the career passing yards list with 7,731.
No. 4 Fran Tarkenton 1959-1960
Fran Tarkenton was a dynamic quarterback that was a two-time All-SEC selection and a 1960 All-American selection.
Tarkenton led the Dawgs to a 16-5 record and the 1959 SEC championship.
Tarkenton's most famous victories included a come-back victory over Auburn in 1959, an Orange Bowl win over Missouri in 1959, and a one-point win over Georgia Tech in 1960.
Tarkenton was inducted into the University of Georgia Circle of Honor in 1998. He also is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
No. 3 Buck Belue 1979-1981
Buck Belue will always be remembered as the quarterback that hooked up with Lindsey Scott on the famous touchdown to beat Florida in 1980.
That touchdown would keep Georgia's undefeated season alive and they would go on to win the 1980 SEC and NCAA National championships.
Belue was 28-7 as a starter with six of his wins being by less than even points. He also led Georgia to the 1981 SEC championship.
Belue currently ranks No. 8 on the career-passing yards list with 3,864.
No. 2 Eric Zeier 1991-1994
Eric Zeier was the first true gun slinger to play quarterback at Georgia. Zeier was 30-15-1 as a starter.
Zeier was the 1991 Freshman of the Year, a three-time All-SEC selection, and a member of the 1994 All-American team.
Some of Zeier's more memorable games include the Mud Bowl in Jacksonville in 1992, the 544 passing yards against Southern Miss in 1993, and the Independence and Outback Bowl victories.
Zeier set 67 Georgia and 18 SEC records while under center. He finished tenth in the 1993 Heisman voting and seventh in the 1994 Heisman voting.
Zeier still holds 11 school records, including seven out of the top 11 passing games in history and ranks No. 2 on the career-passing yards list with 11,153.
No. 1 David Greene 2001-2004
David Greene is the most prolific quarterback to play at Georgia. He led the Dawgs to an NCAA record 42-10 in his four years under center.
Greene was the 2001 Freshman of the Year, leading the Dawgs to a victory over Tennessee in the "Hob Nail Boot" game.
He was the 2002 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, leading the Dawgs to the 2002 SEC championship, ending a drought of 20 years between titles.
In 2002, Georgia was 13-1 with victories over Clemson, Alabama in the "Man Enough" game, Tennessee, Auburn, and Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.
Greene currently holds 15 Georgia records, six SEC records, and one NCAA record. Greene currently ranks No. 1 on the career-passing yards list with 11,528.
Along with being top quarterback in school history, Greene also was the 2004 Scholar Athlete of the Year.
I hope you enjoyed this top ten list. If you agree or even disagree with it, feel free to comment as much as you like.