July 6, 2005
Macon-- The long wait is almost over for D.J. Shockley. After serving as David Greene's backup the last three years Shockley will finally get to be what head coach Mark Richt recruited him to be, a starting quarterback.
"I'm so excited and ready to go. I can't wait for August and September to get here. I really thought the summer wasn't going to get here fast enough, and now it's here and I can't wait," Shockley said.
And if you're wondering if D.J. is going to change his elusive style of play just because he's the starter now, don't count on it. The senior signal caller plans on playing the only way he knows how.
"I'm going to play D.J. That's something coach Bobo and coach Richt have always said. 'Don't change nothing, I want you to go out there and play. Stay within the system but play,'" Shockley added.
"I want him to take advantage of all the abilities that God gave him. I certainly don't want him to never cross the line of scrimmage because he's worried about what people think of him as a passer," coach Mark Richt said.
It wasn't too long ago that Shockley was contemplating taking his moves to another school. His lack of playing time as Greene's backup caused him to contemplate transferring, but in the end Shockley says he stayed at Georgia because of Richt.
"When I went to talk with him he was real honest with me. He said, 'Hey you may have a chance to play, you may not. You never know what is going to happen but when your time comes it's here,'" Shockley added.
And now that his time to shine has come the questions on whether or not he will succeed have still yet to be answered, but in the eyes of his head coach and teammates the answer is clear.
"I know what he's capable of I just wish everyone else would see it. They will see it during the season," senior defensive back DeMario Minter said.
"I think he's ready. He ought to be ready. He's been waiting a long time for this opportunity and I'm just so thankful that he's got his chance to lead this football team and I can promise you we're in real good hands," Richt said.