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D.J. Shockley
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 218 | Position:QB | College: Georgia
 
Overview

After patiently waiting for an opportunity to start, Shockley took over the quarterback helm as a senior after the graduation of David Greene. A much more mobile passer than his predecessor, Shockley also demonstrated a pro caliber arm and the field instincts to improvise. He is the type of player whose work ethic and attitude was a perfect fit for a young offense that lost several quality starters, especially at the receiving position.

The North Clayton High School product earned second-team USA Today All-USA honors in 2000. He was a member of Parade and Super Prep's All-American squads and was also rated the top quarterback in the country by Super Prep, who afforded him with Elite 50 accolades. He also earned spots on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, Marvelous Metro Eleven and Class AAAAA All-State teams.

The 2000 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA All-State quarterback threw for 1,861 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, and rushed for 864 yards and eight more scores. During his junior season, Shockley gained 1,352 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and added 733 yards on the ground with nine scores. He was a three-year starter at North Clayton where his father, Don, served as his head coach. Shockley also excelled in baseball, basketball and track.

After redshirting in 2001 at Georgia, Shockley appeared in ten games as a reserve quarterback in 2002. He completed 32 of 52 passes (61.5 percent) for 415 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Shockley also carried 36 times for 115 yards (3.2 avg) and a pair of scores.

A torn meniscus in his knee limited Shockley to six contests in 2003. He hit on 9 of 21 attempts for 88 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also totaled 101 yards with a score on 16 rushing attempts.

The knee injury kept Shockley out of 2004 spring drills and he was relegated to reserve duty in ten games behind David Greene in 2004. He connected on 26 of 60 tosses (43.3 percent) for 464 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Shockley also accounted for 113 yards on 24 carries (4.3 avg).

With Greene gone, Shockley produced a banner senior campaign. The Associated Press honored him with first-team All-Southeastern Conference accolades and he was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. In his first year as a starter, Shockley hit on 153 of 277 passes (55.2 percent) with 21 touchdowns and only five interceptions. The team captain gained 251 yards with four scores on 70 carries (3.6 avg). He also garnered Draddy Award consideration (given for academic excellence and community involvement).

In 37 games with the Bulldogs, Shockley started eleven times. He gained 3,278 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 220 of 410 passing (50.7 percent). Shockley also amassed 580 yards with seven scores on 146 rushing attempts (4.4 avg). In 556 plays at Georgia, Shockley totaled 3,850 yards.

Analysis

Positives: Has above average quickness and lateral agility for his position, forcing defenses to account for him when he rolls out of the pocket … Shows good accuracy throwing from the right outside hash and puts good velocity behind his short and intermediate tosses … Hard worker who puts in the extra hours in the film room and after practices to work on his timing with his receivers … Has good field vision and toughness … Rarely rattled under pressure and is not the type who will force the ball into traffic … Has a fluid over-the-top release and does a good job of squaring his shoulders before unleashing the ball … His good field awareness is evident, as he goes through progression to find his secondary targets … Keeps looking for his targets, standing tall under pressure and is very good at reading coverages … Puts the ball where receivers can catch it with minimal adjustments when going underneath … Does a nice job of hitting his receivers coming out of their breaks before the defense can recover … Highly respected leader with good command in the huddle … Knows how to vary the speed on his throws … Has the speed and agility to drive back from center, set his feet and maintain balance at his launch point.

Negatives: Lacks ideal height for the position and might have some problems scanning the field over the taller defensive linemen when working out of the pocket … Has adequate muscle tone, but will need to add some more bulk to withstand punishment under the rush … Has good arm strength, but his deep tosses tend to tail off, forcing his receivers to adjust down field (more than a few of his long bombs were underthrown, but his receivers managed to make the catch by working back to the ball) … Better throwing from the right hash than the left, as he struggles some to set his feet, reverting more to a three-quarter sidearm delivery when throwing from the left side.

Shockley has a developing frame with adequate overall muscle tone, but is shorter than ideal for the quarterback position. He shows above average quickness and lateral agility, long arms and good power behind his tosses. He is best when rolling out of the pocket, as he maintains velocity when throwing from the outside hashes.

Shockley has a good work ethic and a team-first attitude, as he never complained nor sulked while being relegated to reserve duty his first three years at Georgia (despite better athletic skills than starter David Greene). Shockley has good lower and upper body mechanics in his pass setup. He has a functional over-the-top release, but can also be effective throwing with a three-quarter sidearm motion. He gets a good push off the line of scrimmage in his drops and gets the ball through the throwing arc well. In the past, he showed a bit of a windup in his release, but he corrected that mechanical flaw before the 2005 season.

Shockley's tosses have a nice feel when going intermediate. He puts good zip behind his throws, but his deep passes will hang some when tossing into the wind. He shows better accuracy on 15-yard out routes than when going down field. Shockley has good timing on short crossing routes and slants, but tends to force his receivers to adjust in their long routes (ball will tail off). He does a good job of putting the ball where the receiver can catch it on underneath tosses. He can get a little inconsistent throwing long when he does not set his feet properly, causing the ball to hang in the air (not going to throw into windows).

Shockley's strong suit is his awareness in the pocket. He senses pressure well and shows the lateral slide to avoid the sack and is not the type who will panic under pressure. His feet reset well and he has the quickness to escape and gain positive yardage running with the ball. He reads coverages well and shows patience waiting for his targets to get open rather than force the pass into traffic (only five interceptions in 2005). He can buy time with his feet, but will not hesitate to run with the ball when he has to.

Shockley shows good mental toughness and has full command in the huddle. He is better on underneath routes, but plays with good awareness to go through progression to locate his secondary targets. He does a good job of timing his intermediate throws to hit the receivers coming out of their breaks before the coverage can recover. He will stand tall and step up in the pocket as long as he can in order to find the open target. He also does a nice job of finding his backs thanks to making proper reads most of the time.

His pocket movement is evident, thanks to his ability to sidestep pass rushers and buy time. When he does scramble out of the pocket, he has the balance and second gear to elude the initial tackler. He throws on the move much better from the right hash than the left, as he keeps his shoulders squared to generate better accuracy. The Georgia offense is not set up for Shockley to be a featured runner, but he is effective on the quarterback draw, designed sprint and spontaneous exit.

Shockley showed in 2005 that he has the arm accuracy to be an effective short-to-intermediate passer. He has valid feet to gain yardage on the move, but is shorter than ideal and might struggle scanning the field working in the pocket at the pro level. With his mobility and accuracy throwing from the outside hashes, he might be better utilized in a West Coast or spread offense.

Career Notes

After participating in his first 26 games as a reserve with the Bulldogs, Shockley finally took over the quarterback helm, starting his final eleven contests … Went on to complete 153 of 277 passes (55.2 percent) for 2,311 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, giving him 3,278 yards and 31 scoring strikes among his 220 completions in 410 career passes … His 3,278 yards rank tenth on the school's career passing list … His 31 career touchdowns rank seventh in school annals behind David Greene (72, 2001-04), Eric Zeier (67, 1991-94), Mike Bobo (38, 1994-97), Quincy Carter (35, 1998-2000), Johnny Rauch (33, 1945-48) and Buck Belue (32, 1978-81) … His 2,301 yards passing as a senior rank fourth on Georgia's single-season record list behind Zeier (3,396 in 1994), Bobo (2,751 in 1997) and Greene (2,508 in 2004).

2005 Season

Named first team All-Southeastern Conference the Associated Press and second-team by the SEC Coaches … Division-I semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, given to a top college football player who has at least a 3.0 grade point average and has completed significant community service … Finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback … Semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the collegiate Player of the Year … One of eleven players named to the AFCA National Good Works Team for outstanding contributions in community service … Elected by his teammates as permanent team captain of the 2005 Bulldogs … Recipient of Atlanta-Greensboro Football Scholarship … Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week and The Sporting News Player of the Week vs. Boise State … Chosen MVP of the SEC Championship Game vs. Louisiana State … Part of a class that earned 44 victories--most by any senior class in Georgia history … Started every game, ranking fourth on the school's single-season record list with 2,311 yards passing, completing 153 of 277 passes (55.2 percent) with 21 touchdowns and only five interceptions … His 21 scoring strikes rank behind Eric Zeier (24 in both 1993 & '94) and David Greene (22 in 2002) on Georgia's annual record list … Suffered a left knee sprain in the Arkansas contest that forced Shockley to miss the Florida game … Fumbled twice and was sacked 17 times for minus 80 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Boise State … In his first collegiate start, Shockley hit on 16 of 24 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns, including a 56-yarder to tight end Martrez Milner … Also gained 85 yards on five carries, scoring the team's first touchdown for the season on a 14-yard scamper just two minutes into the contest … Finished with a 236.57 passing efficiency rating, but also fumbled twice.

South Carolina … The offense struggled to gain 279 yards in a 17-15 decision, as Shockley managed only 112 yards on 8 of 17 throws, but had two interceptions … Scored the team's first touchdown for the game on a 15-yard QB draw early in the second quarter.

Louisiana-Monroe … Bounced back with 246 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 20 passes and carried three times for 44 yards, including a 28-yard score (team's first touchdown for the third-straight game) … He also connected with Martrez Milner on a 25-yard touchdown toss in the first quarter as the offense amassed 543 yards.

Mississippi State … Threw for over 300 yards for the first time in his career, gaining a career-high 312 yards with two touchdowns on 21 of 36 chances, but was sacked three times for minus 14 yards … Found tailback Danny Ware with a 28-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and threw a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Leonard Pope in the second quarter.

Tennessee … Led the team to a 27-14 victory as Shockley connected on 16 of 27 throws for 207 yards and an interception … Gained 51 more yards on eleven carries … Leveled linebacker Kevin Simon with a crunching block when receiver Mohamed Massaquoi took a handoff and gained 23 yards on a reverse.

Vanderbilt … Paced a balanced attack that totaled 446 yards, hitting on 15 of 30 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns and an interception … Was sacked twice and turned the ball over on a fumble … Rushed eight times for 22 yards … All three of his scoring strikes when to Bulldogs who caught their first touchdown passes (10 yards to fullback Brannan Southerland in the second quarter; 6 yards to Mohamed Massaquoi in the third quarter and 18 yards to Bryan McClendon in the fourth quarter).

Arkansas … The offense struggled to a 23-20 win after losing Shockley at the 8:28 mark of the second quarter, when he injured his left knee on a third-and-15 rushing attempt for no gain when he was tackled by defensive Jamaal Anderson … Finished with 6 of 10 tosses for 74 yards, engineering a 55-yard drive that was capped by Shockley's 11-yard touchdown pass to Bryan McClendon.

Florida … Did not play (knee).

Auburn … With Shockley on the sidelines, the Bulldogs saw their quest for an undefeated season come to an end in their 14-10 loss to Florida … With Shockley back in the lineup, Georgia's offense totaled 446 yards, but it was not enough in a 31-30 loss … Shockley hit on 20 of 36 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns … Added 40 yards on seven carries, but he was sacked twice for losses of 12 yards … Tossed a 4-yard scoring lob to Leonard Pope in the first quarter, followed by a 9-yard touchdown to Mohamed Massaquoi.

Kentucky … Only gained 159 aerial yards on 17 of 31 attempts, but four of those throws were good for touchdowns … Sacked twice for losses of 16 yards … Hit Leonard Pope with a 10-yard scoring pass, found Brannan Southerland with a 2-yarder and added touchdown throws of 21 & 7 yards to Bryan McClendon in the third quarter.

Georgia Tech … Was intercepted once and sacked twice as he completed 15 of 34 passes for 198 yards, including a game-winning 19-yard touchdown to Bryan McClendon with 3:18 left to play that gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 decision.

Louisiana State (SEC Championship) … Despite gaining only 122 yards in total offense, Shockley was named game MVP in a 34-14 triumph … Collected 112 yards with two touchdowns on 6 of 12 passes and ran for a 7-yard score … Both of his touchdown throws went to flanker Sean Bailey (45 & 29) in the first quarter.

2004 Season

Recipient of the William K. and Jane H. Holmes Endowed Football Scholarship … Member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … Completed 26-of-60 passes (43.3 percent) for 464 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in ten games behind starter David Greene … Missed spring drills while continuing to recover from a 2003 torn meniscus in his left knee … Added 113 yards on 24 carries (4.3 avg) … Sacked seven times for losses of 63 yards.

2004 Game Analysis

Georgia Southern … Only completed 2-of-8 passes in the season opener, but it was good for 70 yards.

Louisiana State … Added 37 yards on 3-of-7 attempts and carried three times for 39 yards.

Tennessee … Completed 4 of 6 throws for 46 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Fred Gibson in the second quarter.

Vanderbilt … Was intercepted for the only time in 2004, as he connected on 4 of 5 passes for 63 yards.

Kentucky … Gained 85 yards on 5 of 9 tries with touchdowns of 2 & 35 yards to flanker Sean Bailey … Also amassed a season-high 62 yards on four carries.

Georgia Tech … With starter David Greene injured, Shockley came off the bench to throw for a season-high 112 yards on 5 of 16 attempts, including a 3-yard score to Reggie Brown, but was sacked four times for losses of 45 yards.

Wyoming (Outback Bowl) … Misfired on all three pass attempts, but picked up 26 yards on three carries.

2003 Season

Had a solid preseason, pressing David Greene for the starting job, but was relegated to reserve duty in six contests before a torn meniscus in his left knee vs. Tennessee would force him to miss eight games (vs. Vanderbilt, Alabama-Birmingham, Florida, Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State and Purdue) … Finished with 9 of 21 passes (42.9 percent) for 88 yards, a touchdown and an interception … Carried 16 times for 101 yards (6.3 avg) and a score … Also had a 1-yard reception vs. Middle Tennessee … Sacked four times for minus 30 yards and turned the ball over once on a fumble.

2003 Game Analysis

Clemson … Hit on 1 of 4 throws for 11 yards and rushed three times for 47 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown that closed out the scoring in a 30-0 shutout.

Middle Tennessee … Connected on 4 of 7 passes for 50 yards.

Alabama … Totaled 22 yards on 3 of 5 tosses with a 10-yard touchdown to Jamario Smith.

Tennessee … Attempted a pass and rushed twice for 32 yards before hurting his knee and that injury would sideline Shockley until 2004 fall camp.

2002 Season

Recipient of the William K. and Jane H. Holmes Endowed Football Scholarship … Played in ten games as a reserve quarterback, missing the Northwestern State, New Mexico State, Alabama and Tennessee contests after Shockley suffered a fractured toe on his left foot vs. South Carolina … Completed 32 of 52 passes (61.5 percent) for 415 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions … Carried 36 times for 115 yards (3.2 avg) and a pair of scores … Also had a 4-yard reception … Was sacked four times for losses of 27 yards.

2002 Game Analysis

Clemson … Made his collegiate debut with 50 yards on 3 of 4 throws, including a 24-yard scoring strike to Terrence Edwards … Earlier in the game, Shockley scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run … Also had a 4-yard reception.

Vanderbilt … Hit on 7 of 9 attempts for 94 yards and 9-yard touchdown to tight end Ben Watson.

Kentucky … Saw his most extensive action, completing 10 of 14 throws for a season-high 102 yards with a pair of touchdowns, including a 15-yarder to Ben Watson.

Georgia Tech … Gained 85 yards on 5 of 8 completions.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2002: Suffered a fractured toe (little) on his left foot vs. South Carolina (9/14), sitting out the Northwestern State, New Mexico State, Alabama and Tennessee contests.

2003: Tore the meniscus in his left knee vs. Tennessee (10/11), missing the rest of the season (vs. Vanderbilt, Alabama-Birmingham, Florida, Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State and Purdue) and 2004 spring drills.

2005: Bothered during spring camp with a right groin pull (4/27) that prevented him from working out for teams on Pro Day … Missed the Florida game after he suffered a left knee sprain midway through the second quarter of the Arkansas contest (10/22).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.63 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … 475-pound squat … 316-pound power clean … 32 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 19/36 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.56 seconds in 40-yard dash (fourth-best among quarterbacks who ran). … 37 1/2-inch vertical jump. … 9'7" broad jump.

High School

Attended North Clayton (College Park, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Don Shockley (D.J.'s father) … Earned second-team USA Today All-USA honors in 2000 … Member of Parade and Super Prep's All-American squads and was also rated the top quarterback in the country by Super Prep, who afforded him with Elite 50 accolades … Earned spots on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, Marvelous Metro Eleven and Class AAAAA All-State teams … The 2000 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA All-State quarterback threw for 1,861 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, and rushed for 864 yards and eight more scores … During his junior season, Shockley posted 1,352 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and added 733 yards on the ground with nine scores … Three-year starter in football … Also excelled in baseball, basketball and track.

Personal

Speech Communications major, graduating in May 2005 … Father, Don, Sr., served as coach at North Clayton High School during Shockley's time at that school … Born Donald Shockley, Jr., on 3/25/83 … Resides in Riverdale, Georgia.