, Georia (PressExposure) May 05, 2009 -- The University of Georgia has had many special seasons with their football programs in their history winning two national titles in 1942 and 1980. However, there is probably no season that meant as much to the fans as the 2005 season. There were very little in way of expectations for that season, with the loss of many players to the NFL. These players included quarterback David Greene, defensive standout David Pollack, wide receivers Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson, and safety Sean Jones. The team had lost all of their leadership and looked to be in rebuilding mode. However, the 2005 season provided the chance for the college football world to get a look at a true student-athlete.
Quarterback D.J Shockley had been with Georgia the previous 4 years, as a backup to starting quarterback David Greene. He had the opportunity to transfer to many school but decided the stick it out and wait his turn at Georgia. By doing this, he not only gained the respect of his teammates, but also the entire Georgia fan base. The talent that Shockley possessed was known out of high school, but many did not know if he could handle the pressure of SEC football. Shockley was very quick to hush the critics and showed them on the field in just his first game.
Georgia would start the 2005 campaign against the Boise State Broncos, which was televised on national TV. So the whole country would have a chance to look at this 5th year senior and how he would react to being on the big stage. Shockley came through huge by throwing for 4 touchdown passes with all of them coming in the first half. Shockley and the Bulldogs would rout the Boise State Broncos which set the tone for the rest of the season. The team was still picked to finish no higher than 4th in the SEC and people saw that first game as a game that Georgia was expected to win and not to become over excited about the results. Georgia would start the season 8-0 and was ranked number 3 in the country going into their annual matchup with Florida. However, they would have to do so without star quarterback D.J Shockley who went down with an injury and would miss this game. Georgia would lose; however, they were able to fight every step of the way and almost were able to pull out the win. However, Georgia would rebound and win their remaining games and that set up a showdown in the SEC Championship against the LSU Tigers. They were able to win this game and capture the SEC Championship, a feat that no Georgia fan expected at the beginning of the year considering the players that left the team following their senior seasons. However, this team overcame the naysayers as were able to claim the SEC Crown and more importantly for the individual who waited his turn to become quarterback. Shockley was able to win SEC Player of the Year trophy and rode his wave of confidence into the NFL, where he currently plays for his home state Atlanta Falcons.