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Shockley, Green vying for quarterback job

By Anthony Rhoads and Doug Gorman

ATHENS – D.J. vs. David.

That was one of the main topics of conversation at the Georgia football media held Monday in Athens.

Who will be the quarterback to guide the Georgia Bulldogs in 2003?

On one hand there's David Greene, who seems to be entrenched in the starting role. The junior passed for 2,294 yards and 22 touchdowns last year and was an All-SEC selection and MVP of the SEC championship game.

But there's D.J. Shockley, the former North Clayton standout who added an extra dimension to Georgia's offense last year with his mobility.

Even though he had to sit out four games with a broken foot, the red-shirt freshman threw for 415 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Greene respects Shockley's playing ability and said they get along on and off the field.

"When you have tough competition you have to perform," Greene said. "I think we make each other better. He's a great quarterback and a good person. He brings a lot to this team. (Head coach Mark Richt) just wants us to go out there to play the game."

Shockley was unable to attend the media day as he was in class.

Young up front: The offensive line could be a major concern for the Bulldogs in 2003. The 2003 squad features no juniors or seniors, which is a far cry from last year's senior-dominated offensive line.

One statistic that Richt shared Monday was that last year's offensive line had 160 starts between them.

This year's offensive line has a combined total of two starts.

"Hopefully, it won't affect us at all," Greene said. "Obviously there are some new faces but the guys coming in are talented. The only thing that's lacking is experience."

Still a Bulldog: John Huber, a former high school football and wrestling standout with the Mt. Zion Bulldogs, is a walk-on this year at Georgia.

The 6-foot, 235 pound linebacker is a red-shirt sophomore this season.

Having fun with the media: Georgia senior tight end Ben Watson took the opportunity to turn the tables on members of the press Monday afternoon at the football team's annual media day.

The 6-3, 255-pound tight end showed up with a video camera of his own and even took time to ask members of the media a question or two.

Watson, who nearly entered the NFL draft, decided to return to Georgia for his senior year.

With a depleted offensive line due to graduation, Georgia welcomed his return.

A year ago, Watson hauled in 31 passes and three touchdowns to help lead the Bulldogs to their first SEC title in 20 years.

He is expected to again be a favorite target for Green or Shockley.

No academic worries: Georgia head coach Mark Richt indicated Monday afternoon that he doesn't expect to lose any of his players to grades.

Although several players are still in summer school, including Shockley, who missed media day because he was taking an exam, Richt says the Bulldogs are taking care of business in the classroom.

Of this year's freshman signees, 23 of 24 qualified and are on campus.

Sticking to his beliefs: After a breakthrough season a year ago that included 58 solo tackles and 44 assists, junior defensive end David Pollack received many pre-season accolades for the upcoming year.

One Pollack turned down was for Playboy magazine.

The deeply religious young man felt it went against his beliefs.

"He has a faith and belief system and he holds himself to that," said Richt. "I admire him for sticking to his beliefs."