During his career with the Georgia Bulldogs, D.J. Shockley was a terrific player and one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC during the early 2000’s. It seems he is wanting freshman quarterback Jacob Eason to succeed, so he decided to give him some advice.
Right now, Eason appears to be falling behind Greyson Lambert as the starter going into the 2016 season, which might have a lot to do with his age, wo Shockley talked about the young player having to earn the respect of his teammates.
“You have to first get the respect and get your teammates behind you, and I think that goes a long way because the comfort level has to be there,” he said. “And then also, you have to know exactly what’s going on. You can’t worry about any noise; you can’t worry about what the fans are saying or what they’re thinking. You’ve got to go out and just perform and get the respect of your teammates first, and then everything else comes along.”
Shockley knows a lot about being a top recruit and having to wait a few years before getting his chance to play. He was the top dual-threat quarterback out of high school and he played a backup role for three seasons before leading the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship in 2005.
That year, he threw for over 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 322 yards and four touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how Eason will handle likely sitting on the bench this year.