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Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Bulldogs’ surge to playoff ‘only a matter of time’

Georgia wins SEC championship
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The Georgia Bulldogs are in the College Football Playoff for the first time facing a matchup with Big 12 champion Oklahoma on January 1 in Pasadena.

Former Georgia quarterback DJ Shockley joined 1010XL Jax Sports Radio in Jacksonville Tuesday night to discuss the Dawgs’ road to the Playoff.

“I knew going into the game that it would be a little bit different from that first matchup,” Shockley said regarding the SEC Championship Game. “It gave Kirby Smart and his staff a chance to get a different game plan together. I thought Jake Fromm was able to make some big plays on third-down which he wasn’t able to do in the first game.

“I was glad and excited to see the Bulldogs come out and be able to get that long-awaited SEC Championship.”

Shockley was asked if Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has already surpassed expectations in just his second year on the job in Athens.

“I think everybody knew it was only a matter of time,” Shockley said. “I knew a bunch of people who were around the program and they kind of said even before Coach [Mark] Richt left, that this would be the year for Georgia to make a run at it because of all the weapons and guys they had coming back. I don’t think people thought the quarterback play would be as good as it was, but Jake Fromm stepped in his freshman year (due to the injury to Jacob Eason) and played really well.

“I think people thought it may take Kirby three or four years to get the style of guys he wanted in there and for people to really buy into the culture, but they have really done that in his second year.

“You can see guys have bought in and realize what he is trying to do on a daily basis. They have excelled in year two under Kirby, but a lot of people were expecting this team, with all this senior leadership, to be somewhere at this point and be striving for the playoff appearance and here they are.”

As for the other Playoff game, Shockley wasn’t surprised to see Alabama making it in over Ohio State.

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