Georgia announces former Bulldogs QB to serve as radio sideline analyst
D.J. Shockley will be returning to his roots for his next broadcasting opportunity.
On Thursday, Georgia announced that Shockley will be serving as the sideline analyst for the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network radio broadcasts this season. He’ll join play-by-play man Scott Howard and color analyst Eric Zeier, who are both entering their 15th season in their current roles.
Shockley, who played quarterback for the Bulldogs from 2002-05, had been working as an SEC Network analyst. This year, in addition to his sideline responsibilities, he’ll also be featured on The Napa Tailgate Show, which airs 3 hours prior to kickoff of Georgia games.
Shockley is taking over for Chuck Dowdle, who had been in the role for 11 seasons before stepping down earlier this year.
“This is pretty cool; I’m not gonna lie,” Shockley said, per Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m thrilled to be able to come back to Georgia and have this kind of role. Obviously, Chuck has done it for a while now and been a great representative. So to have this opportunity is something I’d have been crazy to pass on and I’m just excited and glad they wanted me to be a part of it.”
According to Towers, Shockley will be the first African-American to work full-time on the Georgia radio broadcast crew, which has aired games since the 1950s.
Shockley is an Atlanta native who led the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship Game victory in 2005, when he was named MVP of the game and also earned first-team All-SEC honors. He went on to become a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2006 NFL Draft.