UGA Football: The five most influential Bulldogs

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1991-94. 814. Pick Analysis. Quarterback. Eric Zeier. 2. player. Scouting Report


  • All-American (1994)
  • Three-time All-SEC
  • SEC Rookie/Freshman of the Year (1991)
  • Two-time Top Ten in Heisman voting (1993 No. 10) (1994 No. 7)
  • Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame inductee (2008)
  • Georgia Circle of Honor inductee (2010)
  • Two-time SEC leader in passing yards
  • Two-time SEC leader in total yards
  • SEC leader in passing touchdowns (1994)
  • SEC leader in passer rating (1994)
  • 11,153 career passing yards (SEC record in 1994)
  • 67 career passing touchdowns

Eric Zeier was one of the easiest choices for this list. Zeier is the best quarterback to ever play at Georgia. When he left UGA Football in 1994, he held the SEC record for most passing yards in a career. After Garrison Hearst left Georgia to pursue his NFL career Zeier became the focal point of Ray Goff’s offense. He was responsible for 74% of Georgia’s offensive output in 1993 and 61% of Georgia’s offense in 1994. Zeier finished in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting as a junior and senior.

During the 93 and 94 seasons, Zeier had to shoulder the entire offense and still was able to muster an 11-10-1 record over his last two seasons as a Bulldog. He didn’t lead the Bulldogs to a bowl game in those years, but just being able to come out of those two seasons with more wins than losses is very impressive. Especially with such an unbalanced offense.