Eric Zeier
Eric  Zeier

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Marietta

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Position:
QB

Birthdate:
09/06/1972

University of Georgia

(1991-1994)

ERIC ROYCE ZEIER...Born: September 6, 1972...High School: Marietta...rated as the top prospect in the nation and the state's high school Player of the Year by the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION...USA TODAY All-USA first team...PARADE MAGAZINE All-America...1991 SUPERPREP Player of the Year... ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION AAAA All-State...Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State...rated number one on MACON TELEGRAPH "Sweet 16" in Georgia...named High School Player of the Year by Macon Touchdown Club...named High School Athlete of the Year by State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame...as a senior, completed 136 of 231 passes for 2,484 yards and 28 touchdowns (with only four interceptions)...as a junior, he completed 138 of 227 passes for 2,018 yards and 22 touchdowns...first two years of high school football in Heidelberg, Germany...High School Coach: Dexter Wood.

College: 1991 -- Entered the University in January, 1991, under the joint enrollment program for outstanding high school students...participated in Spring drills and completed five of 11 passes for 42 yards and one TD in G-Day game...listed as number two QB at conclusion of Spring drills...split time with Greg Talley before starting the last six games...established school records for pass completions (159), pass attempts (286) and passing yardage (1,984)...threw only four interceptions in 286 attempts to set a new SEC mark for interception percentage with a minimum of 200 attempts (1.39%)...fourth in offensive plays (327) and fifth in total offense (1,785)...earned SEC Player of the Week honors after the Kentucky contest (19x23 for 302 yards, 2 TD's) and Clemson game (15x33 for 249 yards, 2 TD's)...other top performances against Ole Miss (18x30 for 216 yards) and Auburn (20x31 for 261 yards)...named SEC Freshman of the Year and a member of the Freshman All-SEC team by the KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL...FOOTBALL NEWS Freshman All-America team...1992 -- Outstanding Spring completing 13 of 17 passes for 178 yards and two TD's in G-Day game...reestablished school record for passing yardage in a season (2,248) and added career completion percentage mark for over 300 completions (56.99)...led SEC and ranked sixth nationally in passing efficiency (137.8)...at season's end, ranked second on school charts in total offense (2,117) and pass completions (151), third in TD passes (12) and pass attempts (258), fourth in completion percentage (58.53), average gain per pass attempt (8.71) and average gain per play (7.18)...recorded two of the school's then top three passing performances (Tennessee and Ole Miss)...earned SEC Player of the Week honors after Ole Miss game (19x34 for 327 yards, 3 TD's)...completed 18 of 26 passes for 354 yards and one TD against the Volunteers...established Georgia bowl records (21 completions and 31 attempts) in Florida Citrus Bowl victory over Ohio State...at conclusion of season, stood second on school career charts in passing yardage (4,232), pass completions (310), pass attempts (544), completion percentage (56.99), third in average gain per play (6.27), sixth in TD passes (19) and total offense (3,902)...consensus 2nd Team All-SEC, 1st Team Sophomore All-American (FOOTBALL NEWS) and Academic All-SEC...1993 -- Missed most of Spring following minor arthroscopic knee surgery, but came back to play in Spring G-Day game completing nine of 14 passes for 172 yards...In 1993, set several SEC records including Passing Yards in a Game (544), Passing Yards in a Season (3,525), and Total Offense in a Season (3,482)...after three seasons, held 61 University of Georgia passing marks including Passing Yards in a Game (544), Season (3,525), and Career (7,757); Touchdown Passes in a Game (4), Season (24), and Career (43); Pass Completions in a Game (36), Season (269), and Career (579); Total Offense in a Game (527), Season (3,482), and Career (7,384); Interception Percentage in a Season (1.39); and Consecutive Passes Without an Interception (130)....SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, FOOTBALL NEWS and THE SPORTING NEWS National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week for performance against Southern Mississippi on Oct. 9 (30 x 47 for 544 yards and four TD's)...only player in SEC history to throw for more than 500 yards in a single game (544 vs. Southern Miss) breaking old mark of 484 by Alabama's Scott Hunter in 1969....only QB in SEC history to throw for more than 400 yards in a single game more than once in a career (Zeier did it three times in 1993)....one of only three QB's in SEC history to throw for four TD passes in three different games in one season.....at season's end, needed only 1,530 yards to set SEC mark for Career Passing Yards...Named to 1993 SEC Academic Honor Roll....one of 24 players from throughout the country to be named to the Hitachi/CFA Scholar-Athlete Team...Second Team All-SEC by ASSOCIATED PRESS and SEC Coaches...Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Division I College Athlete of the Year....1994 -- Earned Spring award as the "Best Offensive Player"...completed 20 of 43 passes for 234 yards and one TD in Spring G-Day game...Leading returning QB in the country going into '94...selected to several pre-season All-America teams including PLAYBOY and ATHLON...named to the 1994 SOUTHERN LIVING All-South Team...BIRMINGHAM POST HERALD Preseason All-SEC first team...named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for performance against South Carolina (31 x 51 for 485 yards and 3 TD's)...four 400 yard games this season against South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky...named ESPN Player of the Game vs. Alabama (25 x 33 for 263 yards, 4 TD's)...set new SEC career passing record during performance against Alabama breaking the old mark of 9,287 yards by Shane Matthews of Florida (1989-92)...also broke the SEC career total offense record during performance against Clemson (24 x 40, 328 yards, 2 TD's) breaking the old mark of 9,241 yards by Matthews...was named ABC TV Most Valuable Player of the Game vs. Clemson...finished season ranked third on All-Time NCAA Career Passing list with 11,153 yards--one of only three quarterbacks in NCAA Division I history to pass for more than 11,000 career yards...set 6 individual school records in '94 (most pass completions in a game with 36, most pass attempts in a season with 433, most TD passes in a game with 4 vs. Alabama (already held by Zeier three times in addition to John Rauch vs Clemson), Most TD passes in a season with 24, most yards passing by a senior with 3,396 and career touchdown responsibility with 71)...finished his career with 67 school records and 18 SEC records...among his most impressive SEC marks are Career Passing Yards (11,153), Career Completions (838), Career Total Offense (10,841), Consecutive Attempts Without An Interception (176), Career Lowest Percentage of Interceptions (2.64), Season Passing Yards (3,525), and Passing Yards in a Single Game (544)...while no quarterback in SEC history had thrown for more than 400 yards more than once in a career, Zeier accomplished this feat on seven occasions, four of which came in 1994...led Georgia to school record for total offense in a single season--5,135 yards and his final three seasons rank among the top four in all-time performances for season total offense at Georgia...quarterbacked Georgia to 1994 NCAA Team Passing Offense title...named 1994 FOOTBALL NEWS National Offensive Player of the Year Semi-Finalist...became Georgia's first quarterback in 34 years to be named to the AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION Coaches All-American first team...one of three national finalists for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award...finished seventh in 1994 Heisman Trophy balloting...invited to play in four post-season all-star games: the Senior Bowl, Blue-Gray Classic, Hula Bowl, and East-West Shrine game...Major: General Business.

Passing
Year    G/GS    Att.    Comp.   Pct.    Yards   Int.    TD      LG
1991    11/6    286     159     .556    1,984    4      7       62 AU
1992    11/11   258     151     .585    2,248   12      12      64 AU
1993    11/11   425     269     .633    3,525    7      24      80 (2)
1994    11/11   433     259     .598    3,396   14      24      79 AU
Totals  44/39   1402    838     .598    11,153  37      67      80 (2)

1994 Game-by-Game Opponent G/GS Att. Comp. Pct. Yards Int. TD LG S. Carolina 1/1 51 31 .608 485 0 3 77 Tennessee 2/2 45 30 .667 401 0 1 71 NE Louisiana 3/3 10 8 .80 164 0 3 71 Ole Miss 4/4 44 24 .545 257 3 2 34 Alabama 5/5 33 25 .758 263 1 4 42 Clemson 6/6 40 24 .60 328 0 2 44 Vanderbilt 7/7 54 23 .426 441 3 3 54 Kentucky 8/8 51 36 .655 420 2 2 55 Florida 9/9 45 28 .622 261 4 0 48 Auburn 10/10 42 17 .405 261 1 2 79 Georgia Tech 11/11 18 13 .722 115 0 2 19 Totals 11/11 433 259 .598 3,396 14 24 79 AU

1993 Game-by-Game Opponent G/GS Att. Comp. Pct. Yards Int. TD LG S. Carolina 1/1 27 21 .778 242 0 1 36 Tennessee 2/2 27 15 .556 114 1 0 17 Texas Tech 3/3 19 13 .684 317 0 4 80 Ole Miss 4/4 38 18 .474 179 1 1 23 Arkansas 5/5 26 18 .692 185 1 1 21 Southern Miss 6/6 47 30 .638 544 0 4 63 Vanderbilt 7/7 35 25 .657 379 0 4 80 Kentucky 8/8 47 31 .660 425 1 3 66 Florida 9/9 65 36 .554 386 1 2 35 Auburn 10/10 53 34 .642 426 2 3 76 Georgia Tech 11/11 41 28 .683 328 0 1 27 Totals 11/11 425 269 .633 3,525 7 24 80 (2)

1992 Game-by-Game Opponent G/GS Att. Comp. Pct. Yards Int. TD LG S. C. 1/1 19 9 .474 130 1 0 39 Tennessee 2/2 26 18 .692 354 2 1 44 Cal-State 3/3 18 9 .500 153 0 1 50 Mississippi 4/4 34 19 .559 327 1 3 63 Arkansas 5/5 25 14 .560 174 1 1 27 Ga. Southern 6/6 20 11 .550 142 l l 52 Vanderbilt 7/7 20 9 .450 107 1 0 19 Kentucky 8/8 21 16 .762 228 1 2 43 Florida 9/9 28 15 .536 235 2 2 29 Auburn 10/10 20 12 .600 205 2 1 64 Ga. Tech 11/11 27 19 .704 193 0 0 21 Totals 11/11 258 151 .585 2248 12 12 64 AU

Citrus Bowl Ohio State 1/1 31 21 .678 242 0 0 38

1991 Game-by-Game Opponent G/GS Att. Comp. Pct. Yards Int. TD LG WesternCarolina 1/0 22 15 .682 172 0 2 15 LSU 2/0 20 11 .550 168 0 0 47 Alabama 3/0 17 10 .589 87 0 0 21 Cal State 4/0 18 9 .500 115 1 0 34 Clemson 5/0 33 15 .455 249 0 2 57 Ole Miss 6/1 30 18 .600 216 0 0 34 Vanderbilt 7/2 29 12 .413 129 0 0 20 Kentucky 8/3 23 19 .826 302 1 2 29 Florida 9/4 35 18 .514 195 1 1 31 Auburn 10/5 31 20 .645 261 0 0 62 Ga. Tech 11/6 28 12 .429 90 1 0 17 TOTALS 11/6 286 159 .556 1984 4 7 62 AU

Independence Bowl Arkansas 1/1 28 18 .643 228 0 2 45

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