Zeier led Marietta to a 22-2 record over two seasons and then picked Georgia over Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA after McDullie showed him the offense he planned to install. Although the 6'1", 195-pound Zeier began last season as the backup, it was clearly only a matter of time before he would move into the starting lineup. Zeier got the call in the Ole Miss game after coming off the bench in the first quarter the week before against Clemson. Near the end of the first half against the Rebels, he completed a bomb to Arthur Marshall that gave the Bulldogs the impetus for a 27-12 upset. ' "To score that way is something we hadn't been able to do until then." says Georgia offensive tackle Alec Millen. The offense is now so pass-oriented that, as Golf points out, the Bulldogs had four games in '91 in which Zeier threw more passes than Goff had during his entire senior year in Athens (29 in 1976).
Millen recently gathered some of his fellow offensive seniors-to-be for an informal meeting in a dorm. "We decided that since this is our last shot, we needed to stress going 13-0." Millen says. That would mean victories in three nonconference games; eight SEC games under the expanded schedule that has come with the addition to the league of Arkansas and South Carolina: the inaugural postseason playoff in Birmingham between the conference's divisional champions on Dec. 5; and, finally, the Sugar Bowl. It's a formidable challenge, and, if the Bulldogs fall well short. Goff could be back in the fans' Dawghouse. Zeier, for one, thinks the Bulldogs are up to the challenge. "Heck," he says, "I thought we could win the national championship last season. I know people are going to expect a lot from us, and that's the way it should be."