Tereshinski back at practice

ATHENS - Backup quarterback Joe Tereshinski returned to practice Monday, and that means he can quit beating himself up over a dumb mistake.

Joe Tereshinski, a junior, has missed three practices due to an infected left foot. The injury was caused after he scrapped the foot sliding into a base while playing a pickup softball game wearing flip-flops last weekend. He tried to practice last Monday, but the wound became infected and for a week walked around crutches with slightly purple toes sticking out of a heavy bandage.

"I¹m definitely kicking myself," he said. "It¹s one of those things where you say, 'I wish I could have that one back again. I feel like I was having a pretty productive spring, and that puts a halt to that."

Tereshinski¹s action was limited Monday because he still can¹t wear his cleats and wore tennis shoes instead. He worked only out of the shotgun.

Tereshinski¹s injury gave third string quarterback Blake Barnes a chance to move up the depth chart, but it doesn¹t look like he took advantage of it.

"It¹s not like anybody had a spectacular day to move up the (quarterback) depth chart," Coach Mark Richt said after the Bulldogs¹ scrimmage Saturday.

Barnes started the spring well behind Tereshinski, mainly because he has limited experience in Georgia¹s system. He spent most of last season simulating other quarterbacks in other offenses on Georgia¹s scout team.

"It¹s a relief to be able to compete as myself. It¹s nice to get back to our system,² Barnes said. ³Every day is just an opportunity to get better. (Tereshinski) being out doesn¹t make anything any different.²

LINEBACKER SHUFFLING?: Redshirt freshman linebacker Josh Johnson is making life tough for Georgia¹s football coaches, but they don¹t mind at all.

"The way he¹s playing right now, I¹d say we better get him on the field," Richt said.

Johnson, 6-foot-2, 247 pounds, is the most naturally physical of the Bulldogs¹ linebackers, Richt said. If he earns a starting spot, what does that mean for Tony Taylor, who¹s currently starting in the middle?

"We¹ll get our best three out there,² Richt said. ³If that means moving people, that¹s what we¹ll do. If (Johnson and Taylor) are in the top three, we¹ll work it out."

If that¹s the case, Taylor would be the one moving outside. He started 12 games at weakside linebacker in 2003, and Johnson plays only in the middle. Danny Verdun Wheeler is currently starting on the weakside, and Derrick White and Brandon Miller are battling for the strongside starting job.

There¹s also the matter of Jarvis Jackson, who is out all this spring resting a shoulder injury. Jackson started in the middle and on the weakside last year.

COMMITMENT: Georgia addressed its biggest need of the 2006 recruiting class this weekend when it got a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Justin Anderson. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Anderson plays for Irwin County High School and also had offers from Georgia Tech and Nebraska. He joins Haralson County defensive end Brandon Wood as the Bulldogs¹ only verbal commitments so far.

INJURY UPDATE:: Center Russ Tanner (ankle) expected to return to practice today, but sat out again."

"I¹ve never had a high ankle sprain before, and it¹ hasn¹t healed the way I want it to,² said Tanner, who is unsure if he¹ll play in Saturday¹s G-Day Game.

Fullback Brannan Southerland (concussion) didn¹t participate Monday. Defensive tackle Kedric Golston (turf toe) remains out. Running back Tyson Browning (shoulder) was out of his green jersey for the first time Monday.

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