Decision on QBs looms

ATHENS – Georgia's starting quarterback will be decided by Sunday, but hardly anybody will know it.

In fact, the player who will lead the Bulldogs on Sept. 2 against Western Kentucky probably already has been chosen, but not even the four quarterbacks involved will be told until Monday.

"I can't say 100 percent, but I have a pretty good feel, yeah," Coach Mark Richt said Friday after the No. 15 Bulldogs held their second scrimmage of the fall.

Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo will review their choices this weekend and make a final decision Sunday, but won't tell anyone outside the coaching staff until Monday. That setup will make for a nervous weekend for senior Joe Tereshinski, sophomore Blake Barnes, redshirt freshman Joe Cox and true freshman Matthew Stafford.

"I'm sure I'll be a little antsy and anxious, but it's a lot better feeling than if I had gone out there and not gotten the job done today," Tereshinski said. "We don't know what he's thinking right now, but I feel like I had a great practice. Overall, I've had a great camp."

Tereshinski threw two touchdowns, a 40-yarder to Martrez Milner and an 8-yarder to Kenneth Harris, and no interceptions in Sanford Stadium on Friday.

Richt said definitively Friday for the first time that more than one quarterback will play in the first game. There even could be co-No 2s, he said. However, whichever player is named the starter will get all the practice repetitions with the first-team offense beginning Monday.

"I'm still keeping an open mind, but it will be nice to say who's going to start the first game and to see the missing pieces of the puzzle, which is the contact, the crowds, the national TV, the media scrutiny, the fan scrutiny, all those things that are missing in the puzzle of who's the man for the job," Richt said. "I will say that it whatever we decide isn't the final word. Whoever that third or fourth guy is isn't necessarily out of it. He may be on hold a little bit until we sort it all out, but hope is not lost by any means."

The segment of the Bulldog fan base that is hoping Stafford will win the job should hope Friday's results don't play a big part in the decision. Stafford threw two interceptions on his first drive.

"Today was probably the worst scrimmage I've had since I've been here, but I don't think it was too awful," said Stafford, who also threw a 15-yard touchdown to Mohamed Massaquoi. "I don't know what it was. I was just kind of out there in a daze. It was completely my fault (on both interceptions)."

Still, Stafford, like the other three quarterbacks, thinks it could be his name on the top of the depth chart come Monday.

"If they were to come up to any one of us and say you're going to be the man, I would be completely confident," he said.

Barnes had one touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to tight end Coleman Watson in a goal line drill, and an interception.

"I feel real strong about where I am in this race and how I've prepared myself to get here," he said. "I know what I've done and I've done the best I can, so we'll leave it up to the coaches."

Cox threw a 10-yard touchdown to Kris Durham on a fade route and also was picked off once.

"I feel really good about it," he said. "I think I know the offense well enough to play, and I've had two good scrimmages and a lot of good practices. Now, it's just up to the coaches."

Georgia's coaches split the fall camp reps as evenly as they could, Richt said, in order to get a complete picture of the competition.

"I'm at peace that we've been as fair as we can possibly be really," he said. "Now we have to do what we think is right. I think they all believe they're capable of being the starter. They've all done a good job of showing they can take command of the huddle, showing they know the system and that they've got self belief."


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