No ordinary Joes

ATHENS – Georgia's Joe Tereshinski knows the door isn't yet closed on his competition, but he's going to spend the next two weeks trying to bolt it shut.

"I don't want to give anyone a chance at it, don't get me wrong, but that's going to take me really studying film, it's going to take a lot of extra work to make sure when you're out there playing, you know what the coaches want out of a certain play," said Tereshinski, the senior who was named the No. 15 Bulldogs' starting quarterback Sunday.

After his first practice as the official starter, Tereshinski said Monday that he wasn't surprised when Coach Mark Richt gave him the good news.

"To tell you the truth, I felt like I had the best camp," he said.

While Georgia fans may be dismayed by Tereshinski's performance in his one career start, when the Bulldogs lost 14-10 to Florida last year, that game actually was one of the most positive parts of Tereshinski's evaluation, Richt said.

"The (audibles) at the line we gave him were kind of tough to see at times. I wasn't sure if he'd get them, but every time they were in certain looks, he checked to what we wanted him to do," Richt said. "In my opinion, we didn't have a good plan. When we were checking to certain things, it wasn't Joe's fault they weren't having success, it was my fault."

Richt also has little concern about Tereshinski crumbling under the pressure of an actual game, he said.

"I think some guys can make their reads in pass skeleton but when the bodies start flying, they lose their focus and their accuracy changes," he said. "Joe seems to be energized when it goes to 11-on-11. I think his blood gets flowing and he plays better and better."

Being named the starter takes a little pressure off, Tereshinski said, but he will continue to prepare just as hard as he has.

"If you got out there and make some mistakes and force the ball, then the door is going to swing open for other guys to get in," he said.

Sophomore Joe Cox will get the first chance to supplant Tereshinski, which was good news to him. Cox was considered a darkhorse in the competition after throwing four interceptions in the spring G-Day game.

"I know that I got written off by a lot of people after the spring," he said. "I think I proved some things not only to myself but also to a lot of people, too."

Cox expected, he said, to be named the backup behind Tereshinski.

"That was my guess, just intuition," he said. "I thought I had done pretty well, gained some ground and I figured that's how they would start it off. (Tereshinski) knows the offense front and back, and I just figured that's how it was going to work out."

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