Joe T: We haven't reached our full potential

ATHENS – Count Joe Tereshinski in for the Tennessee game. Georgia's senior quarterback has worked too hard to miss this one.

"I'm going to be" out there, Tereshinski said after Monday's practice. "When I got hurt, I had a goal in sight, and that was this game. That's why I've been in the training room so much, and I'm going to achieve that one."

Tereshinski started the first two games for No. 10 Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) but hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in the first quarter against South Carolina on Sept. 9.

"Being out, I just realized how much I love this game and how much I love this team," he said. "It's hard preparing all those months and having to sit out all those games while your boys are playing ball. It hurts you emotionally."

Coach Mark Richt said Sunday that he's leaning toward starting Tereshinski if the quarterback is physically able.

Monday's practice, during which Joe Tereshinski did everything he normally would and played "mostly" with the first-team offense, was his heaviest workload since the injury. However, he's not worried about suffering any lingering soreness today.

"I know how it's going to react," he said. "That's one thing that being in the training room eight hours a day does."

Tereshinski will be asked to steady an offense that has lost its way in the last two weeks.

"I've got to do like I did in the first two games, which is prepare a lot, make sure I know my checks and get the ball to our playmakers," he said. "Everyone is going to push a little harder this week because we know we haven't reached our full potential yet."

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