Tennessee Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 SEC) endured a physical two-and-a-half-hour practice in full pads on Tuesday afternoon in Athens. The Dogs are preparing for this Saturday evening's SEC showdown with Tennessee (4-1, 0-1 SEC) at Sanford Stadium.

"We had a very physical and solid practice today," head coach Mark Richt said. "I was pleased with the intensity, and the scout team gave really good effort in trying to give us a good look."

Earlier in the afternoon, Richt conducted his weekly press session and discussed the starting quarterback situation. Senior Joe Tereshinski, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the first series of the South Carolina game and has missed the Colorado and Ole Miss games, will most likely be the Bulldogs' starter on Saturday night. Last week, Richt waited until game day to decide whether Joe Cox and Matthew Stafford would start at quarterback.

³I made the decision a lot earlier in the week than those other ones," Richt said. "I really wasn¹t sure those other weeks what to do, so I was trying to let it play out in practice. This week, I am very confident that Joe should be our starter and that Stafford should be our No. 2. Who knows what can happen by the end of the game. I am going to try and stop figuring everything out, but I am very comfortable and confident with Joe.²

Richt also said he has been pleased with his team's poise to date.

"I think to this point I like the unity of this team," Richt said. "We¹ve gone through a couple tough games. Games where guys could have easilystruggled with each other, the staff or had some kind of breakdown of our unity. It hasn¹t happened. It¹s been frustrating without question, but they¹ve held together. A group of leaders I wasn¹t sure about in the spring, I think, have really come through with flying colors. Quite frankly, our leaders have played extremely well. Tony Taylor is playing great football. Quentin Moses is playing great football. Nick Jones is playing tremendous. Thomas Brown has done a superb job on special teams. Guys have been able to be unselfish. They¹ve been able to put the team first. They¹ve been able to fight through tough times, and that is really going to come in to play this weekend because it¹s going to be a tough weekend for us.²

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