Mississippi St. Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - A steady rainfall throughout the day parted in the afternoon for the Georgia Bulldogs' two-and-a-half-hour practice on Tuesday in Athens. The Dogs (5-2, 2-2 SEC) are preparing for Saturday's SEC date with Mississippi State (2-5, 0-3 SEC) at Sanford Stadium.

"I was really pleased with today's practice," said head coach Mark Richt. "I was thankful we were able to get outside and get some things accomplished."

The team did not practice in full pads as they typically do on Tuesday due to the lack of players available on the offensive line.

Richt discussed this Saturday's match-up earlier on Tuesday during the Bulldogs' weekly press conference.

"This is a big game coming up for us," Richt said. "MSU is a team that has been struggling just like we have. These are two teams that are really desperate for a win right now. I think it will be a hard fought battle. I know they had a big win which is nice for them to get on the winning side and build on that. I¹m sure they will look at our last two games and find some opportunities to come after us. They will come in with a lot of incentive and we will have to match that and then some. We have got to find a way to get off of this losing streak right now.²

Richt also talked about freshman Matthew Stafford being named the starting quarterback against Mississippi State. Stafford is the only Georgiaquarterback to see action on all seven games this season and started contests against UAB and Colorado when senior Joe Tereshinski was out due to injury.

"I think at this point Matthew gives us the best chance to win," Richt said. "It was definitely not an easy thing on Joe Tereshinski. He is an awesome young man, and I am very proud of him. His response was disappointment, but within just a couple moments he was asking (quarterbacks) Coach (Mike) Bobo if there was another place he could help the team win. This kid inspires me because he is a true Bulldog and a true team guy. The best place for him to help the team win is probably as a backup quarterback and a leader in the meeting rooms and on the practice field. For him to come out and immediately say he would play tight end or anything we thought he could play just to help the team win. That just shows what kind of a kid he is."

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