Dawgs' signal callers get ready for scrimmage

ATHENS – Georgia's first seven spring practices have all been dress rehearsal for today, when the Bulldogs' quarterback competition truly begins, freshman Matthew Stafford believes.

"We're always competing, but it's going to be a big day just because we're in a live game situation," Stafford said Friday. "It doesn't matter what you do in seven-on-seven or one-on-one, it's what you do when you get all the people around you."

Georgia has its first scrimmage of the spring this morning at Sanford Stadium. The workout is closed to the public, which is probably a good thing considering the intense interest surrounding the quarterback battle. Stafford is competing against senior Joe Tereshinski, sophomore Blake Barnes and redshirt freshman Joe Cox for the job.

"I'm excited, definitely. I'm just going to try to go out there and play," Stafford said.

"I'll miss some stuff, I know, but I'll hit some stuff, too."

Each quarterback is expected to direct one eight-play drive plus some situational drills. Two drives will be with the first-team offense, and two will be with the second-team offense. Stafford said he didn't know which quarterback will work with which group.

Coach Mark Richt also wouldn't say, but he acknowledged it's an important day for his signal-callers.

"It's all important, but this is as close as we'll get to some type of game-type situations," he said. "Can you sustain a drive and not make mistakes that would keep you from scoring? Can you make plays? Can you handle adversity? It'll be closer to reality than some of the situations we've done."

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