Richt gets good look at QBs

Mark Richt

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt was in a great mood Saturday afternoon following his team's annual spring game.

That may be because he didn't get to see the whole thing.

"I missed a little bit here and there with recruiting and going up in the (television broadcast) booth in the second quarter," he said. "I did TIVO the game so I'm looking forward to watching it when I get home."

After further review, he may not be so chipper. The Bulldog quarterbacks, the focus of this year's 15 spring practices, had a rough showing in their final exam.

Overall, there were six interceptions and three more passes that should have resulted in turnovers. The individual performances ranged from Matthew Stafford's up-and-down effort to Joe Cox's four-interception nightmare.

When the intrasquad game was over, the red team had beaten the black 14-10 on the strength of two interceptions off Cox that were returned a total of 180 yards for touchdowns. Freshman cornerback Asher Allen provided the game-winning score by intercepting a pass intended for Kris Durham in the end zone and returning it 100 yards.

A Sanford Stadium crowd of 18,530 braved frightful weather forecasts and stayed dry throughout as the predicted rains never came. Still, the day was dreary enough for Cox.

"I was thinking, ‘Why today?'" he said. "It's tough shaking those off, but you have to do it. There were a couple balls today where I hesitated to throw it because I was thinking about previous plays, and you can't do that."

Richt was more than willing to dismiss Cox's 12-of-21 performance as one bad day.

"It's not going to write off Joe Cox," he said. "I thought it was his strategy really. He thought if I drive the field, I get to play and then if I throw a pick, we get the ball again and I get to play again. That way the other guy doesn't get to practice. I'm not worked up about it. I hope he's not. Write in the paper, ‘It's OK Joe.'"

Richt doubts "seriously" there will be any changes on the quarterback depth chart before fall practice begins, he said. That means senior Joe Tereshinski will remain No. 1 followed in no particular order by Stafford, Cox and Blake Barnes, who didn't play Saturday due to injury.

Tereshinski was 2-of-7 for 45 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns playing exclusively with the red team's first team offense. None of his drives resulted in scores.

"You're going to have days where you go out there and everything is not going to run your way," he said.

Stafford stood out simply by completing 5-of-12 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. His first pass of the day was a 64-yard touchdown to Mikey Henderson. While he looked like the clear winner of this round of the quarterback competition, he stopped well short of congratulating himself.

"I'm just trying to go out and play as good as I can," he said. "That's not indicative of (Cox and Tereshinski). They're both really good players and some of that stuff wasn't their fault."

One example of that was Cox's second interception when Durham missed a blitz and didn't come back to the ball, allowing sophomore cornerback Ramarcus Brown to step in front of the ball and go 80 yards for a touchdown.

"I'm still pretty pleased with my spring," Cox said. "I wish I had ended on a better note."

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