2006 Fall Camp: Day Eight Practice Report

Mark Richt

ATHENS ­ At the end of Saturday's scrimmage, the starting quarterback job for the Georgia Bulldogs remains a four-man race.

Saturday's morning workout featured a special teams scrimmage at Sanford Stadium followed by an afternoon session where the quarterback battle took center stage.

"The best news of the day is that nobody got hurt," said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "I don't know what we learned today from the quarterbacks other thanwe've got four capable guys. Hopefully, we'll know more after we review the film. Everybody had their moments. I know that sounds boring and like a broken record but I can't say one guy separated himself. Coach Callaway, Coach Bobo and I will watch the film and we'll see about the pecking order. I can't justify anything right now."

The quarterback battle features senior Joe Tereshinski III, sophomore Blake Barnes, redshirt freshman Joe Cox and freshman Matthew Stafford.

Richt added that he set up Saturday's afternoon session to feature the quarterbacks, emphasizing more passing plays in order to learn more about the quarterbacks.

"We wanted to let everybody know they would have an equal opportunity to run the offense," Richt said. "We know our running backs can run the ball well, and they did."

Junior tailback Kregg Lumpkin had the longest rush of the scrimmage, scampering 40-plus yards before being knocked out of bounds. On defense, Bulldog starting ends Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson continue to play well. At times, they have rotated in with the number two defense to give them a boost. Freshman linebacker Darius Dewberry provided a few highlights Saturday as well when he made a couple of fine pass breakups.

Overall, Richt said the defense fared well in the scrimmage. They held the offense out of the end zone for most of the afternoon until a few late scores by the offense during "red zone" and goal line situations. Senior split end Mario Raley made a leaping 10-yard touchdown catch from Barnes to highlight the lone score through the air.

One note from the morning session, the competition at snapper has been narrowed down to sophomore Bo Fowler and junior Jeff Henson, according to Richt.

While no Bulldog was injured Saturday, it was learned that junior split end T.J. Gartrell was lost for the year due to a knee injury. During Friday's practice, Gartrell tore a patella tendon.

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