In fact, Richt already has an idea of who will take the first snap on Sept. 2 against Western Kentucky, and he hopes today’s second scrimmage of the fall will confirm his belief.
“This is what it all comes down to it seems like,” senior Joe Tereshinski said. “They have to start making some decisions. It’s time to start preparing for that first game.”
Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo have had an idea about the proper order of their quarterbacks since prior to the first scrimmage of the fall, which was held last Saturday, Richt said.
“We don’t have it nailed down,” he said. “If somebody really plays wildly good or bad Friday, it could deter what we’re thinking. It’s a big day still because it is very close.”
All four quarterbacks – Tereshinski, sophomore Blake Barnes, redshirt freshman Joe Cox and true freshman Matthew Stafford – will get an equal number of snaps with the first-team offense this afternoon when the team works out at Sanford Stadium, Richt said.
The quarterbacks haven’t gotten any hints from Richt about who the leader is, Barnes said.
“I’m sure everybody in their own mind has their own ideas, and I’m sure everybody probably thinks it’s them,” Barnes said. “That’s just the way a quarterback is. We think we’re the guy. We’ve got to have that kind of confidence.”
Barnes is considered a darkhorse in the race, but after losing ground in the spring due to a knee injury, he’s now 100 percent healthy and feeling very good about the way he has performed.
“I’ve been really pleased,” he said. “Just being able to plant (on the knee) and push adds worlds to the way I throw the ball and my accuracy and velocity. It’s carried over, and I’ve had a lot of confidence in myself in camp. It’s been fun.”
Richt indicated again Thursday that the Bulldogs will play two quarterbacks at least in the first game, saying he expects to name a starter by Monday and “be able to say who’s likely to get an opportunity besides the starter if we’re going to do that.”
It’s possible word on a starter could come as early as Saturday’s morning practice, but that’s doubtful, Richt said. The team’s first announcement won’t be the final word, he said. He still wants to see how his chosen starter performs on game day in front of thousands of fans with all the pressure of a live game.
“We have to see that to kind of finish the process of who’s the guy,” he said.
The starting cornerback job opposite Paul Oliver also still is up for grabs going into today’s workout, Richt said.