Joe T given entire offense to work with

Joe Tereshinski

ATHENS – Forget the 2005 Florida game. That's Coach Mark Richt's message to fans who are trying to scout starting quarterback Joe Tereshinski.

The Bulldog senior started that game in place of injured D.J. Shockley, and Georgia managed just 286 yards and 10 points and lost.

Tereshinski was 9-of-22 passes for 109 yards and an interception while running a very conservative offense. There's a segment of the Bulldog Nation that is worried that performance is a harbinger of things to come this year.

"Last year's Florida game, I didn't want to devise a plan that was going to be predicated on whether he played good or bad," Richt said. "I didn't think that was fair to put that kind of pressure on him."

This year, the Bulldogs will put the whole offense on Tereshinski's shoulders, according to Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo.

"We're building this thing around what he can do," Richt said. "We're going to try to tailor it to his strengths. He understands everything we've put in over the last four years. He won't have any problem with any schemes or checks or recognitions in that area."

Throughout the battle to be Georgia's quarterback, Tereshinski has been lauded for the mental part of his game, but Bobo insists he has the physical tools to compete as well.

"When he's got good timing and his footwork is right, I feel confident he can make all the throws," Bobo said. "If he couldn't make all the throws, he wouldn't be starting in this first game."

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