Tershinski eager to return as fast as he can

Joe Tereshinski

ATHENS – When Georgia's doctors told senior quarterback Joe Tereshinski he could expect to return to the field in four-to-six weeks, his reaction was immediate.

"Four is maximum," Tereshinski said Tuesday in his first public remarks since suffering a high ankle sprain Saturday against South Carolina. "It doesn't matter how much pain there is on the fourth week, I'm out there."

That would make Tereshinski, the No. 10 Bulldogs' starter for the first two games, available for the Oct. 7 Tennessee game. Whether he will return to his starting role, he has no idea.

"You'll have to ask Coach (Mark) Richt on that one, but I have to take this like I have a month to prepare," he said. "It's pretty much preseason for me again."

True freshman Matthew Stafford will start Saturday against UAB.

Tereshinski played two plays after being injured, he said.

"I felt it pop and I guess adrenaline was going, but that tank kind of ran empty after about 20 seconds," he said.

Tereshinski said he felt sorry for himself "for maybe 10 minutes."

"Then I said, this is stupid," he said. "It doesn't do any good. I've been trying to stay pretty positive. It's football. You're going to have injuries. It stinks that it's happening at this time, but I've got to face it and train hard."

Tereshinski was 2-for-3 for 18 yards in his one drive.

"The ball never felt better in my hand than before that game," he said. "I felt like we were going to have a special night. Of course, anytime you shut out (Steve) Spurrier, that's a special night."

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