Tereshinski to start, but Stafford will play

Joe Tereshinski

ATHENS – Senior Joe Tereshinski will start at quarterback for Georgia on Saturday, but the competition for the job is "definitely not 100 percent settled," Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.

"You can't just snap your fingers and make it happen; you can't wave a magic wand and settle it," Richt said. "Is it ideal? Absolutely not. Is it what I would prefer? No way, but we're living through the process."

Richt also plans to play true freshman Matthew Stafford against Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3 SEC), and it is "very likely" Stafford will play in the first half, Richt said.

Stafford had his chance to nail down the No. 16 Bulldogs' starting job during the three games Tereshinski missed, Richt said.

"If Stafford would have played lights out, it would have been very difficult to take him out of there, but he played about like a freshmen would play," Richt said. "Gosh, the Colorado game we've got to have (Joe) Cox come off the bench to seal the victory."

Stafford still is Georgia's leading passer with 496 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions on 38-of-80 passing. Tereshinski has 272 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 21-of-40 passing.

Stafford is not bothered by coming off the bench, he said.

"I'm having fun," he said. "We're 5-1, and I'm just excited to be part of this team. You have to prepare during the week and you should feel comfortable based on how you prepare."

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