“I don’t want the courtesy reps. That doesn’t interest me,” he said. “I just want to win.”
Tereshinski, who waited four years for his first opportunity to play, started the first two games of the year for the Bulldogs and then two more after coming back from an ankle injury. He was replaced by true freshman Matthew Stafford before the Oct. 21 Mississippi State game and hasn’t played since.
He doesn’t want that to change just because Saturday’s game against the No. 16 Yellow Jackets will be Senior Day.
“I’m not even thinking about it being my last game in Sanford,” he said. “Until somebody said something about it, I really hadn’t thought about it. I’m a lot more focused on playing Tech.”
Tereshinski admits this season has been “a challenge” but said he doesn’t regret his decision to come to Georgia, where his father and grandfather both played.
“Not at all,” he said. “I knew I wanted to come here. These were my hopes and dreams, and I did my best. I was given my chance, but things didn’t work out like I wanted them to.”
Coach Mark Richt has been noncommittal about playing Tereshinski.
“It was not easy for Joe, but he stayed very focused the whole way through, and he did everything in his power to help Georgia win,” Richt said. “He’s just a great kid, a great part of our team. Hopefully, we’ll get him in the game.”
Tereshinski, who wants to have a career in finance, is 32-for-57 passing for 423 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions this year.