2006 Starting QB battle has started

ATHENS – The battle to be Georgia's starting quarterback in 2006 has started without highly touted incoming freshman Matthew Stafford.

"Bowl practice is most definitely a chance to look at the young guys, and I've made them aware of it," said quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo, who told his three young quarterbacks, "We're going to treat it like spring practice, and I'm going to evaluate you every day."

Senior starter D.J. Shockley gave way to junior Joe Tereshinski, redshirt freshman Blake Barnes and freshman Joe Cox in the morning practices on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Those workouts allowed Tereshinski, Barnes and Cox to work against Georgia's first- and second-team defenses.

"Anytime we get reps using our offense and our system, you know that's a time you need to perform," said Cox, who spends most of his time running the scout team offense. "I take it really seriously whenever we do team stuff like that."

Tereshinski is the only player in the competition who has completed more than two collegiate passes, but he's not considered a runaway favorite to win the job because of the reputations of Cox and Stafford. He's taking this week very seriously because of that.

"It's very important," Tereshinski said. "I didn't come in here to be somebody's backup the whole time I'm here."

Stafford will be added to the competition during spring practice. The Dallas, Texas, native plans to enroll at Georgia for the spring semester. Bobo said the coaching staff hasn't decided if each quarterback will enter spring practice on equal footing or if someone will be considered the first-teamer.

"I'm going to use (bowl practice) as evaluation when we sit down and discuss this spring," Bobo said.

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