Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UGa Offense Built to New Specs; Tereshinski Filled Gap in 2005; 'Dogs Will Play to Strengths This Season

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UGa Offense Built to New Specs; Tereshinski Filled Gap in 2005; 'Dogs Will Play to Strengths This Season

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Byline: MARC WEISZER

ATHENS, Ga. - Students at Whit Davis Elementary School signed a banner to show their support for Joe Tereshinski when the Georgia quarterback made his first college start against Florida last season. Joe's mother, Cathy, who teaches fifth grade there, brought it to him.

Tereshinski will make his second start Saturday against Western Kentucky and has something that he didn't have when he was in the lineup against the Gators: a game plan tailor-made to take advantage of what he can bring to the offense.

"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," coach Mark Richt said. "If he played good, we win; if he played bad, we lose. I didn't think that was fair to put that kind of pressure on him."

In the 14-10 loss to the Gators, Tereshinski was 8 of 21 for 100 yards and an interception, rushed for 37 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs ran on 42 of their 64 plays. That included Tereshinski running on a third-and-10 at the Georgia 40 with less than two minutes left on a play that lost 1 yard.

"In hindsight, maybe I should have just let it rip," Richt said. "That won't be the case this season. We're building this thing around what he can do. We're going to try to tailor it to his strengths. He does understand everything we've put in over the last four years. He won't have any trouble with any kind of schemes or thoughts or checks, recognition of defenses. He's going to do really good in that area."

Tereshinski said he felt like Richt probably held back "a little bit" to keep the pressure off him in a nationally televised game against one of Georgia's biggest rivals.

"Going into this year, having more reps with the [first-team offense] kind of gave me more leadership and confidence," Tereshinski said. …

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