Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Starting Spot Still Not Secure; Georgia QB Tereshinski Not Taking Role for Granted Entering Fifth Career Start

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Starting Spot Still Not Secure; Georgia QB Tereshinski Not Taking Role for Granted Entering Fifth Career Start

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Byline: MARC WEISZER

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the fifth time in his college career, Joe Tereshinski will start at quarterback for 16th-ranked Georgia on Saturday. He's taking nothing for granted because he knows there's no guarantee that he will start the five remaining regular-season games.

"Since the beginning of camp, I've kind of felt you have to come out here each day and really get after it because your job's not secure right now," Tereshinski said. "They're trying to get guys experience, and we're still battling at the QB position. I anticipated this through the whole season, and I've got to keep doing it day in and day out."

Less than three months from now, Georgia's season will be done, and Tereshinski will begin to put his double major in risk management and finance to good use on the job market.

"I've got a couple of different options," Tereshinski said. "I planned on having spring to kind of look at that and focus in on football this fall."

To do that, the fifth-year senior and third-generation Bulldog wrapped up most of his schoolwork before this season. That left him with just two classes this semester, as he finally earned a chance to start after being a backup to David Greene and D.J. Shockley.

Tereshinski won the four-man race for the starting job but didn't plan losing three games and most of another because of a high ankle sprain. His grandfather, Joe Tereshinski Sr., who lives in Maryland, was going to come to September home games against Alabama-Birmingham and Colorado, but those plans changed when Tereshinski couldn't play.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was noncommittal if Tereshinski would have the job back when he returned. Freshmen Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox kept the Bulldogs winning during Tereshinski's absence, but the offense struggled and neither took the spot away.

"It hasn't been that cut and dried," Richt said. "If Stafford would have played lights-out, it would have been very difficult to take him out of there. …

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