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Georgia Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Notebook

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7FRESHMAN IMPRESSES

Georgia football coach Mark Richt has concerns about several positions on his team, but quarterback isn't one them. Even freshman Joe Tereshinski III, the Bulldogs' fourth-string quarterback, is drawing praise from the coach five days into spring practice.

''Joe T has done a really good job of picking things up,'' Richt said. ''He's done extremely well.''

Tereshinski was an all-state selection the previous two seasons at Athens Academy. Last year, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder passed for 1,642 yards and led the Spartans to the quarterfinals of the GHSA playoffs before enrolling early at Georgia in December.

''He should be in high school right now,'' Richt noted.

Tereshinski credited starter David Greene with helping him pick up the offensive system quickly. He said he started studying the playbook extensively when he joined the team in December for bowl practices.

'I'm starting to get it down a little bit,'' he said.

He recently received his first taste of one of Richt's written quarterback tests.

''It took me a while, but it helped me a lot,'' he said. ''I've got to keep on plugging away at it.''

Tereshinski seems like an ideal candidate for a redshirt season. The Bulldogs have Greene as the starter and redshirt freshman D.J. Shockley at No. 2. Senior Cory Phillips is the most experienced third-string quarterback in the conference.

But Tereshinki said he hasn't thought about the fall, yet.

''I'm trying this spring to familiarize myself with the offense, and do as well as I can with what I know,'' he said. ''Maybe toward the fall or the end of spring I can look at it and tell where I am, but right now I can't.''

BURNETT'S CAREER OVER

Senior Cap Burnett, who was moved from safety to linebacker at the start of spring, has been medically disqualified from football because of repeated concussions.

''It was real hard for me,'' Burnett said. ''I love the game, and I wanted to keep playing.''

Burnett missed most of last season because of lingering problems from several concussions, and Georgia coaches and training staff talked with him during the offseason about taking a medical disqualification. …

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