WHETHER THE DAWGSARE GREAT OR MERELY GOOD MAY HINGE ON THE PLAY OF TOUGH-AS-NAILS QB JOETERESHINSKI
2005 RECORD 10-3(6-2 in SEC East)
KEY RETURNEES RBThomas Brown (Jr.) Ran for 736 yards and four TDs in '05 T Dan Inman (Sr.)Gigantic (6'7", 328 pounds) three-year starter opens season on two-gamesuspension for violating team policy K Brandon Coutu (Jr.) SEC's leading scorerlast season made all 45 extra-point attempts and 23 of 29 field goal tries
BIG MAN ON CAMPUSThe best pass rusher in the conference, defensive end Quentin Moses put off hisNFL career so he could terrorize college quarterbacks for one more season.He'll be attempting to surpass the 111/2 sacks he racked up last year in hisfirst season as a starter.
Joe Tereshinskisr. had a knee replaced a couple of years back, and he missed some workoutsover the summer. "Normally I try to walk two miles every day," he saidrecently, "but the heat's been terrible." Tereshinski, 82, was lookinga trifle nervous, but that's to be expected. Georgia's fortunes in '06 maydepend largely on the success of his grandson Joe III, a fifth-year senior whois the favorite to succeed D.J. Shockley as the starting quarterback. At thestart of training camp Tereshinski had a slight edge over three other passers,including freshman Matt Stafford, the gem of Georgia's most recent recruitingclass and the program's quarterback of the future (page 75).
Athird-generation Bulldog--his grandfather, his father (Joe Jr.) and his uncleWally all lettered in football--Tereshinski has started one game in a careermarked by a willingness to do whatever it takes to get on the field. He haseven logged time as the blocking back on the punt team and as a backup longsnapper. "I really enjoy the physical aspect of the game," he says."I think that helps me when I'm in the pocket."
As a quarterbackTereshinski is more Trent Dilfer than Troy Aikman: a solid passer with decentmobility who will be called upon to manage games, not to take them over. Dawgsfans can be comforted by the fact that the strength of the offense is a merehandoff away. Tailbacks Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware combined for1,575 rushing yards last season; each of them, according to coach Mark Richt,would be capable of rushing for well over 1,200 yards if he were the team'sfeatured back.
"I think weare going to be a pretty good team," says Richt, who has made the Bulldogsa fixture in the top 10 during his five seasons in Athens. "Whether or notwe are a really great team will depend on how our seniors lead us."
Joe TereshinskiSr. is optimistic. "We're hoping for great things," he says. So is hisgrandson.
JOHN BAZEMORE/AP (TERESHINSKI)