WHETHER THE DAWGS
ARE GREAT OR MERELY GOOD MAY HINGE ON THE PLAY OF TOUGH-AS-NAILS QB JOE
2005 RECORD 10-3
(6-2 in SEC East)
KEY RETURNEES RB
Thomas 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-game
suspension for violating team policy K Brandon Coutu (Jr.) SEC's leading scorer
last season made all 45 extra-point attempts and 23 of 29 field goal tries
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS
The best pass rusher in the conference, defensive end Quentin Moses put off his
NFL 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 his
first season as a starter.
sr. had a knee replaced a couple of years back, and he missed some workouts
over the summer. "Normally I try to walk two miles every day," he said
recently, "but the heat's been terrible." Tereshinski, 82, was looking
a trifle nervous, but that's to be expected. Georgia's fortunes in '06 may
depend largely on the success of his grandson Joe III, a fifth-year senior who
is the favorite to succeed D.J. Shockley as the starting quarterback. At the
start of training camp Tereshinski had a slight edge over three other passers,
including freshman Matt Stafford, the gem of Georgia's most recent recruiting
class and the program's quarterback of the future (page 75).
third-generation Bulldog--his grandfather, his father (Joe Jr.) and his uncle
Wally all lettered in football--Tereshinski has started one game in a career
marked by a willingness to do whatever it takes to get on the field. He has
even logged time as the blocking back on the punt team and as a backup long
snapper. "I really enjoy the physical aspect of the game," he says.
"I think that helps me when I'm in the pocket."
As a quarterback
Tereshinski is more Trent Dilfer than Troy Aikman: a solid passer with decent
mobility who will be called upon to manage games, not to take them over. Dawgs
fans can be comforted by the fact that the strength of the offense is a mere
handoff away. Tailbacks Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware combined for
1,575 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's
"I think we
are going to be a pretty good team," says Richt, who has made the Bulldogs
a fixture in the top 10 during his five seasons in Athens. "Whether or not
we are a really great team will depend on how our seniors lead us."