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Stafford Makes Impression

September 3, 2006

Athens -- After officially being named starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs, senior Joe Tereshinski completed seven of seventeen passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Dogs 48 to 12 win over Western Kentucky.

Not bad numbers, but unfortunately for Tereshinski, he wasn't the only QB to spend time under center.

True freshman Matthew Stafford was the third UGA quarterback to see action, and went 3-5 for 40-yards and a touchdown in his debut.

When the Bulldogs settled on their depth chart two weeks ago, Stafford was listed as third, and quite possibly looking at a redshirt season.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt says Stafford's performance has been on the rise in practice.

The true freshman says he was glad to get in the game, and playing in Sanford Stadium was something special.

"It was amazing," says Stafford. "I didn't expect anything like that. These Georgia fans are great, and it's awesome to play in front of them. I just tried to go out there and have fun. Playing in that stadium is a great atmosphere. No complaints here."

Richt says, "I was really leaning towards redshirting him, I really was. But then we kept practicing, and lept watching. He practiced very good, he practiced very good."

Richt says Tereshinski is still the clear-cut number-one.

Georgia will be on the road next week at South Carolina.  

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