UGa's Tereshinski expects to return vs. Volunteers

Updated: October 6, 2006, 1:32 AM ET
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia quarterback Joe Tereshinski has returned from last month's high ankle sprain just in time for the Bulldogs' game against Tennessee.

The No. 10 Bulldogs will play host to No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday, and it appears likely that Tereshinski will be back as the starter. Tereshinski participated in team drills Monday for the first time since the injury.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday that he was leaning toward starting Tereshinski against the Volunteers (4-1, 0-1) if the ankle holds up in practice this week.

"I'm going to be" out there, Tereshinski said. "When I got hurt, I had a goal in sight, and that was this game. That's why I've been in the training room so much, and I'm going to achieve that one."

In practice on Monday, Tereshinski played mostly with the first-team offense and undertook his heaviest workload since he was injured on Sept. 9 against South Carolina.

"I have to do like I did in the first two games, which is prepare a lot, make sure I know my checks and get the ball to our playmakers," he said of Saturday's game against the Volunteers. "Everyone is going to push a little harder this week because we know we haven't reached our full potential yet."

The Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 SEC) have struggled on offense with freshman quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox. Georgia did not score in the first half against their last two opponents, Ole Miss and Colorado, and struggled to beat both teams.

Stafford started against Colorado, but Cox came off the bench and led a fourth-quarter comeback with two touchdown passes.

Cox made his first start last Saturday against Ole Miss, but Stafford came off the bench and directed both of the Bulldogs' second-half touchdown drives in a 14-9 win.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.