ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday that he
will start freshman Matthew Stafford at quarterback in Saturday's
home game against Mississippi State.
Stafford will be making his third start. He also started against
Alabama-Birmingham and Colorado when senior Joe Tereshinski was out
with a sprained ankle.
Tereshinski, who began the season as the starter, has started in
the Bulldogs' back-to-back losses to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Georgia (5-2 overall, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) fell out of the
Top 25 with the losses.
In Saturday's 24-22 loss to Vanderbilt, Tereshinski was
11-for-17 passing for 151 yards, including a 23-yard scoring pass
to Martrez Milner.
Richt said Tereshinski was disappointed when he learned from
Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo that he would not start
Tereshinski and the rest of the senior class will serve as game
captains for the game.
Stafford was 9-of-13 for 86 yards, including a drop by Milner
that cost Georgia a possible touchdown. Overall, Stafford has
completed 47 of 93 passes for 582 yards with four interceptions and
one touchdown. He has not thrown a touchdown pass since the first
game of the season against Western Kentucky.