There shouldn't be any frowns among Georgia's quarterbacks at today's Picture Day at Sanford Stadium because for now none of the four candidates has been told they are out of the the race for the starting job.
"I think deep down in our hearts every one of us thinks he's the guy," redshirt sophomore Blake Barnes said after Friday's second preseason scrimmage.
Coach Mark Richt will have a decision by Sunday and will tell the quarterbacks Monday, the same day an announcement will be made.
"I'll talk to the staff and we'll decide," Richt said. "I can't say 100 percent, but I've got a pretty good feel, yeah." Richt said that more than one quarterback will definitely play in the first game. He hopes to say Monday which of the other quarterbacks will get snaps in the season opener Sept. 2 against Western Kentucky and said it's possible there could be co-No. 2s.
He said he probably would use a predetermined quarterback rotation in that opener.
"Now just because I name the starter doesn't necessarily mean I'm 100 percent set on that," Richt said. "I think we're still in a competition phase, but we have to name someone as the starter. I'm still keeping an open mind but it will be nice to say who will start the first game and that type of thing and be able to see the missing pieces of the puzzle. The contact, the crowds, the national TV, the media scrutiny, the fan scrutiny. All the kind of things that are missing in this puzzle of who's the man for the job." Richt said entering Friday's scrimmage, during which the quarterbacks split first-team snaps evenly, that he was looking for "confirmation of what we think."
Nobody surprised him bad or good with their performance, he said, in the scrimmage that was closed to the media.
Fifth-year senior Joe Tereshinski threw touchdown passes of 40 yards to Martrez Milner and 8 to Kenneth Harris and was the only quarterback not to throw an interception.
Freshman Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions early in the scrimmage when he said "I was kind of out there in a daze." He also had a two-point pass picked off as well.
"It's probably the worst scrimmage I've had since I've been here," said Stafford, who also threw a 15-yard touchdown to Mohamed Massaquoi. "I still don't think it was too awful. I think I did some positive things. It was kind of a little disappointing but I think I'll be fine."
Barnes had a touchdown pass of 5 yards to Coleman Watson and an interception on a crossing route.
Freshman Joe Cox threw a 10 yard touchdown to Kris Durham and was picked off once.
Cox said he feels good about the progress he's made.
"I think I know the offense well enough to play and I think I've had two good scrimmages and a lot of good practices," Cox said. "I've done what I can and now it's up to the coaches."
Now the quarterbacks get the weekend to wait it out but only Tereshinski indicated he might sweat it out a bit.
"I'm sure I'll be a little antsy, anxious is a little better term for it," Tereshinski said. "It's a lot better feeling than if I had gone out there and not gotten the job done today." Barnes, Cox and Stafford said they didn't expect to have nerves.
"I know what I've done and I've done the best that I can," Barnes said. "We'll just leave it up to the coaches."
Said Stafford: "Whatever happens, happens. He's got to roll it. If they were to come up to any one of us and say 'your going to be the man.' I would feel completely confident."
Richt said he is at peace about the decision he has to make.
"We've been as fair as you can be to give every one of those four guys a fair shot at showing what they can do,ä Richt said. "Now we've got to do what we think is right."