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Another defensive tackle out with injury

marc.weiszer@onlineathens.com

The interior of Georgia's defensive line, already missing seniors Ray Gant and Marquis Elmore, now has another player on the sidelines.

Freshman Ricardo Crawford had his right arm in a sling Saturday after injuring his collarbone on a goal-line drill in Friday's scrimmage. He expects to be out "at least a few days" until the swelling goes down.

Gant, who dislocated a shoulder, said coaches might hold him out of the Sept. 2 season opener against Western Kentucky. Elmore had knee surgery this past week but could be available for the game.

"It's quite difficult because we have no depth right now," sophomore starter Jeff Owens said. "We usually have like a four- or five-man rotation. It's just cutting it down short."

Meanwhile, redshirt freshman cornerback Bryan Evans, competing as the nickel back, expects to miss the season opener with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Surgery is not expected.

It is similar to the injury that kept quarterback D.J. Shockley out of the Florida game last season.

"They're not going to try to rush me," Evans said. "It's going to take probably maybe two to three weeks. I want to be back for South Carolina (Sept. 9). If not, the closest game after that."

Tereshinski still No. 1?

Center Nick Jones, mentioned by coach Mark Richt among the team's top leaders, said Saturday that in his eyes, fifth-year senior Joe Tereshinski appears to be leading the pack for the starting quarterback job.

Tereshinski threw two touchdown passes and was the only quarterback who did not throw an interception in Friday's scrimmage.

"I think Joe T. seems like he's out front right now," Jones said. "He's been that way since spring. He's been No. 1 on the depth chart, and I think he's been playing good ball. I think all of our quarterbacks are playing pretty good, but it's whatever Coach Richt thinks."

Richt plans to name the starter on Monday.

In an onlineathens.com poll asking who will be the starter, Tereshinski has received 55 percent of the votes by Saturday afternoon, followed by Matthew Stafford with 30.1, Blake Barnes with 11.8 and Joe Cox with 3.1.

Georgia QBs wage 'honorable' race

There is fierce competition but harmony among Georgia's quarterback candidates.

That's not the case at Texas Tech, where quarterbacks Chris Todd and Ryan Rowland got into a fight after practice Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News. Todd reportedly broke Rowland's nose.

At Georgia, Richt credits quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo with the atmosphere surrounding the position battle.

"I think they're doing a wonderful job of competing without making it personal," Richt said. "When they're not competing, they're hanging out together. They've done some fishing and golfing together this summer. They all get along very good. They have a great camaraderie in the meeting room. It takes a little coaching there, too. Coach Bobo expects an honorable race and not a cutthroat race, and cultivates that."