July 26, 2006

Gaining trust to be key for quarterbacks

The four-way race to start at quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs is still as close to being settled as it was last April, with each signal-caller having a shot to be under center when Georgia opens the season Sept. 2 against Western Kentucky.

But winning the starting job is just one obstacle for the eventual field general to overcome, according to Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

In addition to outdueling three others vying the job, Georgia's starter at quarterback will also have to prove to his teammates that he's up to handling the rigors and pressure of the job in times of high and low tide.

"I can name him [Matthew Stafford] the starter, that doesn't mean the team believes in him. I can name Joe T. the starter, that doesn't mean the team believes in him. If they go and play in a game in a hostile environment and come through, they gain that respect of their teammates and they probably believe a little more in themselves," Richt said Wednesday during SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "Somewhere along the line, that has to happen for Matthew or Joe T, Joe Cox or Blake Barnes. Whoever it is, somewhere along the line, they've got to have that defining moment that says you're the guy."

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