Georgia backup QB out for season

Updated: October 19, 2003, 7:16 PM ET

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia backup quarterback D.J. Shockley will have knee surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.

Shockley, a sophomore, tore cartilage in his right knee during Oct. 11 against Tennessee. He faces six months of rehabilitation, which would keep him out of spring practice next year.

"He's going to have a surgery that will end the season for him," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

While starter David Greene has taken most snaps this season, Shockley got some playing time in every game before his injury.

Greene played the entire game Saturday as the No. 4 Bulldogs defeated Vanderbilt 27-8. Redshirt freshman Joe Tereshinski III, who hasn't thrown a pass in a college game, is now the backup.

Georgia struggled to put away Vandy, which prevented Tereshinski from getting on the field.

"I would have liked to get Joe T. in the game," Richt said, "but I was more worried about winning."

This is the second major injury for Shockley. Last season, he missed four games with a broken foot.

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