Georgia QB JT Daniels makes his return official, 2021 title hopes leap

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Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has made it official that he plans to return for another season.

ATHENS — Georgia football quarterback JT Daniels indicated he’s returning to the Bulldogs for the 2021 season, trigger more players’. announcing they are also returning.

 

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The announcement is a step in the right direction for Coach Kirby Smart’s retention efforts. Georgia has already lost at least three underclassmen to the 2021 NFL Draft:

• Junior cornerback Eric Stokes

• Redshirt sophomore outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari

• Junior center Trey Hill

UGA still awaits decisions from juniors Jordan Davis, James Cook, Tyson Campbell, Jamaree Salyer and Zamir White.

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Smart has Georgia on a run of four-straight Top 10 finishes after an impressive come-from-behind win in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The Bulldogs had their backs to the wall in the 24-21 win over the Bearcats, rallying from a 21-10 deficit to record the biggest fourth-quarter comeback win of Smart’s 5-year tenure as head coach.

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Daniels, who transferred to UGA from Southern Cal last May, drove the team from its own 20-yard line with 1:29 left and no timeouts and into the field goal range of Jack Podlesny, who proceeded to drill the game-winner.

The new Bulldogs quarterback deflected credit to Ojulari, Podlesny and tailback Kenny McIntosh immediately after the game on the field.

Georgia fans can be excited that Daniels will be around another season in Athens to compete some more, starting with the Sept. 4 opener against Clemson in Charlotte, N.C.

At least one NFL mock draft, from CBS sports, projected Daniels as a first-round pick.

Daniels’ four games weren’t enough for him to be listed in NCAA stats, but here’s where would have projected in the rankings:

Yards per game passing

307.75 — 10th

Completion percentage

67.23 — 18th

Touchdown passes

25 (2.5 per game, projected) — 12th

Pass efficiency rating

178.49 — 10th

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