Social media reacts to news of JT Daniels being immediately eligible for 2020 season
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels broke some major news regarding the 2020 season for himself. The transfer quarterback announced on Monday that he will be eligible to play for the 2020 season after transferring in from USC.
Thank you to the NCAA for granting me immediate eligibility and allowing me to play football this fall. I will not comment on the waiver or transfer, but look forward to a great 2020 season with my teammates.
— JT Daniels (@jtdaniels06) July 13, 2020
“Thank you to the NCAA for granting me immediate eligibility and allowing me to play football this fall,” Daniels wrote. “I will not comment on the waiver or transfer, but look forward to a great 2020 season with my teammates.”
There were a number of initial reactions from the college football world, stemming from the surprise of Daniels being eligible to what this might mean for fellow transfer quarterback Jamie Newman, who transferred to Georgia in January.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) July 13, 2020
Immediate eligibility for JT Daniels, the former 5-star USC starting quarterback
UGA now has legit quarterback depth — how quickly can they get Monken’s vertical passing offense installed? https://t.co/wRCOj0rVPw
— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) July 13, 2020
Competition’s going to be fierce 😬 pic.twitter.com/oUURIGFLcL
— Dawgin in PTC (@DawgsAx) July 13, 2020
From the timeline where a 2020 football season is still happening: August Heisman favorites Jamie Newman and Spencer Rattler both have legitimate competition just to win their respective starting jobs. https://t.co/9pZekYPEFa
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) July 13, 2020
Georgia now loses a 2,500-yard passer from 2019 … and brings in two 2,500-yard passers for 2020. https://t.co/Zq7wbFfq3R
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) July 13, 2020
UH OH 👀 https://t.co/aBmaf15Z4s
— Barstool UGA (@ugabarstool) July 13, 2020
Big news for Georgia. JT Daniels, the former USC QB who transferred to Georgia in May, has announced that he has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be able to play this season.
Former five-star recruit who was USC's starting QB before suffering an injury early last year.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) July 13, 2020
JT Daniels has been ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA. https://t.co/jqeZMqNDFH
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) July 13, 2020
JT Daniels is eligible immediately at Georgia. If you're confused, just refer to The Flowchart pic.twitter.com/RLcf4ogXfy
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) July 13, 2020
Unpopular opinion: JT Daniels will start more games for Georgia this year than Jamie Newman. @ Athens, Georgia https://t.co/e8PAnBJNKQ
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 13, 2020
I support all players being able to transfer and play immediately so I'm glad to see JT Daniels got his waiver from the NCAA but he transferred to Georgia on May 28 and got his waiver already.
Cade Mays transferred to Tennessee on Jan. 8 and is still waiting for the NCAA.
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) July 13, 2020
Somewhere, as you're reading this, a message board of a rival program of the University of Georgia tackle football team is spinning JT Daniels' immediate eligibility into a negative thing.
— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) July 13, 2020
Daniels spent the past two seasons at USC. He started 11 games as a freshman for USC in 2018, throwing 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Daniels started the opening game of USC’s 2019 season but tore his ACL in the first half. He missed the rest of the season and announced his transfer from USC in April.
Daniels has shown that he’s back working out with a knee brace on.
What makes the Daniels situation so interesting is that he is the second transfer quarterback Georgia has brought in this offseason, as the aforementioned Newman arrived in January. Newman has gotten a considerable amount of hype this offseason, with some tabbing as a potential first-round pick, while others have listed him as a Heisman Trophy favorite.
Newman does bring the added threat in the run game, as he ran for 574 rushing yards last season and six touchdowns. He also threw for 26 touchdowns last season at Wake Forest.
Both Newman and Daniels will be playing for a new offensive coordinator at Georgia, as the Bulldogs brought in Todd Monken to replace James Coley. Monken spent the last four seasons working in the NFL as an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newman and Daniels will have a number of talented weapons to target during the 2020 season, most notably wide receiver George Pickens.
Of course, all of this is up in the air at the moment given the concerns about having a 2020 season due to COVID-19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have announced they will be playing conference-only games in the 2020 season. The ACC and SEC have said they will make a decision on the matter come the end of July.
As of this moment, Georgia is still planning to open the 2020 season against Virginia on Sept. 7 in Atlanta. The Bulldogs will be able to fully practice starting on Aug. 9, though players will be allowed to go through walk-throughs starting on July 26.
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