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JT Daniels and D'Wan Mathis are vying to be Georgia's starter

What we’ve learned about UGA’s other quarterbacks from fall camp

Georgia is down one quarterback now that Jamie Newman has made the decision to opt-out of the 2020 season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. There was the expectation that Newman would win the starting quarterback job after arriving in January as a graduate transfer quarterback.

Now the Bulldogs have a little more than three weeks to sort out who will be taking the first snaps on Sept. 26 when the Bulldogs play Arkansas.

But it’s worth mentioning that while Newman had gotten a ton of hype as the Georgia quarterback this offseason, he had not yet fully won the starting quarterback job. Other Georgia quarterbacks were getting first-team reps along with Newman as a part of the quarterback battle.

“That factors into that decision and also the other guys, what they can do with their feet,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Sometimes that’s a tough measurement at quarterback unless you go live with those guys.

“We haven’t had anyone separate yet.”

Related: How Jamie Newman went from offseason Heisman Trophy candidate to opt out

Below is some of the intel we’ve gathered from coaches and players this year as to what each quarterback brings to the table and how they might fill the void left by Newman.

Georgia football quarterback JT Daniels

Quotes: “JT [Daniels] is not cleared still. You all think he’s cleared or what you think of is cleared. Cleared to me is, I can go out and play a full game of tackle football. He gets to scrimmage but he wouldn’t be cleared for a game in terms of contact yet.” — Smart on Daniels’ status as off Aug. 29

“I think JT is a better athlete (than people think). So obviously there’s film of both of those guys, JT is a young player at USC throwing the football.” — Monken on JT Daniels on Aug 25.

JT Daniels is not cleared yet. JT Daniels is coming off an ACL surgery as well. He has been able to take some reps, he has been able to throw the ball and do some things, but he is not completely cleared from the knee yet. He will still be in a brace for that.” — Smart on Aug 16.

“When he became available, he went in the portal and we reached out, and he returned the favor and said he would be interested. We communicated for a while, for a long time, not knowing which direction we were headed I’m a big believer in getting the best people on the team you can get, and have competition, and iron sharpens iron. But that room is going to be very competitive, and we’re excited to see where it goes.” — Smart on bringing Daniels in from USC on Aug 16.

“He strikes me as a guy who’s really confident. I feel like he knows what he can do, is really confident in his arm and how he can control the offense. He carries himself a certain way, and I can appreciate that as an offensive guy, for sure.” — Jamaree Salyer on what he’s seen so far from Daniels on Aug 16.

“JT is a very talented guy. I haven’t really seen him sling it like that, only a little bit. I’m ready for him, just like everyone else to go out there and show what they got.” — Richard LeCounte on Daniels on Aug 16.

Notes: Daniels arrived at Georgia in May of this year after transferring from USC. He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA in July. Daniels is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the first game of the 2019 season while he was USC’s starting quarterback. In his time at USC, he started 12 games, including 11 as a freshman. Was a 5-star prospect in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and ranked behind only Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields in the recruiting rankings. Completed of his 241 of his 397 career passing attempts for 2,887 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and is from Irvine, Calif. Has three years of eligibility remaining.

Related: Teammates, Kirby Smart discuss what JT Daniels will bring to Georgia football quarterback battle

Georgia football quarterback D’Wan Mathis

Quotes: D’Wan [Mathis] got a red area series with the 1s, as well. — Smart on Mathis working with the first team on Aug. 29

D’Wan Mathis, a kid who really needed those reps in the spring, didn’t get to go.” Smart on Mathis not getting reps.

Notes: Arrived as a part of Georgia’s 2019 signing class, flipping his commitment to Ohio State after Justin Fields entered the transfer portal. Missed the entire 2019 season as he recovered from brain surgery he had in May of 2019. Completed 15 of his 28 passes for 113 yards in Georgia’s 2019 spring game. Did add 29 rushing yards and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the game. Considered the best athlete among the group now that Newman has transferred. Listed at  6-foot-6, 205 pounds and comes from Oak Park, Mich.

Related: Georgia quarterback D’Wan Mathis fully cleared for game action after MRI

Georgia football quarterback Carson Beck

Quotes: “Carson [Beck] is going to be in one of the most competitive rooms he’s ever been in before.” — Smart on Beck on Aug. 16

Notes: Signed with Georgia as a 4-star quarterback in the 2020 recruiting cycle, picking Georgia over the likes of Alabama and Florida. As a high school junior, he completed 209 of his 356 attempts for 3,546 passing yards and 39 TDs while leading his high school to a state championship in Florida’s highest classification. As a senior, he completed 136 of his 248 pass attempts for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns. Beck comes from Jacksonville, Fla., and is listed at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Enrolled at Georgia in January and was able to go through spring workouts prior to them getting disrupted by COVID.

Related: Georgia QB commit Carson Beck and the throw the state of Florida still talks about

Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett

Quotes: “I don’t think Stetson [Bennett] got to go with the 1s. Stetson did a good job in the groups he did go with.” — Smart Aug. 29

“Stetson had a bit fewer because we had seen his stats a lot more and know more about him because of his time spent with us last year.” — Smart Aug. 29

Notes: The only player on the Georgia roster that threw a pass for the Bulldogs in 2019. Completed 20 of his 27 passes for 260 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception, though only one of those attempts came in a competitive game. Bennett has spent the most time on the Georgia roster dating back to his time as a walk-on as a member of the 2017 Georgia team. He had impressed members of that team with how he was able to replicate then Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Bennett is listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds and comes from Blackshear, Ga.

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