UPDATE: Kirby Smart said on Aug 16 Daniels will remain in a knee brace at the start of fall drills and wasn’t completely cleared.
ATHENS — Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has been cleared for practice activities, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situations.
Daniels, a redshirt sophomore transfer from USC, has been working to rehabilitate the torn ACL he suffered in the first half of the Trojans’ 2019 season-opening game against Fresno State.
Daniels had opened that contest 25-of-34 passing for 215 yards with a TD and an interception before suffering the injury.
In a manner similar to how Fromm replaced Jacob Eason in 2017, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis replaced Daniels and secured the Trojans’ starting job.
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Daniels underwent his initial surgery last Sept. 25, and then there was a minor follow up to clean up scar tissue.
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The Bulldogs have a crowded quarterback room with Daniels, Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman, redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis, true freshman Carson Beck and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett all on scholarship.
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Daniels, who received a waiver for eligibility to play this season, was cleared on Thursday. He reported to Georgia at the start of June and has been going through the voluntary workouts since June 8.
As a true freshman at USC, Daniels was 216-of-363 passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Daniels is a pro-style quarterback who earned 5-star rankings coming out of SoCal powerhouse Mater Dei.
Daniels left high school following his junior year with three years of starting experience behind him and a prep national championship.
• Georgia freshman DB Kelee Ringo expected to undergo shoulder surgery
• Freshman WR Arian Smith has had knee and wrist surgeries
• Freshman TE Darnell Washington had a knee procedure.
• Freshman offensive lineman Broderick Jones suffered a lower leg injury earlier this summer that was not expected to keep him out more than 4 to 6 weeks.
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