ATHENS — Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA to play for the Bulldogs this season.
Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound transfer from Southern Cal, released the news via his Twitter account on Monday.
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
Daniels, a redshirt sophomore. suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the first game of last season with USC playing Fresno State. He was 25-of-34 passing for 215 yards with a TD and an interception before suffering the injury.
Daniels was a 5-star prospect from Mater Dei High (Calif.) who started college a year early.
The Bulldogs’ quarterback position is in flux with three-year starter Jake Fromm having moved on to the NFL, and new offensive coordinator Todd Monken calling the plays.
Georgia currently has five quarterbacks on its roster who are on scholarship, including Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman.
UGA coach Kirby Smart said on a recent ESPN podcast that he expects there will be competition. But Smart also indicated Newman has impressed him with leadership and ability since arriving in Athens in January.
ESPN analyst and SEC Network host Paul Finebaum told DawgNation he expects one of the Georgia quarterbacks will ultimately transfer.
“I think all you have to do is look at the past history of Georgia the last four or five years and you know what’s going to happen — they all won’t be there,” Finebaum said, referring to former UGA quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Justin Fields, who moved on to Washington and Ohio State, respectively.
“But to me, that’s OK.”
In addition to Newman and Daniels, the Bulldogs also have redshirt freshman and former Ohio State commit D’Wan Mathis on scholarship, along with incoming freshman and former Florida Mr. Football Carson Beck and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett.
Georgia has been going through voluntary workouts since June 8, and this week Smart and his staff will be allowed to oversee workout activity.
Teams aren’t allowed to do any drills involving a football until later this month, when the allotted supervised time moves from 8 hours per week to 20 hours per week.
The future of college football remains somewhat clouded after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week they will be playing conference-only games.
The SEC athletic directors were scheduled to meet in person in Birmingham on Monday.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said last Saturday college football is “running out of time” to get things right, but he maintains he doesn’t expect any decisions until “late July.”