ATHENS — Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA to play for the Bulldogs this season.
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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.
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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.”
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