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How many different QBs will Kirby Smart use this year?

How many different starting QBs will Georgia football have this year?

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The latest “Cover 4” question is:

How many different starting QBs will Georgia have this year? 

Brandon Adams: 2

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The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “The buzz around D’Wan Mathis suggests it’s possible he could start the season opener at Arkansas, but even if that happens, JT Daniels still has valuable experience that could help him eventually overtake Mathis at some point in the year.”

Mike Griffith: 2

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D’Wan Mathis should be the Week 1 starter for Georgia against Arkansas. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “D’Wan Mathis and JT Daniels. Based on the odds and oddity of the 2020 season alone, this is just the number that makes sense. Only four of 14 SEC teams started the same QB in every game last season — and that was with an 8-game season.

Connor Riley: 2

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“Good Day UGA” feels that JT Daniels and his previous playing experience will still be a factor for Georgia in 2020. (Steven Colquitt/UGAAA)

The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: JT Daniels’ knee. At this point, it’s not clear if it’s healthy and even if it is, it’s fair to wonder if it could hold up over the course of a 10-game season. Because of that D’Wan Mathis and Daniels will start games this season.

Jeff Sentell: 3

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The Intel here: Going to roll with the odds and a few variables. Considering 1) That all-SEC schedule and 2) Concerns associated with COVID-19 and contract tracing and 3) Georgia should have three very capable and healthy QB options by November. UGA started the same QB in Jake Fromm for 42 consecutive games from 2017-2020. The odds of a starter going down and missing at least a game in the SEC are high in any season, much less four straight seasons. They only increase with two more conference games. We will also note two NFL first-round draft picks and a Week 1 rookie starter are no longer in Athens. Mathis will be on the move, too. If he struggles, I feel both Carson Beck and Daniels can get it done. 

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