As has been the case seemingly since the loss to Florida on Nov. 7, it looks like Georgia quarterback JT Daniels is going to get his shot at quarterback this week for the Bulldogs as they take on Mississippi State.
Daniels has taken more first-time reps since the loss to Florida, due in part to an AC joint injury to Stetson Bennett. The USC transfer quarterback would’ve gotten the start against Missouri last week, but the game has been postponed.
This week Georgia coach Kirby Smart has been intentionally vague when answering questions about Daniels and the other Georgia quarterbacks.
“JT, he’s done some nice things,” Smart said on the SEC Coaches Teleconference on Wednesday. “He’s a guy that has worked really hard—just as Stetson [Bennett], Carson [Beck], and D’Wan [Mathis] have done. I am pleased with the way he has worked. I am pleased with the way he has rehabbed his knee and improved his knee, and the learning of our offense.
“The leadership he has shown since he arrived has been very good. When you are in a room with guys without a lot of experience—he’s a guy that has some experience.”
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But Georgia offensive lineman Ben Cleveland seemed to let slip that Daniels had been working for a more specific opportunity when Cleveland spoke to reporters on Monday.
“JT has spent a lot of time working on himself,” Cleveland said. “He’s been running 90 percent of the scout team offense. He’s been really focusing on learning the playbook, getting himself healthy and preparing himself for this moment.”
The news and discourse around Daniels and his seemingly imminent debut has a number of national media types talking about what kind of impact Daniels might have on the Georgia program.