Kirby Smart acknowledges JT Daniels’ acumen, hints at black jerseys

Georgia's black jerseys debuted in 2007.

ATHENS — Georgia football could be back in black when it returns to Sanford Stadium for the first time in more than a month against Mississippi State.

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Coach Kirby Smart said the UGA Bulldogs are “contemplating” wearing their alternate jerseys against the Maroon Bulldogs when the teams meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“We’re not sure yet, we’ve contemplated some of that, but we’re not committed to it yet,” Smart said on his Tuesday Zoom call. “We want to see on a couple things from our leadership, and some of our other senior groups.”

Former Georgia All-American Deandre Baker, who recently had robbery charges against him dropped, said the Bulldogs wanted to wear black jerseys every week when he was a player in Athens.

Regardless of jersey color, it would seem UGA fans might see a new quarterback under center.

Smart acknowledged JT Daniels’ has been a fast study in the meeting room and continues to improve his mobility.

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“(Daniels) is very bright, he understands things, he’s very attentive in meetings, asks a lot of really smart questions,” Smart said. “He’s always into the Xs and Os, very intrigued by the other team’s defense. Every week they get tests, and each week of the season he takes the test and does it as good as anybody, not knowing if he’s getting snaps or not, he’s done a tremendous job of understanding the teams.”

Smart’s assessment of Daniels matches what Mater Dei coaches said about the former USC quarterback, as he was breaking down defenses as a sixth grader.

“He comes down there with us and gets scout team reps, and he still knows what the other team’s defense is doing,” Smart said. “He takes a lot of pride in that part of it.”

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Smart said that Stetson Bennett, 3-2 as the Georgia starting quarterback, was back on the practice field on Tuesday “and able to go today and do some things.”

Bennett suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder after getting hit while delivering a TD pass in the first quarter of the 44-28 loss in Florida.

Smart said D’Wan Mathis and Carson Beck also got work at quarterback, though he did not specify with which group.

Smart , who is most always intentionally vague on the quarterback position whenever possible, said on Monday the competition would be the same as it was last week.

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