ATHENS — The Georgia football quarterback situation has some fans wringing their hands with worry.
There are nine quarterbacks currently on the roster, so, what will happen next? Who will leave?
Those are fair and realistic questions, but more importantly, in numbers there are also answers.
Only four of the 14 teams in the SEC last season started the same quarterback in all of their games last season: Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M.
Georgia, in fact, has two consecutive seasons of the same quarterback starting every game.
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That being the case, the odds would seem strong that UGA might be due for a season in which multiple quarterbacks start.
Even more so when one considers the Bulldogs’ offensive scheme is anything but settled, as new offensive coordinator Todd Monken must assess new skill position players at receiver and running backs in more ways than one.
First off, who are the top skill position players? Which Georgia players are the most consistent, the most assignment sound, the most explosive?
Then, how best to use those players?
That will depend on which quarterback is under center, how well the offensive line comes together and the various matchups against different defenses each week.
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It’s a fluid game of three-dimension chess with endless combinations and possibilities, and with no spring football session to learn from.
Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman would seem like the odds-on favorite to start the season for the Bulldogs on Sept. 7 against Virginia.
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But if JT Daniels receives a waiver for immediate eligibility, which would seem likely considering he missed all but the first half of the first game last season, he might also get a start before the end of the year.
And if Daniels plays enough, it’s worth noting he would be eligible to turn pro. Having already suffered one ACL injury, that could prove more prudent than not.
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That doesn’t mean both redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis and true freshman Carson Beck will hang around all season — particularly if one or the other doesn’t make the travel squad for SEC road games.
But the possibility of Newman and Daniels going pro after this season would seem to offer a light at the end of the tunnel for one or both.
Then, of course, there is redshirt junior Stetson Bennett who already left Georgia once only to come back as a scholarship quarterback last season.