WATCH: Why Georgia football has quarterback competition, not controversy
, ATHENS — The Georgia football quarterback competition knows no bounds these days and seemingly comes to no end.
Jacob Eason-Jake Fromm gave way to Fromm-Justin Fields, which gave way to Jamie-Newman-JT Daniels and now its viewed as Daniels-D’Wan Mathis.
Already, some are projecting high school commit — not signee, mind you but commit — Brock Vandagriff vs. Mathis vs. Carson Beck, assuming Daniels goes pro after a healthy and successful 2020 season.
It’s a byproduct of great recruiting, but also, how the fan’s mind works.
It’s really no different than the Jacksonville Jaguars’ fans hoping for Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
But at Georgia, where the mindset is championship or bust since the Bulldogs’ 26-23 overtime loss to Alabama in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game, quarterbacks are a particularly hot topic.
You know the deal: Too much credit or too much blame.
Coach Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Todd Monken have a firm hold on this season’s quarterback battle, of course.
There’s a plan for how it will play out in the most productive and thorough manner — it’s not Monken’s first rodeo.
The Bulldogs’ players see the competition every day and understand that Smart — rightly or wrongly — is just as hard on his quarterbacks as he is any other position group.
“JT [Daniels] and D’Wan [Mathis] have been competing,” Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell said. “Both have very strong arms, (and) both are very mobile. Both are very intelligent and know the offense.
“They’re both great quarterbacks, and I’m excited for us to have them on our team this year.”
And that’s where it’s at, with Daniels holding the distinctive edge of having five years of experience in Air Raid-based principles including a full season under center at USC.
Daniels is not yet 100 percent cleared from last year’s knee surgery (last September), and Mathis and Beck are competing, and learning, and getting better quickly.
The Georgia quarterback scramble