Why JT Daniels’ return to Georgia football would mean so much
ATHENS — Georgia fans became more optimistic that quarterback JT Daniels will return for another season after the redshirt junior released an Instagram photo on Monday.
Daniels is that important to the Bulldogs’ 2021 SEC and College Football Championship hopes.
One look at the Georgia offensive numbers before and after Daniels took over is telling.
The Bulldogs jumped considerably in passing efficiency and completion percentage categories, specifically.
Georgia was 101st in the nation in passing efficiency (115.79) and 113th in completion percentage (52.4) prior to Daniels taking over.
Daniels raised UGA significantly by completing better than 67 percent of his passes with an efficiency rating of 178.49.
Here’s a look at Georgia’s SEC rank and offensive statistics before Daniels took over as quarterback for the final four games of the season, compared with his statistics.
Before: 29.0 points per game
Daniels Average: 37.25
Before: 173.5 yards per game
Daniels’ Average: 175.25
Before: 382.8 yards per game
Daniels’ Average: 486.0
Before: 209.3 yards per game
Daniels’ Average: 307.75
Before: 115.79 pass efficiency rating
Daniels’ numbers: 178.49
Pass yards per completion
Before: 12.95 yards per completion
Daniels’ numbers: 15.39
3rd Down conversion rate
Before: 42 percent
Daniels’ numbers: 53.1 percent
Before: 52.4 percent
Daniels’ numbers: 67.2
Where Daniels’ numbers ranked nationally:
Yards per game passing
12th, 25* (projected, 2.5 per game, 10-game season)
Pass efficiency rating
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