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Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has made all the difference for the Bulldogs.

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.

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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.

Scoring offense

Before: 29.0 points per game

Daniels Average: 37.25

Rushing offense

Before: 173.5 yards per game

Daniels’ Average: 175.25

Total offense

Before: 382.8 yards per game

Daniels’ Average: 486.0

Passing offense

Before: 209.3 yards per game

Daniels’ Average: 307.75

Passing efficiency

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

Completion percentage

Before: 52.4 percent

Daniels’ numbers: 67.2

Where Daniels’ numbers ranked nationally:

Yards per game passing

10th, 307.75

Completion percentage

18th, 67.23

Touchdown passes

12th, 25* (projected, 2.5 per game, 10-game season)

Pass efficiency rating

10th, 178.49

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