LSU QB Jayden Daniels might still be slowed by an ankle injury but he's cleared to play in the SEC Championship Game.
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LSU’s Jayden Daniels cleared, QB Showdown on tap for SEC Championship Game

ATHENS — LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels will play against Georgia after suffering a sprained ankle last Saturday.

“He’s going to be good,” Tigers coach Brian Kelly said during a Thursday afternoon SEC Championship Game zoom press conference.

“He’s had a good week of practice, and he’ll play for us on Saturday.”

LSU plays No. 1-ranked Georgia at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a game pitting two experienced quarterbacks against one another.

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Tennessee coach Josh Heupel suggested both quarterbacks will be challenged by aggressive defensive fronts.

“There are subtleties in what they do as far as scheme, (but) they both match people out on the perimeter and are willing to play some form of man-type coverage,” Heupel said, “and both do a good job of applying pressure on the quarterback.”

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Daniels ranks first among Power 5 quarterbacks with 824 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing (on 174 attempts),

“Extremely athletic, smooth, great release,” UGA coach Kirby Smart said, asked about Daniels. “He’s quick and he’s fast. There’s a difference. He’s both.”

There have been reports Daniels has been in a protective boot at times this week, however, so he may not be at 100 percent where his mobility is concerned.

Bennett has not had any reported injuries since a mild shoulder issue in October, though he has been seen on the sideline in recent games rotating his arm between series in an apparent effort to stay loose.

Kelly indicated he has been impressed with Bennett.

“The confidence on film in terms of what he exudes is amazing,” Kelly said. “I think he’s, like, 26-3 as a starter. He’s in full command of the offense, full command.”

Here’s a look at how Daniels and Bennett rank in the SEC in statistical categories:

Passing efficiency

Stetson Bennett 5th, 150.68

Jayden Daniels 7th, 143,82

QB rushing yards

Jayden Daniels 1st, 824 yards

Stetson Bennett 8th,190 yards

Passing yards per completion

Stetson Bennett 7th, 12.81 yards

Jayden Daniels 12th, 10.78 yards

Passing yards per game

Stetson Bennett 4th, 262.58

Jayden Daniels 9th, 213.83

Yards per pass attempt

Stetson Bennett 3rd, 8.61

Jayden Daniels 10th, 7.39

Completion percentage

Jayden Daniels 2nd, .686

Stetson Bennett 5th, .672

Completions per game

Stetson Bennett 4th, 20.50

Jayden Daniels 5th, 19.83

Passing touchdowns

Stetson Bennett 8th, 16

Jayden Daniels 10th, 15

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