ATHENS – Georgia football hopes to find its quarterback in the future in the form of USC redshirt second-year transfer JT Daniels in his at. 19.30 with Mississippi State Saturday night.
UGA QB legend Eric Zeier admits that if Daniels plays well, there could be another guess.
“Is there a chance fans can look back and say he should have been from day one? Sure, the mood is likely to be out there, ”Zeier said on the Bulldogs Live podcast. “But one thing to keep in mind…. JT came out of a pretty horrible knee injury.
“When you have such an injury, it affects the way you move and throw the football. When you are cleared, you may not be in a position where you are in football shape without being able to go through spring and an offseason with supervision. ”
Daniels suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his right leg ̵
Coach Kirby Smart said in August that UGA expected Daniels to be cleared for the opening game. When that did not happen, Smart went with D’Wan Mathis and Stetson Bennett, and Daniels worked primarily with the scout team until after the 44-28 loss in Florida on November 7th.
Zeier says Daniels looks much better at throwing the ball recently than he did at the start of the season and he should see a long look against the Maroon Bulldogs.
“With JT Daniels, I think you get him in. Give him enough rope so he can pull off the rust that’s out there,” said Zeier, who was the SEC’s leading passer all the time at the end of his career in Georgia in 1995. “But outside of this, this has to be an open competition because we have to find a guy to lead this team.”
Zeier noted that not much has been said about novice Carson Beck, but he should continue to watch and Smart should be ready to keep the competition open if Daniels struggles.
“If he fights and doesn’t give the spark you need,” Zeier said, “I think the competition remains wide open.”
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