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Even after problems, confidence is still high for JT Daniels
JT Daniels is not the certainty he at first went into college football as when he was a 5-star possibility in the 2018 recruiting cycle. At that point in time, he was billed as the next terrific Southern Cal quarterback from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., following in the steps of Matt Barkley and Matt Lienart.
As he begins his very first fall camp as a Georgia Bulldog however, not all that much is learnt about his on-field skills. Protective backs Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes could not actually speak with what he gives the offense on the account of not seeing his game all that much. Because he spent the last two seasons at USC, part of that is. The other is due to the fact that he came to Georgia in May and has actually only gone through team walkthroughs and exercises.
They recognize his skill, as head coach Kirby Smart has made it an indicate bring in skilled gamers who can assist Georgia win now.
Right now, Daniels still isnt totally cleared for contact as Georgia begins fall practice on Monday
” J.T. Daniels is unclear yet. J.T. Daniels is coming off ACL surgical treatment too,” Smart stated. “Hes had the ability to take some reps. Hes had the ability to throw the ball and do some things, but hes not totally cleared from the knee yet.”
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The knee Smart references is the very same one he tore in his opening video game of the 2019 season. By the time of Georgias very first game on Sept. 26, it will have been over a complete year from when that injury occurred. A complete year after Daniels, for a second time, was called the starting quarterback for the season-opener.
Daniels will be intending to do that when again this coming fall, though his competitors figures to be stiffer. Hes not the only transfer quarterback Georgia brought in, as the Bulldogs also have Jamie Newman, who got to Georgia over 4 months before Daniels did. Theres likewise Carson Beck, DWan Mathis and Stetson Bennett to contend with.
Smart laid out a plan for how one of those five, Daniels included, might win the starting quarterback job.
” Those people are going to be judged and assessed every day on how the command the huddle,” Smart said. Are they making the ideal check, are they making the right choices?
” All of those things are going to be used to evaluate who gives us the very best opportunity to win.”
Related: Kirby Smart: Georgia quarterback competitors part of the procedure for offense
Daniels, together with Newman, has started double-digit video games as a beginning quarterback at the Power 5 level. The USC transfer began 11 video games as a real freshman, consisting of the Trojans season-opener that year. Because game, after getting to USC over the summer season instead of a mid-year enrollee, Daniels completed 21 of his 35 pass attempts for 282 backyards and a goal.
The next year, Daniels tore his ACL in the season-opener versus Fresno State. Daniels threw simply 14 in his freshman campaign.
In April of this year, Daniels made the move to get in the transfer website. Thats where Georgia, who didnt have much contact with him throughout his initial recruiting process as it had signed Justin Fields in the same 2018 recruiting cycle, got included.
However even after the initial contact, not even Georgia completely understood what it would be getting with Daniels, especially when considering its own quarterback space.
“Once COVID began we didnt understand what was going on. We didnt understand if we were going to have 2 men be here and stay and be or if somebody was going to leave.”
But Smart understood he wanted to add Daniels. Therefore he did, as Daniels revealed he was transferring in May.
” Im a huge follower in getting the very best individuals on the team that you can get. And you have a competitors,” Smart stated. “Iron hones iron which space is going to be actually competitive and were delighted to see where it goes. ”
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Daniels, in addition to Newman, Mathis, Beck and Bennett, will have 25 practices over the 40 days in between Monday and the very first video game on Sept. 26. Twice before Daneils won the starting quarterback job at one of the top schools in the country. That most likely discusses some of his confidence that colleagues have observed.
” JT strikes me as a person whose actually positive. Hes really confident in his arm and what he can do and how he can manage an offense,” Jamaree Salyer stated of his colleague. “He carries himself a particular method, which as an offensive lineman you can definitely appreciate.”
Daniels isnt the slam-dunk, 5-star possibility he once was. A losing record and a surgically repaired knee will definitely cast doubt about ones abilities. Include how Newman has been hyped up this offseason and Daniels isnt even considered the favorite to win the beginning quarterback task.
Georgia does not know who its beginning quarterback is at this time. It does not require to. Its got the next 25 practices to figure that out.
Daniels will have a chance to reintroduce himself to the college football world. And hell get an opportunity to let his teammates understand simply how excellent of a player he is over those 40 days.
” Im prepared for him, simply like everybody else to go out there and reveal what they got,” LeCounte stated. Its going to be a lot of competition.
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J.T. Daniels is coming off ACL surgical treatment as well,” Smart said. A full year after Daniels, for a 2nd time, was called the beginning quarterback for the season-opener.
Hes not the only transfer quarterback Georgia brought in, as the Bulldogs also have Jamie Newman, who got to Georgia over 4 months prior to Daniels did. Daniels, along with Newman, has started double-digit games as a beginning quarterback at the Power 5 level. Include in how Newman has actually been hyped up this offseason and Daniels isnt even thought about the favorite to win the beginning quarterback task.
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