Indeed, for the first time all night, one of Georgia’s broad successors – Keris Jackson – left JT Daniels down, dropping what would have been a sure touchdown to lead Georgia 31-24 in the fourth quarter.
Then in the next game, another broad receiver – George Pickens – released what could have been another touchdown. The game after Pickens was redeemed by lifting a third-down conversion, but was denied a penalty by Warren McClandon.
“It really was the next play,” Daniels said of the unfortunate play series. “I didn̵
So on the third and 20th Georgia had to play to get back at least in the field. The state of Mississippi moved to 0, essentially putting all Georgia receivers in individual situations.
“When I found out what we called and when I saw the zero shell, I knew we were about to score,” Daniels said.
That’s exactly what Georgia did when Daniels hit an open Jackson for a 40-yard touchdown. It was his fourth game in which he threw for 401 yards.
“It was just one of those plays you just have to go get,” Jackson said. “JT made a great throw and I just have to go put myself in position to go catch.”
3rd and 20th ?? No problem.
Jear Daniels @ jtdaniels06 to Kearis Jackson @king_kearis pic.twitter.com/V3MDlbjUgx
– GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) 22 November 2020
Daniels was a little stricter with himself, noting that he had taken down Jackson during the touchdown. But more importantly, Daniels put the ball in position for Jackson to play.
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Daniels settled, something the Georgia quarterbacks didn’t do at a loss to Florida and Alabama. Jackson finished with four catches for 55 yards. The Pickens finished their best game of the season, taking eight passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, the first Daniels in uniform in Georgia.
Pickens has missed the last two games, but from the start on Saturday it was clear that he has a relationship with Daniels and is engaged in the offense in a way he has not been so far this season. Not coincidentally, his best game with Daniels under the center.
Then there was Jermaine Burton, who just nine yards failed to set a new school record for receiving yards. He finished the game with 197 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Entering the night, the freshman had 10 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown for the season.
Daniels spoke very clearly why he felt so comfortable placing it there on his wide receivers.
“If you have George Pickens and Jermaine Burton, if you don’t give it back, don’t recruit them,” Daniels said. “George will make me look good, Jermaine will make me look good. Kearis makes me look really good when he throws it in a deep ball in the middle and makes a great game.
“If you’re going to give one on one with George, Jermaine, Keris and all our boys, I’ll probably make you try and stop it.”
🎯 401 yards
🎯 4 TDs
JT Daniels is the first QB in the history of @GeorgiaFootball to throw 4 TD in his first game 🐶 pic.twitter.com/FdEkyQ6h9m
– SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 22, 2020
Mississippi could not do so on Saturday night as Daniels threw 401 yards. This is obviously the biggest story to come out of the game, but the performance of Georgia’s broad successors was another positive sign.
The position is somewhere between the swamp and the obvious problem for Georgia since the beginning of the 2019 season. Pickens flashes at times, as do Jackson and Burton. But at no point before tonight had the three of them shone together, as they had done against Mississippi.
“He did a good job with the receivers, making them believe that he would take the ball from them, play and strengthen the energy of this group, which is really important,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
Georgia even got the best production of the season from Demetris Robertson, as he had three catches for 45 yards, all in the second half.
Like the quarterback, it was fair to wonder why Georgia didn’t pull more out of its wide-ranging Smart receivers. It certainly doesn’t help when people like Marcus Rosie-Jacques and Dominic Blaylock suffer from seasonal injuries.
And as we saw during the game in Mississippi, the ineffective game of quarterback will not help either.
The winning game perhaps best combines the past and future of the broad position of the receiver. There was hiccups. But the performances of Jackson, Pickens and Burton also give hope.
Since Daniels is in the quarterback, it is believed that hunters miss in Georgia.
“They are just durable. They just kept coming, Smart said. “They could bow their heads and be upset, but we have to do these plays. They tried to bring the house and we made them pay. ”
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels for Georgia’s broad receivers
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