ATHENS – Football in Georgia hopes to find its quarterback of the future in the form of a second-class transfer to the USC red shirt JT Daniels in its match at 19:30 with Mississippi on Saturday night.
UGA QB legend Eric Zeyer admits that if Daniels plays well, there may be a second guess.
“Is there a chance for the fans to look back and say that it should have started from the first day?” Of course, that mood will probably be there, “Zeyer said in a podcast on Bulldogs Live. “But one thing you have to keep in mind.”
“When you have such an injury, it affects the way you move and throw football. Once you clear up, you may not be in a position where you are in football form, you may not be able to move through the spring and off-season with supervision. “
Daniels received a torn ACL and meniscus in his right leg – his plantar leg – in the USC game for the 2019 season opener against Fresno on August 19. In January, he underwent a surgical procedure to clear his knee scars.
Coach Kirby Smart said in August that UGA expected Daniels to be released for the opening game. When that didn’t happen, Smart went with D’Wan Mathis and Stetson Bennett, and Daniels worked mostly with the scout team until a 44-28 loss in Florida on Nov. 7.
Zeyer says Daniels look much better at throwing the ball lately than at the start of the season, and should take a long look against the Maroon Bulldogs.
“With JT Daniels, I think you put him in, give him enough rope so he can shake off any rust that’s there,” said Zeyer, who was a leading SEC feeder at the end of his 1995 career in Georgia. “But beyond that, there has to be an open competition, because we have to find someone to lead this team.”
Zeyer noted that there was not much talk about freshman Carson Beck, but he must continue to watch, and Smart must be ready to keep the race open if Daniels fights.
“If he fights and doesn’t provide the spark you need,” Zeyer said, “I think the competition remains wide open.”
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