ATHENS, Ga. – Kirby Good doesn’t like to point out his hand in the case of Georgia’s quarterbacks.
If there’s any query as to who shall be his starter, the coach prolongs the thriller so long as potential.
This spring, there’s no thriller. After solely 4 begins with the Bulldogs, JT Daniels’ standing because the starter — and the Bulldogs’ chief — is unquestioned.
Daniels is simply extra assured in his position following his first spring observe, which ended with him passing for 324 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday’s G-Day spring sport.
One 12 months in the past, Daniels was nonetheless recovering from a critical knee damage following his switch from Southern Cal. He wasn’t cleared to play till after the beginning of the 2020 season.
This spring supplied Daniels the vital alternative for prolonged observe time. He described the worth of the 15 spring practices as “large” for his continued growth.
“There’s been a whole lot of total enchancment for me personally and likewise with a whole lot of guys stepping up within the receiver room,” Daniels stated. “There’s so much higher chemistry you discover within the spring sport.”
The spring additionally has helped teammates modify to Daniels.
“It’s been good having him all spring and feeling that reference to him,” stated offensive sort out Warren McClendon. “Being within the huddle with him on daily basis is nice.”
Daniels capped his abbreviated four-game debut as starter final season by main three fourth-quarter scoring drives and passing for 392 yards within the Bulldogs’ 24-21 Peach Bowl win over Cincinnati.
With Daniels returning for his junior season, Georgia appeared to have most of its offence again for 2021. As a substitute, high receiver George Pickens probably will miss the season after struggling a proper knee damage early in spring observe.
Pickens’ damage robs Daniels of his most established playmaker, however the quarterback says the Bulldogs are deep at receiver. Proof got here Saturday.
Freshman Adonai Mitchell joined Daniels on the first-team offence and had seven catches for 105 yards, together with a 24-yard scoring catch with 4 seconds remaining within the first half. Demetris Robertson caught a 59-yard scoring move from Daniels, who additionally threw a landing move to Kearis Jackson.
Good stated Daniels “has obtained command of the offence” regardless of enjoying lower than half a season.
“He understands it,” Good stated. “The bottom line is his decision-making course of. The quarterback must be in cost each single play and he manages that very properly for us.”
The scrimmage, performed earlier than 20,524 followers, was solely Daniels’ second look at Sanford Stadium. His dwelling debut shall be troublesome to high.
Daniels raised expectations in his solely 2020 dwelling sport by passing for 4 touchdowns in a 31-24 win over Mississippi State. Total, he threw for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 4 video games, all wins.
Georgia completed 8-2 and No. 7 within the closing AP High 25 ballot. The Bulldogs’ offence, generally known as a run-first assault, discovered passing steadiness with Daniels at quarterback.
There’s an expectation the second season underneath offensive co-ordinator Todd Monken, and the primary full season with Daniels, will solely add extra emphasis to the passing sport.
“He has higher understanding of his weapons and he’s obtained a boatload extra reps with every a kind of,” Good stated of Daniels.
A few of these weapons are at working again. Zamir White and James Prepare dinner mixed for 12 catches out of the backfield.
“It’s very, very, very uncommon that the primary man tackles any of our working backs,” Daniels stated. “We belief our working backs with the ball to make guys miss them.”
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