David Pollack predicts UGA's starting QB, likens current battle to Jake Fromm, Justin Fields
Georgia enters 2020 with a few different options at quarterback.
While USC transfer JT Daniels, D’Wan Mathis, Stetson Bennett, and Carson Beck are all in the mix, it is expected to come down between Daniels and Mathis. Former Georgia defensive lineman and ESPN college football analyst David Pollack shared his thoughts on the competition on ESPN’s “CFB Podcast,” comparing it to another QB battle Georgia had in recent years.
“Here’s something to consider. Kirby Smart had an opportunity a couple of years ago when he had Justin Fields and Jake Fromm,” Pollack said. “Jake Fromm took them to a national championship game. Jake Fromm, talent-wise, you knew was far behind Justin Fields. Kirby probably made the right decision. Kirby played the guy that gave them the best chance to win at that time, which is 100 percent Jake Fromm.
“You’ve got an opportunity now with Mathis and with Daniels. Daniels is more ready to play right now. He’s got more experience. He can throw it. He’s got a great arm. Mathis has a better arm. Mathis has more mobility.”
“Mathis has more of what Justin Fields was as opposed to what Jake Fromm was, and more upside,” Pollack continued.
“With Mathis, you’re going to take lumps. … It just makes your offense more dynamic in so many ways having that running quarterback and it makes life easier as a play-caller.”
It’s an interesting comparison, as Mathis brings a more dual-threat option while Daniels is a former 5-star pro-style QB with experience at the Power 5 level.
It will be interesting to see who Georgia trots out in the opener against Arkansas on Saturday, or if both players get some playing time.