JT Daniels is set to begin a season with his third program when West Virginia opens practice next month.

The former Georgia quarterback was the subject of coach Neal Brown’s session on Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. Brown said that Daniels understands that he’ll be under a microscope for fans and media, and that he has to earn the starting job. But Brown still has high praise for his new quarterback.

“He may be the smartest quarterback we’ve ever had,” Brown said.

Brown is aware that Daniels has dealt with an ACL injury, and last season battled oblique and lat muscle injuries that ultimately paved the way for Stetson Bennett to start multiple games.

“J.T. (Daniels) has come in and been really humble in his approach,” Brown said, per Heartland College Sports. “He knows he’s got to win the competition. There’s nothing promised to him on the way in, but he’s done a great job connecting with our players. He’s done a great job getting his body where it needs to be. He’s in really good shape. He’s really confident. The key for him is to stay healthy.”