Kirby Smart shares the latest on Georgia's QB situation
Georgia coach Kirby Smart had an interesting comment on the Bulldogs’ quarterback situation Monday morning.
Smart admitted that quarterbacks other than starter Stetson Bennett received practice reps during Georgia’s bye week, but said it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
“We are always evaluating guys. It doesn’t change,” Smart told reporters on Monday. “You guys can keep asking the questions, but we are always evaluating guys at quarterback, and they are always trying to get better, grow their game. Stetson is still repping with the ones, taking reps.
“We got other guys reps and that’s what you try to do in an off week. You try to grow your team and get them better. But at the same time, we are trying to create continuity and get better as a team and a unit. You don’t base your season on one game, you base your season on what gives you the best chance to get better, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to look at it as, ‘What are we trying to do to get our team from point A to point B?’ That’s growth. That’s competition. Every position has that. It doesn’t change at quarterback. It’s what you need to get better and what we are going to continue to do this week.”
Bennett struggled mightily in UGA’s last game vs. Alabama, completing just 18-of-40 passes and throwing three interceptions.
“We are always evaluating guys at quarterback and they’re always repping and trying to get better,” Smart added. “We are trying to create continuity. You don’t base your season on one game.”
There are a few different options Georgia has besides Bennett. The Bulldogs could turn back to D’Wan Mathis, who struggled a bit in the season opener vs. Arkansas. There’s also USC transfer JT Daniels, who has yet to play this year despite being medically cleared for a few weeks now.
It’s also possible the Bulldogs continue to bet on Bennett. So far this season, he’s completed 57 percent of his passes for 958 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
Georgia’s next game is at Kentucky on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.