Kirby Smart discusses JT Daniels' development, prospects for 2021
Georgia QB JT Daniels was named the co-Offensive Player of the Week in the SEC this week following a big debut in the 31-24 win over Mississippi State.
Daniels threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns and became the first Bulldog since Aaron Murray in 2013 to throw for more than 400 yards in a game.
The redshirt sophomore has room to improve through experience and film evaluation, coach Kirby Smart said at his Monday press conference.
“In terms of his eyes and his routes, there were a couple of things where he had eyes on the wrong side,” Smart said. “He threw the ball well, he was very accurate, he protected the ball, made good decisions with the ball, had the one probably errant throw that went off the hands of the defender early in the game and that may have just come from the rust of not playing. … But certainly he can grow and get better, he understands that.”
Smart said Daniels wasn’t given more control over the offense than other quarterbacks in terms of changing a play to a run or a pass.
“Some quarterbacks can handle more than others, and we’re not going to be limited by what JT can do, we’re going to be limited with what we can do with our offensive line, tight ends, our receivers and backs,” Smart said. “For everything you do with JT, they have to be able to do as well. You can’t rep 100 different checks every week. JT understands our system. He’s got flexibility to do some things in certain calls, and other calls he doesn’t, just depends how the game is going.”
With next season on the offseason, Smart was asked about the future of the quarterback position at Georgia and if Daniels factors in there to start in 2021.
“The advantage would be continuity,” Smart said. “What you’re looking for is above-the-line play, high level play, and that’s what we’ve been searching for really all year. You’re always trying to find it at every position, who can play above the line. Who can play winning football, and that’s what we’re trying to find, and anytime you can get continuity at that position it’s a benefit, absolutely it’s benefit. We’ve got to produce more sample size that way and continue to grow that position.”