Kirby Smart evaluates JT Daniels' performance vs. Mizzou: 'I thought he had really good command of the offense'
JT Daniels stepped on to the football field for Georgia against Missouri on Saturday, his first action since the 1st quarter of a blowout of Vanderbilt on Sept. 25.
Daniels entered for the Dawgs’ 2nd possession of the 2nd half and played the rest of the way for Stetson Bennett IV, going 7 of 11 for 82 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception.
And the opinion of those inside and outside the program continues to be split on whether Kirby Smart should stick with Bennett for the remainder of the season or turn to Daniels down the stretch with 3 regular season games plus the SEC Championship still to come—this as Georgia looks to sew up the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
“I thought he had really good command of the offense when he went in,” Kirby Smart said postgame, according to DawgNation. “He’s got great poise in the pocket. ”
Although Daniels didn’t play in the first half, Smart was pleased to have the junior by his side and evaluating the Mizzou defense “like he was playing the game”.
“To hear him call out coverages, the checks and know exactly what he was planning on going to, it was really good,” he said. “It gives you a lot of confidence in him when he’s over there making those and talking to Stetson when he comes off the field.”