Kirby Smart praises JT Daniels' 'command' of the offense, notes impressive plays by Adonai Mitchell
There was plenty to like from Georgia on Saturday at the annual G-Day spring game. For starters, the weather was Chamber of Commerce-level great, the students turned out to coach Kirby Smart’s liking, and the team checked all the boxes for the wrap up of offseason workouts.
Georgia QB JT Daniels threw for 324 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the first-team offense over the first-team defense. Adonai Mitchell caught 7 passes for 105 yards including a 24-yard touchdown, while Demetris Robertson caught 4 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Tailback Zamir White had 28 yards rushing and a touchdown rushing to go along with his 50 yards receiving
Carson Beck led the second-team offense with a 22-of-31 passing performance for 236 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Smart said there’s a long way to go and plenty to improve on to “get where we need to go, and got to find some depth at some positions, and got to get better at some other positions. But I thought our guys really competed hard today, really enjoyed seeing he operation of the quarterbacks from the back end where I get to sit and hear them call the huddle and call the plays.”
Smart said Daniels’ ability to have command of the pocket and move within the pocket. By the same token, the offensive line needs to protect him, and Smart said there were 4-man rushes that got pressure on Daniels on Saturday.
“He has command of it, he understands it,” Smart said. “The key is his decision-making process.”
Smart noted that Mitchell, as a guy who just enrolled, impressed him all spring and made plays. Several of the running backs made plays in the passing game, he said, and defensively, Smart said Jalen Carter and Devonte Wyatt were disruptive on the interior.
Here’s the full press conference: