Kirby Smart shares the latest on Georgia's QB situation heading into Mississippi State game
Georgia coach Kirby Smart discussed the Bulldogs’ quarterback situation during his weekly press conference on Monday.
Stetson Bennett has continued to struggle under center, and it’s possible Smart could have used the bye week to get a new starter ready for the Mississippi State game.
“The competition is going to continue throughout practice like it did last week,” Smart said, declining to name a starter.
Smart did provide an update on Bennett’s health following an injury he sustained vs. Florida.
“Stetson is bouncing back,” Smart said. “He is still dinged up a little bit. He was out there at practice each day doing all he could. He has still been limited a little bit, but we haven’t done anything since Thursday. In terms of Friday, Saturday, Sunday treatment and recovery, getting himself back in a position that he can play and compete at a high level — that’s the hope for this week is for him to do the same. I don’t know exactly where he is until after practice today.”
If Bennett isn’t able to go, USC transfer J.T. Daniels could be an option. Smart discussed the possibility of testing Daniels in a game situation.
“You just try to make the best situation you can to give your team an opportunity to win,” Smart said. “That’s what we try to do in all our decisions, regardless of quarterback or not. You know, the running backs don’t get tackled in practice either. They get hit, but they don’t get tackled, so you have to put the best guys out there that give you the best opportunity to win. That’s what we have always done.”
On the other side of the field, this week could feature a quarterback that Smart is familiar with — KJ Costello. Smart said he recruited Costello as a grad transfer this past offseason but, of course, the Dawgs ended up going in a different direction.
“Yeah, we actually did communicate with K.J. [Costello] or at least I did,” Smart said. “I had communication with him for a while, while he was in the portal and just talked back and forth. Really, it was before Jamie [Newman] had entered the transfer portal or we even knew that Jamie was an option. K.J. did communicate a little early on and there was some interest there. Then, we ended up going with Jamie. I think he ended up going to Mississippi State.
“I know he’s a really good player, really smart. People at Stanford [University] say a lot about him, really positive things about him. He’s very proficient. Obviously, he had some really good games, early. He’s been a little dinged up here lately. Big, big, fella with a big arm that fits well in the system of being able to throw the ball.”
Costello has struggled this season and appears to have been replaced by true freshman Will Rogers.
Georgia and Mississippi State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.