Kirby Smart shares the latest on JT Daniels' status heading into the opener
One of the most watched medical developments of the SEC offseason has been the progress of Georgia QB JT Daniels’ knee following an injury last season at Southern Cal.
“JT has not been medically cleared yet,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said on the SEC coaches media teleconference on Wednesday. “We are hoping he is cleared in the next couple of days. That’s something that’s out of our control.”
Smart has said that all four quarterbacks have received reps this preseason, even after the departure of Jamie Newman, who opted out. Recently, college football analysts and insiders have suggested that D’Wan Mathis has received the most reps with the starters, at least at a recent scrimmage. But because Daniels has not been cleared medically to be tackled, it’s unclear where he would be in a starting role situation.
ESPN analyst David Pollack compared this competition to another Georgia QB battle, between Justin Fields and Jake Fromm.
“You’ve got an opportunity now with Mathis and with Daniels. Daniels is more ready to play right now. He’s got more experience. He can throw it. He’s got a great arm. Mathis has a better arm. Mathis has more mobility,” Pollack said.
Tune in on Saturday to the Arkansas game to find out which QB Smart picks to face the Razorbacks.