New Georgia OC Todd Monken offers an assessment of the QBs, pinpoints a surprise playmaker on offense
With so many new faces in and around Georgia’s offense, it’s difficult to know what to expect as the Bulldogs get set for their first scrimmage on Saturday.
First-year offensive coordinator Todd Monken, in a meeting with reporters, offered a brief assessment of the quarterbacks, Jamie Newman and JT Daniels, as Georgia moves along in training camp.
“Jamie Newman is a better thrower than people think,” Monken said. “And JT is more athletic than people think. … It’s been fun to be in the QB room. They all want to be really good players. Right now it’s an open competition.”
Asked about his offense, Monken said it depends on how he can adapt it to the players available.
“It still comes down to utilizing the players to the best of their ability,” he said. “You have to be careful how often you put something on a player’s plate. The important thing is consistency. How can you constantly score against the teams you face. You can’t carry over points from one week to the next.”
Monken said he defines explosive plays as a 12-yard run or a 16-yard pass, and he aims for about 1 in every 8 plays to be an explosive.
“How do you get explosive plays? First off, your ability to run the football, put the defense in run-pass conflicts,” he said. “The next part is how do you get skill players in space? I think we have those guys to do it.”
WR Kearis Jackson has been the surprise of camp so far because he’s been consistent. Monken added that RBs Zamir White and James Cook both had tremendous offseasons.
“I’m excited with our staff’s energy, and that comes from Coach (Kirby) Smart, who has high energy and is detailed,” Monken said.