Tom Hart discusses Georgia’s QB controversy after SEC title game defeat
One of the major discussion points that have lingered well beyond the final whistle of the SEC Championship Game is whether or not Georgia made the right call keeping quarterback Stetson Bennett in the game despite second-half struggles.
Really, the debate about which quarterback the Bulldogs should roll with has been raging all season. But it came to a head with an SEC title on the line when Bennett threw a pair of costly second-half interceptions, the last of which came early in the fourth and was returned 42 yards to put the Tide up 21 points.
Bennett was 29-for-48 in the game, with 340 yards and 3 touchdowns to go with the 2 turnovers.
On the McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning show Wednesday, ESPN’s Tom Hart questioned whether JT Daniels, Bennett’s backup at this point, is actually a serious threat to get on the field.
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“I can’t wait to hear what we’ll learn … about JT Daniels, his health, (and) his practice performances once the season ends for Georgia,” Hart said. “Because, sitting in the stands on Saturday, I thought there were numerous opportunities to get JT Daniels in the game, that his skillset would be better served to what Georgia had in front of them versus Stetson Bennett and the mistakes Bennett had already made in that game.
“When they never made that decision, and overall it seemed like Georgia wasn’t playing with a great sense of urgency when that game started, but when they never went to JT, that raised a lot of red flags in my head and probably helped us understand that he’s not a real option. If you don’t play him in the second half of that game, then what’s really going on with him on the practice field and in the locker room. Those are my biggest questions.”
After the game, coach Kirby Smart said they never discussed replacing Bennett. Georgia faces No. 2 Michigan in the second CFP semifinal on Dec. 31, with kickoff at the Orange Bowl set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.