Athens – Kirby Smart said the Georgia quarterback starter “will likely be a game-time decision” on September 26 in Arkansas.
“It’s getting to be a norm here,” Smart said, referring to the 2018 Precidon contest between Jake Sem and Justin Fields that continued throughout that season. “We have seen it before, so it is not a cause of concern among our employees, or our organization or our children.
“We talk a lot about it with our players and make sure they understand where we are.”
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The Georgia head coach said the Bulldogs are rotating their quarterbacks.
Redshirt sophomore JT Daniels is considered the favorite to win the job provided he is cleared to play.
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Daniels, a former 5-star recruit who has two years of collegiate experience in crime, similar to UGA’s plan, underwent ACL surgery last year and follow-up procedure in January.
“If we don’t think he was going to be cleared, we wouldn’t practice him,” said Smart, who also said last week that he is anticipating Daniels to be clear for the opening game.
“But he continues to practice, so are D’Avan (Mathis), Carson (Beck) and Stetson (Bennett).
Smart was asked last Saturday when Mathis gained the most reps with the first team in the most recent scrimmage.
“It was part of the rotation, as far as each day, it just happened that they (boosters) were there that day,” Smart said. “Every day we rotate people who have moved in with people, and that is the day he fell.
“So for the most part, we’ve done a really good job for 16 practices, getting to 17 today, which we rolled. It doesn’t mean that we’ve got a different man every day, but we got a rotation. Is, and it was just part of the rotation. “
Smart said this year’s quarterback competition is different from previous years because he has a new offensive coordinator (Todd Monken), and a separate quarterback room.
“This year, it has been very much calculated in terms of representative and what we do with each person, and how we develop each man.
“They are at different stages of their careers, and they are all getting better. I would argue that we have a talented quarterback room in terms of depth. The important thing is getting it right to lead this group.”
Daniels is most familiar with handling the multidimensional aspects of Air Raid, who are comfortable to read and deliver the ball quickly.
The 6-foot-6 Mathis has a great arm, great agility and 10.8-second speed in 100 meters.
The audience of Scrimmage 3 discussed Mathis’ effectiveness on the option of reading and downfield throws.
Beck, a true freshman, also has good mobility and a living arm. Beck heavily praised all-time SEC passing leader Aaron Murray, who said Beck was the most influential of the three in the most recent scrimmage.
Smart made it clear that he and Monken were still processing the competition.
“You learn what everyone wants, what everyone orders, and you try to figure out what is your best chance to win and the best chance to get points, ”said Smart. “There are similarities between them, in all competitions and in the decision making process.
“I definitely like being a proven male as well.”
Kirby Smart, 9-15-20
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