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Georgia Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart: JT Daniels "Looks Like He Could Play"

October 21, 2021

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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is getting ready to play two quarterbacks against the Florida Gators - and beyond. 

That’s according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Low, who reported that both JT Daniels and Stetson Bennett might play in Jacksonville. Bennett started against the Gators a season ago, but got hurt on a touchdown throw that put the Bulldogs up 14-0. 

"They've both played enough that it really doesn't matter who's the first one out there,” Smart is quoted as saying in the article

Daniels was slowed in the season opener against No. 3 Clemson with an oblique injury. He sat out the win over UAB. Stetson Bennett had an award-winning day against the Blazers by tossing five touchdowns on 10 of 12 throwing. 

A week later Daniels came back to the starting lineup during No. 2 Georgia’s blowout win over South Carolina. Daniels has not played in a game since the first quarter of the Vanderbilt game in September. Bennett has started each game since including wins over ranked foes No. 8 Arkansas, at No. 18 Auburn and No. 11 Kentucky

Smart told ESPN that Daniels has started looking like himself once more. 

"JT practiced (Wednesday) and did about everything," Smart told ESPN. "I thought (Wednesday) was the first time since Vanderbilt that I could have said, 'Man, he looks like he could play.' Now, he's rusty, and (Thursday) will probably be the telltale practice because it will be the first time he's gone back-to-back throwing after he threw a lot Wednesday."

Smart went on to say that Georgia could have to use both quarterbacks in the future. 

"I'm not sure we know who the better one is based on which game plan we have," Smart said. "There are teams we play that we have to be able to use the quarterback in the run game. Well, that's Stetson. There are teams we play that you have to get the ball out quickly and be really accurate. That's JT. But the first thing with JT is that he's got to be healthy."

Smart then followed up by saying he has confidence in both signal callers. 

"I think the feeling in the outside world is that you can't win it all (the national championship) without JT," Smart said. "I don't know or can't say that's accurate or not. I know there's nothing that he's shown that Stetson hasn't shown us that leads us to believe that's the case."


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