It’s Time for the Georgia Bulldogs to give J.T. Daniels a Chance


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Let Him Play: After too many mediocre starts by current starting quarterbacks, Bulldog fans are starting to wonder just why Coach Kirby Smart is not playing J.T. Daniels, who transferred in from the University of Southern California to play football for the Red and Black.

We all know that there’s no mail on Sundays. But for Georgia Bulldog fans like myself, the mailman has also struggled to deliver on Saturdays too. I am of course talking about Georgia quarterback Stetson “the Mailman” Bennett the Fourth, whose struggles at quarterback have defined the Dawgs’ season thus far. Georgia is fresh off a 44-28 whooping at the hands of the hated rival Florida Gators. While watching the game and the excellence of Florida QB Kyle Trask against the Dawgs’ daunting defense, the Georgia faithful was reminded of just how crazy it is that a former walk-on and JUCO product is the starter for the then fourth ranked team in the country. In Georgia’s two biggest games of the season, against Florida and Alabama, Bennett was a combined 23 for 56 for 347 yards, with 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Georgia lost both games by wide margins. These are porous numbers for the most important player on a very talented team that was pinned as a national title contender going into the season. Bennett’s rise to QB1 status is a great story, but it hasn’t worked out at all. So how did the QB situation get to this?

The answer is one that only Kirby Smart and God know. The Dawgs made sophomore D’Wan Mathis the Week 1 starter, but he looked overwhelmed against Arkansas, and against Florida when Bennett was hurt he came in and went 4 of 13 with 2 interceptions. While Mathis has shown flashes of talent, and I personally believe has the ability to succeed somewhere else, he’s probably not the answer in Athens. Enter former #1 high school QB in America, J.T. Daniels. He started at USC for a year before tearing his ACL and transferring to Georgia. Clearly, he has talent right? So what are his stats like? Well, despite the struggles of Mathis and Bennett, Daniels has not seen a single snap. He’s been medically cleared to play and everything, and when asked why such a highly touted prospect hasn’t gotten a lick of playing time, Coach Smart said he keeps Bennett and Mathis out there “ because they have a better body of work.” This is an odd answer, because it seemingly ignores that Daniels has started 12 games already in his college career, which gives him more experience and a better body of work than both of the signal callers that Georgia continues to trot out every Saturday. With their playoff hopes all but squashed after the losses to Florida and Alabama, Georgia isn’t playing for much anymore. So Coach Smart, if by some miracle you ever read this, please give J.T. a shot. It can’t be worse than what we’ve seen from the QBs this season. We’ve seen enough of the Mailman.