Kirby Smart still hasn’t named a starting quarterback, and that’s still probably a game time decision.
But that hasn’t stopped reporters from asking, and Smart did provide some additional information this afternoon in a lunchtime press conference.
USC transfer J.T. Daniels still hasn’t been medically cleared to play. However, Smart hopes that he will be by the time the Red and Black kick off Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville. I’m sticking with my prediction that Daniels, D’wan Mathis, and Carson Beck all see some time under center.
Which one will start? My (imaginary) money is on D’wan Mathis. Smart today described Mathis as “understanding what we’re doing” offensively and “doing a great job preparing.” From Kirby Smart describing a quarterback that’s borderline effusive.
Mathis also has the physical tools that best approximate what Jamie Newman would have brought to the table. Especially coming off an ACL reconstruction, Daniels doesn’t have the wheels to really be a threat in the running game. Mathis also has a phenomenal arm, which you could be forgiven for not knowing unless you saw him as a high schooler or during the 2019 G Day Game.
But don’t expect anyone to have the job nailed down after one game. None of these guys has built up a track record in live action for the Bulldogs, and only Daniels has taken live snaps in a college football game. With a schedule that includes Auburn, Tennessee, and Alabama right out of the chute, as a Bulldog fan you should really hope that someone comes out on Saturday and sets the field on fire (figuratively of course. Literally that would be a terrible thing.) Until later...