Georgia's QB situation becomes more complicated
Billy Jones • 9/15/2021 in Football
Kirby Smart spoke on the quarterback situation for Georgia due to recent injuries.
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Days after quarterback Stetson Bennett started in place of the injured JT Daniels in Georgia's blowout of UAB, coach Kirby Smart couldn't give clarity on what's coming next for the second-ranked Bulldogs.
Smart elaborated on what has been a complicated situation during Tuesday's press conference. He spoke on the injuries of Daniels and Bennett while speaking about a second-year player--and possible de facto starting quarterback--in Carson Beck.
The injury report lists Bennett and Daniels as questionable for the game against South Carolina this weekend. Both players have been limited in practice.
That puts Smart in a tough position because if he wants to find out if either can go against South Carolina, he will do so at the expense of valuable reps for Beck. Much like his mentor Nick Saban, Smart will surely keep things close to his chest ahead of the game on Saturday, but he will have to make a big call ahead of the Bulldogs' SEC opener.
After a strong finish to last season, Daniels was poised for a strong season in 2021. But a preseason injury to his core was re-aggravated against Clemson and that kept him from playing against UAB last Saturday.
Bennett, who started some last season before Daniels took his job, started against the Blazers. He performed well in the first half, presiding over a blowout, but did not return for the second half. We now know the back strain had something to do with that.
Smart then turned to Beck, who played in one game of 2020 but didn't record any stats, to finish. Beck went 4-of-10 for 88 yards and a touchdown.