Update 11:27 a.m. Just over 30 minutes away from kickoff and it’s looking more and more like Stetson Bennett IV will get the nod for the Bulldogs.
JT Daniels is suited up and taking snaps from Jamaree Salyer, while Carson Beck is taking snaps from Warren Ericson, who is the second-team center.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) October 2, 2021
Looks like it’ll be Bennett to start.
Update 11:20 a.m. Uh oh.
JT Daniels has walked back to the locker room while the other quarterbacks remain on the field.— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) October 2, 2021
Stetson Bennett working with first team center Sedrick Van Pran.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) October 2, 2021
Update 11:17 a.m. Daniels was just shown warming up on College Gameday and he didn’t necessarily look comfortable while throwing. We’ll see how this plays into Kirby Smart’s final decision really soon.
Update 10:33 a.m. Kirby Smart when asked on ESPN’s College Gameday said he is “hopeful” his No. 1 quarterback can go on Saturday. “It’s all about how JT Daniels feels in pregame warmups.”
Less than 24 hours away from a Top 10 home showdown with the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks, Georgia Bulldogs starting quarterback JT Daniels has been downgraded to a game-time decision, per Holly Rowe of ESPN.
The UGA signal-caller has been dealing with a lat injury, as confirmed by Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart earlier in the week.
Holly Rowe on the status of #UGA quarterback JT Daniels: "We’ll see how Georgia’s offense is going to operate. Is JT Daniels going to play? We don’t really know at this point. He’s a game-time decision."— McClain (@McclainBaxley) October 1, 2021
Daniels has been banged up since the beginning of the season, previously dealing with an oblique injury that sidelined him for the team’s 56-7 victory over UAB on September 11. The former USC transfer played in just one quarter of the No. 2 Bulldogs’ 62-0 rout of Vanderbilt last Saturday, but it was previously thought that he was pulled because of the game getting out of hand quickly.
If Daniels were to sit out of the marquee SEC matchup at noon, Smart and company would once again turn to backup quarterback Stetson Bennett IV to take the reigns. Bennett tied the school’s single game passing touchdown record in just one half of the aforementioned UAB game and played a significant chunk of last week’s game against Vandy.
Georgia is currently listed as a 17-point favorite over Arkansas on DraftKings Sportsbook.