ATHENS – The Georgia midfielder’s rotation appears to be ready for the takeover with more speculation over the position than ever before.
This, despite Stetson Bennett’s impressive rating of 93.6 QB in a 20-pass performance out of 29 who scored 211 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 37-10 win over Arkansas.
Bennett appears to be a favorite to start with when UGA hosts The Tigers at 7:30 PM on Saturday, although JT Daniels may also see his first work.
Most of them feel Daniels will eventually take charge of the Bulldogs attack with his NFL armband and passing skills.
But Bennett may not be ready to hand over the reins yet.
In addition to moxie Bennett, his fourth year juniors showed the kind of movement and running skills that could put Auburn’s defense in their wake.
Some might not realize it, but Bennett’s pass performance in Arkansas also ranked second on the SEC last Saturday. QB’s ranking came second after Alabama’s Mac Jones while ahead of Kyle Trask of Florida and KJ Costello of Mississippi.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Bennett is a better quarterback player or heading towards any kind of record year.
But what it shows is the validity of Todd Moncken’s air raid principles in the Bulldog Attack.
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Georgia’s attack will still carry Pro Style principles, but he will also be looking to use the pass to prepare the run forwards, especially with the offensive line somewhat unstable and backing off the field.
Coach Kirby Smart addressed three big issues earlier this week, including what’s next for Bulldogs.
James Cook’s struggle in Arkansas is well documented, with his stumbling, tripping and two passes listed among the biggest disappointments after each off-season build-up.
Smart made it clear that UGA would not be afraid to seek another hot hand to pair up with rookie Zamir White if there were more issues against Auburn.
“We have five men that we feel comfortable with, (and) the good thing is, guys have gotten a lot of reps with some other men – Kenny [McIntosh] Smart said. “We manage to get to Kendall [Milton] And Daejeon [Edwards] On a lot more reps because of that. I have great confidence in these five men. They are doing a good job and working every day. “
McIntosh is healthy now and he could be the better option if Cook keeps struggling.
No, Smart didn’t mention the midfielder or come close to raising his hand.
But the Bulldogs head coach had some encouraging words about JT Daniels and D’Wan Mathis.
“(Mattis) he is “He keeps working, he’s getting better, he’s growing as a player,” Smart said. “He learned from some of his mistakes, and [we’re] Trying to make the players around him play better also so that he can succeed.
Really the same with JT [Daniels], He is continuing to work. He’s doing a great job – glad he’s acquitted because he can play now. We are excited to see him and what he does. “
Smart’s biggest concern about Auburn’s attack is clearly Bo Knicks, a fast-developing heritage player who is as much a coach on the field as he is a skilled and athletic player.
Smart compared Nix to how Jake Fromm grew from his first year to one of the top 10 bystanders ranked as a sophomore.
“You can’t put a price tag on the experience,” said Smart. “I saw it with Jake Fromm. The first year I saw these simple mistakes, it was like this the following year,” I know your distance better. I know where the yard sign is. I know I’m in goal range – don’t take a bag. I know where to go with the ball. I’ve now seen this defense eight times, and I know exactly what to do with the ball.
“It’s one of those deals that make better decisions with experience. It’s very clear that [Bo Nix’s] The learning curve is really fast in terms of being able to understand its offense, and how to use it. ”
The Knicks had a series of 218 straight passes without objection to enter the Georgia game on Saturday, and he is the second tallest player in the country after Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (276).
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