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  09/29/20 - JT DanielsrSo/2023, Georgia, 6-3, 210 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Stetson Bennett's performance Saturday at Arkansas would be considered heroic in UGA football circles after he entered in the second quarter and sparked the Bulldogs' 37-10 win. It wasn't enough of a showing for UGA coach Kirby Smart to commit to him on Monday as the starter for this Saturday's 7:30 p.m. home opener against Auburn. Southern Cal transfer JT Daniels will be cleared from a knee injury, Smart said, but the starting spot will be decided throughout practice this week. "All I can tell you is we're going to continue to work with all the guys we've got," Smart said. "And put the best guy in there that gives us the best opportunity to win football games." Georgia's depth chart listed its four quarterbacks as possible starters. In order, D'Wan Mathis was followed by Bennett, freshman Carson Beck and Daniels with 'or' being the key word following each name. Daniels appeared as the front runner to start after Wake Forrest graduate transfer Jamie Newman opted out of the season and his clearance appeared to hang in the balance until kickoff Saturday. - Athens Daily Banner

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  09/29/20 - Jake CamardaJr/2022, Georgia, 6-1, 180 (DS#5 P) + More +

  Georgia's Jake Camarda made an early case for the Ray Guy Award for punter of the year. The junior averaged 49.9 yards on seven punts, including a long of 63 yards. Camarda had consecutive punts in the first quarter covering 38, 56, 50 and 46 yards that were all downed or fair caught at or inside the Arkansas 10-yard line, including one that pinned the Hogs at the 1-yard line. The Arkansas punt team is off to a better start than last season, even though the unit gave up a blocked punt in the decisive third quarter. George Caratan averaged 48.0 yards on six punts and had three of 50-plus yards, including a 57-yarder. Sam Loy averaged 40.5 yards on two punts with a long of 44. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#5 P) Jr/2022 P Jake CamardaGeorgia
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  09/28/20 - Jake CamardaJr/2022, Georgia, 6-1, 180 (DS#5 P) + More +

  SEPT 28 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jake Camarda, P, Georgia,...Camarda punted seven times for an average of 49.9 yards (second nationally) and for a 47.0 net (fourth nationally), including a 63 yarder, during the Bulldogs' 37-10 win at Arkansas. He dropped five of them at the 11-yard line or better (11, 10, 9, 7, 1). Camarda finished with only one touchback, four punts of 50 yards or longer and forced three fair catches. - SEC Football

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  09/28/20 - Richard LeCounteSr/2021, Georgia, 5-10, 190 (DS#2 FS) + More +

  280 total yards and 10 points given up against an Arkansas team that lost its 20th straight SEC game, It didn't start that way on what is viewed as one of the nation's best defenses. Razorbacks wideout Treylon Burks slid by All-American caliber safety Richard LeCounte on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks. "We just had a little mix up on the communication,"LeCounte said. Later in the half, Franks was out of the pocket and all the time in the world. He signaled for his receiver to come back and then he threw a dart to Burks for a 20-yard completion in front of LeCounte. On a third-and-4 in the third quarter, he found receiver Mike Woods in the middle of the field to move the chains on a drive that ended with a field goal. Now for the good stuff. LeCounte had a pair of interceptions and cornerback Eric Stokes had his first that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown. Georgia's first points came on a safety when Mark Webb and Azeez Ojulari were in the backfield on a double reverse and the ball trickled out of end zone for with 14:30 left in first half to put Georgia on the scoreboard 7-2. "We came in during halftime," LeCounte said. "Everyone was still positive that we were going to win this football game. We came out I nthe second half and played the game like we know how to play. There was a lot of things we had to fix and we fixed it." - Athens Daily Banner

(DS#2 FS) Sr/2021 FS Richard LeCounteGeorgia
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  09/28/20 - Stetson BennettrJr/2022, Georgia, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Here's what we know about the quarterbacks after this one: Stetson Bennett moved the offense much better than starter D'Wan Mathis. Southern Cal transfer JT Daniels may be waiting in the wings for his chance, but Bennett was at the helm when the Bulldogs poured on 32 second-half points. Georgia looked like it missed Jamie Newman more than expected after his September opt out. Bennett, the redshirt junior who was the backup last year, was quarterback for three drives when Georgia put up 101 of its 177 total first half yards. He finished 20 of 29 for 211 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. "I was expecting to come in," Bennett said. "If you don't, then it's kind of poor when you do. I always expect to. The first half, it was pretty poor. The second half was better. A few times, I checked to protections when I shouldn't have on that two-point conversion. It worked out but maybe next time it won't." So why did Smart yank Mathis with more than 10 minutes left in the first half? "We were on the headphones and said we were struggling offenisively and didn't have a lot of rhythym and needed to change things up," Smart said. " We just thought it would give us some energy. There's some things he can do well. and he's different than D'Wan in some of his experience. It gave us a spark. It helped us out He's very decisive with the ball. He makes good decisions." - Athens Daily Banner

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  09/28/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Georgia, 6-5, 205 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Georgia stated freshman quarterback D'Wan Mathis, but he was pulled in the second quarter after going 6-of-13 passing for 37 yards with an interception and also having some mental errors. Smart brought in Stetson Bennett, who jump-started the offense and finished the day 20-of-29 passing for 211 yards and two touchdowns. "We were on the headphones and we talked, "Smart said. "We were struggling and we didn't have a lot of rhythm. Felt like we needed to change things up. I don't know how many drives we were into, played five maybe six, however many it was, before we went to Stetson. I thought he would give us some energy.

"There are things he can do well. He is different than D'Wan. He has experience and he gave us a spark. That helped us out. He was very decisive with the ball and makes good decisions. He understands what the defense is trying to do to him. "I think getting to watch a little bit of the game helped him. Right now, going forward, we will decide how we go forward. We will go back and watch the tape. "Not all those things that went wrong were D'Wan's fault. I know a lot of people blamed D'Wan or whatever. But at the end of the day it is on all of us to get right. Not all of those were bad decisions. Not all of them were bad throws. He made some good throws. But we have got to get better that's for sure." Georgia had over 90 yards of penalties in the first half, but none in the third quarter and ended with 12 penalties for 108 yards. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  09/26/20 - Stetson BennettrJr/2022, Georgia, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter, and No. 4 Georgia rallied to beat Arkansas 37-10 on Saturday in the season opener for each school. Bennett replaced D'Wan Mathis in the second quarter and finished 20 for 29 for 211 yards. Bennett put the Bulldogs ahead to stay when he tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens and ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 13-10 with 6 minutes left in the third. Zamir White rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries, including a 6-yard TD that gave the Bulldogs a 34-10 lead in the final period.

Feleipe Franks was 19 for 36 for 200 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Arkansas (0-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference), but the Florida transfer also tossed two interceptions. Franks found Treylon Burks for a 49-yard touchdown play in the first quarter, and A.J. Reed kicked a 25-yard field goal with 8:23 left in the third to give the Razorbacks a 10-5 lead. But the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0) dominated from there. Bennett's pass to Pickens got the lead for Georgia, and he made it 20-10 when he found John FitzPatrick for a 7-yard TD. Eric Stokes then picked off a Franks pass and returned it 30 yards for another score. Georgia's defense also recorded a safety in the first half. - Georgia/AP College Football


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  09/24/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Georgia, 6-5, 205 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Mathis, an early enrollee in January 2019, had a health scare after spring practice in 2019. He experienced severe headaches and underwent emergency surgery to have a cyst removed from his brain. Doctors allowed Mathis to return to practice on a limited basis late last season, and in May he was fully cleared for practice. "[Mathis] has been through so much," Smart said. "He's a bright-eyed, talented kid. There are a lot of guys who have confidence in D'Wan." Pittman was Georgia's offensive line coach the previous four seasons, so he knows Mathis on a personal level. "We know what kind of arm he has," Pittman said. "But he would be maybe a little bit more of a dual threat, because he certainly can run. "He can actually fly. He's really fast, and to be honest with you, I'm really excited if he plays against us. I'm excited for him. Because he had surgery that might not have allowed him to play. He's come a long way. Certainly we're not wanting to play against him because he's such a talented young man. But I'm certainly thrilled that he has been cleared and is ready to get his football career back on course. A wonderful kid."

When Georgia's workouts were shut down in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mathis stayed in Athens to continue training and be supervised by the team's medical staff. "He has a powerful arm, has a great spin on the ball," Georgia wide receiver Kearis Jackson told reporters Monday when asked about Mathis' passing ability. "I know this offseason we took it extra serious about getting the extra throws in, getting that chemistry right. "This offseason, all the quarterbacks threw well, but D'Wan's speed and stuff is very special for him to be able to have an arm and the speed as well. He will be a weapon." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  09/23/20 - George PickensSo/2023, Georgia, 6-3, 190 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  At many times through his freshman season, Georgia wide receiver George Pickens would log on to social media and see a plethora of highlight plays. Most of them featured himself, No. 1 making an acrobatic or flashy catch for the Bulldogs. He knew those plays got people riled up. Pickens didn't hesitate to say it. Everyone had an opinion. The night those discussions soared came as the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. The emerging newcomer, who hadn't been afraid to show a bold personality on the football field, posted a career-high 175 receiving yards and hoisted the Sugar Bowl's MVP trophy.

Pickens found the spotlight. There were plenty of wide grins, celebrations and having fun with his teammates while speaking in a news conference. His fellow Bulldogs, who watched Pickens torch the Baylor secondary from the sideline, were in awe. The anticipation for Georgia's top target to become one of the premier receivers in recent history suddenly had cause. "We see that everyday," senior safety Richard LeCounte said Jan. 1 after Pickens' MVP-winning performance. "He works hard and puts his best foot forward." "That George Pickens, he's different," senior linebacker Monty Rice said. 'He's a different breed. Rare." - Macon Telegraph


(DS#1 WR) So/2023 WR George PickensGeorgia
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  09/22/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Georgia, 6-5, 205 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Mathis' path to potential starter for the Bulldogs is rather remarkable. Last spring, headaches and sinus pain nagged the quarterback. Following checkups and X-rays, doctors found a brain cyst that required Mathis to undergo emergency surgery. Pittman said he does not particularly want to face Mathis because he brings valuable traits to the Bulldogs' offense. At the same time, he would be excited for Mathis if he does play. "We know what kind of arm he has," Pittman said. "But he would be maybe a little bit more of a dual threat because he certainly can run. He can actually fly. He's come a long way. "I'm certainly thrilled that he has been cleared and is ready to get his football career back on course. He's a wonderful kid." - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  09/17/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Georgia, 6-5, 205 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Kirby Smart will begin his fifth Georgia season with only the fourth different starting quarterback during his time as head coach. Whether it's D'Wan Mathis or J.T. Daniels that gets the nod, Smart wasn't ready to say Tuesday evening. The choice is down to Mathis, the dual-threat redshirt freshman who has appeared to surge, and Daniels, the former five-star Southern Cal transfer, after Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman opted out two weeks ago. "As far as we can tell, it will probably be a gametime decision," Smart said. Georgia opens the season Sept. 26 at Arkansas. "We talk about it a lot with our players to make sure they understand where we are," he said. Hundreds of Magill Society donors and former lettermen were on hand in an otherwise closed third preseason scrimmage Saturday where Mathis got most of the first team snaps. Daniels was limited to situational work, which led observers to conclude that Mathis may be ahead. "They certainly have a right to," Smart said. "It doesn't concern me. It was part of the rotation as far as each day. It just so happened they were there that day." - Athens Daily Banner

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  09/16/20 - Zamir WhiterSo/2023, Georgia, 5-11, 215 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The team's moniker of "RBU" will be put to the test after losing D'Andre Swift as a second-round draftee of the Detroit Lions. Georgia will feature Zamir White and James Cook in the backfield with underclassmen Kendall Milton vying for playing time. Each of the backfield mates are confident to give production in a new offensive scheme. - Athens Daily Banner

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  09/09/20 - Tre McKittySr/2021, Georgia, 6-4, 245 (DS#9 TE) + More +

  Georgia tight end Tre' McKitty underwent arthroscopic surgery after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday's scrimmage, his father said Tuesday. The Florida State graduate transfer will be sidelined from two to three weeks, putting his status for the season opener at Arkansas Sept. 26 in question. "It's going to be touch and go between now and then," BJ McKitty said. "The good thing about it is it happened now…This should put us in a good position to know exactly where we are." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKitty caught 23 passes for 241 yards last season for Florida State and had 50 catches for 520 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons. "I've been really pleased with Tre' McKitty," coach Kirby Smart said Saturday. "He's tough, he's physical, he works, he blocks, he catches, he does a good job." - Athens Daily Banner

(DS#9 TE) Sr/2021 TE Tre McKittyGeorgia
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  09/07/20 - JT DanielsrSo/2023, Georgia, 6-3, 210 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Georgia scrimmaged Saturday four days after its leading contender for the job, Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman, changed everything by informing coach Kirby Smart on a day off from practices that he was opting out of the season, something that became public the next day. That has offered an opportunity for redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis to push Southern Cal transfer JT Daniels for the No. 1 job, but Mathis started slow in the second preseason scrimmage at Sanford Stadium by throwing a pair of interceptions. Daniels didn't zoom way ahead of Mathis either on a day when both worked with the No. 1 unit, according to Smart. "It almost feels like you really want the guys to assume the lead, take the lead and that hasn't happened yet," Smart said. "You're liable to have a great play or a great series and come back with a boneheaded mistake or a turnover. Nobody has really just taken charge and taken over. I wish I could say that."

Newman pulled the plug on his time as a Bulldog 235 days after announcing he was headed to Georgia. Smart didn't elaborate much on the decision. "We're moving forward," Smart said. "We respect Jamie, I respect Jamie. He's done a tremendous job. I respect any kid that chooses to opt out." The UGA campus shut down in March and Newman and Georgia players didn't return for more than 90 days to begin workouts. By then, Daniels had announced he was transferring to Georgia. Daniels, the former-five-star prospect, is coming of a torn ACL sustained in the season opener last year, but Smart said he expects the 2018 Trojans starter, who received an NCAA waiver to play, to be medically given the OK to play in the Sept. 26 opener at Arkansas. "We expect him to be cleared by the first game," Smart said. "But that's not a complete certainty." - Athens Daily Banner


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  09/06/20 - JT DanielsrSo/2023, Georgia, 6-3, 210 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Before JT Daniels hopped on a plane to Georgia, Adam Dedeaux worked with the quarterback on his throwing mechanics and footwork in Huntington Beach, Calif., as he continued to rehab from an ACL injury he sustained in Southern Cal's season opener last year. He also got a window into Daniel's mindset heading to a program where Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman arrived in January. "When we had conversations, I know he was like, As long as I'm healthy, I'm going to go compete and if I don't win the job right away, I'm just going to keep working," said Dedeaux, a quarterbacks coach. "If something happens then I'll be ready for my opportunity."

Something certainly happened Wednesday. Two and a half weeks into the Bulldogs' preseason practices, Newman opted out of playing this season due to what he called "uncertainties," of the pandemic and said he will begin preparing for the 2021 NFL draft. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken last week called it an "open competition," to replace Jake Fromm as starter and Daniels, who the NCAA granted a waiver in mid-July to play this season, felt he was in the fight for the job. "He was not far behind," said Dedeaux, who like Daniels graduated from Mater Dei High and whose clients include Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford. "If you had said Newman didn't opt out and JT won the job, that wouldn't have surprised me frankly." - Athens Daily Banner


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