Not the “Year of the Quarterback” year we were expecting?

Pete Thamel thinks the SEC is looking at something of an off year for SEC quarterbacks, and who knows, he may be right about that.  There is, after all, not so much returning talent at the position —  Corral, Daniels and Nix (there are questions about who will start at Mississippi State) — and there are questions about all three of them.

Here’s what Thamel got some coaches to say about JT:

Yahoo Sports polled five coaches/assistants who faced Daniels last year, and they all gushed about his talent and potential. Whether he can be a transformative player like those title-winning quarterbacks remains a debate.

One assistant said Daniels had the strongest arm of any player he’d faced in his career and added that he’d be “the ultimate seven-on-seven quarterback.” Another pointed out that Daniels handled in-game adversity well and showed toughness, which were knocks on him at USC.

Can he actually leap into that rarest of quarterback air? Coaches pointed to Georgia’s skill position weapons being inferior to the past few title winners. “He ain’t one of those guys,” one assistant said of Daniels. “He’s not an upper-end NFL guy in my opinion.”

Interesting.  Does the quarterback make the skill position guys, or do the skill position guys make the quarterback?


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14 responses to “Not the “Year of the Quarterback” year we were expecting?

  1. He’s every bit of Mac Jones, who was a consolation prize for Jake Fromm’s decision to follow Kirby to UGA. If he can do the things Mac did for Bama, we’ll be all right.

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  2. Ran A

    Both… There are some people who are vastly under-estimating Georgia’s Receivers and Tight Ends. I get it; if you base it off the last two years (one bad O.C. and another without a spring practice and a D1 QB), then you see a very mediocre offense. Really believe this group can be electric… And 5 deep in the backfield… Good luck with that.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, I think people apparently are underestimating our skill guys. Even with Pickens out, I’d put our receivers against anyone out there. Gilbert and Big 0. Burton, Smith, Jackson, and others. And that’s not even including the running backs (with Cook catching the ball as well).

      We have more than enough talent to line up against anyone. Just need to execute (and the line needs to block).

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  3. sniffer

    ”He ain’t one of those guys,” one assistant said of Daniels. “He’s not an upper-end NFL guy in my opinion.”

    That’s Grantham, right?

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  4. Godawg

    But he’s also the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman? I’m so confused…


  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    I like the ‘ultimate seven on seven’ quote. It reinforces what I noticed about JT; he’ll sling it around. Didn’t get too many picks, but it’s a consideration.


  6. Got Cowdog

    Who is an “upper end” NFL guy? Seriously, name a QB in the last 5 years who came out and cracked the two deep on an NFL team. I’m sure they are there and it’s a genuine question…
    Let’s see exactly who we are comparing JT against.


  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I don’t think that he needs to be ‘upper end’ (although if he is… well, that’s okay with me) he just needs to be as good as a late round draft pick by Buffalo. 😉


  8. miltondawg

    I heard Jordan Rodgers on the radio this morning and he was absolutely gushing about JT. Loves everything about him from his ability to his demeanor to his clear understanding of how to attack defenses. That may or may not translate to an “upper end NFL guy”. He may not be his brother A-aron, but I’ll take it from someone who has played the position.