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?