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Former USC QB JT Daniels not cleared for contact at UGA

No starter has been named in Athens, but Daniels has scrimmaged despite not being cleared

Fresno State v USC Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Georgia Bulldogs are still a few weeks away from kicking off their revised 2020 college football season. So it’s unclear whether they’ll name a starter until a bit closer to their opening game against Arkansas.

Still, the battle for the team’s QB1 job is yet to be decided, but we learned a clue or at least a bit of insight this week.

It was reported that former USC Trojans QB JT Daniels has not yet been cleared for contact but has been scrimmaging with the Bulldogs.

Daniels tore his ACL in the opening week of the 2019 season after completing 25-34 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and interception against Fresno State.

He announced his decision to transfer away earlier this offseason, before the Pac-12 shutdown of the 2020 season, in light of Kedon Slovis’ emergence as the team’s starting quarterback for the future.

Daniels ended his USC career with 2,882 passing yards and 15 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

And he entered the Georgia offense, unsure of his eligibility for 2020, and unsure of their quarterback situation after they had received the services of another transfer quarterback in former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman.

Newman and Daniels will apparently battle it out for starting reps in 2020, but with his inability to be cleared for contact, and Newman’s arrival to campus months prior, it seems that Newman will have the inside track on the starting role this season.

Still, Daniels has a few years of eligibility remaining, compared to Newman, who just has this season as his final year to impress NFL scouts.