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Why did JT Daniels not play today?

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback JT Daniels will not be available for Saturday's game against the UAB Blazers, according to 11Alive News in Atlanta. He has been limited in practice this week with a core injury. ... DraftKings Sportsbook pulled the game off the board since news of Daniels' injury was reported. DraftKings NationJT Daniels injury: Status of Georgia starting quarterback ahead of Week 2 matchup vs. UAB

Stetson Bennett Postgame Presser - Georgia vs. UAB - September 11, 2021

Bulldawg Illustrated 12 September, 2021 - 12:40am

Super Sub: Bennett 5 TD passes, No. 2 Georgia routs UAB 56-7 | The Atlanta Voice

The Atlanta Voice 11 September, 2021 - 09:39pm

Stetson Bennett did his best to create a quarterback controversy at Georgia.

Stepping in for injured starter JT Daniels, Bennett tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the first half to lead No. 2 Georgia to a 56-7 rout of UAB on Saturday.

The senior completed his first six passes — four of them going all the way to the end zone for the Bulldogs (2-0), who didn’t show any signs of a letdown after a 10-3 victory over Clemson in the opener.

Bennett, a former walk-on, started five games last season before Daniels claimed the job.

It looks as if Bennett hasn’t given up on winning it back.

“I guess it’s just an innate confidence,” he said. “If you believe you’re good enough, it really doesn’t matter the situation that is thrust upon you.”

Jermaine Burton set the tone by slipping behind the secondary to haul in a 73-yard TD from Bennett on Georgia’s second offensive play, thrilling the raucous crowd of nearly 93,000 at Sanford Stadium.

It was the first full house between the hedges since the 2019 season. Crowds were limited to about 20,000 last season because of the pandemic.

By the opening minute of the second quarter, Bennett had tacked on scoring passes of 12 yards to Kenny McIntosh, 89 yards to Brock Bowers and 61 yards to Arian Smith.

At that point, Bennett’s passer rating was a staggering 775.6. The Blazers’ secondary didn’t put up much resistance, leaving Burton, Bowers and Smith wide open with blown coverages.

“It always helps when you’ve got great players all over the field,” Bennett said.

After finally throwing an incompletion, Bennett tacked on his fifth TD of the game with another to Bowers, the freshman tight end finding a seam in the zone to grab a 9-yarder that sent the Bulldogs to the locker room with a 35-0 halftime lead.

Bennett played only one more series in the second half and, yes, led the Bulldogs to another TD. He set it up with a 20-yard scramble — Georgia’s longest run of the day — before James Cook took it in from the 14.

Bennett finished 9 of 11 passing for 279 yards and became the sixth Georgia quarterback to pass for five touchdowns in a game. The most recent was Aaron Murray vs. New Mexico State in 2011.

“He’s always had great composure, great athletic ability and a great understanding of the game,” coach Kirby Smart said. “He’s meant a lot to this program. All he does is do his job each and every day.”

Daniels was sidelined by an oblique injury, which is not believed to be a long-term problem. He was in uniform on the sideline, but the Bulldogs had no reason to risk a more serious issue by playing him against a team that was a 25 1/2-point underdog.

Once Daniels was ruled out, Smart made a bit of a surprising call on the starter. Redshirt freshman Carson Beck was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart, but the Bulldogs went with the more experienced signal-caller.

While some fans groaned when Bennett was introduced as the starter, remembering his up-and-down results in 2020, there were nothing but cheers after he lit up the Blazers (1-1).

Georgia scored touchdowns on six of seven possessions with Bennett in the game.

So, what’s the quarterback situation going forward?

“It depends on JT’s injury, it depends on how we practice during the week,” Smart said. “It’s a day-to-day evaluation. I don’t get into hypotheticals.”

The Bulldogs’ defense wasn’t too shabby, either. The unit has yet to allow a touchdown this season while scoring two itself, following up a pick-six against Clemson with another on Jamon Dumas-Johnson’s 21-yard interception return for a score.

UAB was held to 174 yards overall on a miserable day for quarterback Tyler Johnston III, who completed just 6 of 14 for 39 yards with three interceptions.

“Give Georgia all the credit. They are super talented,” UAB coach Bill Clark said. “They have a great defense and their special teams are unreal. There is no doubt that they are deserving of that No. 2 ranking.”

The Blazers avoided a shutout when Keondre Swoopes picked off a pass from Beck and returned it 61 yards for a score.

Beck did throw the first TD pass of his college career, a 12-yarder to Justin Robinson.

UAB: The Blazers have won two of the past three Conference USA titles, but they’re not ready to compete with a team at Georgia’s level.

Georgia: If nothing else, the Bulldogs feel great about their quarterback depth. It’s a far cry from 2020, when Georgia spent much of the season trying to settle on a starter.

After his touchdown catch, Smith was ruled out for the rest of the game with contusion to his lower right leg.

Bowers has quickly become a key player in the Georgia offense, providing the sort of big-play ability that Smart wants from his tight ends.

“We just felt like he was a special player,” the coach said. “We need tight ends like him to be elite.”

None at all. Georgia will surely remain a solid No. 2 pick in The Associated Press poll behind top-ranked Alabama.

UAB: Travels to North Texas next Saturday for its first C-USA game of the season. The Blazers play their first four contests away from home before their new stadium in downtown Birmingham opens on Oct. 2 against Liberty.

Georgia: Begin a stretch of eight straight Southeastern Conference games when they host South Carolina next Saturday.

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UAB reveals the creepiest turnover celebration of 2021

Saturday Down South 11 September, 2021 - 06:07pm

UAB may have gotten trounced 56-7 on Saturday afternoon against Georgia in Athens, but when you can celebrate a meaningless fourth-quarter turnover, you have to do it.

That’s what the Blazers did, unveiling the creepiest turnover prop of the 2021 season after an interception.

As you can see below, the turnover prop seems to be some sort of dragon skull and bones? There’s a lot going on here:

There's skulls and bones and a lot happening pic.twitter.com/2XDu1t3LfY

— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) September 11, 2021

Again, the Blazers lost 56-7. Just want to point that out again.

We’ll see if the Blazers break out the skull thing for future games that go more their way. For now, though, the cool skull and bones prop should go to Georgia QB Stetson Bennett IV, who absolutely destroyed UAB.

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When you are behind 56-7, you have nothing to celebrate. Coaches should tell the kids to knock this stuff off.

Having the skull of your mascot as a turnover prop is pretty dumb. Shouldn’t it be the other teams?

Georgia QB J.T. Daniels out against UAB

AL.com 11 September, 2021 - 02:10pm

If Clemson was overwhelmed by UGA, how does underdog UAB make it a game?

AL.com 10 September, 2021 - 06:26am

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