Georgia Football: D’Wan Mathis is the best story in Athens

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Georgia football redshirt sophomore quarterback D’Wan Mathis looks to be leading in the competition for the starting quarterback job.

On September 2, graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman announced he was opting out from Georgia football’s 2020 season to pursue his NFL dream. This left the door open for a new quarterback competition.

Most assumed that J.T. Daniels, the five-star transfer from USC, would win the job. However, he still hasn’t been cleared after having his knee cleaned up months removed from having surgery on a torn ACL. However, another quarterback has emerged ready to step up and be Georgia football’s next starter.

That quarterback is 6’5, 205-pound D’Wan Mathis, a four-star redshirt sophomore who flipped from Ohio State to Georgia in 2018. Mathis sat out all of the 2019 season after having a cyst removed from his brain, which caused many to write him off and forget about him. It wasn’t even clear if he would ever play football again.

However, Mathis fought hard to get back to the football field and was cleared to play earlier this year. He actually ran Georgia’s scout team offense last year, so it’s not like he was sitting around on the sidelines twiddling his thumbs. He was still putting in work waiting to be cleared.

Mathis struggled to put down consistent practices early in camp, but this is to be expected of someone that hasn’t played in a year. As camp has progressed, Mathis has put together more consistent practices, according to 247Sports.

Whispers coming out of Athens is Mathis has done enough to start against Arkansas in two weeks.

Jake Rowe of 247Sports even put out a projected depth chart for Georgia football showing Mathis as the starting quarterback. With Mathis at the helm, many Georgia fans will be getting their wish of having a dual-threat quarterback as the starter.

Mathis runs the 100m in 10.8 seconds and can sling the ball a good 50 yards. He should be an explosive weapon in Todd Monken’s offense.

Georgia football should be able to compete with Mathis at quarterback. With running backs, Zamir White, Kenny McIntosh, James Cook, and Kendall Milton behind him and targets like George Pickens and Karis Jackson to throw to Mathis should be able to drive the bus to the SEC Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoffs.

Regardless of whether or not Mathis leads this team to a College Football Playoff Championship Game, he is the kind of player you want to pull for. From nearly having his football career taken from him to being named the starting quarterback of one of the most prominent programs in college football, you can’t write these kinds of stories.

Mathis will have all of Bulldog Nation behind him Saturday afternoon as he leads Georgia football’s offense into 2020. We’re behind you kid, it is your time, go be great.

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