Georgia Football: 6 important leaders who must return next year

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Georgia Football quarterback JT Daniels

Some may seem surprised to see JT Daniels make this list, but this season hasn’t gone quite his way through seven games.

Daniels came back from injury last year and turned the season around for Georgia. He went 4-0 as the starter, threw for 1,231 yards, 10 touchdowns and completed 67.3% of his passes.

The future was bright for the Dawgs leaving the Peach Bowl with a victory. However, the injury bug bit him again, and he has dealt with a nagging injury that kept him out of four games.

He only has three starts on the year, and in those three matchups went 54-of-71 for 567 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Daniels’ best game of the year so far was against South Carolina as he completed 23-of-31 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He was lights out for the Dawgs, but that is the expectation set for him.

Everyone knows this offense would be different with Daniels leading the way and if it didn’t have the countless injuries it does.

In March, 247Sports predicted that Daniels would be a top-10 prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft and go at ninth overall.

After the first part of the season, not many people are talking about him on draft boards.

If he comes back and starts the Florida game and then proceeds to lead the Dawgs to a national championship, then, by all means, he should declare for the draft.

But, if he continues to fight through this injury, it would be wise for him to return.

The Dawgs will lose his backup Stetson Bennett to graduation. The youngsters behind him in Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff, and incoming Gunner Stockton don’t quite have enough experience to take the job confidently.

Plus, if Georgia could have him one more year, then it would be a game changer. He is a talented quarterback that the team loves, and he has built a relationship with his skill players.

If he did come back, it wouldn’t cause a controversy either or cause others to transfer because these quarterbacks aren’t selfish. They trust the process and know their time will come.

The Dawgs’ chances of repeating whatever happens this year would drastically increase if he decided to play one more year.