JT Daniels has decided to leave Georgia for West Virginia.
The quarterback is now at his third school. His career started at the University of Southern California.
Daniels earned the starting job at USC in 2018. The team had a record of 5-7. He was slated to take a big step in his sophomore season but suffered a knee injury that ended his season.
In 2020, he transferred to Georgia. He would start the team’s last four games winning all of them.
Daniels came into the 2021 season as the Bulldogs started. However, injuries kept him from keeping the job. Quarterback Stetson Bennet IV took over the starting job after Daniels suffered a lat muscle injury. Bennet would lead the Bulldogs to the National Championship where they defeated Alabama 33-18.
Georgia beat Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. It was Georgia’s first national title since the 1980 season and its first win over the Crimson Tide since 2007. https://t.co/qTHtZkHhpr
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 11, 2022
So, why is Daniels leaving?
Bennet is going back to Georgia for his final season of eligibility. The former walk-on wants to try and win back-to-back national championships
Bennet is expected to start for the Bulldogs leaving Daniels on the bench.
West Virginia Football
The Mountaineers were 6-7 last season. The team’s biggest win was upsetting No. 15 Virginia Tech on Sept. 18.
West Virginia was led by fifth-year senior Jarrett Doege. Doege complete 65.2% of his passes (272-of417) for over 3,000 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season.
Daniels comes to West Virginia with a record of 12-7 as a starting quarterback. He will be competing with redshirt-sophomore Garret Greene, redshirt-freshman Will Crowder and incoming freshman Nicco Marchiol. None of these quarterbacks have started a game and have little game experience.
West Virginia is also in search of a running back. Senior Leddie Brown led the Mountaineers with 1,065 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
Back-up running back Tony Mathis Jr. had 312 yards on the ground last season. Yet, Greene had about that amount scrambling out of the backfield with 297 yards.
On the bright side, West Virginia is returning their top two wide receivers in Winston Wright Jr. and Bryce Ford-Wheaton. The two combined for 1,263 yards and eight touchdowns.