Shockley: Even if Daniels is cleared, Mathis will start for Bulldogs


ESPN/SEC Network college football analyst, and former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback, D.J. Shockley joined the Midday Show with Andy and Randy to talk about the Dawgs first game of the season on Saturday.

After the Bulldogs' would-be starter Jamie Newman opted out of the season due to Covid-19, his replacement became the big question.

The two front-runners for the starting job when Georgia are USC transfer J.T. Daniels and redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis. However, Daniels has not been cleared to play after undergoing a second knee procedure following a torn ACL.

If all things were equal, and Daniels was cleared to play, would Mathis still be the frontrunner?

"I can only go off of the things that I've heard, but I think even with J.T. Daniels being fully healthy and clear, D'Wan Mathis still gets a shot," Shockley told the Midday Show.

"I go back to the last couple of years, Kirby (Smart) has wanted to have a guy at the helm that can move, that can put a lot of stress on the defense with his legs but can also throw the football down the field."

"I think regardless if (Daniels) was still 100%, D'Wan Mathis will still be given the nod and given the chance to  see what he's about in the game."