Pro Football Focus (PFF) released its preseason All-SEC teams, which saw multiple Bulldogs make the first team, including Arik Gilbert, Justin Shaffer, Nakobe Dean and Tykee Smith. Numerous others made the second or third team.
Interestingly, quarterback JT Daniels did not make any team and was he not named an honorable mention. Instead, PFF selected the following quarterbacks:
- First Team: Matt Corral, Ole Miss
- Second Team: Myles Brennan, LSU
- Third Team: Emory Jones, Florida
- Honorable Mention: Connor Blazelak, Missouri
This comes a day after the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum said Daniels was "the best quarterback in the SEC" heading into the 2021 season. The television and radio host has made a name for himself with his takes on college football, and his opinion on Daniels is one that many Dawgs fans agree with.
Despite starting in only four games in 2020, Daniels passed for 1,231 yards, 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Georgia finished the season on a four-game winning streak, including a come-from-behind win against Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl where Daniels threw for nearly 400 yards.
The argument can be made for Corral's placement on the first team after showing off his arm talent and dual-threat ability that favorably suits the flashy Lane Kiffin offense. Corral's success led him to pass for over 3,000 yards in a 10-game season.
The opposite could be said when talking about the selections of Brennan and Jones. Brennan's spot on the second team comes after a 2020 season where he passed for 1,112 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in three games as the starter before an injury knocked him out for the season.
Brennan showed promise in three games as the Tigers starter, but finished with a record of 1-2 before his injury. While many may knock Daniels for the "strength of competition" he played in four games as a starter, the Dawgs finished undefeated and played a top-10 ranked Cincinnati.
Arguably the most confusing selection was Jones. From Franklin, Ga., the former four-star quarterback has been fairly hyped after sitting behind former starters Feleipe Franks and the latest being Heisman Trophy finalist Kyle Trask.
With his redshirt junior season ahead in 2021, he will become the new starter for the Gators. While the hype is high for the former four-star quarterback, Jones has yet to start a game. PFF determines these teams by their own projections, which makes one wonder how are they projecting a former backup quarterback who has no starting experience over Daniels.
While critics of Daniels are voicing their concerns regarding the rising junior's strength of schedule through his four games, one stat recorded by Pro-Football Focus is still in his corner.
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