Georgia backup quarterback JT Daniels tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of College Football Playoff semifinal

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) throws the ball during the second half of a NCAA college football game between Missouri and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Georgia won 43-6.

Ten days before Georgia plays in the Orange Bowl, quarterback JT Daniels has tested positive for COVID-19, the Athens Banner-Herald confirmed.

UGASports.com and Dawgs247 were among those who also reported the news. Georgia athletics did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

Daniels has served as the backup to starter Stetson Bennett since returning from a lat muscle injury that sidelined him for four games.

Redshirt freshman Carson Beck is the No. 3 quarterback and true freshman Brock Vandagriff has been working as the scout team quarterback.

Georgia and Michigan play in the College Football Playoff national semifinals on Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Miami Gardens in the Orange Bowl.

The Bulldogs have been practicing on campus and will break for the Christmas holiday before flying to Miami on Dec. 26 and resuming preparations for the game in South Florida.

Bennett is 9-1 as a starter with the lone loss coming against Alabama in the SEC championship game.

Under the SEC COVID-19 policies updated in October, a player with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be tested, including those who have received the vaccine.

Those with symptomatic infection must isolate for 10 days from symptom onset, so when or if Daniels first had symptoms may determine whether he would be available for the Michigan game.

It is believed other quarterbacks will continue to be able to practice but will have to be tested.

Daniels’ positive test comes with a surge of positive COVID-19 cases nationally due to the omicron variant.

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