Georgia quarterback JT Daniels is dealing with a lat muscle injury ahead of Saturday’s top-10 showdown against No. 8 Arkansas at Sanford Stadium, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said during a teleconference on Wednesday.
Daniels, who ranks eighth in the FBS in total QBR (87.6) through four games, is expected to start for No. 2 Georgia and play against the Razorbacks (12 p.m. ET/ESPN and ESPN App).
Earlier this season, Daniels didn’t play in a 56-7 win against UAB because of an oblique injury. Backup Stetson Bennett started for the Bulldogs, with five touchdowns on 10-for-12 passing. Daniels played only the first quarter of last week’s 62-0 victory at Vanderbilt, and Bennett and third-stringer Carson Beck finished the game.
“His oblique is fine; he’s been having a little bit of a lat issue,” Smart said. “It bothered him some last week, and it bothered him some this week. But he’s done a good job, he’s sharp, watches all his tape, gets his reps and he does a good job, so we’re hoping he can stay that way.”
The latissimus dorsi muscles, commonly known as lats, are the V-shaped muscles that connect the arms to the vertebrae column.