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Report: Carson Beck expected to start against UAB
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels is dealing with an oblique injury, so redshirt freshman Carson Beck is expected to start, per a report published by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart elaborated on the quarterback situation earlier this week.
“Carson’s been our No. 2 quarterback,” Smart said after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s worked with the two’s and has worked a lot there, taken a lot of reps. Stetson (Bennett) still gets some reps from time to time, but he’s got a lot of banked reps, so we ask him to do a lot of things mentally to be prepared and ready to go.”
Beck is a four-star out of Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller led the Mustangs to their first-ever state championship during his junior season. Beck only played in one game last season as a freshman, which was Georgia’s 49-14 win over Missouri. However, he did not attempt a pass in that matchup.
Beck moved up the depth chart in the offseason after having impressing coaches and staff at the annual G-Day scrimmage on April 17. He threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns for the second-team offense. Beck then had an impressive fall camp as he beat out fellow quarterback Stetson Bennett IV for the second spot on the depth chart behind Daniels.
Daniels didn’t practice on Monday but was limited on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a source. Beck practiced with the first-team offense and split reps with Daniels. Meanwhile, Bennett, who started a majority of Georgia’s games last year, ran the second-team offense. Freshman Brock Vandagriff has recently been working with the scout team.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Ladd McConkey commented on the Georgia quarterback situation earlier this week.
“JT (Daniels) and Carson (Beck) have both been taking reps every week in practice,” McConkey said. “They both prepare well and they’re both great quarterbacks. They are always out there competing their tails off like it’s any other week. They both give us a chance to win.”
Daniels’ injury doesn’t seem serious, but the Bulldogs’ coaching staff decided to proceed with caution as they open the conference schedule next week with a game against South Carolina. Georgia will then take on Vanderbilt the following week in Nashville. The No. 2 Bulldogs upset No. 5 Clemson last week 10-3 in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium.