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Georgia's Carson Beck may get first start against UAB

September 10, 2021 - 17:02
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    Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (15) during the Duke’s Mayo Classic against Clemson at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC., on Saturday Sept. 4, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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    Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (15) during the Bulldogs’ practice session on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Carson Beck could get his first start on Saturday, Sept. 11 against UAB.

The No. 2 Bulldogs might be trotting out Beck as the starter against the Blazers, per a report by Seth Emerson of The Athletic.

Junior quarterback JT Daniels due is dealing with an upper-body injury and has been limited in practice this week, per reports.

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 was a former four-star quarterback out of Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller participated in one game against Missouri last season. However, he did not attempt a pass in Georgia’s 49-14 win over the Tigers last December.

In the offseason, Beck has moved up the depth chart after having an impressive G-Day performance. He threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia’s annual spring scrimmage Beck split the first-team reps with Daniels on Wednesday during practice, per a source.

The other candidate who could likely start is Bennett. The senior came in during the season opener last season and helped the Bulldogs beat Arkansas. The former Pierce County product threw for 1,179 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games played last season before Daniels took over as the starter against Mississippi State.

Georgia also has former five-star Brock Vandagriff on the roster, but he has been working with the scout team offense. The Athens-area native joined the team back in December after leading Prince Avenue Christian to a GHSA Class-A Private state championship. Vandagriff is not expected to see the field this year unless in mop-up duty.

It is unknown how long Daniels will be out of Georgia’s lineup, despite the injury not being as serious as it has been reported. No. 2 Georgia opens up its conference schedule next week with a game against South Carolina. Then, the Bulldogs travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. Georgia upset No. 5 Clemson last week 10-3 in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium.