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ESPN's Greg McElroy Has Big Take on Georgia Bulldogs QBs Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff

April 12, 2023

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ATHENS - ESPN’s Greg McElroy thinks he’s got a beat on what will happen between Georgia Bulldogs QBs Carson Beck‍ and Brock Vandagriff‍ this spring. 

“If you already look at some of the additions Kirby Smart had made in the portal, you can start to put the pieces together - he's already showing his hand... that it is probably going to be Carson Beck as the starting quarterback,” McElroy said on his podcast last week. 

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“I think Carson Beck, from a talented standpoint, (Georgia) is going to be just fine,” McElroy continued. “I look at the guys vying for the position, and I think Carson Beck - having called his spring game, and see him throw it - I think he is a real, real NFL prospect. I really believe that.”

Vandagriff and Beck have been rotating with the No. 1 unit this spring. Beck served as Stetson Bennett’s backup a season ago and got a lot of looks in 2022. 

“Beck is primed and positioned to become the guy,” McElroy said. “That’s not taking anything from Brock Vandagriff, but I think it is going to be very difficult to unseat a guy who has seen this much time, and this much action - 168 career snaps.”

Kirby said earlier this spring that both quarterback need as many reps in practice as possible to get ready for the fall. 

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“They all need to play football,” he told reporters. “Go out and play football, not have a drill. Not routes on air. Not seven-on-seven. They need to play. That is what we are trying to do in our practices. Make sure we get enough playing.”

But McElroy said he thinks Beck was either “promised” something, or that there is “light at the end of the tunnel” for the Jacksonville native. 

“If you look at all of the top-50 quarterback recruits from 2017-2020, Carson Beck is the only quarterback that didn’t start at any point in his first three years that didn’t transfer. He is the only one. Why do you think that is?” McElroy asked. “Either something was promised to him, or he knew that the light at the end of the tunnel would result in him being the starting quarterback for a national-championship contender.”

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