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WATCH: UGA Football Releases Scrimmage Highlights

August 20, 2023
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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and UGA Football played their second pre-season scrimmage on Saturday inside Sanford Stadium.

Gunner Stockton is seen throwing some nice passes in the video, but the real highlight of Saturday was Smart announcing that Carson Beck will be Georgia’s starting quarterback this season. Beck being named the starter is what Dawg Post and most others expected to happen, and the official announcement came with exactly two weeks before the Bulldogs’ opening kickoff against UT Martin

Now, the Georgia football program has released highlights from Saturday’s scrimmage.

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Kirby Smart’s official announcement:

“Last year, Stetson (Bennett) was our starting quarterback. Carson Beck is going to be our starting quarterback. He’s done the best job. We communicated that earlier in the week to the other quarterbacks and we’ve kind of been operating that way. The other guys have done a tremendous job in terms of competing and they’re going to continue to do that. We haven’t set anything in terms of who the second quarterback is or how those reps are going to be divvied up. Carson is ahead of the other guys in terms of what he understands about the offense. I’ll be honest with you; I was really impressed with the other two quarterbacks throughout camp and how far they’ve come in terms of improvement. Coach Bobo has done a great job with those guys and they both made a lot of plays with their feet and done some good things. Carson has been in this offense for a year over one of them and two years over Gunner (Stockton) and he’s just ahead. He’ll be our starting quarterback. As far as the other guys, I’m excited to see those guys hopefully have an opportunity to play, compete, they’ll be able to go with the ones here in the next two weeks some and get more reps and figure out if we even have a two, who that’s going to be and how that’s going to go forward.”

Kirby Smart on how Carson Beck's experience in the offense has prepared him for the starting role:

"That's the greatest separator of he and the other two quarterbacks - his comfort level with the offense. When you have an extra spring and an extra fall that those two guys don't have, that rep quality is the separator. He's a had a chance to understand a little bit that when the defense is doing this, and we're in this, I need an answer. And he's had good answers. But the two other ones have done a really good job. They made some really good checks today when the saw things, and it's a little hard to judge when you're going against a defense that does everything. And we have a lot of quality on our defense, and we throw it at them. And we have a lot of quality on our offense, and we throw it at them. It's challenging, and Carson can handle that really well. When you get down to a gameplan week, and you say that we are only going to take this 65-percent of our offense, the defense only goes so much. You're not asking those quarterbacks to make as many decisions. But Carson is very knowledgeable and is one of the smartest quarterbacks I've been around when it comes to the volume of offense we do combined with the defense we throw at him."

Kirby Smart on how Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton have grown in fall camp...

"They both have made plays. They've made plays with their feet. They've both made good checks today. They have made good decisions. I have complete confidence that we can win football games with both of those guys. Carson is just ahead of them. I want to continue to grow those guys because they are like sponges. They're soaking it up, they're getting it. They understand it. They know where to go with the ball, and they've done some good things. It's the few plays when things break down or a guy doesn't do that right thing with them - the offensive player doesn't do the right thing and panic mode hits. They have to learn to give up on a play sometimes and not try to make it spectacular and play for the next down."



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