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Georgia QB Carson Beck Grew Up When He Ripped Auburn's Heart Out

May 7, 2024
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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldog quarterback Carson Beck grew up on September 30th, 2023. At least, that’s when he grew up as Georgia’s quarterback.

After four straight games in Athens to kick off the 2023 season, with three games coming against “cupcake” opponents, there was plenty of pressure on Carson Beck heading into his first road test as Georgia’s starting quarterback.

Playing at Auburn isn’t easy, and the Dawgs, including Beck, got off to a slow start against their bitter rival.

But Beck and the Bulldog offense came alive in the second half. Brock Bowers turned into Superman, but Beck got him the ball. After a sluggish first half where he went 7-for-13 for 77 yards and one INT, Beck stepped up in the second half when it mattered most.

That’s when we saw a glimpse of what was to come for the rest of the season. Beck wasn't rattled when things looked bleak, playing poised, confident football in the second half. He went 16/20 for 264 yards and one TD over the final two quarters, leading Georgia to victory.

Not only did Beck lead a come-from-behind victory, but he did it in one of the craziest, loudest environments across college football. When Georgia’s offense needed Carson Beck, Carson Beck found Brock Bowers. 

With the game tied at 17, Beck completed eight passes in the 4th quarter to lead the comeback. His final completion was a 39-yard touchdown strike to superstar Brock Bowers, giving the Dawgs a seven-point lead with 2:52 remaining.

 


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“I felt like I was continuing to improve more and more as the season went along, both mentally and physically,” Beck told Dawg Post after the season. “I’d definitely say that game had a huge impact on how I played the rest of the season.”

Beck’s play continued to improve week after week. After his big second half against Auburn, Beck led the Bulldogs to a comfortable 51-13 win over No. 20 Kentucky. Beck was brilliant, going 28/35 for 389 yards and four touchdown passes.

Beck would then lead Georgia to consecutive wins over Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee, throwing for over 250 yards and multiple touchdowns in each victory.

Beck could’ve played better against Alabama, but he’s not the reason they lost. What’s clear is that Carson Beck, who is arguably the top returning quarterback in college football, is still growing as a passer.

He’s locked in, focused, and has the potential to not only lead Georgia to a national championship, but possibly a Heisman Trophy and maybe a No. 1 overall selection in the 2025 NFL Draft.

If that happens, you can look back at his performance against Auburn in 2023 as the turning point.

 

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