Georgia football: A full look into the QB position ahead of G-Day

Carson Beck hands off to running back Kendall Milton during the G-Day spring game at Sanford Stadium on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Carson Beck hands off to running back Kendall Milton during the G-Day spring game at Sanford Stadium on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Georgia football will see spring practice come to an end on Saturday as the Dawgs will play in its annual G-Day scrimmage game.

As spring practice wraps up, let’s discuss each position ahead of G-Day, so fans know what to expect to see on Saturday.

Of course, the first position we will discuss is our lovely quarterback room, where the starter is known, but there is still fierce competition.

Georgia football has a room full of quarterbacks ready for battle on Saturday.

The scholarship quarterbacks at Georgia right now are Stetson Bennett, Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton.

All four seem to be getting decent reps this spring because that is what teams do during this time of the year. It’s essential to see what kind of skills each guy has because you never know what might happen. Look at 2020 with the Jaime Newman, JT Daniels and Bennett situation — no one had that on their bingo card.

Now in 2022, Bennett is coming off leading the Dawgs to their first national championship in 41-years, so one would be safe to assume it’s his job to lose. However, head coach Kirby Smart loves competition, so they will battle it out until the right quarterback emerges.

Beck has had a great spring, and it seems like he has locked up the backup role. Vandagriff also appears to have grown a lot in the last year at this position, so G-Day will be fun to see them each battling it out. Beck will likely start for the Black Squad, and Vandagriff will be behind Bennett for the Red team.

Stockton will likely be behind Beck, but that doesn’t mean this is the set-in-stone depth chart lineup. Vandagriff could impress enough at G-Day to beat out Beck, or maybe he won’t, and Beck will show how much he matured this spring.

This spring, Smart discussed the quarterbacks, especially Bennett, in his press conferences. He talked about how he is learning when plays break down, and he doesn’t always have to be the hero. That trait will make him an even better quarterback because a lot of his mistakes have come from Bennett trying to be the hero.

Smart also had great things to say about Beck and Vandagriff.

"“I am really pleased with both of those guys are. It is just amazing how far they have come from this time last year to right now…,” Smart said in his press conference. “They are both really in their second spring but they have come so far. I love getting to watch them play with both of those groups because you see their strengths when they get to go with those groups. They are in a really good position at that position and each one of them has developed.”"

This position group may have its starter, but Smart said that Bennett is playing his best football since getting to Georgia, but he is still challenging him to get better because that is what he does with all of his players.

However, it’s still important to have guys like Beck, Vandagriff, and Stockton behind him. Suppose Bennett goes down — who among those three will be able to step up and do the job. The Dawgs had Daniels last year, but now they have three unproven guys, so the more reps they can take to get better, it’s going to benefit them.

This spring game will show how much they’ve grown as players and as leaders because one of them will be the starter in 2023, and this year is about molding that guy into the role.

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Bennett is the guy for now, but this G-Day will be more about the backup quarterbacks to see what kind of spunk and grit they have for the future of this program.