The biggest Georgia fans know that Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff are the backup options, with Gunner Stockton being another option, but with Fall Camp wrapping up, who is leading that backup race?
In this article, we will break down each quarterback and include a quote from the head coach Kirby Smart about where this quarterback competition is.
There is no question that Bennett is the right man to be the starter, but his backups could be even more talented. Sometimes that talent isn’t always what earns the quarterback a starting role, but it does signify that the position has a bright future.
Let’s look at the two backup quarterbacks for the Georgia football team.
Beck is likely the primary backup quarterback, but rumors suggest Vandagriff is having a great Fall. He didn’t have the best spring, and his G-Day performance wasn’t anything to shout about, but it seems the staff liked his potential.
Both of these quarterbacks are fighting for next year’s starting role. While having a great backup is important, the real storyline here is the position’s future. Beck and Vandagriff know that and are fighting hard for it.
These two know the system and the expectations that come with being a Georgia quarterback. Smart said after the second scrimmage that both are growing.
"“I think both of those guys have done an incredible job. They’re really good quarterbacks, and they understand our system at a high level,” Smart said after the second Fall Camp scrimmage. “They’ve been through multiple springs, and they’re both playing winning football. I’m pleased with both of their growth. We’re trying to get them more opportunities because we are trying to evaluate them as a one more than you are as a two or three.”"
Georgia is utilizing all of its quarterbacks this fall because the Dawgs want to make sure all of them have opportunities to go if needed. Beck and Vandagriff have taken reps with the starters, but that doesn’t mean Bennett’s job is in jeopardy.
Smart even gave Stockton credit for his progression this offseason. With all three of the backups on track, Georgia is sure to have a stacked quarterback room for years to come.
However, Beck and Vandagriff are the two guys fighting for that backup spot because of how long they have been with the program.
Beck is the older of the two and has the most in-game experience. He is a 6-4 and 215-pounds quarterback that is a great passer. Beck isn’t as good of a runner as some of the other quarterbacks, but he isn’t afraid to get that extra yardage if needed.
He played in four games last year completing 10-of-23 passes for 176 yards, two scores and two interceptions. After throwing a pick and refusing to run down the defensive back, Beck didn’t see much action. That incident was a bit of a turnoff, but he likely learned that lesson and what to do if it happens again.
However, during the G-Day scrimmage, Beck went 22-of-31 for 236 yards and two touchdowns, so that was great to see. He has a lot of potential, so hopefully, this season will feature him taking on this backup role and running away with it.
Vandagriff may have something to say about that, but at the same time, he hasn’t quite done anything on paper that would allow him to take the role away from Beck. However, we as journalists don’t see everything that goes down, so who knows what could happen?
Last season, Vandagriff saw action in two games, but it was really clean-up duty, and he didn’t do much. He did complete 6-of-9 passes for 47 yards during the G-Day game, though. That performance didn’t give Dawg Nation a lot of confidence ,but again there have been rumbles about his Fall Camp.
Is he growing into this role? Will Vandagriff take that backup spot? Time will answer both of those questions, but for now, it’s safe to say he is QB3 on this depth chart.
Beck is the easy answer in terms of holding onto that QB2 role, and look for him to be the guy Georgia uses when they are blowing out teams. The Dawgs need to get him ready for next season, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get used whenever they can.
Bennett is the starter, but behind him are two talented quarterbacks patiently waiting their turn to run the Dawgs’ offense.
Right now, the quarterbacks are in good hands, and Dawg Nation shouldn’t worry too much if one has to come in a game. Youthful and inexperienced can be scary, especially at the quarterback position, but Todd Monken will have these guys ready for battle whenever their number gets called.