Thursday, 1 June 2023

Kirby Smart’s opening remarks on Georgia QB competition


ATHENS — The Georgia quarterback competition will feature Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff splitting reps with the first team as it moves to the practice field with the start of spring drills on Tuesday.

“We think we have three really good quarterbacks,” Eighth-year Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart said at the opening press conference of spring drills at Butt-Mehre Heritage Hall on Tuesday.

“I do look forward to seeing Carson and Brock getting a lot of that action, they will both rep with the ones,” Smart said. “As far as how much, that will play itself out over the course of the spring.

New Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was with the program last year as an analyst and already has some idea what to expect.

Bobo also recruited Stockton while at South Carolina.

The Bulldogs will have 15 spring football practices culminating with the annual G-Day game on April 15 at Sanford Stadium.

Smart said he does’t anticipate allowing his quarterbacks to see “live” action unless the need arises, meaning they won’t be tackled or hit.

Beck is a fourth-year junior who has had more game experience than Vandagriff, who has barely played his first three seasons with the program.

Smart contrasted the two on Tuesday, making it clear there’s much to be determined.

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“I think it’s hard to say who has the stronger arm; I think those two guys would argue about who has the stronger arm,” Smart said, asked to contrast Beck and Vandagriff. “I don’t honestly know who has the stronger arm just from what we’ve seen in the past. You’ve got to see those guys play in game action. I think they both have a good pocket presence.”

The last time both of those players saw extended action was in last year’s G-Day Game. Both Beck and Vandagriff looked good at times.

2022 G-Day Boxscore

2022 G-Day

DawgNation file photo, Dawgnation

Beck, listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, was 26-of-35 passing for 310 yards and 4 touchdowns last season in the seven games he played.

Vandagriff appeared in only three games and attempted two passes, both incomplete.

Georgia lists Vandagriff at 6-3, 205, but Smart said he has worked to build his frame.

“Brock is a really good athlete,” Smart said. “Brock had added about 14 or 15 pounds of muscle, he wanted to get back to 215 …. and Carson has lost a little weight from 220, so they are right at the same size.

“I don’t think people give Carson enough credit for being a good athlete. He was a really good baseball player, he has great movement skills, (but) he’s not going to run as fast as Stetson (Bennett).”

Bennett ran a 4.67-second time in the 40-yard dash — a number Vandagriff could likely match or beat.

“I think Brock is a good athlete, he can see the field,” Smart said. “Carson has probably played a little more, but both of those guys are good.

“I wouldn’t count Gunner Stockton out of this thing, because this kid is talented and smart, and I got to see him on the scout team the entire year, and we saw him grow.”

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