The quarterback position hasn't always been a sure thing at the University of Georgia. Sure, there's stability in spurts with the likes of David Greene, Matt Stafford, Aaron Murray and Jake Fromm who all started for at least three seasons scattered across two decades of football.
However, under head coach Kirby Smart, Georgia has prioritized the position by stacking the quarterback room with top-end talent for years to come.
They enter the season with high expectations for consensus starter JT Daniels, but there are numerous story lines behind him.
Rep Share in Spring Practice
· QB1: JT Daniels, redshirt junior
· QB2: Carson Beck, redshirt freshman
· QB3: Brock Vandagriff, true freshman
· QB4: Stetson Bennett IV, redshirt senior
According to sources, in Saturday's scrimmage Daniels took the first-team reps, Beck took the second-team reps and Vandagriff took third-team reps.
It is our belief that if Georgia were to play a game tomorrow, Bennett would be the backup. Spring practice is about getting a chance to evaluate players. Smart and his offensive staff have seen enough to know exactly what Bennett is: a stable veteran that has earned the respect of the staff and locker room.
Daniels has played well all spring, as expected. He's becoming even more comfortable in the offense and despite injuries to George Pickens and Jermaine Burton this spring, he's already developed a relationship with some of the new receivers stepping up. Remember, Justin Robinson spent time on the scout team during the 2020 season with Daniels while the quarterback was rehabbing.
The buzz out of camp hasn't been about Daniels' play; it's been more about his leadership and the energy he's provided around the facility and program. He's made Athens his home. He told reporters Wednesday he hasn't left the state of Georgia since he arrived on campus at this time last year. The California Kid has planted roots in the Classic City.
After a rather quiet freshman season, Beck seemingly has been the talk of the quarterback room this spring. Beck has always been praised for his decision-making since arriving on campus, but as a freshman, he was still struggling with the playbook and the speed of the game. Now, in his second season in the system, he's more than comfortable.
Taking into consideration all it takes to be a great quarterback — knowledge of the playbook, command of the huddle, decision making, accuracy, arm strength, athleticism, etc. — Beck has been the second-best quarterback on the roster this spring.
One thing known about Vandagriff coming to Georgia was that his arm strength would translate. He can sling it with just about anybody, and that can project to the collegiate level.
What couldn't be projected was whether he would still be able to run away from defenders as he did on the high-school level. According to sources, he's been able to do that. Through the first three weeks of camp, the arm has flashed, and the legs have also impressed.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken doesn't operate a simplistic offensive system, so according to sources, it's taking Vandagriff a bit of time to process the playbook. That's to be expected for a young quarterback, but the main takeaway is that even when things break down and he's unsure of where open targets are, he's still supremely athletic and can make plays with his legs.
As mentioned previously, spring practice is about development and evaluation, and with reps being limited, the majority are currently being given to the other three quarterbacks.
However, that hasn't stopped "The Mailman" from delivering. According to sources, in Saturday's scrimmage, Bennett was on the sideline for the overwhelming majority of practice. When he finally got in after a long wait, he immediately walked the offense down the field for a touchdown, taking shots downfield along the way.