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ESPN pins Georgia’s College Football Playoff hopes to quarterback competition

SystemSystem Posts: 10,766 admin
edited February 2023 in Article commenting
imageESPN pins Georgia’s College Football Playoff hopes to quarterback competition

As if Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton didn’t have enough pressure on them, ESPN has tabbed the Georgia quarterback battle as one of the keys to the Bulldogs returning to the College Football Playoff in 2023.

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    jdatl3jdatl3 Posts: 417 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited February 2023

    Matt Stafford had the best arm, but we never won with him. Supporting cast aside, I think it comes down to the mindset of the QB. You're looking for the guy who would put his twigs and berry's on the line to win. No one wanted Stetson, but he had the two things the others don't - superior desire to win and extreme confidence. Not, I'd like to win or even I want to win. He would push himself to the sweating blood level of desire. It's easy for a coach to look at a qb and go, wow, he has the arm, or he has the height, or look how fast that guy is. I would look for the one who is willing to die for it. Although please understand, I don't want anyone to die playing football - I'm looking for that mindset. Desire and confidence. Confidence even when you throw a pick six. Dying to get back out there.

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    DawgyWorldDawgyWorld Posts: 1 ✭ Freshman

    I think Gunner is SB 2.0? Bobo has to keep the short pass game to the Backs and TE's vs his draw play on 3rd...Monken kept the opposing D off guard by spreading the ball all over the field....fingers crossed Bobo learned that from Monken....

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    87Dawg_1187Dawg_11 Posts: 84 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I agree there's an intangible about the QB position that allows certain QBs to lift everyone around them and that's something that has to be identified over time. However, don't sell Stetson Bennet short on athletic ability. I know it makes a good story to say Stetson was the try hard, never give up every guy, but his ability to escape pressure and create with his legs was special. KS has alluded to it and said it's become more important in his evaluation of the QB position. No one, including the coaches, will know how any of these guys will react under pressure until they're put in that position and have to make a play. It took time for Stetson to grow into that, remember the 2020 season and how Bennett performed against Alabama and Florida. It took time for him to become a championship QB.

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    CClayC88CClayC88 Posts: 131 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Like when Stetson threw an INT against Florida and was on the sidelines laughing about it a minute later.

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    khummelkhummel Posts: 869 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    The great QBs have line-of-scrimmage/football IQ, downfield vision, decision-making speed, and an ability to "feel" (without seeing) pressure. Put those together with compete and the usual physical attributes, and you've got something special. Go Dawgs!

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    DawgCrazy76DawgCrazy76 Posts: 513 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Looking forward to seeing what Carson Beck can as he attempts to go from backup to starter. The same can be said of Stockton and Vandagriff and possibly one of these two could emerge as a starter. I'm sure Coach Bobo will give his very best in pursuing excellence as OC. Never say die go for the 3peat. Go Dawgz.😎

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    truthtellertruthteller Posts: 232 ✭✭✭ Junior

    So Beck seems to be the favorite to take over from Stetson - I know he has a good arm, but I can't shake that interception against UAB where he just jogged towards the guy that had picked his throw...that just didn't look right. He also seems to be the least mobile of the QBs, something you have to have against the speed of today's defenses. I give him credit though for waiting his turn even though he was jumped by Stetson after JT went down....that takes dedication and I appreciate that. I keep hearing about the scrambling abilities of BV and his rocket arm, it's hard not to hope for him to get the nod. Then, I hear about how everyone is impressed by GS. It's a wealth of good choices and I will be supporting whoever makes the grade. Bobo will not take this choice lightly.

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    navydawgnavydawg Posts: 3,039 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Let’s hope that those positive parts of Stetson’s character infected all three of these QBs, who I believe Already had great character of their own. The QB competition I Believe is gonna be an absolute War !! And that will be a Good thing. I Believe all three of these guys are top notch QBs. I just hope that we can some how keep all three at UGA. May the best man win !!

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited February 2023


    No it totally comes down to the supporting cast. Stafford's mindset didn't change from the 2020 NFL season to the 2021 one. Instead, his supporting cast changed from the Lions to the Rams.

    Stetson Bennett? Same. His mindset didn't change from 2020 - when he played poorly multiple times and was benched - to 2021. Yes folks, Monken was the OC that season also. Instead, he gained a generational player in Brock Bowers to get the ball to plus a bunch of young players at OL, RB and on defense improved significantly.

    A great example of how supporting casts matter? Bryce Young. With John Metchie and Jameson Williams he is a Heisman winner who throws for nearly 4900 yards and 50 TDs that takes Bama to the title game. Without them, he has more turnovers than TDs against the same defense that clinched the Heisman against a month earlier. The next season throws for 1500 fewer yards, 15 fewer TDs and finishes with the 4th best team in the SEC who needed help from the refs to barely get by 8-5 Texas on a last second field goal.

    Even without Washington, McIntosh, Blaylock, Jackson and 3 OLs with significant starting experience this UGA team is going to have more talent and depth than any that Bobo ever coordinated. Including the teams that had Stafford, Moreno, Green and not much else. (That's quite not fair ... Mohamed Massaquoi was a very good player and Kris Durham was the Ladd McConkey of his era. But the point is still good)

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    jdatl3jdatl3 Posts: 417 ✭✭✭✭ Senior


    My post was solely about QB's. I totally agree that supporting cast is a difference maker, but I set that aside. This article isn't about supporting cast, just the QB's.

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    UGA66UGA66 Posts: 4,164 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I agree. Mindset + heart, the ingredients that make up a great QB....sprinkling in a touch of talent. I do believe Bennett possessed those ingredients. Will Beck.,Brock or Gunner? We will soon see. The raw talent seems to be there.

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    Bdw3184Bdw3184 Posts: 12,751 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I feel extremely confident that he did and will!!

    Great first post!

    Go Dawgs! Four time National Champions!

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    Bdw3184Bdw3184 Posts: 12,751 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    You just described Bennett!

    Here’s hoping we find that next same guy!

    I like our chances!

    Go Dawgs!

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