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10 Georgia football standouts following the conclusion of spring practice
Carson Beck: No, Beck did not unseat Stetson Bennett as the starting quarterback. Kirby Smart made that very clear in the postgame press conference on Saturday.
“Our team knows Stetson is our quarterback; know what I mean? Stetson has done a tremendous job,” Smart said. “Stetson has been an incredible leader, done what we’ve asked.”
If Beck is able to continue his progress into the summer and then fall, he could position himself to earn reps during the season. Bennett did the same a season ago, and when JT Daniels suffered a second injury, Bennett took control of the position. Beck has to continue to do everything in his power, as he did this spring, to capitalize if such a situation were to arise.
Kearis Jackson: A couple of other wide receivers deserve praise here in Dominick Blaylock and Smith. But Jackson really shined on Saturday, showing an impressive burst. He led all pass catchers with 107 yards on just four receptions.
One can understand why Jackson would be miffed with people comparing him to his 2020 form. It’s fair to say that on Saturday he showed another gear he didn’t have in that season, where he led the Bulldogs in receiving yards.
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Jackson was a consistent performer this spring, which is to be expected from one of the top leaders on the team. Off-season knee surgery prevented him from getting up to speed last season.
When speaking on Saturday, Jackson mentioned he had unfinished business after a muted 2021 campaign. Saturday’s explosive performance would be a welcome sign for the Georgia wide receiver room.
Arik Gilbert: If you watched the spring game you understand why Gilbert is on this list. Three receptions for 49 yards, two pass interference penalties drawn and two touchdown catches. It was a dominant showing by Gilbert.
More than that though, it was what Gilbert showed in the 14 practices prior that impressed Smart the most.
“He lost a lot of weight, but just what he’s been through and overcome is such a great story, but he’s not where he needs to be,” Smart said. “He’ll be the first to tell you he’s got to continue to grow, to get in shape, to change his body, and he can get an opportunity to help us.”