Quarterback Carson Beck, shown here throwing downfield in the national championship game against TCU, had an up and down first scrimmage on Saturday. 4-1-23 (Hyosub Shin/AJC)
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Report: Georgia Scrimmage One, Carson Beck 3 TD passes, 3 interceptions, Javon Bullard Pick-6

ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Carson Beck typified the “ebbs and flows” Kirby Smart spoke of the team’s first spring scrimmage, throwing three touchdown passes but also three interceptions, per sources in attendance.

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Smart is among the coaches who do not allow impartial media members to observe, but there are plenty of others on the scrimmage guest list, and word travels fast with all the passion and interest surrounding the juggernaut Smart has built.

Beck, the most experienced of the returning quarterbacks and the perceived favorite to win the starting job, got off to a hot start and looked the part early.

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Beck exhibited a good pocket presence and an ability to move around and throw the ball effectively, per Smart.

But Beck’s confidence gave way to what Smart referred to as “poor decisions,” including a Pick-6 that safety Javon Bullard returned for a touchdown.

Smart has said decision-making will be the biggest key in the quarterback competition,

Brock Vandagriff also had three touchdown passes but did not throw any interceptions.

Vandagriff, observers noted, was not as fluid going through progressions as Beck, but he was also not as careless with the football.

Instead, Vandagriff showed he was more eager to tuck and run, as Jake Fromm once described him as a bigger, more athletic version of Stetson Bennett.

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Smart said he was impressed with Vandagriff in the two-minute drill.

Observers noted the neither quarterback was particularly impressive on third downs.

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Gunner Stockton, while athletic and strong-armed, was notably not as smooth operating the offense. Smart said he made some plays with his feet, but he continues to work with the twos while Beck and Vandagriff split reps with the ones.

Scrimmage stats should be viewed with the perspective that Georgia’s defense typically looks good against the offense, as last year’s G-Day Boxscore should remind people:

2022 G-Day
2022 G-Day, Dawgnation

Indeed, at least one person in attendance felt the Georgia DBs ranked as the most impressive of the UGA position groups in the scrimmage.

Nyland Green, Julian Humphrey and Daylen Everette all appeared to have interceptions, per the sources at the scrimmage.

Bullard, in addition to his Pick-6, had enough of a presence that Smart compared him to departing All-American Chris Smith.

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