Georgia QB Carson Beck makes season debut against UAB

091121 Athens: Georgia quarterback Carson Beck prepares during pregame against UAB in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept 11, 2021, in Atlanta. “Curtis Compton /”

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Carson Beck saw his first playing time of the 2021 season in the first quarter of Georgia’s game against UAB on Saturday.

Beck, a former 4-star recruit from Florida, entered the game at the 6:29 minute mark of the opening quarter, starting the Bulldogs’ third offensive drive of the game. Georgia was up 14-0 and opened the drive from its own 30-yard line.

Beck did not attempt a pass on the first drive, however, as the Blazers kept three Bulldog run plays short of the first down marker and forced a three-and-out.

Coach Kirby Smart named Beck the No. 2 quarterback this fall, reiterating that this week.

But with starter JT Daniels out with an upper-body injury, Smart gave fifth-year senior Stetson Bennett IV the starting nod Saturday. Bennett played the first two series and threw two touchdown passes.

Bennett also returned to the game for the following series. With Georgia on its own 11-yard line, Bennett found tight end Brock Bowers for an 89-yard touchdown pass.

Beck was back in the game on the sixth series from Georgia’s 20-yard line, underthrowing Arian Smith on his first pass attempt of his career for an incompletion.

Beck threw incomplete on third down on that drive, going three-and-out on his second series of the season.

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