ATHENS — Carson Beck was recruited to be the quarterback of the future at Georgia, and many believe that is still the case.
Newman will surely be gone to the NFL following the 2020 season as this represents his final season of eligibility. Newman has been projected by some as a first-round 2021 NFL Draft prospect.
It’s also possible Daniels could be gone after the 2020 season. That’s particularly true if Daniels gets a waiver for eligibility this season and plays enough to showcase the talents that made him a 5-star prospect at USC.
There’s a chance Beck — or D’Wan Mathis — could win the starting job this season. But it would seem unlikely considering the experience Newman and possibly Daniels bring to the table.
Former Georgia SEC Championship Game MVP D.J. Shockley indicated the time Beck might have has to marinate this season could serve the former Florida Mr. Football and Class 8A state champion well.
“I think it gives him a time to, first learn the system, and then get used to the speed of the game,” Shockley said on the Bulldogs Game Day Show. “And then also, let’s his body mature.”
— Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) June 19, 2020
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Beck is an accurate passer. But he’s also regarded as a tremendous athlete who plays the game with great confidence.
The COVID-19 crisis, however, prevented Beck (and Mathis) the opportunity to go through what would have been 15 valuable spring practice sessions along with game-like scrimmages.
The allotted Zoom meetings with coaches can only do so much, as Beck wasn’t able to spend time with UGA’s made-over receiving corps during the spring session, either.
“This (addition of Newman and Daniels) gives him a chance to learn,” said Shockley, who once competed with David Greene for the quarterback job at Georgia en route to winning 2005 SEC Championship Game MVP honors.
“When I came in as a freshman, I don’t think I was ready to play,” Shockley said. “There are some guys when they come in and they are thrown to the fire, and they have to learn five, six, seven games down the road what this game is about.”
The way the SEC works, Beck might still be the Bulldogs’ quarterback by the end of the season.
For now, Beck remains a strong, promising freshman who many Georgia fans believe is the quarterback of the future — whenever that future is.
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