Georgia freshman QB Carson Beck discusses adjusting to college game, participating in Sugar Bowl practices
For Carson Beck, going from high school student-athlete to college student-athlete did not come with an adjustment. As soon as he stepped foot on campus, the 4-star quarterback out of Jacksonville, Florida, was practicing with his new teammates. After he was done with high school classes, Beck took part in a few of UGA’s on-campus Sugar Bowl practices before Kirby Smart’s quad traveled to New Orleans to take on Baylor.
“I’ll tell you, the first day of practice I was so lost,” Beck recently told former Bulldog QB DJ Shockley. “I had no clue what I was doing. They would blow that horn, and everybody starts running around. I was like, ‘Coach, where do I go? Where do I go?’”
While overwhelming at first, Beck sees the practice experience as beneficial.
“Coming in early definitely helped a lot, and just learning the speed of the game,” Beck said. “ I ran like scout team, because the ones and twos got reps for the bowl game, but I ran scout team. Getting to play against Georgia’s No. 1 defense, one of the best defenses in the country, and getting to practice against them every single day, that helped me immensely.
“I feel like it will set me up to have an even better start in the spring.”
With Jake Fromm declared for the NFL Draft, all eyes figure to be on the Georgia quarterback room this spring as Beck, incoming grad transfer Jamie Newman, D’Wan Mathis and Stetson Bennett III compete for the starting job. Newman is considered the frontrunner and is already receiving Heisman Trophy candidacy buzz.