When JT Daniels suffered an oblique injury, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart had an important decision to make: Who should start at quarterback for Saturday’s home opener against UAB?

Smart’s choices were redshirt senior Stetson Bennett, who began the 2020 season as the Bulldogs’ starter, or redshirt freshman Carson Beck, who had never thrown a college pass. And even though Smart said Beck was the No. 2 QB earlier in the week, he went with the experienced Bennett instead.

It was a decision that panned out, considering Bennett matched a school record by throwing 5 touchdowns (all in the first half) in a 56-7 win over the Blazers. After the game, Smart explained to the media why he went with Bennett over Beck for the start:

It was a choice that helped Georgia begin the season 2-0. And while this game wasn’t as challenging as the Bulldogs’ Week 1 matchup — a 10-3 win over Clemson — it was still a chance for them to show exactly why they’re the No. 2 team in the country.

Here’s more of what Smart said to the media after the latest victory: