Gunner Stockton has yet to throw a pass for Georgia. He did not travel to South Carolina last week as the Bulldogs opted to bring just three quarterbacks with them to Columbia, SC
But the freshman quarterback is still finding a way to impact this Georgia team. It happens to come onto the scout team where he gets reps and makes things absolutely miserable for the Georgia defense.
“Gunner is amazing,” said safety Dan Jackson. “He exposes us to defense every day. He can throw it and he can bare us with his feet. I think he has one of the most amazing looks I’ve seen on the scout team.”
Stockton’s time for him on the scout team has slowed things down for the young quarterback. He doesn’t need to memorize words and has a complete understanding of Todd Monken’s playbook.
Most of the time you just look at a move on a map and go out and make it. According to Jackson and head coach Kirby Smart, he did that pretty well.
“There is no thought process. There is no ‘I have to say this, I have to do this.’ You take out the robot and play,” Smart said. “He played well in the scout team. A lot of the kids that came there have no pressure because you don’t have problems if you screw something up.”
Smart also raved about Stockton’s arm talent. The Tiger, Georgia quarterback is a true dual threat quarterback, which Georgia appreciated when recruiting.
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Stetson Bennett is the clear #1 quarterback option for Georgia. He is a Heisman Trophy contender and has the Bulldogs as the No. 1 team in the country at this point.
But Stockton’s development is still worth keeping an eye on even if he’s not QB1 yet. Bennett is in his final year of eligibility and will not be Georgia’s starting quarterback next season.
Stockton will line up with Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff next season to become Georgia’s starting quarterback. Beck is the clear No. 2 quarterback at this point and has snapped in the third quarter of every game so far. He has completed 15 of his 19 pass attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
“He plays with a lot of confidence. He understands our system,” said Smart. “He has a lot of work. He is intelligent. He understands what the defense is doing. He understands his protection. He knows where to go with the ball. He is accurate. He did a good job with the opportunity given to him.”
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Vandagriff is 0 to 2 on pass attempts so far, but he’s received far fewer replays in the game. All three quarterbacks were commended by Smart as they continued to make progress both in the game and in practice.