Five things to know about Georgia football quarterback Carson Beck

Marc Weiszer
Athens Banner-Herald
Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (15) during G-Day on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)

Carson Beck came into Saturday’s UGA football home opener against UAB more than midway into the first quarter behind Stetson Bennett with the Bulldogs up 14-0. He finished 4 of 10 with 88 yards with a 12-yard touchdown pass and interception returned for a touchdown.

Here are five things to know about Beck:

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Strong arm since he was young

His big arm was apparent way back in Pop Warner ball when he first started playing quarterback for the Pablo Creek Saints in his hometown of Jacksonville.

“I always had a super strong arm, ever since I was young,” said Beck, who was a fan of Tom Brady. “Normally when you’re like 7, 8 years old, you just run the ball every time. We were running like spread and actually throwing the ball.”

His accurate deep ball was considered his strength in high school.

“He’s smart, he’s going to get you in the right play and going to make the right decisions,” Georgia redshirt freshman wide receiver Ladd McConkey said. “He’s got a really good arm strength. He’s really working on his athletic ability. He’s sneaky athletic.”

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Flourished at Mandarin High

Beck, now 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, played wide receiver and was backup quarterback as a freshman at Providence High.

A torn ACL to the starter his sophomore season gave Beck the chance to start.

“I always played with a chip on my shoulder,” he said in 2019. “Sitting behind someone I felt I could have started over freshman and sophomore year made me that much better.”

He transferred before his junior season to Mandarin—where three receivers from his 7-on-7 team already were--after a coaching change at his previous school. He helped lead a 2-8 team to the Florida 8A state championship. It was the school’s first state title since opening in 1990.

Beck threw for 3,546 yards with 39 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while completing 59 percent of his passes. He was named Florida’s Mr. Football.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he started,” Mandarin coach Bobby Ramsey said in 2019 about Beck at Georgia. “I would be more surprised if he went in and didn’t perform well.”

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Committed to Nick Saban and Alabama

Like another former Georgia quarterback, Jake Fromm, Carson Beck was an Alabama commitment before he pledged to Georgia.

He committed to Alabama in June 2018. Beck was a Bulldogs fan, but then offensive coordinator Jim Chaney wasn’t sold on Beck’s throwing motion and no offer ever came.

When he backed off his pledge to the Crimson Tide in early February 2019, it was only a few weeks before a Georgia offer came.  Chaney had left for Tennessee. It took Beck just four days to commit to the Bulldogs.

He went to his first Georgia camp before Kirby Smart’s first season in 2016.

“That was always the school I wanted to go to ever since eighth grade, seventh grade,” he said. “I absolutely fell in love with the place.”

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His baseball background

Florida went after Beck after his decommitment from Alabama and many considered the Gators — a school Beck had committed to play baseball for earlier--and Dan Mullen the favorite to land him.

Beck was a pitcher that could reach the low 90s on the radar gun, but he stopped playing the sport in July, 2018, because football was his favorite.

“I don’t know how to explain it, but just the feeling of playing football, especially quarterback, because I get so mental and absolutely screw teams,” he said.

Father was in Athens first

Carson’s father, Chris Beck, played linebacker for Navy from 1989-92 and spent a year in Athens in 1997 at the Navy Supply Corps School.

“I knew about Athens, what a great town and university it was,” Chris Beck said. “I spent many a days playing golf at the UGA Golf Course, going to all the football games.”

Carson Beck played in only one game last season as a true freshman, getting in at the game in Missouri but not attempting a pass.

He played in the G-Day spring game in April and completed 22 of 31 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.