Gunner Stockton is yet to throw a pass for Georgia. He didn’t travel to South Carolina last week as the Bulldogs opted to bring only three quarterbacks with them to Columbia, South Carolina.
But the freshman quarterback still finds a way to make an impact on this Georgia team. It happens to be part of the scouting squad, where he gets reps and makes things absolutely miserable for the Georgia defense.
“Gunner is amazing,” said safety Dan Jackson. “He exposes us every day on defense. He can throw it and he can expose us with his feet. I think he gives one of the best looks I’ve seen on the scout team.”
Stockton’s time on the scout team has slowed things down for the young quarterback. He doesn’t have to memorize verbiage and has a full understanding of Todd Monken’s playbook.
Most of the time it’s just a case of looking at a game on a map, going out and running it. He did a good job according to Jackson and head coach Kirby Smart.
“There’s no thought process. There’s no ‘I gotta say this, I gotta do this’. You take the robot out and you play,” Smart said. “He played well in the scout team. Lots of kids who came there, there’s no pressure because you’re not in trouble if you mess up.”
Smart also touted Stockton’s lack of talent. The Tiger, Georgia quarterback is a true dual-threat quarterback, something Georgia relished when recruited.
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Stetson Bennett is clearly number one. 1 quarterback option for Georgia. He is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and has the Bulldogs in mind. 1 ranked team in the country at this time.
But Stockton’s development is still worth watching, even if he’s not yet QB1. Bennett is in his final year of eligibility and will not be Georgia’s starting quarterback next season.
Stockton will compete with Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff to be Georgia’s starting quarterback next season. Beck is clearly number one. 2 quarterbacks at this point, taking snaps in the third quarter of every game so far. He completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
“He plays with a lot of confidence. He understands our system,” Smart said. “He has a lot of work to do. He’s smart. He understands what the defense is doing. He understands his protections. He knows where to go with the ball. He’s precise. He did a good job with the opportunity given to him. given.”
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Vandagriff is 0-for-2 on pass attempts so far, but he’s gotten very few reps in the game. All three quarterbacks have earned praise from Smart as they have continued to progress in both game and in training.