Carson Beck of the UGA football team comments on Tide and Texas at Manning camp


Carson Beck has an excellent record as the starting quarterback for the Georgia football team and has only one flaw.

It happened on the first Saturday of last December and still bothers him seven months later.

When Beck met with reporters after a morning session on the first day of the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana, last week, he spoke bluntly about the only loss during a 13-1 2023 season for him and the Bulldogs.

He was asked how much the 27-24 loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game, which knocked Georgia out of the College Football Playoff, had “eaten away” at him and his teammates.

“Well, I can speak for myself,” Beck said. “Of course, I mean, it's eating me alive. But it is what it is. Of course, such a big loss in such a big game, I mean, you're going to think about it. But every season is on its own.”

Georgia appears poised to capture another national title in the first season of the expanded 12-team playoffs. Georgia will face Alabama on Sept. 28, Texas on Oct. 19 and Ole Miss on Nov. 9.

Beck played away games last season at Auburn, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

The game against the Longhorns, who officially became a member of the SEC on Monday, will be Beck's first look at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“I've never actually been to the stadium,” said Beck, who was a counselor at the camp. “I've heard it's a great environment. I'm really excited. They're obviously going to be a top team up there, we're going to be a top team. I'm really looking forward to competing and playing in their stadium. I think it would be a cool place for away games.”

Beck, who is considered the top NFL draft pick of 2025, passed for 3,941 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions last season, but went without a touchdown pass in the loss to Alabama, on a day in which he completed 21 of 29 passes for 243 yards and was sacked twice.

Georgia had to settle for a game against Florida State, a team decimated by players who opted out after failing to make the playoffs after blowing a 13-0 lead.

Georgia defeated the Seminoles 63-3 after also missing the playoffs.

“It would have been great if they had expanded maybe a year earlier,” Beck said, laughing.

–David Eckert of USA Today Sports in Thibodaux, Louisiana, contributed to this report.