Kirby picks a quarterback.

He really did.  It’s just that it’s his third-string QB.

A freshman walk-on, Matthew Downing, is currently the Bulldogs No. 3 triggerman should Fromm and Fields go down, making it more imperative that the two guys ahead of him are as prepared as possible.

As far as the two guys ahead of him go?  Well, Kirby’s doing that whole saying, not saying thing.

The two have been duking it out to see who’ll be the starter in 2018 and thus far, based on the practice reps, one guy appears to be the clear leader. Just don’t expect Smart to come out and say either guy is going to be taking the first snap against Austin Peay.

“I really haven’t even thought about it, to be honest with you,” Smart said when asked if he would name a starter at quarterback. “We let those two guys compete out. Jake’s going with the ones almost the whole time. So we’ll handle it as it goes. It’s not like it’s a predetermined announcement on this date. It’s not really the plans, we don’t look at it that way. We look at it at as those two guys are competing and they’ll continue to compete.”

In other words, pay no attention to that man who’s taking snaps behind the first string offensive line all August.  Sure thing, Kirbs.

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17 responses to “Kirby picks a quarterback.

  1. Got Cowdog

    It’s a ruse, I tells ya. A trap.

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  2. jhorne2000

    Has Kirby ever named a starter when both QBs have been healthy ?

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  3. Gurkha Dawg

    Of course Jake is the starter. Kirby is just managing what could be a delicate situation. He can’t have Justin’s dad getting pissed off and start some public BS. I have an uneasy feeling about how all of this is going to play out this year.

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    • Gravidy

      Yes, I suppose Fields’ dad will get a different sort of treatment and consideration than Blankenship’s dad did.

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      • Macallanlover

        I doubt Fields’ father would ever go public and embarrass his son like Blankenship’s dad did. But if he did, I suspect JF would do what Hot Rod did, buckle his chinstrap and work harder to earn the job/scholarship. Both father and son Fields entered UGA fully aware of the situation they were walking into, and they had a hundred other choices. You trusted Kirby and staff to work with your son to be the best he can be, and make the decision of how to utilize his talents. If the decision of who to start should not go your way, you cannot flip out and try to publicly leverage your son and attempt to put KS in a squeeze. Hot Rod earned his scholarship by his efforts, not the clumsy efforts by his father.

        The bigger question is why is Kirby going all Urbie on us and lying. “I haven’t thought about it”, come on man! You can say the competition is at such a high level you plan to give both a lot of reps, or there is a clear line of difference and we know who will start but have a policy of not naming starters in advance, etc., but you cannot say you haven’t given it a thought. He has been secretive, but I don’t think he has been deceitful before…OK, lied to us. Were this to be true, I would have major concerns about his recent head injury because this is a detailed man that doesn’t miss anything.

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        • Cojones

          The “I haven’t thought about it” bit is not to be taken literally. It’s a way to express that he won’t give it serious thought until game time and that’s final. I would give you an analogy that would demonstrate that this is hyperbole on Smart’s part, but then Bluto would have my remarks relegated to the Playpen.

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          • Macallanlover

            Your point is valid. I am sure it would have lost all credibility had you given your analogy…it’s your blind spot dude. Put down the pipe. 🙂

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        • Gravidy

          Yeah, Kirby’s treatment of the beat writers needs some improvement. He doesn’t have to just tell blatant lies, and he surely doesn’t have to jump down a writer’s throat for asking who is on the punt team – especially when the player in question is a freshman and the writers in question haven’t been allowed to view enough practice to glean that information for themselves.

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  4. AusDawg85

    What is Downing’s QBR? Pretty clear Fields will see the ahem field this season. Can’t see Downing getting much mop-up duty.

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  5. Uglydawg

    Will be even more interesting when Rhys gets in the mix.

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  6. Uglydawg

    It really is kind of scary. If Fromm or Fields gets an injury, we’re looking at a true freshman backup. At that point, we’ll be holding our collective breath every time the QB gets touched
    I would imagine that it would severely limit QB runs…and he’ll be told to take a dive when pressured…it would also bring out the nastiness in defensive players.
    So losing either to injury will hamper what the remaining QB will be allowed to do. Not good.
    But the flip side is that there are two outstanding QBs on the team. What other team has two this good? And Rhys will make three.

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    • Cojones

      Didn’t we hear this “Freshman” reasoning last year before Eason went down?

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      • Macallanlover

        Yup. It can happen but losing two QBs at the same time as much as they are protected these days is an aberration. Offense changes when you are down to one. Plus, I could hand off to those backs behind that OL and win 8 games. We are fine.

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    • Merk

      If we lose 2 QBs in a season, then it really does not matter who the 3rd string guy is.

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  7. HiAltDawg

    Ideally, Kirbs trolls us all and trucks out Cook in the Wildcat first play

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    I predict Downing will kill it as scout team QB. Then he’ll get a big head and decide he should transfer because he’s obviously talented enough to be a starter in the sec (all 5-11 QBs are, ya know). I’m not sure whether this scenario will happen before the 4th game or the 8th game. But it WILL happen.

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  9. How about them starting with the twos against a team like Austin Peay and see what happens? Remember Eason got injured on the first series against a sort of a cupcake. Unrealistic but worth a try?

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