Georgia Football QB Stetson Bennett’s Strong Opener Sees Heisman’s Odds Rise
Georgia critics have pointed to quarterback Stetson Bennett as a limitation this offseason; they suggested that physical impairments would limit his cap, holding the Bulldogs back.
Bennett never engages with said criticism. Instead, he lowers his head and works. Sources around the program were candid with their opinions of Bennett, as everyone close to the situation knew he would come out swinging.
He went 25-31 passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns, adding a touchdown with his legs. Bennett’s dominance went beyond the stat sheet, however, as he consistently extended plays and kept the Bulldogs in front of the chains, never taking a sack.
Pundits suggested he couldn’t make highlight reel sets, but Bennett made several high-level throws throughout the contest. However, the moment of the day was when he held off three Oregon defenders, pulled the ball down, and made a miraculous throw across the field to wide receiver Ladd McConkey for a score.
Georgia’s rushing offense certainly made a few plays, but the overwhelming storyline was how effective they were in the passing game. The offensive line and pass catchers worked well throughout the game, but the No. 13 led the show.
Does that mean he moves into a different category of quarterback? Not necessarily. Although he doesn’t have the arm talent of a Bryce Young or a CJ Stroud, those familiar with Bennett’s game weren’t shocked by his performance.
The nation can revel in his achievement, but in a few days will wonder if this level of play is sustainable. The answer is yes, and there is still room for growth.
Georgia only got tight end Brock Bowers two touches against Oregon. Tight end Arik Gilbert didn’t have a sustained run until the end of the competition. Wide receivers Dominick Blaylock and Kearis Jackson are still in game form.
This Georgian offense should only progress on this year. While Stetson doesn’t have much room to improve, those around him can still improve.
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Although Stetson doesn’t win the Heisman Trophy, he continues to prove he’s a quarterback you can win with, not despite. Georgia’s defense, while impressive, will likely shrink, which means the coaching staff will need more Bennett.
Oregon’s defense was probably the best test Georgia will face in the regular season. Their schedule is extremely flexible for the remainder of the ride, meaning navigation should be smooth for Bennett and company.
The nation took note of his strong performance; he repeatedly went viral on social media for his dynamic play and even began to garner some Heisman buzz. Although we are still at the start of the season, it is refreshing to see the Mail Man gaining national respect after all he has been through in his young career.
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