ATHENS — Stetson Bennett’s story at Georgia is much from completed, and there are a lot extra alternatives to construct his rising legend.
Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White in contrast Bennett to Tom Brady and mentioned he is in all probability the most effective quarterback the Wildcats have seen.
“Facing Bennett in faculty is form of like dealing with Brady within the NFL, in that he is seen a lot,” White mentioned. “He’s bought a lot expertise. We’ve bought to attempt to discover a approach to give him one thing he hasn’t seen.
“He’s the most effective QB, in all probability, we’ve faced all yr. No disrespect to anybody else we’ve seen along with his command; Hendon Hooker’s taking part in at an especially excessive stage; it is only a testomony to how properly he is taking part in.”
Tennessee beat Kentucky 44-6 on Oct. 29 in Knoxville, with Hooker finishing 19 of 25 passes for 245 yards and three TDs whereas working for an additional TD.
Bennett, a 25-year-old, sixth-year quarterback who started his profession as a walk-on, has helped lead the Bulldogs to a 10-0 document and No. 1 rating this season.
Bennett has had extra ups than downs taking part in in an offense that includes shorter, high-percentage passes and loads of rollouts and runs to cater to his strengths.
The awards committees have taken notice.
Bennett is one in every of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which works to the highest former walk-on in faculty soccer. He’s additionally one in every of 5 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which works to the nation’s prime quarterback.
ESPN reported on Wednesday that Bennett ranks No. 5 in his Heisman Trophy watch, re-emerging after throwing for 289 yards and three touchdowns within the 45-19 win over Mississippi State final Saturday.
Bennett would possibly seem to be a protracted shot to win the Heisman Trophy, with Ohio State QB CJ Stroud and Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker the heavy betting favorites in Las Vegas, and North Carolina’s Drake Maye and USC’s Caleb Williams placing up extra spectacular statistics.
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But Bennett leads the nation’s No. 1-ranked staff, and there is a worth to that, even when his passing TDs and passing effectivity would possibly pale by comparability.
SEC legend and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow instructed DawgNation earlier than the Bulldogs’ 27-13 win over then-No. 1 Tennessee that Bennett should not be counted out of the Heisman Trophy race.
“It’s completely not over for Stetson,” Tebow mentioned. “So a lot of it’s what you’ve gotten finished these days, and that creates hype.”
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Bennett and the Bulldogs play at 3:30 pm at Kentucky in a nationally televised CBS recreation earlier than ending the common season with Georgia Tech in a midday ESPN recreation.
“Quite frankly, I’m actually shocked that he hasn’t had a lot Heisman buzz,” White mentioned. “He is taking part in on the form of stage. He doesn’t get sufficient credit score by way of his command of the offense, his capacity to distribute all over the sector, his capacity to create along with his legs.
“He is aware of the place to go together with the ball. He’s in actual command again there. He makes the suitable reads. He’s taking part in in addition to anyone.”
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Bennett’s closing probability to impress will come within the SEC Championship Game at 4 pm on Dec. 3 towards LSU in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Certainly, that is the place Alabama quarterback Bryce Young clinched final year’s Heisman Trophy, accounting for 4 touchdowns on 421 yards passing and 40 yards speeding towards a Georgia protection that featured 5 first-round NFL draft picks.
Here’s a have a look at how Bennett stacks up statistically amongst ESPN’s Top 5-ranked Heisman Trophy candidates:
(National rank in parenthesis)
(1) CJ Stroud, 188.16
(2) Hendon Hooker, 181.81
(3) Drake Maye, 178.89
(8) Caleb Williams, 166.42
(26) Stetson Bennett, 152.70
(3) Drake Maye, 3,412
(10) Caleb Williams, 3,010
(13) Stetson Bennett, 2,895
(14) Hendon Hooker, 2,888
(18) CJ Stroud, 2,750
(T-1) CJ Stroud, 34
(T-1) Drake Maye, 34
(T-3) Caleb Williams, 31
(T-14) Hendon Hooker, 24
(T-58) Stetson Bennett, 14
(1) Drake Maye, 399.6 ypg
(T-7) Caleb Williams, 329.3
(T-7) Hendon Hooker, 329.3
(18) Stetson Bennett, 303.9
(29) CJ Stroud, 283.3