There are tons of false opinions about Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett.
It has been just 14 days since Georgia football brought home its third National Championship. Yet the biggest story in Athens right now is the return of one Stetson Bennett, QB1, for the 2022 season. Bennett just delivered a championship to Athens and deserved a hero’s welcome. Sadly, that is not the case. Some wish he would have taken his ball and gone anywhere else but Athens.
This is such a weird reaction to a guy that just brought Georgia football its first National Championship since 1980. Fans have waited over 40 years for this moment and some are taking it to tear down one of the guys who brought it to them. Some are even going as far as to say Georgia’s defense won the championship to take all credit away from Bennett. What a stretch to say that the offense of a football team has nothing to do with if that team wins or loses.
Then others believe JT Daniels should have started over Bennett and that he would have done a better job. This is the most popular opinion of the Bennett detractors. This opinion is solely based on Daniels being a 5-star recruit out of high school. However, if you look at the numbers between the two quarterbacks they are quite similar. The thing that gives Bennett the edge over Daniels is his ability to run. Just look at the graphic below.
Daniels has a slightly higher completion percentage. However, when you break down the rest it’s clear Bennett was the correct choice to start. Bennett was more efficient, averaged more yards per attempt (9.4/9.2), more yards per completion (14.9/13.2), and more yards per carry (3.3/-6.4) than Daniels. The coaching staff got that decision right. This is why Georgia football won the National Championship.
Some blame Bennett because other players are transferring out of the program. This could be the most ridiculous reaction of them all. If other players want to leave the program that is their decision to make. However, assuming it is all Bennett’s fault is absurd. Kids transfer for all sorts of reasons. Just because a wide receiver transfers doesn’t mean it’s because of the quarterback. Some receivers at Georgia are don’t like the constant rotation. So don’t assume it’s all because Bennett is back that receivers are leaving.
Instead of tearing down a kid that won a National Championship because he was a 2-star walk-on, it is time to embrace him. Bennett should be getting a hero’s welcome going into the 2022 season. He has done things far above his initial recruiting rating. It is time for the naysayers to acknowledge and embrace these facts. Just because a kid gets a certain recruiting rating or isn’t offered a scholarship as a freshman doesn’t mean he can’t improve over time.
That is exactly what Bennett has done. He went from being a Scout Team quarterback to outplaying a former 5-star recruit to start for a major Power 5 program. He then took that program to the College Football Playoffs. Once there he played his tail off and lead his team to a National Championship. He also won Offensive MVP of the National Championship Game. A former walk-on and 2-star recruit.
Any fan of Georgia Football should be proud of his accomplishments. Anyone that has had to work every day for the things they have in this life should empathize with him. Anyone that’s been told you can’t do something and prove them wrong should respect him. Bennett is the working man’s quarterback. He is one of the people. Nothing was handed to him. He earned it all. He should be admired, not torn down.