Quarterback From SEC Powerhouse Is Considering Transfer

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldog's football field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 6: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia is stocked at quarterback at the top of the depth chart. However, it could be in some trouble, should third-stringer Stetson Bennett transfer. The class of 2017 signal caller impressed during his first year with the program, and could head to another school at which he can play.Bennett probably doesn’t have a road to meaningful playing time at UGA. Jake Fromm is coming off of a freshman season in which he led the Dawgs to a national championship appearance. He’s being pushed by five-star talent Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2018.The situation already led one Georgia quarterback to transfer out. Jacob Eason, a former five-star recruit who began the 2017 season as Georgia’s starter before going down for the season with a knee injury in Week 1.Eason transferred back to his native Washington, and will play for the Huskies. There, he’s a potential heir apparent to Jake Browning’s job.Bennett walked on at Georgia last year, turning down some smaller school options to play for the Dawgs. While he didn’t see playing time, coaches raved about his work on the scout team. From The Telegraph:During the postseason, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was complimentary of Bennett’s ability to challenge his unit on a daily basis.“Stetson Bennett is a beast, man,” Tucker said. “Stetson Bennett puts a lot of pressure on our defense because he is extremely quick, he’s fast and he can throw. He can throw in the pocket and he can throw on the run, and he’s very, very competitive.”Kirby Smart is open about the impact that a Stetson Bennett transfer would have on his depth chart:“We need to keep Stetson there and help us,” Smart said. “We don’t really have many other guys to be honest. We have two young quarterbacks who will be walk-ons, who we think are good players. But we’ve invested a lot in Stetson with the development he took this spring, and with what he did in bowl practices. I’m excited to see what he can do. We’re encouraging him to stay so he gets that opportunity.Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State were among the FBS programs to offer Bennett out of high school. Other lower level programs, including Columbia in the Ivy League, were also in on him.It is unclear whether he will leave Georgia, and what types of schools are interested if he does. Smart’s concern about it tells you what you need to know about his ability at quarterback.[The Telegraph]last_img

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldog's football field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 6: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia is stocked at quarterback at the top of the depth chart. However, it could be in some trouble, should third-stringer Stetson Bennett transfer. The class of 2017 signal caller impressed during his first year with the program, and could head to another school at which he can play.Bennett probably doesn’t have a road to meaningful playing time at UGA. Jake Fromm is coming off of a freshman season in which he led the Dawgs to a national championship appearance. He’s being pushed by five-star talent Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2018.The situation already led one Georgia quarterback to transfer out. Jacob Eason, a former five-star recruit who began the 2017 season as Georgia’s starter before going down for the season with a knee injury in Week 1.Eason transferred back to his native Washington, and will play for the Huskies. There, he’s a potential heir apparent to Jake Browning’s job.Bennett walked on at Georgia last year, turning down some smaller school options to play for the Dawgs. While he didn’t see playing time, coaches raved about his work on the scout team. From The Telegraph:During the postseason, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was complimentary of Bennett’s ability to challenge his unit on a daily basis.“Stetson Bennett is a beast, man,” Tucker said. “Stetson Bennett puts a lot of pressure on our defense because he is extremely quick, he’s fast and he can throw. He can throw in the pocket and he can throw on the run, and he’s very, very competitive.”Kirby Smart is open about the impact that a Stetson Bennett transfer would have on his depth chart:“We need to keep Stetson there and help us,” Smart said. “We don’t really have many other guys to be honest. We have two young quarterbacks who will be walk-ons, who we think are good players. But we’ve invested a lot in Stetson with the development he took this spring, and with what he did in bowl practices. I’m excited to see what he can do. We’re encouraging him to stay so he gets that opportunity.Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State were among the FBS programs to offer Bennett out of high school. Other lower level programs, including Columbia in the Ivy League, were also in on him.It is unclear whether he will leave Georgia, and what types of schools are interested if he does. Smart’s concern about it tells you what you need to know about his ability at quarterback.[The Telegraph]last_img

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