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When Does The "Stetson Bennett For Heisman" Campaign Start?

September 19, 2022
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ATHENS - Even though we’re just three into the college football season, it’s never too early to start talking about the Heisman Trophy.

Coming into the season, as expected, all eyes were on quarterbacks CJ Stroud and Bryce Young. But through the first three weeks, you can easily make the case for Georgia veteran quarterback, Stetson Bennett.

He hasn’t been perfect, but he’s had an excellent start to the season, leading the Bulldogs to a fast 3-0 start, with dominant performances over Oregon, Samford and South Carolina. The 2021 national championship-winning quarterback has been smart with the football, he’s leading arguably the best offense in the game, and he’s beating defenses in a number of different ways.

Let’s just look at the numbers real quick. Bennett has been accurate and efficient with the ball, going 65/88 (74%) for 952 yards and 5 touchdown passes this season. He hasn’t turned the ball over, and there’s a chance he might not turn the ball over until November. His 183.5 QB rating is No. 11 right now in college football. He also has three rushing touchdowns and has made it look easy.

He has plenty of arm strength. He’s mastered Todd Monken’s offense. He’s distributing the ball, and he’s leading the Bulldogs to touchdown after touchdown after touchdown. There’s not a lot more he can do right now, and he’s deserving of some early Heisman talk.

According to FanDuel, Bennett has +2000 odds to bring the Heisman back to Athens.



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Let’s compare Bennett’s stats to some others...

Ohio State QB Stroud is currently 62/85 (73%) for 941 yards and 11 touchdowns with zero INTs. His 208.6 QB rating is No. 2 in college football at the moment. He’s been as good as advertised coming into the season and should find himself in New York in December.

Alabama’s Bryce Young has gone 58/85 (68%) for 644 yards and 9 touchdowns. He’s also thrown two INT so far this season with a 162.1 QB rating. He’s got the Tide undefeated right now, but if he wants to win another Heisman, he needs to lead the Elephants back to another SEC championship.

USC’s Caleb Williams might be the most talented, but if he wants to win one of the biggest trophies in American sports, he needs to have the Trojans undefeated and pushing for a playoff spot. He’s off to a big start to the season, going 64/86 (74%) for 874 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also has zero INTs along with an impressive 190.5 QB rating.

Again, it’s early in the season, but if Stetson Bennett continues to play the way he has for the first three weeks, he should absolutely be in the Heisman Trophy conversation.

 
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