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LSU Coach Brian Kelly Talks About "Remarkable" and "Confident" Stetson Bennett

November 28, 2022

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BATON ROUGE, LA - Georgia Bulldog QB Stetson Bennett, a seasoned veteran at 25 years old, is having a big final season In Athens this fall.

The national-champion QB is 246/366 for (67.2%) for 3,151 yards and 16 TDs this year along with 6 INTs. He’s also rushed for 190 yards and 7 touchdowns on the year.

It’s hard to argue with those type of numbers. However, it’s clear Bennett and the passing game has been off for the last two weeks.

On a cold, windy day in Lexington, Bennett struggled throwing the football, going 13/19 for just 116 yards and one INT. More importantly, the Bulldog offense scored just 16 points that day.

Against rival Georgia Tech last weekend, Bennett was just 10/18 for 140 yards. He did throw two touchdown passes, but most of the credit needs to go to the receivers Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Brock Bowers on those scores.

Something is off right now with Stetson Bennett and the Bulldog passing attack, but LSU head coach Brian Kelly won’t say it. The first-year Tiger coach gave Bennett lots of praise during his SEC Championship teleconference on Monday.

“Yeah, he’s (Bennett) remarkable,” Kelly said. “He's poised. The confidence on film in terms of what he exudes is amazing. I think he's, like, 26-3 as a starter. He's in full command of the offense, full command. That goes to his coaching, his teaching, his preparation obviously. It's apparent in watching him how confident he is as the quarterback.”

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Even when Bennett is struggling, he’s playing with confidence. Of course, he’s earned the right to be confident. He beat out a former 5-star for the starting job last year and made some championship-caliber throws in the 4th quarter of last year’s national championship game. There’s not a throw out there that Bennett doesn’t think he can make.

The confidence is easy to see, and that’s because he has PLENTY of experience. Again, dude is 25 years old. He’s got Todd Monken’s offense perfected by now.

As confident as he is, Bennett knows he still needs to play better. Georgia’s rushing attack is playing as well as they have all season, but if Georgia wants to go back-to-back, they need Bennett to play better than he has the last two weeks. That’s clear.

But the next challenge is LSU, and that’s a challenge Bennett should be up for. When the lights are shining the brightest, Stetson Bennett is at his best. The lights will be bright in Atlanta on Saturday, and Bennett needs to bring back his “A” game against the Tigers.

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