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Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett Selected No. 128 Overall by LA Rams

April 29, 2023
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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett was picked No. 128 overall by LA Rams in the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City.

Blackshear native Stetson Bennett will be most remembered for his improbable journey leading the Georgia Bulldogs to back-to-back national titles (Alabama in 2021 and TCU in 2022). Bennett arrived in Athens as a walk-on player, then transferred to a junior college only to return to Athens. 

His persistence in Silver Britches proved too much to deny. Bennett took over the starting quarterback job at Georgia in October 2021 before Georgia’s 37-0 win over No. 8 Arkansas. He lost one game after that. Bennett’s performances against Michigan and Ohio State paved the way to national titles. The win over the Buckeyes at the Peach Bowl will go down as one of the great games in UGA and College Football Playoff history. 

I think Stetson has proved a lot of people wrong already,” Kirby told ESPN on Thursday. 

Bennett’s final game for the Dawgs likely cemented his place in college football history. But his future in professional ball was much less clear. 

"No matter when he goes, or where he goes he's going to continue to prove people wrong. He's uber-talented. He's got great athleticism. The part that people don't give him credit for - he's already played in the system,” Kirby added. “Todd Monken's system has been all over the NFL. So he can walk into a huddle; he can anticipate throws; he's seen all the defenses. He's played in the right type of system.”



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2022 Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett 

One of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy...winner of the 2022 Burlsworth Trophy, as the country's outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on...also a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award...semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award...Coaches' All-SEC Second Team…Led Georgia to back-to-back National Championships…Finished 18-of-25 for 304 yards and four TDs, also ran for 39 yards and two TDs against TCU… Name Offensive MVP of the CFP NCG… Guided the Bulldogs to a come from behind win over Ohio State in the CFP Semifinal Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl… Finished 23-of-34 for 398 yards three TDs and a TD on the ground… Name Offensive MVP of the CFP Semifinal…led Georgia to the 2022 SEC Championship, throwing for 214 yards and four TDs in building a 35-10 halftime lead...finished the game 23-of-29 for 274 yards...named Walter Camp National Player Of The Week after Week 1 victory over No. 11 Oregon...also named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week...threw for a career-high 368 yards, completing 25 of 31 (80.6%) passes and throwing for two TDs...also had a rushing TD against the Ducks...led the Bulldogs on touchdown drives of 85, 92, 56, 75, 64 and 75 yards on their first six possessions...was 24-of-30 passing for 300 yards and one TD in win over Samford...the Bulldogs’ leading rusher and passer in win at South Carolina...threw for 284 yards (16x23) and two TDs and also had 36 yards on three carries (1 TD)...career-long 64 TD run vs. Auburn was the longest by a Bulldog QB since Ray Goff vs. Clemson in 1976 (73 yds.)...24-of-30 for 289 yards and two TDs in win over Vanderbilt...17-of-25 for 257 yards and two TDs in win over Tennessee...also rushed 13 yards for a score vs. the Vols...threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in win at Mississippi State.

2021 Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett

Named Offensive MVP of the CFP Championship Game...completed 17 of 26 passes for 224 yards and a pair of TDs...directed two fourth-quarter TD drives vs. Alabama...his final two passes of the game went for touchdowns of 40 and 15 yards...also Offensive MVP of the Capital One Orange Bowl after completing 20 of 30 passes, with 3 TDs vs. Michigan...one of three finalists for the 2021 Burlsworth Trophy, presented to country’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on..started 12 of the 14 games in which he played, including the last 10...finished the season ranked 4th nationally in passing efficiency (176.7), 4th in Yards per Completion (15.47) and 3rd in Yards per Pass Attempt (9.97)...for the season, he finished with 2862 total passing yards having completed 185 of 287 attempts, with 29 TDs...also the team’s fifth-leading rusher with 259 yards, including runs of 30 and 20 yards, as well as a key 9-yard TD scramble vs. Tennessee...threw for 231 yards (14x21) and two TDs in the Bulldogs’ win at #18 Auburn...also rushed for 41 yards, including a 30-yard scamper...completed 10 of 12 passes for 288 yards and a school record-tying five TD throws in win over UAB...also had a rush for 20 yards...had TD passes of 73, 12, 89, 61 and nine yards vs. the Blazers...named a National Performer of Week by the College Football Performance Awards...also named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week...the Bulldogs’ leading passer vs. Vanderbilt, completing 11 of 15 passes for 151 yards and one TD off the bench...saw action in reserve role vs. South Carolina, completing one of three passes for four yards, and rushing once for 12 yards.

2020 Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett

Georgia's starting quarterback for five of 10 games and finished the season as the Bulldogs' top passer (by attempts & completions)...completed 86 of 155 passes (56%) for 1179 yards and eight TDs...earned the first starting assignment of his career in win over Auburn...completed 17 of 28 passes for 240 yards and a TD vs. the Tigers...started again vs. Tennessee and completed 16 of 27 passes for 238 yards and two TDs...also had an 8-yard TD run...named one of eight QBs nationally as Manning Award "Stars of the Week" after Tennessee game...also named to the Davey O’Brien Award "Great 8"  list after UT game...had career-high 40 pass attempts, 269 yards and two TD tosses vs. Alabama...came off the bench to rally the Georgia offense in win at Arkansas...completed 20 of 29 passes for 211 yards and a pair of TDs vs. the Razorbacks...also ran for a 2-point conversion...his 20 completions matched his entire 2019 season total.

2019 Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett

Played in five of 14 games, completing 20 of 27 pass attempts, with two TDs...saw his first action as a Bulldog vs. Murray State...completed nine of 13 passes for 124 yards and 2 TDs...also ran for a touchdown...re-enrolled at UGA in January and participated in Spring drills...completed 12 of 22 passes for 210 yards and a TD in the annual G-Day game, playing for both sides.

2018 Jones Community Junior College QB Stetson Bennett

Transferred from Georgia to Jones College in Ellisville, Miss...led Jones to a 10-2 overall record, a Mississippi Bowl win and the MACJC conference championship game...in 12 games, he completed 145 passes for 1,840 yards and 16 TDs while adding 148 yards and four TDs on the ground...ranked 12th nationally in passing yards (NJCAA).

2017 Georgia Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett

Redshirted...drew praise throughout the season as the scout team quarterback...one of four winners of Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year, given at the team’s post-season awards gala.

Pierce County QB Stetson Bennett

Coached by Sean Pender...Named to All-State 3A Second Team football in senior year...accumulated 3,700 passing yards and 500 rushing yards with 40 TDs...Region Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...All-State Class 3A Second Team offense as a senior...Earned Offensive Player of the Year honors during junior season...two-time Preseason All State Academic Team.



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