With less than 24 hours until Georgia football takes on the Florida Gators, Stetson Bennett is causing the rumor mill to implode.
With so much talk about how head coach Kirby Smart will use both quarterbacks, it seems as if Bennett will be the Dawgs starter.
Since Georgia fans found out that Bennett would be the starter, the talk has begun — some positive, mostly negative.
Dawg nation fails to realize regardless of who starts at quarterback for this offense — they will be successful. Both Bennett and JT Daniels have the trust of their teammates and coaches, which means they can run the offense without skipping a beat, no matter who is on the field.
Some, though, still don’t trust that Bennett can handle the starting job, but he has shown week-after-week he can lead this team.
Georgia fans remember what happened against Alabama last year, and since then, Bennett hasn’t been good enough to be the starter.
However, since that Alabama game, the senior has gone 72-of-113 for 1,216 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions through 10 appearances. Bennett has grown so much since last season and the numbers prove it.
Last year, he completed 48% of his passes, and now Bennett has a 69.5% completion rate.
He is more confident in his ability to get the ball to receivers, not to mention how he can utilize his speed.
Bennett can do anything JT Daniels can do with this offense. Todd Monken isn’t restricting the offense until Daniels gets back. He is playing into Bennett’s strengths.
The wisest decision Monken and Smart could make is starting Bennett over Daniels for this game. Daniels needs to be eased back into playing time as he has been out a while.
Bennett is hot right now too, he is having plenty of success with this offense, and there are still a handful of offensive weapons out with injuries. Georgia has to score because that defense will find ways to stop the opponents’ offense and keep them out of the end zone.
It’s hard not to start a guy who has thrown five touchdowns for 481 yards on 28 completions. He has the confidence to win right now, and that is all Georgia needs. Yes, Daniels is exceptionally talented, but the Mailman is on fire, so it would be silly not to start him.
Also, Dawg fans, if Bennett screws up, Daniels is ready to go and step in if needed. The Dawgs could go up big, and Daniels would come in anyway. It all depends, but for now, the coaching staff made the right decision to go with Bennett over Daniels.
No, this isn’t another Jake Fromm/Justin Fields situation. It’s called one is returning from injury while the other one is undefeated against three ranked opponents in the last three weeks.
Georgia is playing this quarterback situation smart, regardless of what Dawg nation thinks. When Bennett gets his name called Saturday afternoon as the starter, it’ll be his time to get revenge against the team who hurt him last year and ruined their chances at a fourth-straight SEC East title.