Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett may have finally silenced every critic with his over-the-top performance in the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Some love him, some doubt him, some just keep trying to put him down. But nobody can ignore Stetson Bennett. The former walk-on quarterback who clawed his way into a starting role with Georgia has led the Bulldogs to a second consecutive national title and, in doing so, scripted one hell of an ending to a true Hollywood story.
There will be a lot said about Bennett in the coming weeks. The Blackshear, Georgia native has taken shot after shot at his ability, and now it’s time for him to accept apologies one after the other.
Bennett was unflappable against TCU, keeping the Horned Frogs guessing all night. He threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, as well as running for two more scores.
His six total touchdowns was one of many records the Bulldogs set in this game, but it’s Bennett who drove the Bulldogs to victory and drove the Horned Frogs’ defense nuts all night.
Head coach Kirby Smart pulled his starting quarterback near the start of the fourth quarter for a curtain call, and his Oscar-worthy performance deserved every single bow.
Nobody gave him a chance. Nobody wanted him — not even his own coaches. Nobody thought he could play big-time football. He was a “game manager”. He was a walk-on scrub.
He’s now also the only quarterback to lead the Georgia football team to multiple national championships and the first Georgia player to be named as a Heisman finalist since Herschel Walker.
Who knows what the future holds for Georgia’s leading man, but he leaves the stage in Los Angeles on top of the college football world…again. Disney CEO Robert Iger was on hand for the game. Wonder if he got any script ideas?