Georgia is loading up on top-quality high school quarterbacks in recent years and the Bulldogs have acquired some great pieces to add to their future success.
While the stage might have seemed small in Brantley County back then, Bennett IV couldn't ask for a bigger one on Monday night. Georgia's unlikely starting quarterback will be looking to end more than 40 years of heartache when his No. 3 Bulldogs square off against No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T for the national title (Monday, 8 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App).
When Georgia faced Bama in the SEC title game, the Tide jumped out to a second-half lead and Bennett struggled. It led to questions about whether Smart should go to Daniels for the playoff. Bennett responded by throwing for 313 yards and three touchdowns against Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl, setting up a rematch with Alabama. Of course, that was in a 34-11 rout, where the Wolverines just couldn't compete with the Bulldogs' defense. Can Bennett do that against Nick Saban and Will Anderson? (Source: www.espn.com)
However, Daniels was healthy enough to return and play the next two games, putting up a combined 432 passing yards, five touchdowns and a total of 75 points on the board in just five quarters of action. Finally, he was once again sidelined with an injury – a strain of his lat muscle. Bennett controlled the starting spot every game since, helping guide the Bulldogs to their first national championship in 41 years.
After the game, Smart didn’t indicate he was considering making a change at quarterback, despite the presence of one-time starter JT Daniels. Daniels, the USC transfer with the much bigger arm who possesses a downfield element the more mobile Bennett lacks, has a 7-0 record as the Georgia starter. He lost the job when he missed time with a lat muscle injury. Kirby, it should be noted, has mishandled his quarterback situation before, keeping Justin Fields on the sideline as a freshman, which led to his decision to transfer to Ohio State. He’ll really hear it if the Bulldogs fall to Michigan and he sticks with the one-time walk-on Bennett. (Source: nypost.com)