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Report: Reserve Quarterback Stetson Bennett To Transfer From Georgia

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Report: Reserve Quarterback Stetson Bennett To Transfer From Georgia

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Report: Reserve Quarterback Stetson Bennett To Transfer From Georgia


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Georgia 3rd-team quarterback Stetson Bennett has decided to transfer and will not return to Athens this season.

Bennett announced his decision Saturday and will continue his college career at one of several southeastern junior colleges.

“The dream is to play,” he told DawgNation. “It was cool being at Georgia. I loved sharing those moments at Georgia last year but the dream is to play. It just wasn’t the same growing up a boy who wanted to play at Georgia if you are not out there. That’s the thing. It was cool. I would love to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. But just being there and being on the team. That’s not good enough for me.”

Coach Kirby Smart had told Bennett he would reward the preferred walk- on with a scholarship if he returned for the 2018 season, but the urge to play was a greater pull for the “Mailman”, his Pierce County High nickname.

Bennett was a standout on the scout team last season, giving the defense a good look at that week’s opponent. He was one of the Offensive Scout Team Players of the Year and drew raves from many defenders for his quickness, passing accuracy and arm strength.

“There is no bad blood,” he said. “Even when I told coach (Kirby) Smart that I was looking to go before I made my mind up per se he would give me advice on what JUCO to go to. Not specific schools. But what to look for in the team. He wanted to make sure that program had all their eggs lined up in the right row and was going to look out for me and support me.”

The Blackshear, Georgia native was recruited by several FBS and FCS programs before walking on at Georgia. During his senior year, he passed for 3,724 yards and 40 touchdowns, including dropping  46 points, 375 yards and 3 scores against Liberty County and five-star Georgia teammate Richard LeCounte.

However, Bennett was caught in a numbers game and with sophomore Jake Fromm and five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields playing in front of him, playing time would be limited.

This leaves Georgia with only one quarterback who has thrown a college pass and only two on scholarship. Senior Sam Vaughn, redshirt freshman John Seter and freshman Christian Kerut, each a walk-on, will backup Fromm and Fields.

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