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Stetson Bennett is Burlsworth Trophy and Davey O’Brien semifinalist

Burlsworth first:

Georgia senior Stetson Bennett has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy presented to the country’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on, according to an announcement from the selection committee.

 

 

 

 

Bennet, a native of Blackshear, Ga., is one of two semifinalists from the Southeastern Conference.  The selection committee will announce three finalists on Nov. 16th.  Finalists will be honored and the winner of the 2021 Burlsworth Trophy will be announced on Dec. 6th at 8:00 p.m. ET at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark. 

Former Bulldog All-American and current Indianapolis Colt Rodrigo Blankenship was a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy in 2019.

Bennett’s career with the Bulldogs began in 2017 as he redshirted and served as a scout team quarterback during Georgia’s run to the SEC title, Rose Bowl Game championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.  Aiming to get more game experience, Bennett transferred to Jones College (Miss.) in 2018 and led the Bobcats to a 10-2 record, including a Mississippi Bowl victory.  He returned to Athens for the 2019 season and played in five games, including a reserve role versus Murray State that featured two passing touchdowns and one rushing score.  The 2020 season saw Bennett come off the bench to lead Georgia to a road victory in the season opener and then start the next five games, which included wins over ranked Auburn and Tennessee squads.

 

 

 

 

Bennett has started six of Georgia’s nine games this season, leading the Bulldogs to victory versus UAB, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 18 Auburn, No. 11 Kentucky, Florida and Missouri.  He has completed 80 of 120 passes for 1,412 yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with only four interceptions.  Bennett is currently sporting the third-best completion percentage for a season in school history (66.67) and has 27 rushes for 193 yards (7.1 average).

Davey O’Brien:

Georgia senior Stetson Bennett has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award presented to the nation’s best quarterback, according to an announcement by Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee.

Bennet, a native of Blackshear, Ga., is one of five semifinalists from the Southeastern Conference.  The next step in the process will be to select the award’s three finalists based on voting from the selection committee as well as the second round of the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, which will take place on the award’s social media accounts. 

The three finalists will be tabbed on Nov. 23.  The winner will be announced live on Dec. 9 on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN. 

Bennett has started six of Georgia’s nine games this season, leading the Bulldogs to victory versus UAB, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 18 Auburn, No. 11 Kentucky, Florida and Missouri.  He has completed 80 of 120 passes for 1,412 yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with only four interceptions.  Bennett is currently sporting the third-best completion percentage for a season in school history (66.67) and has 27 rushes for 193 yards (7.1 average).

Bennett was named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list and the SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance against UAB.  He torched the Blazers to tie a school record with five touchdown passes, all coming in the opening half.  He finished the game 10-for-12 for 288 yards after starting the day 5-for-5 with four scoring strikes of 73, 12, 89 and 61 yards. 

Bennett’s 89-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Brock Bowers against UAB was the ninth-longest passing touchdown play in Georgia history.  Bennett, who currently has a 197.3 pass efficiency rating, completed the contest with a monstrous rating of 422.4.

Dawgs in the NFL – Week 9

Browns 41, Bengals 16

Nick Chubb, RB: Chubb carried 14 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yarder, and had two catches for 26 yards for Cleveland. Chubb ranks third in the NFL with 721 rushing yards.

Richard LeCounte, DB: LeCounte appeared on 13 special teams plays for the Browns and registered a tackle.

Trey Hill, OL: Hill logged six offensive plays and two special teams plays for the Bengals.

Titans 28, Rams 16

Ben Jones, OL: Jones played 57 snaps at center and helped Tennessee accumulate 194 total yards.

Monty Rice, ILB: Rice logged nine special teams plays and had two tackles.

Leonard Floyd, OLB: Floyd had five tackles, including a sack, for the Rams. He stands eighth in the NFL with 7.5 sacks.

Sony Michel, RB: Michel rushed seven times for 20 yards and he hauled in two passes for six yards and a touchdown for Los Angeles.

Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford went 31-of-48 for 294 yards and a touchdown for the Rams. He leads the NFL with 2,771 passing yards and he stands second with 23 passing touchdowns.

Jaguars 9, Bills 6

Tyson Campbell, DB: Campbell registered five tackles for the Jaguars.

Isaiah McKenzie, WR: McKenzie returned four kickoffs for 129 yards, hauled in two passes for 10 yards, and had a fair catch on a punt for the Bills. McKenzie stands fourth in the NFL with 410 yards on kickoff returns.

Dolphins 17, Texans 9

John Jenkins, DL: Jenkins was not active for Miami.

Solomon Kindley, OL: Kindley appeared on three of the Dolphins’ special teams.

Chris Conley, WR: Conley pulled in two passes for 38 yards for Houston.

Jordan Jenkins, DE: Jenkins had four tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and a quarterback hurry that resulted in a Texans interception.

Chiefs 13, Packers 7

Deandre Baker, DB: Baker was not active for the Chiefs.

Mecole Hardman, WR: Hardman had three catches for 20 yards, one kickoff return for 12 yards, and two punt returns for three yards for Kansas City.

Eric Stokes, DB: Stokes injured his knee during Green Bay’s warmups and was unable to play. He stands eighth in the NFL with eight passes defended.

Patriots 24, Panthers 6

David Andrews, OL: Andrews played all 62 snaps at center and helped the Patriots accumulate 273 total yards.

Isaiah Wynn, OL: Wynn logged all 62 plays at tackle as New England rolled up 273 total yards.

Ravens 34, Vikings 31 (OT)

Justin Houston: Houston had three quarterback hurries and a tackle for the Ravens.

Nick Moore, Ravens: Moore snapped on four extra points, three punts, and two field goals — including the game-winner for Baltimore in overtime.

Giants 23, Raiders 16

Lorenzo Carter, OLB: Carter was on the Giants’ inactive list with an ankle injury.

Tae Crowder, ILB: Crowder led New York with nine tackles.

Azeez Ojulari, OLB: Ojulari posted two tackles and defended one pass for the Giants. With 5.5 sacks, Ojulari leads all NFL rookies this season.

J.R. Reed, DB: In his first appearance for New York, Reed appeared on 13 special teams plays and had a tackle.

Chargers 27, Eagles 24

Tre’ McKitty, TE: McKitty appeared on six of the Chargers’ offensive plays.

Mark Webb, DB: Webb logged three special teams plays and two defensive snaps and had a tackle for Los Angeles.

Cardinals 31, 49ers 17

Charlie Woerner, TE: Woerner was in on 21 special teams plays and 11 offensive snaps for San Francisco.

Steelers 29, Bears 27

Alec Ogletree, OLB: Ogletree was not active for Chicago due to an ankle injury.

Roquan Smith, ILB: Smith paced the Bears with 12 tackles, including a sack and an additional tackle for loss. He leads the NFL with 93 tackles.

Bye Week

Lions: D’Andre Swift, RB

Practice Squads

Bengals: Lamont Gaillard, OL; Elijah Holyfield, RB

Cardinals: Jonathan Ledbetter, DL

Colts: Eli Wolf, TE

Falcons: Shawn Williams, DB

Giants: Isaiah Wilson, OL

Raiders: Javon Wims, WR

Reserve Lists (IR, NFI, COVID)

Bills: Jake Fromm, QB

Broncos: Natrez Patrick, ILB

Browns: Lawrence Cager, WR

Cardinals: A.J. Green, WR

Chiefs: Malik Herring, DE

Colts: Rodrigo Blankenship, PK

Falcons: Cameron Nizialek, P (designated to return)

Giants: Andrew Thomas, OL

Jaguars: Terry Godwin, WR

Ravens: Ben Cleveland, OL (designated to return)


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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.