Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett has been named a semi-finalist for two different college football awards.
The senior passer was named one of 20 semi-finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback.
He was also named one of 10 semi-finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding player who started his career as an extra.
Bennett didn’t enter the season as Georgia’s starting quarterback, but when JT Daniels missed time with an injury, Bennett didn’t look back.
The former replacement guided the Bulldogs to a 9-0 record and first place in the college football playoff standings. He pitched for 1,412 yards and 14 touchdowns on 80/120 passes. He has been intercepted four times.
Kirby Smart has often been asked what separates Bennett from Daniels and generally provides two reasons why Bennett remained the starter despite Daniels being healthy enough to play. Smart points to Bennett’s running ability (Bennett has 193 rushing yards this year) and the fact that he ensures the continuity of the most important position on the court.