Georgia QB Stetson Bennett will be back in 2022

Stetson Bennett will be back in a Georgia uniform next season.

Bennett, the quarterback who helped Georgia win its first national title since 1980 last week, announced Wednesday that he will return to school for his final year of eligibility. Bennett, a former extra, will be a sixth-year senior.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Bennett originally arrived in Georgia as an extra in 2017. After being buried on the depth chart, he spent time in college before returning to Athens – this time with a scholarship. While other more heralded players on the roster suffered from injuries or were ineffective, Bennett got his chance and was the team’s top quarterback for much of the 2020 season.

At the end of the year, Bennett was benched in favor of JT Daniels, a former five-star recruit who was finally healthy after transferring from USC. Daniels opened the 2021 season as a starter but struggled with multiple injuries. With the Bulldogs playing at an elite level defensively, Bennett stepped in to lead the offense and never gave up the starting job.

There were a few tough moments along the way, but Bennett made several key shots in UGA’s national championship win over Alabama. The Georgia native was named Offensive MVP of the Game and finished with 224 passing yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half.

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Georgia’s Stetson Bennett celebrates after the College Football Playoff Championship football game against Alabama on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Indianapolis. Georgia won 33-18. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

For the season, Bennett threw for 2,862 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 64.5 percent of his attempts. He also rushed for 259 yards and a score.

Earlier Wednesday, Daniels’ name appeared on the NCAA transfer portal, signaling his intention to leave Athens.

With the transfer of Daniels and the return of Bennett, UGA has four stock market quarterbacks entering the 2022 season. In addition to Bennett, Georgia also has Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton on the roster.

Beck was a four-star recruit in UGA’s 2020 class and its third stringer for most of the season. Vandagriff was a five-star recruit in UGA’s 2021 class and ranked behind Quinn Ewers and Caleb Williams among quarterbacks in his class.

Stockton is a 2022 signee. A four-star rookie, Stockton was rated the second-best dual-threat QB in his class by Rivals. He finished 36th overall in his class.

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