“In my mind, he can definitely play in the SEC.”

Meet the most intriguing walk-on in Georgia’s 2017 class.

Can a six-foot tall quarterback make it in the SEC?

“They love my quick release and speed,” Bennett told DawgNation. “Their main concern is obviously height but like I’ve told them I’ve been this height for two years. I’m pretty comfortable (playing football) with it.”

Shades of that ball ain’t heavy…

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52 responses to ““In my mind, he can definitely play in the SEC.”

  1. Aladawg

    Scout team getting our D ready for squirrelly QB’s

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    • DawgByte

      I was thinking the exact same thing. Kind of reminds me of Mansel. It’s a shame that height is playing such an important role in QB evaluations. Never measure a man by height, it’s heart, intelligence and skills that count. A tall QB that can’t move is worse than a short one who can. See Lambert for further details.

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      • Macallanlover

        Agree, mobility gives you the ability to opening up/changing the throwing lanes, in addition to making the defense have to account for you. Not saying he makes it on the field given what he faces as competition, but the kid is not without talent. I am uninterested in how he projects at the next level. Surprised he didn’t take Middle TN or Ga Southern’s scholarship offer, heck of a “freebie”.

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  2. Biggen

    Hard to imagine he gets ANY playing time behind Eason and Fromm. He wont get a scholly either. He, sadly, will be a 3rd string QB paying for his own education for 4 years.

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    • Brandon

      Its 4 years in Athens, Georgia. I don’t think there’s anything sad about that. I doubt he does either seeing as it was his choice.

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    • Larry Wellls

      he will get hope money and scholer money and free food and his dads a pharmecist and he can pick up the rest and he will get to play for his favorite team , what else could you ask for ? GOD is great !

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      • dawgfan

        Yep. If money was an issue, he would have been all over one of the scholarships. 30 on the ACT means he probably qualified for Zell Miller which covers 100 per cent of tuition. Offer from Columbia is VERY impressive.

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    • theredstreak

      Don’t count him out. He protects the ball better than Fromm, only threw 7 int’s in 399 pass attempts. Where Fromm threw 9 in 383 pass attempts. Both threw for similar td’s and yards, AND Bennett ran for more yards than Fromm and had double the yards per rush than Fromm. Bennett’s a great athlete too, playing 3 sports in High School.

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      • Bennett played in AAA while Fromm played in AAAAAAA.
        I’d say the talent on defense Fromm faced was a little better.

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        • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

          That makes some sense, but then again, I think HW only played in A (which would probably be AA or AAA today). Didn’t hurt him. The kid wants a chance and to be part of something bigger than him. Dawgspeed, I say.

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          • You’re comparing a 6-foot-tall walk-on quarterback to the greatest college football player of all time.

            Allrighty then.

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            • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

              Please. I didn’t say he would be as good as HW; I was responding to the ‘he played in AAA’ comment. No one knew for sure HW would be as good as he turned out because he had only played A teams. I know because I was not only alive at the time, but also had two degrees from UGA and kept up with that sort of thing. I just like a kid who has had great success at whatever level he played at and wants to do more.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    “Can a six-foot tall quarterback make it in the SEC?”

    If Murray was over 6 foot, it wasn’t by much.

    Height issue aside, I thought this was another good move by Kirby. I think sooner or later a couple of these PWOs are gonna pay some nice dividends. One thing our competitors can’t match is the Hope scholly to entice PWOs.

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    • Yeah, I don’t get this. Murray was maybe 6′ when he had lifts in his cleats. This must be more about the kids weight than height.

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      • Mayor

        I noticed in the picture that the kid is taller than Kirby.

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      • olddawg55

        You all may be too young to remember Eddie LeBaron who played QB for the Washington Redskins in the ’50s/’60s,,,ge was 5’7″ and was a helluva ballplayer…yes, the size of players has increased but Eddie showed the NFL that a little man with heart could play in the league!!

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  4. Greg

    Gonna be our (other) Fran “The Man” Tarkenton:

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  5. Uglydawg

    No pun intended, but I wouldn’t sell this kid short. He’s extremely intelligent. He sees receivers breaking open and has the ball where they will be..leads very nicely and though I don’t see a huge amount of zip on the ball, he doesn’t stand around waiting for someone to get wide open
    Seems to make up his mind very quickly. And he’s a slippery fish when he runs it.
    I hope we see him coming in to run the Wild Dog on occasion. It looks like he was made for that roll.
    Gave up a full ride at Southern Miss and a few other schools..even Ivy League..to walk on at UGA. So he’s not lacking in ambition.

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    • Greg

      Agree, looks like the kid could be a diamond in the rough. Southern Miss was a good offer and would have been hard to turn down for most. He sort of reminds me of another great QB that come out of the state of Georgia that was undersized …..and that was Dee Dowis that played at Air Force, God rest his soul. We sure could have used him (Dawgs).

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    • theredstreak

      Agree, really like him, he put up @4000 yards and 40 td’s, why he wasn’t a top 50 ranked qb, I have no idea, his stats were top 50, Fromm’s were like 33rd, this guy was like 52, only 150 yards and 1 td seperated them.

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  6. AusDawg85

    Spring Day QBR leader now identified.

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  7. Bright Idea

    it sounds like Kirby is actually recruiting and picking and choosing the walk-ons for the scout team rather than waiting for guys to just show up. That can’t be a bad thing can it?

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  8. theredstreak

    DUDES the Qb has game, ain’t no difference between his and Fromm’s stats, both threw for @40 td’s and @3750 yards. If you like Fromm, you’ll like Stetson.

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  9. Larry Wellls

    I love the move !

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    • theredstreak

      Me too, this kid outgunned other great Qb’s if you compare Senior High School seasons like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, both guys were short for Qb’s. The kid threw for more yards and td’s than Brees or Wilson. He also ran for over, Steston also ran for 500 yards his Senior season. Playa.

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  10. Mayor

    Fran Tarkenton, Eric Zeier, Aaron Murray (I could name more) the best QBs at Georgia in history were all about the same size this kid is. If you look back, almost all the most successful QBs in pro football were around 6 feet to 6-1. Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre–they all were about that size. NFL scouting is a self-fulfilling prophecy these days. They only want o sign QBs who are 6-5 or taller and it has rubbed off on the major colleges. I still think Aaron Murray would have been a star in the NFL a la Russell Wilson or Drew Brees if he had been drafted by another team but the Chiefs never gave him a chance–he never even played a down in a game. Then they cut him. Skill means nothing to them I guess.

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    • Between this post and suggesting that UGA and Tech are in a state of parity, I’ve decided that you’re out of your damn mind. What does Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr have to do with the NFL in 2017?

      John Hannah and Art Shell played both tackle in the NFL at 265. Both were beasts in their time and both are among the greatest ever. Your aren’t playing LT in the NFL at 265 because the NFL doesn’t respect “skill.” That’s just dumassery.

      Btw: farve, young and Montana are all 6’2″.

      There’s only been three qbs at around 6′ that have done anything in the NFL this century: brees, Wilson and Vick. Only Brees has done it as a pocket passer. Zeier is the closest to Murray you can find and he couldn’t make it in the early to mid 1990s and he had plenty of opportunities to do so.

      Offensive linemen and defensive lineman are TALL in the NFL. Hard to see and to throw over them. The reason there are a bunch of tall starting qbs in the NFL is not because the NFL folks are dumb and you’re smart.

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    • PTC DAWG

      IF AM had NFL game, someone would have picked him up..

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  11. I don’t know how this guy compares on a talent level, but when I read his story my first thought was this guy …

    http://www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209397188

    As an aside, doesn’t it feel like Mayfield has been in college for like 10 years?

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  12. Hogbody Spradlin

    6’0″ ain’t the issue. 175 pounds is.

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  13. 69Dawg

    If your winning everybody’s happy. If you’re losing the 2nd and 3rd string QB’s are the greatest playa’s ever.

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  14. Napoleon BonerFart

    Come on, dog. Short QBs have always been good for UGA.

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  15. Walt

    Nobody mentioned Flutie.

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  16. theredstreak

    Dudes, there’s lots of short Qb’s who did well in the NFL:
    Sonny Jurgensen, 5’11”
    Doug Flutie 5’10”
    Eddie Lebaron 5′ 7”
    Joe Theisman, Billy Kilmer, Len Dawson, Fran Tarkenton, Michael Vick 6′ 0”

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    • ToccoaDog

      Other than Vick and maybe Flutie, none of those guys played in the last 20 years.

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      • theredstreak

        I called the all of Fame, they said these qb’s are good, and there is no height requirement.
        You have no point, Russ Wilson and Drew Brees are two of the best today.
        The really tall Qb’s 6’5”+ typically don’t win SuperBowls. If it’s all about how tall you are, 6’8” Brock Osweiler would have won multiple championships.

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  17. Swanguard

    Glad we have this as a 3rd option. What I don’t understand is why is Ramsey coming back for his 5th year. He’s not going to play QB and we are bringing in 2 more punters. Why don’t he go somewhere that he would at least get a chance to play?

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    • 83Dawg

      If you are the emergency backup the pressure is off.

      I have had some #2 goal keepers who were perfectly happy not to be the starter and were great team players and played their hearts out when called upon–they just didn’t want/need to be the number 1 guy/gal.

      Sometimes that is a better situation than having someone buried on the depth chart that is going nuts because they want in the game so badly–it affects their attitude in practice, then when they get their chance they try too hard.

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    • Governor Milledge

      Ramsey graduates at the end of Spring/Summer semester and would then be able to be a graduate transfer and immediately eligible to play.

      Wonder if there’s room on Colorado State’s roster for Bobo to finish teaching him?

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