Knowing you’ve got a lot to fix, any satisfaction this kid from South Georgia got to rally his team from a victory…
“I wouldn’t say satisfaction because I’m disappointed in our performance, you know what I mean? I’m proud and happy for Stetson. I wouldn’t take that moment away from him. No way in the world. He did a great job and he rallied the guys around him and they saw his competitive spirit on some of those scrambles and the two-point play. That’s the juice we needed. He gave us the juice we needed. He’s a great competitor. I spent a whole year with him on the scout team the one year he was here and I got to see the guy. Very composed. Very good poise.”
I was looking for a great quarterback story yesterday, and I got one. It just wasn’t the one I was expecting.
I have two thoughts about Stetson’s day. First, and I’m not trying to be a shit here — he’ll always have Fayetteville, no matter how the rest of this season plays out — it reminds me of the way Joe Cox pulled Georgia’s nuts out of the fire against Colorado in 2006. I’m sure everyone remembers how that played out the rest of that particular season.
That being said, right now, Stetson Bennett is Kirby Smart’s security blanket.
“I would just say the No. 1 thing is experience. Experience at that position is at a premium. I think you see that across the SEC when you see the quarterbacks that are here and those that are not here. Stetson has played in a lot of football games. Everybody forgets he went to Mississippi and played in I think 10 games and got to play in a whole season. That value of playing that season is immense in terms of getting reps than he came here and took every single rep for an entire year behind Jake Fromm as the 2. So we knew and we felt comfortable with what we had in Stetson in terms of all his reps he had taken. Stetson unfortunately did not get a ton of reps in minicamp leading up to the first practices. He has not gotten a ton of reps but we understand he prepares himself the right way without taking the reps and he did a good job today when he went in and was able to execute the game plan.”
There is real value in that, especially with one quarterback who wasn’t ready for prime time yesterday and another who is yet to be cleared to play.