I’ve seen some Internet chatter about this quote from Smart regarding Stetson Bennett:
“I want to temper that enthusiasm, though, because he knows he has to get better. People around him played well, but he did a good job of understanding what we wanted to do in the game, and he executed that really well. We think that right now he’s the guy.”
… the gist of it being that Smart isn’t sold on his starting quarterback as the long-term (or even medium-term) solution at the position.
That’s not quite fair. As the advanced stats I’ve posted show, Bennett has indeed executed at a high level. Here’s another one indicating that:
He’s more of a game manager in the Jake Fromm mode, except he’s shown better escapability in the pocket and he’s operating in a more quarterback-friendly scheme. The thing is, as others have pointed out, a game manager functioning at a high level may be all Georgia needs to succeed this season, given the elite defensive play.
What I think lurks in the back of Smart’s mind — this is pure speculation, mind you — is that he thought he had a game manager functioning at a high level last season, until he didn’t. Worse, he didn’t seem to have any way to push Fromm to stay on his toes because there was zero depth at the position.
That’s not going to happen in 2020, especially once Daniels is back to full speed. It may be Bennett’s job to lose, but he’ll have to win it every week in practice to keep it.