Yesterday, SEC StatCat unloaded a massive amount of data on Twitter. With regard to Stetson Bennett, the overall impression I gleaned from it is that through four games, with some good and some not so good, he’s essentially an average quarterback, statistically speaking.
Rather than address the larger scale question of how far Georgia can go this season with an average quarterback (I’ll save that debate for another day), I thought I’d look at some particular stats to point out/reinforce some perceptions I have of Bennett’s game so far.
First, the good. Bennett has done some of his best work on third down.
Insert Todd Grantham snark here.
Now, the not so good, starting with something that caught up with Bennett in Tuscaloosa:
That’s with Bennett sitting ninth in the conference in pass attempts per game. I don’t imagine that’s giving his head coach the warm and fuzzies, especially given Monken’s success in freeing up open receivers.
As uncomfortable as that might be for Smart, this is probably worse.
Mechanics? Bad reads? Over-concerned about defensive pressure? Who knows, but that ain’t good at all.
And here’s one puzzler for me:
Monken isn’t adverse to using the screen pass and Georgia’s got a couple of good receiving options out of the backfield, so how do you explain the obvious reluctance to call so few screens?
I should add one non-StatCat stat that popped up on Twitter.
I can’t help but think how opposite Georgia’s passing attack is from the 2019 version. Bennett likes throwing over the middle, takes risks and flourishes against the same coverage Fromm struggled with over the second half last year. Georgia probably won’t see much man coverage from here on out until Bennett proves he can deal better with the zone.
The picture I get here is a quarterback who’s a little too erratic for the offense’s good. I tend to chalk that up to that lack of reps problem from the preseason I’ve mentioned, but I have to admit if Bennett isn’t on the road to recovery after bye week practices, Smart’s got some real soul searching to do about the position. Your thoughts?