… isn’t really a dilemma in the mind of Kirby Smart. For him, Stetson was just placed in the wrong setting Saturday.
“I think he did some really nice things [Saturday night]. We go and reevaluate everything all the time, but he played well. It’s a tough environment we put him in defensively, and we have to be able to run the ball and have a little bit of semblance of balance. I felt like there were times [Saturday night] where we were getting into a scoring contest because our defense didn’t get stops, and you don’t want to have to do that.”
The reason you don’t want to have to do that, in part, is because Bennett doesn’t process the field well enough when he’s under pressure. Just ask him; he’ll tell you ($$).
Bennett referred to “mental lapses” by the offense.
“When you do that, they make you pay,” he said.
Asked if he felt “off” at times in the game, he said, “No, I felt fine. The first (interception) was a bad decision. The second one, I didn’t see the safety driving. Like I said, you can’t have those two plays against players like this. They made us pay for it.”
Bottom line for Kirby is, if the defense plays better, Stetson Bennett is more than serviceable for Georgia’s needs. And it’s quite likely he’s right about that. Michigan’s passing game is respectable, but they’re 31st in yards per attempt versus Alabama’s sixth. (In passer rating, it’s 40th versus 4th.) They’re not built to stress Georgia’s secondary the way the Tide did. But even if Smart is right about the next game, he’s still going to have to guess which way things go in the ‘Bama rematch.