Stetson Bennett transfer update: the highly touted former Georgia walk-on has a new home. Bennett announced that he would leave the Bulldogs a week ago. The move leaves a pretty big hole in Georgia's depth chart.
Bennett was praised for his work on the scout team last season. After spring football, he was third on the depth chart at quarterback, behind starter Jake Fromm and five-star freshman Justin Fields.
A few days before Bennett made the decision to leave, head coach Kirby Smart acknowledged the possibility. Smart didn't want to lose the quarterback, but assisted him in finding an appropriate landing spot. From DawgNation:
“It was really nice,” Bennett said. “That just showed me more of what I already knew about Coach Smart. That showed me even if I wasn’t going to be here that he still cares about me and whatever I’m going to turn out to be.”
Now, we know where Stetson Bennett will transfer.
Bennett will head to the junior college ranks in order to gain some exposure. Rivals writer Anthony Dasher reports that he will play at Jones County Junior College.
As a recruit, Bennett was lightly recruited by some FBS schools, including Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. He also got a number of FCS looks, including Ivy League options.
After deciding to leave Georgia, something he called the "hardest decision of his life," Bennett opened up about the decision. He wants the chance to play, and with the QBs ahead of him, UGA was not going to present the best opportunity:
“The dream is to play,” Bennett said. “It was cool being at Georgia. I loved sharing those moments at Georgia last year but the dream is to play. It just wasn’t the same growing up a boy who wanted to play at Georgia if you are not out there. That’s the thing. It was cool. I would love to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. But just being there and being on the team. That’s not good enough for me.”
“I’m going to go play somewhere,” Bennett said. “I think that’s evolved to more of the dream than just being somewhere at a place because you grew up loving it. I think now the dream is to go play and go win championships somewhere. That’s what I feel like. I am going to go chase that dream now.”
Hopefully Stetson Bennett finds that opportunity soon.