Kirby Smart Details Decision to Start Stetson Bennett

Kirby Smart spoke with the media Saturday evening after the blowout victory over the UAB Blazers and explained his decision to start Stetson Bennett.
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Georgia Football head coach Kirby Smart spoke with the media on Saturday evening following the 56 to 7 victory over the UAB Blazers and he explained his decision to start Stetson Bennett in the absence of JT Daniels over redshirt freshman Carson Beck. 

We are really young at wide receiver. We thought having Stetson in there would be a calming effort. I am really proud of the way Stetson has handled himself. No one has been as good to the University of Georgia as Stetson

Bennett found a rhythm early, taking shots downfield and taking care of the football when nothing was available. Bennett was helped by the emergence of true freshman Brock Bowers who saw a first-half explosion with 3 receptions, 107 yards, and two touchdowns receiving.

Bowers was the top contributor in the week one win over Clemson when JT Daniels connected with the freshman out of Napa, California, six times for 43 yards.

Monken and the Georgia offense continue to get the tight ends involved in the passing attack. Not many would've expected to see Georgia air it out offensively so often in the first half; with Daniels out; the mainstream thought was the run game would flourish.

The opposite could be said about the run game, as Georgia finished the first half with just 29 yards on 14 carries in the first half of play. However, things would turn around as the rushing attack finished with over 100 yards.

While Carson Beck did not get the start for the Dawgs against UAB, Beck would see action in the second half and a few drives in the first half; Beck finished with his first career passing touchdown, as the Dawgs cruise to a 56-7 victory in the 2021 home opener.

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