Stetson Bennett has chance to go where heralded Georgia quarterbacks haven't

Georgia photo by Tony Walsh / Georgia fifth-year senior quarterback Stetson Bennett helped the Bulldogs build a 27-3 halftime lead during last Friday night's 34-11 shellacking of Michigan in the Orange Bowl national semifinal.

Eric Zeier, David Greene and Aaron Murray finished their respective football careers at Georgia as the Southeastern Conference's all-time leading passer, with Murray still owning that distinction.

Matthew Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, and the recent parade of five-star quarterbacks to sign with the Bulldogs includes Jacob Eason, Justin Fields and Brock Vandagriff, who is currently a freshman in Kirby Smart's program. Another five-star quarterback, JT Daniels, transferred to Athens in the spring of 2020 and began this season as the starter.

Yet it's the unlikely former walk-on, Stetson Bennett, who ascended to the top of Georgia's star-studded depth chart and has the opportunity Monday night against mighty Alabama in Indianapolis to deliver a national championship to a program that came close with Murray in 2012 and excruciatingly close with Jake Fromm in 2017.