Wiedmer: Stetson Bennett IV delivers an MVP performance at Best of Preps

The post appeared on a University of Georgia parents Facebook page a couple of weeks ago. The mother of a UGA student wrote: "My daughter had to go all the way to Italy to meet Stetson Bennett."

Said Bennett, the MVP of January's College Football Playoff national championship win over then-reigning champ Alabama: "Yeah, that was wild. I was over there for a classics course. Fifteen days. We started in Greece, then went to Florence, Pompeii, Naples. Probably 20 people over there recognized me."

Asked how many people might have recognized him a year ago outside of his traveling party, he grinned slightly: "Probably nobody."

If Wednesday night's Best of Preps awards banquet is any indication, everybody seems to recognize Stetson Fleming Bennett IV these days. Close to 1,000 people squeezed their way into a sold-out Chattanooga Convention Center ballroom for this newspaper's annual salute to our area's finest prep athletes and coaches, as well as to hear the former walk-on Stetson Fleming Bennett IV - the best name in all of college football - talk about the Bulldogs' first national title in 41 years.