Georgia football QB Stetson Bennett given unique honor in hometown

Will Cheney
Athens Banner-Herald

Praise continues to roll in for Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett.

The Blackshear, Georgia native's hometown will honor Bennett prior to Monday's National Championship game against Alabama.

According to a Facebook post from the Pierce County School District, Friday and Monday have been declared as "Stetson Bennett" and "Go Dawgs" days, respectively. The district is also encouraging faculty and students to wear red and black to honor Bennett and the Bulldogs.

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"Let's join together and support Stetson Bennett & the Georgia Bulldogs! Friday and Monday have been declared Stetson Bennett/Go Dawgs Days in PC schools," the post stated. "We are proud of one of our very own getting a once in a lifetime opportunity. All faculty and students are encouraged to wear jeans with their red and black/GA Dawg attire on Friday and Monday. Go Stetson & Go Dawgs!!!"

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Bennett is an alumnus of Pierce County High School, where he was an all-state honoree as a senior in 2016 and racked up over 4,000 yards of offense and 40 touchdowns during his career. He led the Bears to the Georgia High School Association 3A Sweet 16 as a senior. After graduating in 2017, he attended Georgia as a preferred walk-on.

He began his career in Athens before transferring to Jones College in Ellisville, Mississippi in 2018. Bennett returned to Georgia in 2019 and started five games over two seasons before cementing himself as the starter in 2021.

Bennett had arguably his finest performance as a Bulldog in last week's Orange Bowl win over Michigan, completing 20 of 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. He and his Georgia teammates will take on Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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