Stetson Bennett named a finalist for 2021 Burlsworth Trophy
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Stetson Bennett named a finalist for 2021 Burlsworth Trophy

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UGA football senior quarterback Stetson Bennett has been named one of three finalists for the 2021 Burlsworth Trophy, the Burlsworth Foundation announced on Tuesday.

The Burlsworth Trophy is an annual award presented to the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on. Troy linebacker Carlton Martial and Arkansas linebacker Grant Morgan were also named as finalists.

Bennett, who hails from Blackshear, Ga., began his career with the Georgia Bulldogs as a walk-on in 2017. Following the 2017 season, he transferred to Jones College in Mississippi in search of more playing time.

Stetson Bennett returned to Athens in 2019 and played in five games. The following season in 2020, he came off of the bench to replace D’Wan Mathis and then started the next five games.

This season, Bennett has started seven of Georgia’s nine games in place of JT Daniels. Bennett has led the undefeated Bulldogs to victories over UAB, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, and, most recently, Tennessee.

So far in 2021, Bennett has completed 97 of 149 passes for 1,625 yards and 15 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Bennett has also rushed 35 times for 233 yards and one touchdown.

The winner of the 2021 Burlsworth Trophy will be announced on Monday, Dec. 6 at 8:00pm ET at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.

The Georgia Bulldogs (10-0, 8-0 SEC) are scheduled to host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers this Saturday at Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The game will be streamed via SEC Network+ and ESPN+ at Noon ET.

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