Georgia football: Kirby Smart needs to pull the plug on Stetson Bennett already

Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports)
Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports) /

Kirby Smart must go with a different starting quarterback over Stetson Bennett IV next week.

While he had been serviceable, Stetson Bennett IV is forcing Kirby Smart‘s hand at quarterback.

Though Bennett had his moments in the Georgia Bulldogs’ first five games of the season, Saturday vs. the Kentucky Wildcats should be his last game as the Dawgs’ starting quarterback. While the Georgia defense remains dominant, Bennett is too reckless with the football to have earned the starting nod over JT Daniels heading into Georgia/Florida next Saturday in Jacksonville.

Stetson Bennett IV will not be able to keep pace with Kyle Trask

Georgia’s season will be on the line vs. the rival Florida Gators next Saturday. The winner of that neutral-site rivalry game will be the de facto SEC East champion as it has been for the last five years. Though neither Florida or Georgia will be favored over the juggernaut Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta, it is all about getting there if you are the Dawgs. Bennett will come up short.

A pair of bad interceptions has left no doubt in the collective mind of Dawg Nation that Smart needs to make another change at quarterback. Though Bennett did not look like a deer in the headlights like D’Wan Mathis did vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Dawgs cannot continue to win in spite of what Bennett does at the quarterback position. Daniels offers better passing options.

See, the most important thing for Georgia is being able to beat Florida. To beat Florida, the offense will have to put up points. Unless offensive coordinator Todd Monken thinks Zamir White, James Cook, Kendall Milton and hopefully Kenny McIntosh will have field days on the ground, Georgia will have to beat Florida by moving the sticks. Bennett cannot complete with Florida’s Kyle Trask.

But you know who can? Daniels. He marveled in his first year as the starting quarterback for the USC Trojans back in 2018. Daniels was the Trojans starter last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. If he is physically ready to play, then Smart needs to play him over Bennett. If you lose to Florida with Daniels starting, so be it, but if it is Bennett, then Dawg Nation will lose it.

It has been a fun ride with The Mailman, but someone else must deliver the post in Jacksonville.

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