Georgia football: Stetson Bennett returns, but with one less wideout

Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) /

Stetson Bennett running it back with Georgia football after leading the Bulldogs to a national title but he’ll have to do it without Jermaine Burton.

On Wednesday, Georgia football was the perfect example of a growing principle in college football: Guys come in and guys go out.

National championship-winning quarterback Stetson Bennett announced his decision to return for a final season with the Bulldogs.

His Instagram story showed a graphic touting “one more year” with a caption of “Let’s roll.”

Stetson Bennett is coming back to Georgia football but Jermaine Burton isn’t

One man’s day for return was another’s day for departure because wide receiver Jermaine Burton also appeared to make a decision on Wednesday. He’s entering the transfer portal, according to Bruce Feldman and others.

Backup quarterback JT Daniels also officially appeared in the transfer portal on Wednesday after reporting of that inevitability popped up earlier this week.

Bennett’s return means Georgia has their quarterback position set for 2022, barring unexpected developments. The Bulldogs are reportedly in the running for Oklahoma transfer Caleb Williams but Bennett coming back makes that possibility seem more unlikely.

The QB will have to move forward with an offense that won’t feature many of the same weapons as it did in 2021. Burton was the Bulldogs second-leading receiver with 26 catches for 497 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore.

Injured receiver George Pickens, who played an integral role in the championship game win over Alabama, is off to the NFL while running backs James Cook and Zamir White are also leaving to become pros.

Freshman WR Justin Robinson and junior Jaylen Johnson have entered the transfer portal as well, though they were fringe players for Georgia in 2021.

Bennett will have his most important target back for 2022 with freshman tight end Brock Bowers only just beginning his college journey by leading the Bulldogs with 56 catches for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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