February 5, 2023

Georgia vs Alabama for CFP National Championship: Live announcements

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Georgia defended Stetson Bennett’s status for most of December as its opening quarter. He then finished with two-thirds of his passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns through the Orange Cup against Michigan.

But there was an ugly trip in December – it was against Alabama. In that game, Bennett scored 29 for 48. He threw three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

Monday may offer another dose of recovery and even a bit of revenge. (Bennett was a quarterback when Georgia lost to Alabama in 2020. He finished with less than half of his passes in Tuscaloosa that night.)

“I thought I played well in the SEC Championship game,” Bennett said last week. “I made some mistakes you can’t make against a good team. But I made some good throws, good results. So my main focus in going to the Michigan game is to clear up mistakes and continue to do what I am doing better.

Bennett does a lot of great things for a large audience of college football, if not always everyone on Twitter.

“I don’t think people realized how much athlete Stetson Bennett was in the quarterback,” said South Carolina coach Shane Beamer, recalling how the Bennett scout team quarterback was when he was an assistant in Georgia under Kirby Smart.

“I remember Kirby coming to the staff meeting every day about this new student, Stetson Bennett, and how they could not stop him,” Beamer said.

In three seasons in Georgia, Bennett has recorded 4,077 passing yards, and he has started 11 games this season, including more than 2,600.

Alabama has signaled that it is not worried about how often Bennett has seen his defense in recent years.

Alabama Defensive Coordinator Pete Golding said, “I think you’ve trying to get him to decide what coverage it is, what’s in front of it, what pressure it is,” “said Alabama Defensive Coordinator Pete Golding. “Importantly, when reading the pre-snap, he thinks he’s getting this look, and then the ball is back now, it’s different coverage or it’s different pressure, it’s different before. Now he has to think.

That doesn’t mean Alabama didn’t notice him.

Named the best defender of the season, said Crimson Tight linebacker Will Anderson Jr. “His ability to get out of pocket is one of the biggest and strongest skills he has. I think he can stretch plays with his hands. But we have to control him. I think running his legs and running across the field is the biggest part of his game. We have to keep him in the pocket. , And he must take care not to run across the field on us.