5’11” 190 pounds
As has been mentioned, this is a quarterback duel. Tennessee football has the bigger star in Hendon Hooker, but Stetson Bennett is being massively underrated for what he can do. His dip in touchdowns has led to lots of questions, as he only has nine to go with three interceptions.
However, that doesn’t look at the full picture. Bennett is on track to surpass last year’s yardage total. He has completed 181 of 268 passes for 2,349 yards. Although his yards per attempt are down, his completion percentage is up three points. It’s clear what’s going on.
The Dawgs are more focused on time of possession this year, so they rely on Bennett to make short passes to open up their running game and then convert third downs to stay on the field. It works, as Georgia has one of the best third down offenses in the nation. Oh, and then there’s Bennett’s mobility. He has 117 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Taking all of this into account, Tennessee football is still going to have to contain Bennett above everybody else. Before last week, they allowed over 300 yards through the air to four straight quarterbacks and over 400 yards to two of the, Bryce Young and Anthony Richardson of Alabama and the Florida Gators respectively.
Young and Richardson are both mobile quarterbacks who don’t get sacked. That’s what Bennett is, so the Vols have to figure out a way to contain him while not letting him methodically torch them. That’s a tall order, and a huge part of that will be how Tim Banks dials up pressure on him.