Dan Mullen names SEC QB his 'Heisman Performance of the Week'
Dan Mullen might be ruffling the scales of Gator nation following his recent Heisman comments. Despite recruiting and spending two seasons with redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson, Mullen went with the “other” SEC East QB that made headlines over the weekend.
The name? Georgia standout Stetson Bennett.
As you can see below, Mullen named Bennett as his “Heisman Performance of the Week” on Twitter on Tuesday:
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) September 6, 2022
Bennett, a sixth-year senior that guided the Bulldogs to their first national title in 41 seasons, didn’t miss a beat against No. 11 Oregon in front of a packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Going 25 of 31 passing for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns, Bennett made mincemeat out of former Georgia and current Oregon head coach Dan Lanning’s defense for nearly three full quarters of action.
Mullen simply didn’t mention Bennett and called it a day. The former Gators’ coach went into full detail on how the former walk-on made his case to be the front-runner to win college football’s most coveted award come December.
Of his 7 throws of over 10-plus yards, Bennett connected on 5 for 124 yards. Against the blitz, he was 5-of-5 for 90 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a 1-yard scramble during the second quarter to give Georgia a 14-0 lead.
Richardson, who split reps with former Florida starter Emory Jones in 2021, found a way to pull off the early upset of the season. Against No. 7 Utah, Richardson threw for 168 yards, rushed for 106 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns with his legs en route to a 29-26 win.
Richardson became the first Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow in 2008 to throw for 100 yards and rush for 3 touchdowns.
Mullen was fired in 2021 following an overtime loss to underdog Missouri on the road. In 4 seasons with the program, he posted a career record of 34-15.