Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett is a good quarterback just about all the time, no matter the opponent, no matter the stakes.

But Bennett seems to play his best when the stage is biggest, and his teammates have a good idea why.

During Wednesday’s press conference, 3 days before Bennett’s latest huge game against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals, running back Kenny McIntosh, tight end Brock Bowers and offensive tackle Broderick Jones shared their thoughts on what makes Bennett so good when the lights are shining brightest.

“I just say how comfortable he is. Like you said, he done played in a lot of big-time games, and he’s seen it already,” said McIntosh. “So just how comfortable he is to go out there and change the play call when we’re in one or get us out of different looks or protections or anything like that. It just helps this team a lot and just shows how smart and how much of a leader he is, and how much he means to this team to be able to do the things like that and help us be successful.”

In the 2 Playoff games last season, when Bennett led the Bulldogs to their 1st national championship since 1980, and in this season’s SEC title game victory over LSU, Bennett combined for 800 yards passing, 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

Bowers has seen that big-game excellence up close.

“I’d say just his confidence going into it and, I mean, the focus and the preparation and everything leading up to the game just helps him a lot during the game,” said Bowers. “And, I mean, he just comes out and performs on the big stages. So that’s really good for our team.”

Jones said it’s all about confidence for Bennett.

“Just like the confidence he brings within himself,” said Jones. “You know, like he’s very confident about his game, very confident about the game plan and what (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken has implemented. You know, just being able to showcase what he can do being at the size he is, you know, just being that way on and off the field, like his calmness throughout the storm, you know, he never lacks. So, I can just say that.”

Bennett will get another chance on the big stage on Saturday night in Atlanta. And if he performs the way he has in recent big games, he’ll get 1 more chance on Jan. 9 to lead the Bulldogs back to the pinnacle of college football.