Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, addresses Stetson Bennett passing on showcase game
Jim Nagy is the Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl. This week, a number of draft-eligible players are in Mobile to try and improve their draft stock, but one notable absence has generated attention.
That absence is Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett. Coming off of back-to-back national championships, many expected Bennett to take the opportunity to attend the Senior Bowl, but he did not make the trip.
On Friday, Nagy joined the Paul Finebaum Show to discuss Bennett’s decision while admitting the reasons for the absence are not entirely clear.
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“The only quarterbacks in the last 5 years since I’ve been here that we haven’t gotten in the past were Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence. Those guys were the presumptive No. 1 overall picks,” said Nagy. “We called around before we started to reach out to Stetson’s people, and he was a 6th or 7th-round pick which is a lot better than he was going into the year which was a priority free agent.
“He never really gave us a reason why not, but I’m assuming with everything going on after the national championship, the highs and the lows and the ultimate low of losing a teammate might have played a part.”
Finebaum did push back on Nagy’s final comments, noting that Warren McClendon — one of the players from that fatal car accident — is at the Senior Bowl while Bennett is not.
“It’s hard to imagine someone that was in that accident is down there and Stetson Bennett is not, I’m not really sure how that could be an excuse,” Finebaum responded.
Bennett skipping on the Senior Bowl is surprising, to say the least. We’ll see if skipping Mobile and his recent arrest impacts Bennett’s outlook for the NFL Draft in April.