Georgia offense gains national attention, elite OC Todd Monken, QB Stetson Bennett and O-Line recognized

ATHENS — Elite defense has become a staple in Georgia under Kirby Smart, but the Bulldogs’ offense is also receiving positive attention.

Coordinator Todd Monken, quarterback Stetson Bennett and the Georgia offensive line are among the names nominated for prestigious individual awards.

Smart has stressed that his No. 1 Bulldogs will focus on a disgruntled Kentucky team, whom they will meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, even though Georgia has already lost a spot in the SEC championship game against LSU on Dec. 16 4:00 p.m. has won . 3.

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Monken, one of eight SEC assistants nominated for the Broyles Award, should have won that award last season after transforming Georgia’s offense midseason.

The Bulldogs have set records for passing efficiency over the past two seasons, and it didn’t matter who was the quarterback.

Georgia switched from a spread attack using Air Raid principles to a more balanced RPO play-action shot-play team after starter JT Daniels was injured and Stetson Bennett took over as quarterback.

Bennett improved each week as he won Offensive MVP honors in the Orange Bowl and CFP Championship Game.

Georgia defeated Michigan 34-11 in the Orange Bowl, which was notable because Wolverines offensive coordinator Josh Gattis was selected for the Broyles Award.

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Michigan’s offensive line also won a major trophy – the Joe Moore Award – for being voted the best O-line in the country.

Georgia players were motivated to see their 2021 nominee assistant coach (Dan Lanning) and offensive line snubbed and the Wolverines physically beaten.

Georgia led 34-3 and held the Michigan offense to just 209 yards on total offense before making a free tag in the fourth quarter

Bennett, who starred with 313 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20-of-30 passing that night at Miami Gardens, improved his mechanics this past offseason and is the No. 2 passer in the SEC with 2,895 yards.

Monken’s offense empowers the quarterback to change plays, protections, and routes at the line of scrimmage and ranks among the best in the nation:

• No. 3 total open

• #5 in third-down conversion rate

• No. 6 in the standings

• No. 1 in Red Zone Attack

Bennett was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award for the second straight year on Tuesday.

Bennett made the top five in Heisman Trophy odds earlier this season, but recent multi-turnover games have likely put him out of that race.