Jeff LegwoldESPN Senior Writer4 Minute Read
INDIANAPOLIS — Former Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV addressed his considerably tumultuous offseason, which included a January arrest in Dallas for public intoxication, on Friday on the NFL’s scouting mix.
Bennett, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist this previous season, additionally didn’t take part in any of the postseason all-star video games and was criticized for his actions through the victory parade after main the Bulldogs to back-to-back nationwide championships.
Bennett was arrested Jan. 15 in Dallas when police responded to calls a few man pounding on doorways within the early-morning hours.
“It was, you already know, a mistake that everyone’s conscious of,” Bennett mentioned. “I perceive why that may’t occur, I’ve talked to coaches about it, talked to GMs, apologized to my household. That’s who I really feel the worst about, felt like I allow them to down as a result of regardless of the place I am going now and even with out all this, I’ve bought an obligation, I’m the fourth, cannot try this in case your final title is Bennett.”
A former walk-on, Bennett rose to develop into a full-time starter on two nationwide championship groups — he was the MVP in each title video games — together with passing for 304 yards and 6 whole touchdowns (4 passing, two dashing) within the Bulldogs’ rout of TCU in January.
It has been a rocky post-championship run for Bennett along with his arrest. He took important public criticism for being on his cellular phone through the staff’s victory parade, together with whereas a reporter for an Atlanta tv station tried to interview him through the parade. And from the rostrum through the celebration after the parade, Bennett mentioned, “Y’all saved telling us how dangerous we had been, and y’all could not perceive it, and we saved profitable and we saved embarrassing individuals, screw it, we bought two rings.”
“People had been entitled to their opinion,” Bennett mentioned Friday. “I used to be — I noticed it as a parade for us who gained and I used to be taking part in music for [teammates], attempting to have a very good time. People took it as, I do not know what individuals took it as, however they did not prefer it. I’m sorry about that, however I strictly simply noticed it as an opportunity for me and [teammates], one final journey … on the best way to Sanford [Stadium] collectively, attempting to play the perfect tunes we may.”
Bennett, an undersized prospect who’s ranked No. 206 by Scouts Inc., additionally skipped out on the chance to fulfill with NFL groups and take part within the Shrine Bowl in addition to the Senior Bowl. He selected to coach for the mix and his professional day, in Dallas, as an alternative.
He mentioned Friday he was nearer to going to the Shrine Bowl than the Senior Bowl.
“It was extra so the Shrine Bowl, it wasn’t actually the Senior Bowl,” Bennett mentioned. “I actually wished to play in [the Shrine Bowl], there was lots going in the intervening time. I mentioned [it] with individuals which are near me, greatest recommendation, determined it was, that I wanted to go prepare, wanted to get higher.”
Bennett was additionally requested Friday in regards to the loss of life of teammate Devin Willock in a automotive crash in January during which a recruiting employees member was additionally killed. Former Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter briefly left the mix after being charged with reckless driving and racing in connection to the crash.
Bennett did not particularly handle Carter or Willock, however after an extended pause, he mentioned, “There’s not a lot to say about that.”
Bennett mentioned he has been truthful when requested about all of his off-field points throughout his interviews with NFL groups on the mix.
“I simply attempt to be trustworthy,” Bennett mentioned. ” … I attempted to be trustworthy with them.”
Bennett is predicted to throw and do the entire drills Saturday on the mix through the on-field exercise for the quarterbacks, large receivers and tight ends.