Georgia defensive players praise the play of Stetson Bennett after his signing with Georgia

 Justin Fountain/The Red & Black

Georgia freshman quarterback Stetson Bennett practices before Fan Day on Aug. 5, 2017 in Athens. 

Former Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker once called Stetson Bennett "a beast."

Bennett, a former walk-on quarterback at Georgia, signed with the Bulldogs late Wednesday night, making his return to Athens after playing a year at Jones County Junior College. This time while he's on campus, Bennett will be on scholarship.

He is likely known most to Georgia fans as the player who led the scout team in practice in 2017, emulating former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield before the Rose Bowl.

Sophomore linebacker Monty Rice said he was surprised that Bennett returned to Georgia, but had plenty of praise for the type of player he is. Rice said Bennett completed 14 passes in a row in a goal-line situation on the one-yard line in practice against the starting defense.

"I'm glad to have him back. Stetson is a good player," Rice said. "I don't know why anybody didn't offer him when he was coming out of high school, he always gave us fits last year."

While at Jones County, Bennett, a redshirt freshman at the time, threw for 1,840 yards with sixteen touchdowns and fourteen interceptions. He also ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns.

Now, back at Georgia, Bennett will likely compete for a second or third-string role with starter Jake Fromm still with the Bulldogs.

At six-foot, 185 pounds, Bennett isn't very big for a quarterback. But senior defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter shared the sentiments of Rice, saying Bennett made him a better player in practice.

Ledbetter shared another story, saying Bennett once went 17-for-18 on the starting defense, something he said he's never seen happen before.

"I hated playing against him," Ledbetter said. "I [once] got juked. He broke my ankles. He's an undersized guy but he will make everything happen. I love him, I'm glad he's coming back … I'm excited for him, I think he's excited too."

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