Let the record show that South Carolina’s Shane Beamer — not Kirby Smart — is the first head coach to publicly endorse Stetson Bennett as a Heisman Trophy candidate.
“Absolutely, he’s a helluva quarterback and I said after the game or on the teleconference, but anybody who is still referring to him as a game manager they are doing that kid a disservice,” Beamer said on Wednesday.
It was just four days that Bennett validated the Heisman Trophy hype that’s building around him with a 16-of-23 passing, 284-yards, 2-touchdown passing effort.
Bennett also led the Bulldogs in rushing with 36 yards on 3 carries, including a nifty 11-yard run that saw him make a Heisman-friendly highlight with a sharp juke move that left a Gamecocks defender grasping for air.
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