Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett stunned the entire college football world last year when he led his Bulldogs to a National Championship.
This time around, his heroics are far less surprising.
One season after amassing 2,862 passing yards, Bennett has thrown for nearly 4,000 passing yards this season. Thanks in no small part to his heroics, Georgia is one win over TCU away from claiming its second consecutive title.
One big reason why Bennett was able to go from little known backup to star starting quarterback was his unique support structure off the field. Key among that is the presence of his girlfriend, Cameron Liss.
Liss keeps a relatively low profile, but Bennett makes it a point to bring up how much her influence has furthered his career.
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Part of this is because Liss understands the importance of Georgia football. She is a lifelong fan and admitted as much during an interview a couple of years ago.
“I grew up in a family of Bulldogs. Both of my parents attended UGA during the Herschel Walker era, so my whole family has a deep passion for the Dawgs,” Liss said.
“Additionally, there are several UGA alumni in my large extended family. I have also had the joy of attending UGA with two of my close cousins.”
Liss’ calm and collected presence will be key in Bennett doing what he needs to do against TCU on Monday night.
A lot of folks have made the case that Georgia doesn’t really deserve to be playing for the National Championship. That they cheated to get here and their spot belongs to a different program. It’s hard to put much stock into that sort of talk. Everyone who gets this far deserves to be here.
While Liss obviously hasn’t trended online the way someone like South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler’s girlfriend has, there is still plenty of time for that change over the next day or so.
Classy stuff as always by the Steelers. https://t.co/M2zRpNQ7dY
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 9, 2023
Legacies are etched in stone during National Championship Games, and Bennett’s will be no exception.
Will he and Liss officially take their place as the King and Queen of college football this week? An answer one way or the other should emerge over the next day.