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Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (15) during the Bulldogs’ game against UAB in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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How Sedrick Van Pran will have an ‘extreme’ impact on Georgia’s next quarterback

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How Sedrick Van Pran is going to help Georgia’s next quarterback

ATHENS — Stetson Bennett knew it was important to shout out the offensive line. He began thanking the group for their play all season, as they gave up just 9.0 sacks and said they were the greatest offensive line.

When Bennett pointed this out after winning the Manning Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback after the completion of the entire season, Archie Manning had to step in. The legendary Ole Miss quarterback and New Orleans Saint couldn’t believe it.

“I beat that in one game in Chicago one day. I got sacked 11 times in one game,” Manning said with a chuckle.

Bennett proceeded to go right back to praising the offensive line, noting how little glory they get in comparison to the efforts they actually put in.

So allow us to highlight the comments made by Bennett in regard to his center, Sedrick Van Pran.

“Sed is that constant,” Bennett said. “He plays every single play and every single snap and he wants to. He loves football. I don’t know if he loves his teammates or football more. That’s special, especially whenever it’s that position because as I said earlier, they don’t get a lot of the credit they deserve. They don’t get the credit they deserve.

“But Sed doesn’t care about that because he loves football and he loves his teammates.”

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Van Pran won’t be joining Bennett in the NFL just yet, as the Georgia center announced he would bypass the NFL to return to Georgia for another season.

The center from New Orleans has real NFL prospects, but like Jordan Davis and Nolan Smith before him, he saw it as important to come back and lead for another season at Georgia.

He’ll be the anchor of what should be one of the best offensive lines in college football. Georgia essentially has to replace just one starter from last season’s offensive line, as Amarius Mims was able to start both of Georgia’s College Football Playoff games for the injured Warren McClendon.

Georgia should be the favorite to win the Joe Moore Award, along with Van Pran being an All-American and Rimington Award candidate.

But perhaps the biggest boost Van Pran might provide won’t be to the offensive line or Georgia’s individual trophy count. It will be to the new quarterback he’ll be playing with.

Georgia will be starting one of Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff or Gunner Stockton. None of them has ever started a game, while Van Pran will bring 30 games of experience into next season. Whether it be Neyland Stadium or Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Van Pran has seen just about everything a defense and fan base can throw at a center.

And he’ll have no problem calling it out for whoever ends up receiving snaps from him.

“He’s gonna help whoever, Carson, Brock, Gunner, he’s gonna help an extreme amount,” Bennett said. “If nothing more than the comfort level because he’s been in the biggest stage and the biggest games and he’s performed. He knows what it’s like to be a leader.”

As for who might replace Bennett, all three options have impressed head coach Kirby Smart at various times. Stockton earned praise when he opted to remove his black jersey prior to the national championship game, allowing the opposing defense to hit him.

Beck meanwhile got real reps in the national championship game due to the blowout victory. Vandagriff may have as much upside as any of them thanks to his athleticism.

Add in that they’ll be working with one of the best offensive minds in college football in Todd Monken and the future of the Georgia quarterback position is in very good hands based on the support system they will have around them.

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