A Georgia Bulldogs quarterback has earned his degree from the university six years after his original enrollment. And, no, it’s not Stetson Bennett.
Much has been made of Bennett’s not graduating despite spending five full school years at UGA and one at Jones Community College. He, too, stepped foot on campus before that 2017 season.
Bennett stayed in Athens just one season before transferring to JUCO, but returned in 2019 where he’d wind up having a storybook career. The former walk-on earned the starting role in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, leading the program to a pair of national championship.
Georgia became the first school in the College Football Playoff era to win back-to-back titles under Bennett’s leadership, cementing its place amongst the sport’s elite.
But for all Bennett achieved on the field, rumors have been floating about his lack of achievement away from it.
The quarterback has been reported to have not yet earned his degree despite spending six years in college. It’s led to a wild reaction from football fans and media.
While questions still surround Bennett’s graduation status, it appears a former teammate has beaten him to the ceremony stage.
Jake Fromm, who also enrolled in the 2017 season, graduated this spring. He posted a message to his Instagram page commemorating the accomplishment.
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Fromm played for the Bulldogs from 2017 to 2019, leading the team to a national championship appearance as a freshman. That title opportunity was dramatically stolen by the heroics of Tua Tagovailoa and his famed 2nd-and-26 pass as Alabama bested UGA, 26-23.
Despite the crushing defeat in that championship game, Fromm was able to lead Georgia to an SEC crown and 36 wins over his three seasons. The ‘Dawgs won the Eastern Division each of those three campaigns.
He’d go on to become an NFL Draft pick, foregoing his senior year in Athens. Hence, no degree.
Fromm went back to school to finish his studies following a 2.5-year hiatus. He can now turn his attentions back to the football field as he prepares for the 2023 NFL season.