DALLAS – University of Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, who led the Bulldogs to back-to-back college football national championships, was arrested on a public intoxication charge in Dallas early Sunday, police said.
The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. on Sunday, WSB-TV reported.
Officers responded to reports of a man banging on doors in the Old East Dallas section of the city, WFAA-TV reported, citing a news release from the Dallas Police Department. Officers arriving at the scene found Bennett, 25, “and determined he was intoxicated,” a police news release said.
Bennett told reporters on Monday that he would be training for his pro career at Apex Sports in Fort Worth, Texas, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Bennett threw four touchdown passes and ran for two others in top-ranked Georgia’s 65-7 victory against TCU in the College Football Playoff National Championship game earlier this month. It was the second time Bennett won CFP title game offensive MVP honors and he became the first player to win the award twice, according to USA Today.
Bennett, who finished a distant fourth in voting for the 2022 Heisman Trophy, completed 18 of 25 passes for 304 yards against TCU, averaging 12 yards per pass. His two rushing touchdowns were the most in an NCAA title game since Vince Young scored three TDs against USC in the title game that followed the 2005 season.
The former walk-on and junior college quarterback from Blackshear, Georgia, has been the MVP in all four CFP games he has played in, WSB-TV reported. He led Georgia to an unbeaten season in 2022 and led the Bulldogs past Alabama to win the CFP national title after the 2021 season.
After his arrest, Bennett was taken to a detention center in Dallas, WSB-TV reported. He remained in custody Sunday morning, according to the television station.
University officials have not commented on Bennett’s arrest.
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