“They are truly pillars of our community and South Georgia,” Tanya Poppell told the Press-Sentinel newspaper in Jesup. “Their legacy of kindness, hard work and perseverance has been evident throughout many generations. … And Stetson’s personal story is amazing, one of true grit and determination. … From a walk-on to a champion, what an extraordinary inspiration!”
The aerial photograph of Bennett’s likeness was published online Thursday and on the front page of the weekly printed newspaper. Newspaper publisher Eric Denty said it has been drawing quite a bit of attention ever since.
“The Poppells have a large farm, and they’re big into agri-tourism,” Denty said. “They do this corn maze every year, and they do a lot of other activities through the month of October. His grandfather, the late Buddy Bennett, is in the Wayne County Hall of Fame, and Stetson still has a lot of aunts and cousins around here. So we’ve adopted him.”
Bennett is now a sixth-year senior at Georgia and will lead the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs in the 2022 season, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium against No. 11 Oregon.