Billy Bennett
Billy  Bennett


Athens, GA

High School:
Athens Academy

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 175




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High School:
Athens Academy...named to All-Northest Georgia Team by the Athens Daily News/Banner Herald his senior year...has a career long FG of 54 yards...converted on 12 of 12 FGs in 1999...during senior season 76% of his kickoffs went into the endzone...also played soccer and led team to region and state championship his senior year...started every game for four years...led team in scoring and assists senior year...awarded most valuable offensive player in both junior and senior campaigns...named to Athens Daily News/Banner Herald All-Northeast Georgia Team in 1997, 98, 99...named to All-Southeast team senior year...selected as NSCAA All-American candidate in 1999 and 2000...High School Coach: Michael Gunn.

- came to Georgia as walkon but earned scholarship early in regular season....earned starting PK duties in third game of season...in nine games, accounted for 63 pooints to lead the team in scoring....converted on 13 of 14 field goal attempts (92.9%) which was best in the SEC among regular placekickers....his average field goals per game of 1.44 was third best in the SEC and ranked 14th nationally....tied a school record with four field goals in a single game vs. Auburn....hit career-best 49-yard field goal vs. Ole Miss....named Freshman All-America first team by The Sporting News and to Rivals.com True Freshman All-America Team....named to Freshman All-SEC Team by the league coaches and Knoxville News Sentinel All-SEC Freshman Team...kicked 35-yard field goal in Georgia's 37-14 victory over Virginia in the 2000 Oahu Bowl, Georgia's fourth consecutive bowl victory...

2001 -- Outstanding spring which included five field goals in annual G-Day game....named to the watch list for the 2001 Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to the nation?s outstanding collegiate placekicker....finished third in the SEC in scoring with 85 points, and second in the SEC and tied for 12th in the nation with 1.55 field goals per game....converted 17 of 25 field goal attempts....made three of five (45, 38, 27 yards) field goals vs. South Carolina (Sept. 8)....connected on a career-best 55 yard field goal vs. Arkansas (Sept. 29)....came through with the best performance in Bulldog history at Georgia Tech (Nov. 24), setting a school record with six made field goals (40, 44, 32, 28, 37, 45) which also tied an SEC mark....recipient of Robert E. Dicks, III Athletic Scholarship....kicked 24-yard field goal in Music City Bowl vs. Boston College....

2002--Converted one of three field goal attempts during annual spring G-Day game....recipient of Aldredge-Kimberly Endowed Football Scholarship....named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week two straight weeks after kicking winning FG (32-yards) with :38 to play to beat Alabama, 27-25, and converting 3x3 FG attempts in 18-13 win over Tennessee.....also kicked winning FG (43 yards) vs. Clemson with 5:19 to play....set Georgia record for Most Points Kicking in a Season with 130 (old mark 94 by College Hall of Famer Kevin Butler in 1981) as well as the SEC mark for Most Points Kicking in a Season (old mark of 107 by Greg Burke, UT, and Judd Davis, UF)....his 130 also broke Garrison Hearst's UGA record for Most Points in a Season by any player....his 14 points in the Nokia Sugar Bowl victory set a Bulldog bowl record and his four field goals tied a team bowl mark....19x24 career mark from 40-49 yards.....has converted 13 of 14 career field goals in the fourth quarter......named semifinalist for this year's Lou Groza Award which is presented annually to the nation's best place-kicker......named All-America third team by The Associated Press....All-SEC first team by the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press....member of team that won Georgia's first SEC championship in 20 years, defeated FSU for Nokia Sugar Bowl title, and set school record for most victories in a season (13).....major part of Georgia offense that led the SEC in scoring (32.14 ppg).

2003 -- Pre-Season All-America third team by NationalChamps.Net College Football Preview.....Outstanding season in which his 87 career field goals set NCAA record for Most Career Field Goals (old mark was 80 by Jeff Jaeger, Washington (1983-86)....finished career with nine NCAA records, seven SEC marks, and 13 school records.....currently second in NCAA history in Career Points by a Kicker with 409 (record is 423 by Roman Anderson, Houston, 1988-91)....named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for performance against Georgia Tech (2 FG's (49, 34), 2 PAT's)....set SEC scoring and NCAA Field Goals Made records in 30-10 win over Kentucky and the NCAA and SEC Career FG's Attempted mark in 34-17 win over Georgia Tech...finished second in the SEC and 13th nationally in Season Scoring Average at 9.4 points per game in 2003....finished senior season as holder of nine NCAA records: Most Field Goals in a Season (31), Most Field Goals Attempted in a Season (38), Most Field Goals Made in a Career (87), Most Field Goals in a Two-Year Period (57), Most Field Goals Attempted in a Career (110), Most Career Games Kicking a Field Goal (43) and Most Consecutive Games Kicking a Field Goal (24, 2001-2003), Highest Percentage of FG's Made, 40 Yards or More (72.1%), Most Career Games Kicking Two or More Field Goals (27); seven SEC records: Most Career Points (409), Most Career Points Kicking (409), Most Points Kicking in a Season (131), Most Field Goals Made in a Season (31), Most Field Goals Attempted in a Season (38), Most Field Goals Made in a Career (87), Most Field Goals Attempted in a Career (110); and 13 Georgia records: Most Career Points (409), Most Career Points Kicking (409), Most Points Scored in a Seson (131), Most Field Goals Made in a Season (31), Most Field Goals Attempted in a Season (38), Most Field Goals Made in a Career (87), Most Field Goals Attempted in a Career (110), Highest Career FG Percentage (79.09), Most PAT's Made in a Career (148), Most PAT's Attempted in a Career (151), Most Consecutive PAT's (113 from 2000-2003), Most Career Games Kicking At Least One Field Goal (43), Most Career Games Kicking Two or More Field Goals (27).......also finished his career connecting on 19 of 21 field goal attempts in the fourth quarter....named second team All-SEC by the SEC Coaches, The Associated Press, and TheInsiders.com.....set NCAA season FG record in Capital One Bowl victory over Purdue....elected permanent special teams captain by teammates....part of Georgia team that has won 32 games over the past three seasons and ranks among the top five teams nationally in winning percentage....invited to play in the East-West and Villages Gridiron Classic post-season all-star games......Major: Business.


2000 24x26 13x14 49 63
2001 34x34 17x25 55 85
2002 52x52 26x33 47 130
2003 38x39 34x34 52 131
Totals 148x151 87x110 55 409

Year 10-19 yards 20-29 yards 30-39 yards 40-49 yards 50-59 yards BLK
2000 1x1 4x4 6x6 2x2 0x1 0
2001 0x0 6x6 4x9 6x8 1x2 3
2002 0x0 8x8 7x10 11x14 0x1 0
2003 1x1 11x11 8x11 9x13 2x2 0
Totals 2x2 29x29 25x36 28x37 3x6 3

Bennett Giving NCAA and SEC Records The Boot

  • A 5-8, 165-pound Senior native of Athens, Ga. finished career holding nine NCAA records, seven SEC marks, and 13 school records.
  • Career FG% of 79.09% (87-for-110) including 28-for-35 from 40-49 range and 98% on PATs (148-for-151)...148 PATs is School Record
  • Made 90% of FG in the 4th quarter or later in his career (11-for-21), including 3 Game-Winners (GW)
  • Owns the SEC record for Career Scoring (409 points) and NCAA and SEC Career Marks for Field Goals Attempted (110) and Made (87). Set the SEC scoring and NCAA field goals made records in 30-10 win over Kentucky, and the NCAA and SEC Career FGs attempted mark in the 34-17 win over Ga. Tech.
  • 87 Career Field Goals Made passes the published NCAA leader (2003 NCAA Record Book) in Washington's Jeff Jaeger who tallied 80 from 1983-86. The All-American Jaeger was 80-for-99 in his career. It should be noted that beginning in 2002, all postseason games are included in NCAA final football statistics and records. Bennett made four in last year's Nokia Sugar Bowl victory over Florida State. Bennett's NCAA record-setting field goal was a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter against Kentucky to put Georgia in front 23-10.
  • 409 career points ranks 2nd in NCAA history (Record: 423 by Roman Anderson: Houston, 1988-91: 70 FGs, 213 PATs).
  • 31-for-38 in field goals this year which are SEC records for Attempts and Made in a Season
  • Holds NCAA mark for FG made in a season with 31 made in 38 attempts.
  • Scored 14 points (4 FGs, 2 PATs) in 2003 Sugar Bowl win over Florida State, a Georgia bowl record for points kicking and tied team bowl record with the 4 FGs.
  • SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for 2002 game vs. #22 Alabama: Drilled game-winning 32-yard FG with 38 seconds left in 27-25 road win, Georgia's first-ever victory in Tuscaloosa in 8 trips.
  • Set Georgia record and tied SEC mark making 6 FGs in the 31-17 win at #21 Ga. Tech in 2001, the
    19 points was also a Bulldog record for a kicker and ranked in a tie for 2nd in SEC history

Most Career Points: Kickers

1. 423 Roman Anderson, Houston (1988-91)
2. 409Billy Bennett, Georgia (2000-03)
Did You Know?
Billy Bennett had made 113 consecutive extra point attempts, a streak that ranked as the longest in the nation, before missing his 2nd PAT of the day versus Auburn. Prior to that, Bennett had not missed an extra point since Nov. 8, 2000 (vs. Ole Miss).

Most Points: 409 (2nd in NCAA History)
Most Career FG's Made: 87


Most FGs Made in a Season
1. 31Billy Bennett, Georgia (38 att.) 2003
2. 27 Fuad Reveiz, Tenn. (31 att.) 1982
3. 26 Billy Bennett, Georgia (33 att.) 2002

Most Points in a Season

1. 144 Shaun Alexander, Alabama (24 TDs), 1999
2. 130 Billy Bennett, Georgia (26 FGs, 52 PATs),'02
3. 126 Garrison Hearst, Georgia (21 TDs), 1992
*Note: Bennett owns the SEC Record for Most Points Scored Kicking in a Season.

Career FG Percentage By a Bulldog
1. 79.09 Billy Bennett, 2000-03 (Curr. 87x110)
2. 78.6 Kevin Butler, 1981-84 (10th in SEC)

Most Career PATs Made By a Bulldog
1. 148 Billy Bennett, 2000-03
2. 125 Allan Leavitt, 1973-76

Bennett's Career 4th-Quarter FGs (19-for-21)
2000: Vanderbilt 30-yarder. Leading 26-19 at the 12:48 mark Georgia wins 29-19
@#22 Auburn 19-yarder. Trailing 23-20 with 41 seconds left Forces OT
*OT: 25-yarder. Takes 26-23 lead, Auburn get a TD to win 29-26
Ole Miss 49-yarder. Leading 29-14 at the 10:40 mark Georgia wins 32-14
2001: #21 S.C. 27-yarder. Trailing 7-6 at the 3:17 mark S.C. answers, wins 14-9
@#6 Tennessee 31-yarder. Trailing 17-14 at 5:44 mark Georgia wins 26-24
#6 Florida (Jax.) 31-yarder. Trailing 17-10 at 14:54 mark No Good. Florida wins 24-10
#24 Auburn 43-yarder. Trailing 17-14 at 8:28 mark Auburn wins 24-17
@ #21 Ga. Tech 45-yarder. Leading 28-17 at 6:56 mark Georgia wins 31-17
2002:Clemson 43-yarder. Game tied 28 all at the 5:19 mark Georgia wins 31-28
@ S.C. 25-yarder. Leading 10-7 at the 2:54 mark Georgia wins 13-7
@#22 Alabama 32-yarder. Trailing 25-24 with 38 seconds left Georgia wins 27-25
@Kentucky 26-yarder. Leading 42-24 at the 9:17 mark Georgia wins 52-24
$Fla. State 35-yarder. Leading 23-13 at the 10:17 mark Georgia wins 26-13
2003: MTSU 24-yarder. Leading 20-3 at the 11:58 mark Georgia wins 29-10
Alabama 42-yarder. Leading 37-23 at the 5:20 mark. No Good Georgia wins 37-23
@Vanderbilt 25-yarder. Leading 17-2 at the 2:51 mark. Georgia wins 27-8
UAB 31-yarder. Tied 13-13 at the 12:57 mark. Georgia wins16-13
#23 Florida (Jax.)t 21-yarder.Trailing 13-10 at the 3:39 mark.. Florida wins 16-13
Kentucky *33-yarder. Leading 20-10 at the 13:30 mark. Georgia wins 30-10
Purdue *40-yarder. Leading 27-17 at the 4:47 mark. Georgia wins 34-27
$Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La. *NCAA Record Setting 81st career Field Goal

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