Sunday, August 05, 2007

Football - The Bennett Mystery

A nice article from Adam Van Brimmer about Taylor Bennett, with a quote that Jacket fans should really internalize when trying to make the argument that Chan Gailey played Reggie Ball because of some misguided loyalty:

"What they don't understand was there was a reason I was sitting -- I didn't know anything," Bennett said. "I only started one year in high school. When I got here, I couldn't tell you the difference between a Cover-2 defense and a Cover-3 or 4. As much as I wanted to play, I know I wasn't ready to play mentally or physically."
This from Tashard Choice on Reggie winning the starting role again at the beginning of last season:

"I guess with Reggie being there for so long and being the starter for so long, Taylor really had to look so much better than Reggie to take the job," Choice said. "So they went with Reggie, and that was OK because we all believed in Reggie."

Lastly, this from OC John Bond:

"It wasn't a fluke that he put up big numbers in the bowl game," Bond said. "Taylor can play. The thing is, he just hasn't played. But as far as I'm concerned, that's all he is lacking is game experience. He can make all the throws. He's a good leader. If Taylor Bennett plays up to his potential, he can be an outstanding quarterback.

"And I'm expecting that to happen."