Just north of a week till we’re just south of Georgia. Today, let’s look at #8 on the Bronco roster—Kaiden Bennett
#8, Kaiden Bennett, Freshman, QB
Height: 5’ 11”
Weight: 184 lbs.
High School: Folsom High School, Folsom, CA
How’d he get to the Blue™?
As a surprise 2nd quarterback recruit for the 2019 class, (Bachmeier had already hopped aboard a few months prior), Bennett’s recruitment seemed to be a response to the Chase Cord injury, which spread the Bronco QB depth (especially for spring) dangerously thin. But I assure you...the pick up of Bennett was not just a “warm body” recruitment for the Broncos. This kid has some serious skills (and the stats to back it up). As a two-year starter at Folsom, Bennett racked up more than 8.500 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. As a senior, he completed nearly 75% of his passes and amassed just shy of 4,000 passing yards with 60(!) TDs and just 4 interceptions. He was named the SFL Offensive Most Valuable Player following his final prep campaign and left the school with a tidy 30-1 record as a starter. Shabby, that was not. Bennett, a 3-star recruit and the 29th rated dual-threat QB in the country (via 247sports), chose the Broncos over offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Howard, New Mexico, Sacramento State, San Diego State, Tulane, UC Davis, Utah, and UTEP.
Check out the arm.
Seems partial to that abbreviation based on his twitter account. Might want to open a toy store.
Young Terrence Howard
Get ready for multitudes. As a senior at Folsom, Bennett threw for 3,993 yards, 60 TDs, and led his team to a state championship. Also rushed the ball 62 times for 431 yards and 12 TDs (that’s 72 total if you were counting) and was named the SFL’s Offensive MVP. As a junior, Bennett threw for 4,431 yards, 57 TDs (to just 13 INTs) and rushed for 1,218 yards and 16 more scores en route to a CIF State Division 1-AA Championship.
Bennett gave himself every opportunity to be a player in the great quarterback race of 2019. Like Bachmeier, he graduated early to participate in a Cord-less spring camp (Cord-less drills?) and from all accounts, did rather well for a fresh-faced newbie. At the spring scrimmage in particular, Bennett showed a decent command of the offense and the very important ability to find John Hightower on the field (for a TD, even). Still, when fall camp updates spill out, it seems that the now mostly-healed Chase Cord, Jaylon Henderson, and Hank Bachmeier appear to be getting the most air time and most think that the FSU starter is bound to be Cord or Bachmeier. This isn’t to say that Bennett can’t carve out a niche in the Bronco offense...he still can, and still has a redshirt readily available if the Broncos don’t want to go too deep into their bag of QB tricks this year.
In my opinion, we’re rather unlikely to have another Cozart/Rypien scenario this year, but could have some special packages to utilize the running prowess of one of the other QBs (they can ALL run), so if Bennett does manage to find his way onto the field this year, that’ll probably be how. All that said, I think Bennett is a very likely redshirt this year but it’s comforting to know we have players of his caliber on the sidelines and/or waiting in the wings.
Is he on Twitter?
On everything hands used to be sticky for the rest of the game https://t.co/YcWy15311p— IN KAIDEN WE TRUST (@KB_theqbi) July 8, 2019
Completely made up fact
Bennett was a highly-ranked dual-threat QB, but many don’t know he’s also a duel-threat QB if his honor is ever insulted.
Update of some importance:
Can confirm Boise State true freshmen Keegan Duncan and Kaiden Bennett are both in the NCAA Transfer Portal.— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) August 23, 2019