USU football: senior punter doing his part in helping Utah State achieve its goals in 2012

By Megan Allen

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 1:45 p.m. MDT

“I’ve accomplished one of my goals already being named the National Punter of the Week. I still can’t believe I got that,” Bennett said. “I’d love to become a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, but that’s tough to get. I have to have a great average and keep kicking the ball like I’ve been doing.”

A player can’t garner this much respect and attention without consistency and dedication.

“He’s done a lot for us with his consistency. He’s got a big-time leg, which a lot of people have, but you have to be able to execute that in the games, and he’s done that,” Busch said.

Without feeling the need to elaborate, Bennett boiled down the lessons he’s learned as a collegiate athlete to three different concepts.

“Self-discipline for sure, respect toward your elders and others, and trust,” Bennett said.

Busch said Bennett’s true strength lies in his ability to pin the opponent at the long end of the field.

“What he’s done the most for us that’s been really, really good is the pins inside the 20. We don’t accept touchbacks on our team, we just don’t,” Busch said. “Whether it’s at the 19 yardline or the 2 yardline, we can’t let them have the short field. He’s done a very good job of pinning the opponents.”

Bennett said the key has been to follow Busch’s favorite phrase, “Let’s go!”

Bennett will finish the majority of requirements for his degree in sociology this December, with just one research class to complete in the spring to graduate. He intends to train and shoot for the next level of football with the eventual hope of becoming a police officer or firefighter.

“You just have to listen and keep your mouth shut,” Bennett said. “Do that and pay attention to detail. It’s a long road, but it’s fun.”

As for the remainder of the 2012 season, Bennett is all in with the rest of his Aggie teammates as far as doing whatever he can to help win a WAC Championship and play in USU’s second-straight bowl game.

“Last year was great. We had a good team,” Bennett said. “This year, though, I feel like we’re doing better.”

And as for Bennett, he is doing his part as he currently ranks first all-time in school history with a 43.6 yards per kick average on 94 punts during his career.

Megan Allen writes for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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