Senior lineman Nick Bennett is working hard to improve his team as well as his own performance in hopes that Eastern will become a better overall program this season.
As a junior, Nick Bennett had a strong season, mostly because he saw himself become a better player in several aspects of his game, but also because of physical growth. “I think I had my best season yet,” he said. “I was bigger than I was my sophomore year, so I could focus more on my technique. There weren’t many people who would bulrush me, so I used my size to make better blocks.”
The 6-foot-1, 275-pound is somewhat undersized, but he uses that to his advantage. “At my position I use my athleticism and my quickness so I can get on linebackers real fast. My ability to trap and pull are strengths. My quickness helps me,” he said.
“I can always improve my strength. And I think I need to get a little faster,” he said.
A few schools have taken notice of Bennett’s quickness and ability to move around the field. “I heard from Navy, Army and Bowling Green,” said Bennett. “I went to Western Kentucky’s Junior Day. Marshall, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Penn, Harvard and all the Ivy League schools are interested. Eastern Kentucky and Murray State have contact me too,” he continued.
Bennett had an opportunity to visit two of the military academies. “I’ve been to Army and Navy for a week. (Army wasn’t) a real football camp, though. I met the coaches who were recruiting me. I went to Navy’s one day camp three weeks ago,” he continued.
Nick thought he was a standout at the Navy camp. “I think I did really well. They gave preference to some other taller linemen, but when we were moving a little bit, I showed good flexibility and the coaches called me by name. I was the only one they called by name,” he said. “They pulled me to the side and they said they were very interested in me,” he finished.
Looking at Bennett’s school list, it’s clear how important academics are to him. “I really want a good education. That’s what’s going to help me after college is over. I like Army and Navy because I like the structure there,” he continued.
Before Bennett signs with anybody, he hopes to lead Eastern to a strong season against a tough schedule. “As a team we definitely want to improve on our last season. We want to beat Trinity. We picked up Fort Thomas Highlands. Hopefully we can go to the state championship game. We want to prove to all the people who rank our school low that we’re better than they say we are.”