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Bryan Bennett | Quarterback

Team: SE Louisiana Lions
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205

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Southeastern Louisiana senior Bryan Bennett "has some impressive physical tools and could be an intriguing Day 3 prospect if he continues to show improvement during the draft process," according to Scout's Inc.
"He looks to have the strongest arm of the six quarterbacks here," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He showed really good zip throwing deep outs, and while he was late with a couple of deep balls, he was able to drive the ball vertically. He's obviously a little raw in terms of his timing and reading progressions, but his mechanics looked good. We really liked how quick he was with his feet and how his feet were married to his eyes as he went through his progressions. He was inconsistent with his accuracy and didn't see the whole field at times, but remember, this was his first day in town. Some of that is to be expected, and we should see him improve in those areas as the week goes on." The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bennett has tools, but he needs refinement in the pocket. "As long as he can prove he can learn quickly, he has the physical tools that entice a team to take a chance on him in the later rounds," added Scout Inc. Jan 24 - 8:54 PM

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ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay notes that the "ball is jumping off" Southeastern Louisiana senior Bryan Bennett's hand at Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice.

"SE Louisiana QB Brian Bennett debuting seniorbowl practice today. Raw and a bit inconsistent with timing, but ball is jumping off his hand," McShay tweeted. The Southeastern Louisiana prospect is the same quarterback that Marcus Mariota beat out for the starting job a few years ago at Oregon. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bennett transferred to Southeastern Louisiana and was productive at the FCS level the last two seasons.
Jan 21 - 4:04 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Southeastern Louisiana senior Bryan Bennett as the No. 6 QB in the 2015 class.

If that name sounds familiar, Bennett is the quarterback Marcus Mariota beat out for the starting job a few years ago. In fact, many believed Bennett was the favorite to win that job. He needs plenty of refinement in the pocket, but right now Bennett is best outside of structure. That is not a recipe for sustained NFL success.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett didn't aid "his chances of being a mid-round pick next spring" while struggling against Tulane on Saturday, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Bennett completed 16-of-34 passes for 213 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in a 35-20 loss. He also had -10 yards rushing in the dud performance, against SELU's only scheduled FBS opponent. Bennett "is considered one of the top-five senior quarterbacks for the 2015 class according to some NFL scouts," Brugler wrote. "But his struggles against an FBS opponent won't help his chances of being a mid-round pick next spring. Bennett's lack of elite arm strength and his struggles diagnosing defenses are areas of concern for evaluators."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett completed 16-of-34 passes for 213 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in a 35-20 loss to Tulane on Saturday.

The former Oregon Duck doesn't get many opportunities to play against even Tulane-like competition, so his mediocre afternoon isn't great news for his draft stock. Bennett rode a wave of momentum into this game. An AFC East scout praised his athleticism and feel in the pocket, saying he was "optimistic" about Bennett's transition to the NFL. "Did you see him last year?" the scout said. "He made play after play after play. He doesn't exactly run a pro-style offense down there, but his athleticism and feel in the pocket are impressive. I want to see improvement with his accuracy and decision-making as a senior, but I'm optimistic about his transition to our level." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler also likes the 2013 Southland Conference Player of the Year: "He is a talented athlete with the foot quickness in the pocket to avoid rushers and the elusive scrambling ability to improvise in the blink of an eye with his legs," Brugler wrote.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 09:08:00 PM

One AFC east scout praised Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett's athleticism and feel in the pocket.

"Did you see him last year? He made play after play after play," the scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "He doesn't exactly run a pro-style offense down there... I want to see improvement with his accuracy and decision-making as a senior, but I'm optimistic about his transition to our level." Bennett lost Oregon's starting quarterback competition in 2012 to Marcus Mariota, but that does not take away from his pro prospects.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 09:33:00 AM

An AFC East scout is "optimistic" about SE Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett's transition to the NFL.

"Did you see him last year?" the scout said. "He made play after play after play. He doesn't exactly run a pro-style offense down there, but his athleticism and feel in the pocket are impressive. I want to see improvement with his accuracy and decision-making as a senior, but I'm optimistic about his transition to our level." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler also likes the 2013 Southland Conference Player of the Year: "He is a talented athlete with the foot quickness in the pocket to avoid rushers and the elusive scrambling ability to improvise in the blink of an eye with his legs," Brugler wrote. "Although he relies on his athleticism too much at times when he prematurely leaves the pocket, Bennett does a nice job running the option and displays excellent vision, instincts and toughness as a ballcarrier. As a passer, Bennett has solid mechanics and follow-through with a snap delivery to get the ball out in a flash." Brugler says Bennett is a Day 3 pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 08:39:00 PM

In one of his bold predictions for the 2014 season, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman suggested SE Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett will earn first-round consideration.

Feldman jokes that hopefully one or two of the bold predictions will come true, but it is a thought provoking list nonetheless. Bennett's name might sound familiar, as he was the quarterback Marcus Mariota beat out for the starting gig in 2012. He transferred to his new program in 2013, combining for 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Source: Fox Sports
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 03:50:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett "plays with a Manziel-like style," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Marcus Mariota and Darron Thomas' former backup at Oregon led the Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last season. After losing out to Mariota in a bid to replace Thomas, Bennett bolted south and has been a revelation at SELU, winning Louisiana Offensive Player of the year honors last season. "Bennett plays with a Manziel-like style and is rated by some scouting services as one of the top-five senior passers in this class," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder runs a 4.72 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 03:36:00 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reports that Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett "showed off what could have been the strongest overall arm in the evening's passing competition," with an 80-yard throw.

"Of the hundreds of throws witnessed Saturday night by a strong crowd at Manning Field, none drew as strong a reaction as a deep pass by Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett. The transfer from Oregon showed off what could have been the strongest overall arm in the evening's passing competition with a ball thrown from near one 20-yard line that bounced into the opposite end zone," Goodbread writes. Marcus Mariota's former backup at Oregon led the Southeastern Louisiana Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last season, unfortunately losing to New Hampshire 20-17.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 11:56:00 PM

NFL scouts will be watching to see if Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett can improve his accuracy this year, NFL.com notes.

Marcus Mariota's former backup ripped it up as a dual-threat monster for the Lions last year, collecting 3,165 passing yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was the Southland Conference Player of the Year and led the Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted earlier this week that Bennett is creating buzz amongst pro scouts.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 09:24:00 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman notes that Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett "is creating good buzz."

"The Manning Passing Academy is underway. Expect to hear that ex Oregon QB Bryan Bennett, now at SE LA, is creating good buzz," Feldman tweeted. Bennett, who was a transfer from Oregon, lost out on the starting QB spot to Marcus Mariota back in 2012. After much thought, Bennett transferred to Southeastern Lousiana in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound QB led the Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last season, unfortunately losing to New Hampshire 20-17. With Bennett under center, he helped Southeastern Louisiana reach the playoffs for the first time ever in school history. The Lions finished the season 11-3, and set a record for wins, after going 5-6 the previous season.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 02:07:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana junior QB Bryan Bennett, a transfer from Oregon, had a strong showing at the Manning Passing Academy, according to former NFL exec Phil Savage.

Savage notes this is the second straight camp that Bennett has impressed. After losing out to Marcus Mariota for the starting quarterback spot at Oregon last offseason, Bennett wavered back and forth on a possible transfer. That thought became action this winter, and Bennett will be eligible to play immediately.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Despite speculation that he may leave after losing out on the starting QB job, sophomore Bryan Bennett will stay at Oregon.

Redshirt freshman Mark Mariota was named the Ducks' starter, so unless he fails to hold on to the job due to injury or play, Bennett may never see the field in a starting capacity. The sophomore apparently did not practice on Tuesday but had a change of heart during a meeting with head coach Chip Kelly and told teammates he would stay with the program. "I'll say this: I think Bryan Bennett would start for a lot of universities in the country," Kelly added. "We're very fortunate to have him on our team."
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 09:44:00 AM

Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian suggested that the loser of Oregon's QB battle between sophomore Bryan Bennett and redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota may decide to transfer.

"Assuming the newly-named starter remains in that position for the duration of his career, the No. 2 quarteback could have incentive to leave Eugene," Fentress said. It makes sense, because if Bennett wins the competition, as expected, Mariota would likely not claim the starting job until his senior year, withholding injury. Head coach Chip Kelly will likely wait until the last minute to name his starting quarterback, and has even said he could be open to a rotation.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 10:48:00 AM