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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
Nov 25 - 11:41 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
Sep 16 - 7:07 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.
Sep 14 - 9:08 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
Sep 11 - 9:33 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
Sep 10 - 8:39 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
Aug 26 - 3:50 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
Aug 23 - 3:36 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
Jul 13 - 11:56 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
Jul 12 - 9:24 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.
Jul 11 - 2:07 PM

Southeastern Louisiana CB Todd Washington (toe) worked out in front of reps from 21 NFL teams at the school's Thursday pro day.

Washington (5-foot-11 3/8, 192 pounds) still isn’t 100 percent healthy from a toe injury that robbed him of the last six games of the 2013 campaign. Estimated at "80 percent," Washington ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.68 second, logged a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, and did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds. Considering the circumstances, NFL.com's Gil Brandt opined that he "looked good in the pro-day workout."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 8:43 PM

Former Kansas junior DT Marquel Combs has dropped down to FCS level Southeastern Louisiana to continue his playing career.

Combs will be eligible to play immediately. The former top JUCO recruit in the county did not play a single snap for Kansas despite many thinking he would make a major impact. We expect him to show well with the Lions.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Kansas junior DT Marquel Combs announced his intention to transfer following his release from scholarship.

Combs is a transfer from Pierce College and was rated the top JUCO prospect from some scouting services. He only played one year of high school football but did not see any game action this season with the Jayhawks. "Marquel was a great factor in our recruitment of last year’s signing class," said head coach Charlie Weis. "We would like to wish him well in his future endeavors."
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 08:34:00 AM

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

Falcons selected Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford with the No. 60 overall pick.

The Falcons continue to fortify their secondary after using the No. 21 overall pick on Washington CB Desmond Trufant. Alford (5-10, 188) intercepted ten career passes for the Lions, including four as a senior. He ran 4.39 at the Combine and showed stellar all-around athleticism with a 40-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. The small-schooler offers starting-caliber tools, but SE Louisiana defensive coordinator Pete Golding has called Alford "a long way away mentally" from an NFL impact.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:30:00 PM


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