HAMMOND — Looking to fill a void created by the loss of his team’s top two quarterbacks to graduation, Southeastern Louisiana University football coach Ron Roberts announced Tuesday the addition of University of Oregon transfer Bryan Bennett to the 2013 roster.
Bennett, a 6-foot-3, 204-pound junior, will have two years of eligibility remaining at Southeastern, a Division I FCS school and member of the Southland Conference. The Encino, Calif., native is immediately eligible to play in the 2013 season and will participate in spring practice which begins Feb. 25.
“The biggest thing Bryan’s going to bring to the table is that he’s a dual threat,” Roberts said. “Bryan has played in some big-time games and has a great ability to run the football. He’s got a great arm and has played at the highest level of college football. We’re excited about what he’s going to bring, both athletically and leadership wise, to the football team.”
In two seasons with the Ducks, Bennett played in 18 games as the backup quarterback to Darron Thomas in 2011 and Marcus Mariota in 2012. At Southeastern,
Bennett will compete with returning players Jordan Barnett and Brian Ensminger to fill the void left by graduated starter Nathan Stanley (a former Ole Miss transfer) and backup Brian Young, who started in 2011.
“That (quarterback) was one area we needed to address in the offseason and we wanted to get some more depth in here,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to see how the guys compete this spring. That’s the one position that makes this team go around. If you have competition at the quarterback spot, it brings out the best in everybody.”
Bennett played in 10 games for Oregon in 2012, finishing as the team’s fifth-leading rusher (165 yards) while scoring six touchdowns and helping the Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State and No. 2 ranking in the final national polls. He rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns in a win over Colorado while rushing for a pair of TDs against Tennessee Tech and a TD against Arizona.
Lady Lions get Mich. transfer
HAMMOND — Former Michigan point guard Aquashia Anderson has transferred to Southeastern Louisiana, coach Lori Davis Jones announced Tuesday.
Anderson, who spent the past two seasons at Michigan, will be eligible to play for the Lady Lions after the fall 2013 semester and will complete her eligibility following the 2014-15 season.
The Meridian, Miss. native sat out last season as a freshman at Michigan and saw limited action at the start of this season. She came to Ann Arbor after earning four all-district selections at Meridian High School.
A member of the Mississippi “Dandy Dozen,” she was rated the No. 4 player in the Class of 2011 in the FILA High School Rankings.
She was an all-state performer and represented MHS in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.
Anderson’s new teammates will be back in action on Thursday, hosting Southland Conference foe Sam Houston State at 5:15 p.m. in the University Center. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and LionSports.net, where live video and stats will be available. The game will also air on a tape delay on the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18).
Thursday will also be Jam the Jungle in the UC, as students will receive free food and t-shirts, as well as the opportunity to compete for cash prizes. Fans will receive trading cards featuring the Southeastern coaching staff as available, courtesy of PRIDE.