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Bench bonus: More on USF's new QB



A few leftover morsels from our profile of new USF starting QB Steven Bench, who leads the Bulls into Saturday's home game against No. 15 Miami:

* He and his dad both are named Steven, but possess different middle names. Steven Lindale Bench says his son, Steven Eugene, is middle-named after his grandfathers.

* The night before every game, Bench neatly lays out every article of clothing and equipment he'll wear the next day, from jerseys to pants to girdles to mouthpieces.

"That's how he'd go about his business every Thursday night (in high school)," said Steven Lindale Bench, who recently retired after 3 1/2 decades as a prep football coach.

"In my experience over 30 years, there are a lot of guys that get on that bus, and don't have everything they're supposed to have."

* According to the elder Bench, son and dad were not recruited from Bainbridge High to nearby Cairo for Steven's senior year. To the contrary, Steven Lindale Bench says, he was offered an assistant's job at Cairo in 2011, but wouldn't move without his son.

"I left it completely up to him, because I wasn't about to move him his senior year," the dad said. "I did that as a senior in high school; that's tough.

"I said, 'Look, if you want to go I'll take this job. If you don't want to go we'll stay right here and run the veer and be successful and all those things.' Athletically, he was real excited about going. He made that decision quickly."

* The elder Bench, not an advocate of kids playing football prior to puberty, nonetheless allowed Steven to compete for a local travel team at age 9 because a lot of his friends were on the team. Its first game: in the Georgia Dome, at halftime of a Falcons contest.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:03am]


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