Boise State DBs Coach Marcel Yates made a solid impression on Benwikere. "Coach Yates was very up-front," he stated. "He told me they only have a few scholarships to offer and they needed a CB. They offered (Bryan) Douglas at CB and wanted me at safety. We had a long talk out in front of my school about how the process would work."
Bene likes seeing the teamwork at Boise State and the ability to win the close games. "I remember watching them play Tulsa," Benwikere said. "They didn't play great, but they pulled it out. I liked how they played as a team and fought together. All I really knew before was about the blue field and how I thought it was cool since blue is my favorite color."
Benwikere (5'11, 173, 4.63) and his teammates at Junipero Serra have the biggest game of the season coming up on Friday night. They will battle powerhouse Oaks Christian in the sectional championship. Oaks Christian defeated Junipero Serra the last two seasons and Bene believes this year it will be different. "We feel like we can get them," he said. "We had a rainy day at practice today and everyone was still running around as if it was sunny. We expected to be 13-0 and to get right back to the championship. I feel that we will do just fine against them as long as we don't make any stupid mistakes," he added.
Energy and a motor that never stops running is what Bene brings to the gridiron. "I feel my job at Serra is to keep everyone hyped for practice," he said. "I just keep them energized. You have to change it up and keep everyone interested since it's a long season. Sometimes I'll just start randomly yelling and making sure people stay focused. I lead by example on game day."
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