Bennett Could Camp At PSU

Maryland running back Auctavius Bennett saw his junior season end with an injury. But he is planning a busy spring and summer.

Class of 2012 running back Auctavius Bennett of Maryland was getting ready for a big junior season until a freak injury slowed the talented athlete.

Bennett was working out for the season ahead and was running the 40 when he felt something strange in his leg. He remembers he wasn't planning to run too hard but with a desire to push through the pain and push toward full fitness, he made the hard run despite the pain.

Then it happened.

"In the middle of my 40, I heard a big snap and I could barely walk after that — I was in severe pain," Bennett said. "After getting the MRI that night the doctor said that I had a interior spine fracture meaning my muscle ripped off a piece of the bone on my hip. "

So Bennett is now going to focus on getting back to health and stronger while he is away from the game. He's a down-to-earth person who is taking the injury in stride and says it has happened for a reason. He hopes to be healthy for this spring to make the camp and combine circuit. He has an invite to Penn State's summer camp for next year.

"I'm hoping to learn more about them and I like that they're a big school and a big program and I'd like to talk more with them, " Bennett said.

Born in Texas, Bennett has received interest from Texas, Tulsa, Maryland, Rutgers and Cincinnati, and said he is interested in all those programs as well. He boasts a 3.4 GPA and he said that Penn State is a place that has impressed them with its tradition and academics.

"They are a well-rounded school with a lot of tradition and I want to find out more about them," Bennett said.

Bennett is being recruited as a running back, but with his top speed, is also offering versatility by being able to return kicks on special teams. Bennett said he will be back and healthy for his senior season, if only because of his work ethic.

"I will work hard and make sure that I succeed," Bennett said. "I am determined to get what I deserve and I believe that if you work hard for something and do right that you should get it."

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