Bender gets to work for Iowa Western

With the loss of their leader, QB Jake Waters, to graduation Iowa Western may have found their new trigger-man in QB Tavarius Bender (6-4, 210) who bounced back after spending the spring of 2012 with Kansas State. Now that he's spent the past seven months in the Reivers' system, he hopes to continue the success they found last fall and to put himself in a position to get some D-1 offers...

Bender signed with Kansas State and enrolled early after a stellar career at Lincoln (Ne.) Southwest. However, things didn't work out and he decided to make the move last summer and hasn't looked back since.

"Things just didn't work out there for me," Bender told recently. "It was just the right move for me to leave and look at other options."

Once he decided to leave, Iowa Western became a very intriguing landing spot for him with the way that their offense is run as well as the success of Waters who threw for 3,500 passing yards while completing an NJCAA-record 73.3% of his passes with 39 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

"I liked the offense here and they are incorporating more spread-option stuff that really plays to my strengths," Bender said. "I'm a dual-threat quarterback and I'm probably at my best outside the pocket, keeping plays alive, but I can throw well from the pocket and I like to run too."

This offseason, Bender has been working on perfecting his craft by spending a lot of time on his footwork and mechanics.

"I've really been focused on my footwork and making sure that's down and where I need it to be," Bender noted. "I'm also working on getting bigger, adding some size and muscle. I want to be about 220 by the start of the season just so I can be ready for whatever I will be asked to do."

As far as recruiting is concerned, many schools might not even know that he's back on the market, so, at least at this point, it's in hybernation mode.

"I haven't really talked to any schools yet, so right now, there really isn't much to talk about," Bender said. "I'm hoping to keep our success going here and playing well and then I figure schools will get to see me and what I can do."

Bender is a good student and can leave Iowa Western at any time and he hopes to leave in December and he will have four years to play three following the 2013 football season.

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