“If you can’t catch and block (receivers coach Lebrone Mitchell) isn’t putting you on the field,” Bennett said.
Bennett can certainly catch. He’s got six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in two games — but said there was something special about watching a teammate trounce into the end zone because of a block Bennett had to help get him there.
The 6-foot, 177-pound senior is expected to do plenty of blocking next season. Last week, Bennett committed to play for Air Force, and the Falcons run the option. He chose Air Force over Furman, Georgia Southern, Mercer and Yale.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Bennett said. “I’m blessed to have the opportunity, and now I can focus on my team, my senior year, and (to have) a winning season.”
When Bennett isn’t running routes, he’s usually blocking opposing cornerbacks with hopes that it can turn a short play into a long one. For pride, he said he and teammate Jordan Mathis like to brag on how many clean sweeps they end up getting after a game.
Most of Bennett’s yards this season came in Marietta’s 52-21 win over Newnan in the opener Aug. 23. He had 107 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His 75-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter helped to break the game open.
He was more of a blocker the following week when the Blue Devils beat Pope 63-13. And with the defense and special teams accounting for nearly half of Marietta’s points, Bennett wasn’t on the field as much.
And when Bennett is trying to get open, he’s got a mixture of speed (he runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash), hands and field awareness. His coaches refer to him as a complete player with no overbearing weaknesses.
“Marcus is a complete receiver because he played in the slot and has played on the outside,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said. “He understands what to do offensively and what the defense is trying to do. He’s also the best blocking receiver and he can also beat you deep and catch short balls over the middle.”
If Bennett does embark a career in the military, which he has expressed interest in doing, he’d be the first Bennett to do so. He went to Air Force’s summer seminar – a one-week program in which he got to live as a cadet – and also attended camp there.
“Just wanted to be ready for the military part and the school part,” Bennett said.
When he was asked about specific roles at Air Force, he said he’d be playing receiver, but doesn’t have any specific insight on what the playbook entails.