Folsom Athlete of the Week: Kaiden BennettBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Most every good football team has a good quarterback, and Folsom is no exception.
In fact, the Bulldogs have featured among the best quarterback play year in and year out for the last decade in the Sacramento area. Junior Kaiden Bennett, in his first season as a varsity starter, has put together a magnificent season in leading a Bulldog offense that is averaging 48 points per game. Bennett has thrown for 4,109 yards and 53 touchdowns, while completing 66 percent of his passes. He also leads the team with 1,079 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.
“I’m thrilled with how Kaiden has progressed,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “I knew he was a great athlete, but he’s improved his arm strength and accuracy. He had some tough games against Sac High and Del Oro, but he’s learned from those games and has been fantastic. He’s done an incredible job.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after high school?
Kaiden Bennett: After high school, I would like to go compete at the college level and have some success there.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
KB: My life revolves around sports. I grew up into sports with having two older brothers and my dad being a football coach. At a young age, I would go to all of my brothers’ sporting events and watch them.
FT: How long have you been playing football and how did you get your start in it?
KB: I’ve been playing football since the age of 4 or 5. I got my start in football from being around the game all the time as a little guy. I loved it. I wanted to be like my brothers.
FT: Do you have any pre-game rituals? If so, explain.
KB: Just listening to music.
FT: You have had a great season, both individually and as a team. Are you at all surprised at how well you’ve played, given it’s your first year as a varsity quarterback? What do you attribute your success to?
KB: No, I’m not at all surprised. I’m more surprised at how much better I can get. Football is my life so I feel that I can always find success in it. But this success comes from the offseason preparation that I do and striving to get better every game.
FT: What do you enjoy the most about the spread offense?
KB: What I love most about the spread offense is the many ways you can attack the defense. Running the spread offense has an answer for any defense you may play against.
FT: The skill players at Folsom get a lot of publicity. Talk about the five linemen that at play in front of you and allow you and the other skill players to do their thing.
KB: My line is incredible. They are the reason our team has been able to make the big plays we have. They know that in order for us to win they have to play at a high level and they do that every game.
FT: What’s your favorite class at Folsom and why?
KB: I don’t really have a favorite class. All of my teachers are pretty good so it’s pretty even.
FT: Favorite Food?
KB: My favorite food is anything my mom makes. She puts it down in the kitchen.
FT: Favorite music?
KB: I like all types of music.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
KB: R.I.P. my boy hero.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
KB: In my free time, I’m usually hanging with my brothers. We are always out doing something.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
KB: What inspires me most is making my family and friends proud. Also the fact the one day my parents won’t have to work another day in their life. And lastly that I could help people better themselves.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
KB: I want to be a quarterback in the NFL.