Julius Bennett is a rising senior playmaker for Merritt Island High School.
The junior playmaker plays both wideout and defensive back for the Mustangs, but sees his most playing time on defense.
Bennett finished his junior season with 11 tackles on the Covid-19 shortened season. He also added a tackle for loss and a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The ball-hawking playmaker also nabbed 3 INT’s on the season, with one of those taken back for a touchdown.
Though his season was shorter than usual, he felt like there were some great things that happened and he has some things that he can build on.
“My junior year was very fun,” Bennett said. “I feel like I had a good learning experience this year. I was able to learn some things that I did not know, prior to this football season and that will help me as I move forward. I learned from both my coaches and my teammates.”
“I feel like we had a good year. We went undefeated in the regular season and that includes a stint in which we were quarantined and we came back and had a 45-0 shutout performance before being eliminated in the playoffs. We lost the playoff game, but I feel like next year is our year. Small Island, big dreams!”
I wanted to understand what separates Bennett from other players, besides his skills on the field and the stats that go with it. He had some great things to say.
“What makes me standout is my ability to motivate my teammates,” Bennett said. “I also make sure I lookout for everyone on the team and keep them under control. I lead by example. If they see me having fun, they have fun. I’m like the big brother on my team and I am my brothers’ keeper.”
Bennett also wanted to share a quote that means a lot to him, “It’s not the SIZE of the dog in the fight, but the size of the FIGHT in the dog”. Bennett feels like this quote applies to him as he may be small in stature, but he makes up for it with how he plays the game.
Bennett understands how important it is to dominate the classroom, as he has a 3.0 GPA, which is enough to qualify him for college ball.
It will be interesting to see just where Bennett ends up once he graduates in 2022!