UCLA - Drew enters Fall camp attempting to work his way into the receiver rotation for the 2000 season...One of the best athletes on the team, he has spent most of his career at quarterback but made the switch midway through last season...Missed Spring Practice due to a back problem but will be ready for Fall camp.
1999 - On October 4, a decision was reached to switch Bennett, who started three of the first four games at quarterback, to wide receiver because of his athletic ability...On Sept. 13, Bennett was informed that he would not start against Fresno State after starting the Bruins’ first two games...Five days later, he came off the bench because of an injury to Cory Paus and helped rally the Bruins to a 35-21 victory over the Bulldogs...A week later, with Paus still sidelined, Bennett started at Stanford...He completed 19 of 31 passes versus the Cardinal for a career-best 207 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions...He also rushed 12 times for 20 yards (39 gross) and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a four-yard dash as the Bruins cut an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to three (35-32) before losing by 10...On the final play of the game, he suffered a strained right elbow when hit by a defender and was unable to throw the football throughout Arizona State week...He played just one snap against the Sun Devils, pitching on an option play...Early the following week, he made the switch to receiver...Bennett played two snaps at quarterback against California (Oct. 16), throwing an interception on a trick play, and played a handful of snaps as a receiver against Oregon State (Oct. 23)...Against Arizona on Oct. 30, he saw spot duty at quarterback, throwing two incompletions and running the option offense...Against Fresno State, with UCLA trailing 21-20, Bennett led the Bruins to back-to-back touchdowns on throws to Brad Melsby and Brian Poli-Dixon... On the night, he completed 13 of 24 passes for 176 yards and two TDs and rushed for 36 net yards on eight attempts...He also completed six of eight passes for 120 yards on third down for two touchdowns and four first downs...On the year, Bennett completed 49 of 89 passes (55.1) for 641 yards and four touchdowns...At Ohio State, he completed nine of 15 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown (67 yards to fullback Matt Stanley)...He also led a first-half field goal drive, however, he threw an interception and lost a fumble - both in the third quarter...Bennett made his first career start on Sept. 4 versus Boise State after spending the previous two seasons backing up Cade McNown...He came to UCLA as a walk-on athlete and was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the 1997 season...In his debut, Bennett started slowly, completing just two of nine passes for 12 yards in the first half...However, he completed six of seven passes for 108 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to tight end Randy Hakes, in the third quarter...In that quarter, he directed back-to-back scoring drives of 84 and 80 yards...He finished the night with eight completions on 16 attempts for 120 yards with one TD and one interception.
1998 - As a sophomore, Bennett appeared in six games as a quarterback and wide receiver...Played 13 snaps versus both Washington State and Arizona...On the year, he completed three of five passes for 24 yards and one touchdown...Against Washington State, he completed both of his attempts for 18 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown to Randy Hakes...He also made a 53-yard reception near the end of regulation in the victory over Oregon.
1997 - Appeared in six games as McNown’s backup and did a good job...On the year, he completed three of six passes for 52 yards and one touchdown...Played the entire second half of the 66-10 victory over Houston (22 snaps) and led the Bruins to two touchdowns...Completed three of four passes for 52 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown to Ryan Neufeld...His 32-yard completion to Rodney Lee to set up his TD pass was the longest of his career at the time...On the first play of the second quarter against Washington, he took the snap and handed off to McNown, who pitched to Skip Hicks for a two-yard touchdown...Played UCLA’s final two series at Texas (10 snaps)...Also played against Oregon State, California and Stanford...Awarded a scholarship at the start of the year.
1996 - Did not see action with the varsity after making the team as a non-scholarship player.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned two letters in football under coach Floyd Burnsed at Miramonte High in Orinda, CA...As a senior, he passed for 2,308 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for six additional scores...Averaged 338 yards of total offense per game...Earned first-team all-league and second-team All-Bay Area acclaim...Served as team captain and was selected MVP as senior...Miramonte won the league championship and participated in the NCS playoffs...Also lettered in basketball (three years as a point guard) and baseball (twice as a right fielder) and was first-team all-league in both sports...As a senior, he averaged 17 points per game and batted .430.
PERSONAL - Full name: Andrew Russell Bennett...Born: Aug. 26, 1978 in Berkeley, CA...Parents: Richard and Barbara Bennett...Has three younger brothers, Michael, Richie and Mark...Lists running for a 10-yard touchdown with five seconds remaining to win his senior season opener as his career highlight...Enjoys hiking and fishing...Chose UCLA for the education, location and athletic competition...Earned spot on the Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 1998 with his 3.00 GPA, Fall 1998 (3.20) and Winter 1999 (3.00)...Political Science major.
Varsity Statistics - D. Bennett
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