BENNETT'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Attended Forks High, class of 2001...coached by Terry Jensen, where he played running back, linebacker and returned kicks...also participated in basketball and track...as a FRESHMAN earned honorable mention all-league...SOPHOMORE year was the first sophomore captain in school history...all-league first team as a running back and second team as a linebacker...rushed for 1,224 yards and 12 touchdowns...earned all-academic honors for football and basketball...JUNIOR season earned league's offensive player of the year honors...first team all-league at linebacker...Forks High School Scholar Athlete of the Year...league all-academic honors in football and basketball...as a SENIOR named the 2A Washington Player of the Year by the Associated Press, USA Today, Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune and Washington Prep Football Report and to each outlet's All-State team as a running back...an honorable mention Northwest Nugget by the TNT...a Prep Star honoree for the west region...Wendy's Heisman Prep Award for Washington state...west coast All-American...honored by faces in the crowd in Sports Illustrated...rushed for 2,448 yards and scored 30 touchdowns on offense and had 148 tackles on defense...during the regular season had 1,674 yards, 23 touchdowns and an 8.3 yard average...prep career rushing total of 5,420 yards and scored 65 touchdowns...his rushing total ranks fourth on the State career list...league MVP...first team all-league at linebacker and running back...named a Red Chip Tier I recruit by the Seattle Times...also selected to the Super Prep Far West team.
FRESHMAN (2001-02): V-letter...Games - 9...Starts - 0...was on red-shirt status through the first three games, but injuries to several linebackers forced him to action at Arizona...made four tackles at Stanford and three against Oregon...also on special team units...earned the following weekly team awards: OSU/Big Hit; Stanford/Specialist of the Week; MSU/Big Hit/Special Teams Big Play.
SOPHOMORE (2002-03): V-letter...Games - 13...Starts - 5...averaged five stops over the last seven games...started five late-season games for the injured Al Genatone...made three tackles in the opener against Nevada...replaced Genatone early in the Stanford game and finished with a season-high six tackles...came back with five stops at Arizona and four against ASU, then a career high seven tackles against Oregon...had six tackles at UCLA...made five stops with one TFL against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl...earned the following weekly team awards: Big Hit - Nevada, Ohio State; Most Disciplined Special Teams - Ohio State; Gamebreaker - Ohio State, California; Cougar Claw - California; Assassin - California; Defensive Pursuit - Stanford; Cougar Tackler - Arizona.
JUNIOR (2003-04): V-letter...Games - 13...Starts - 0...earned the following weekly team awards: Cougar Claw - Oregon, Pac-10 Defense - ASU, Big Hit - ASU... Pac-10 All-Academic first team; Suffered a shoulder injury in fall camp that limited his practice time...cleared in time for Idaho opener; Made four tackles at Oregon and against Arizona State and two tackles in three other games...caused one fumble against Idaho and one against ASU; Returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown against the Sun Devils...made one tackle in WSU's Holiday Bowl win over Texas.
Patrick (Pat) Bennett...born November 9, 1982 in Forks, Wash....parents James and Rachel Bennett...father is a computer consultant and mother a teacher...one brother Andy who played defensive end for Boise State...earned two gold medals for family career and community leaders of America...attended a national youth leaders conference...prep GPA 4.0...interested in hotel and restaurant major...both of his parents attended WSU...long list of schools interested in tripping Bennett, including Duke, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Hawaii, Stanford and Washington.