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Jackets In College: Lee Bennett, Mercer University (GA)

Lee Bennett Will Make Collegiate Debut On ESPN3 Tonight
For Mercer U.

By Gerald Lacey
Senior Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Macon, Ga. - Former Jackets standout Lee Bennett will start his college football career tonight when
Mercer University hosts Reinhardt University in the season opener. When Bennett made his decision to
attend Mercer he stated that he chose Mercer because of it's coaching staff and facilities. He had no
idea that his family, friends and fans would get a chance to see all of his home games on national TV
as an added bonus for signing with Mercer.

As part of a growing relationship, Mercer University and ESPN have announced that all seven home
games for the Bears’ 2014 football season will be carried live on ESPN3.
Bennett will be a part of a historic feat for Mercer, as it will launch its first college football event and the
first university-produced college football game to be carried on an ESPN network.

"We believe an agreement with ESPN3 is a valuable asset from a visibility perspective," Mercer Director
of Athletics Jim Cole said. "The network affords us the opportunity to display our campus, facilities and
student-athletes in a first-class manner to a large viewership."

Bennett has impressed the Bears coaching staff with his performance during preseason camp despite
being slowed by a hamstring issue. The Bears returned all 11 starters from last year's defense but that
hasn't stop the true freshmen LB from making a impact right away on the Macon Ga. campus. Bennett
has moved up to the second team on depth as a ILB.

"He is doing well. Inside Linebackers Coach Grant Cain in interview with Gerald Lacey. He will play this
season and not redshirt. He has battled a hamstring issue, so his reps will be limited."

As a senior Bennett Led the Yellow Jackets to an 8-4 record and a district championship in 2013. He
was later named FHSAA 6A Third Team All-State recognition as a utility player.

GAMEDAY LINEUP

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Teams: Mercer (0-0) vs. Reinhardt (0-0)
Location: Macon, Ga.
Stadium: Mercer University Stadium (10,200)
TV:
ESPN3
TV Talent: Dan Matthews (Play-by-Play), D.J. Shockley (Analyst), Hannah Chalker (Sideline)
Radio:
New Country 96.5 | iHeartRadio
Radio Talent: Rick Cameron (Play-by-Play), Roger Jackson (Analyst), Megan Trammell (Sideline)
Livestats:
MercerBears.com
Twitter: @MercerFootball



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com