October 23, 2007
Bennett weighing professional options
When Martellus Bennett signed with Texas A&M three years ago out of Alief Taylor High School as the top player in Texas and the top tight end in the nation, not many people felt he would play all four years in Aggieland. At 6-foot-7 and 237 pounds when he came out of high school, Bennett first put a scare in Aggie fans that he might not make it to College Station at all when he threw his name into the NBA Draft.
Bennett eventually took his name out of the NBA Draft, and then after a full season and a few weeks of playing basketball at A&M he gave up the game to focus solely on football. It's no doubt to anyone that the NFL is the cash cow awaiting Bennett in the future.
But when he signed with A&M in 2005, the Aggies had a quarterback named Reggie McNeal who had just completed a junior season in which he had passed for 2,791 yards (232.6 per game) for 14 touchdowns with just four interceptions. McNeal also had 718 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground as the Heisman hype started to grow early heading into the 2005 season, which just so happened to be Bennett's freshman season. A season no one expected to see Bennett redshirt, and one where he would just add to the weapons in McNeal's arsenal.
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