Trevon Bennett is still waiting for his chance, and he may have to wait one more year. A Riverdale Baptist graduate, Bennett is a rising sophomore quarterback at Bowie State University as the Division II Bulldogs get ready to begin practice later this month. Bennett was a true freshman last season and played behind starting quarterback Clifton Budd, who returns this season as a senior after throwing for 1,538 yards last year.

“I want to be the No. 1 backup,” Bennett told Patch on Tuesday. “The hopes are real high going into the season.”

“We had a better turnout this year than last year,” he said. “Everyone is on the same page this year. And after attending eight weeks of summer workouts at Bowie State, “everything is going pretty well.”

The Bulldogs open the season Sept. 3 at Assumption in Worcester, MA. The first home game for Bowie State is 1 p.m., Sept. 10 against Benedict College. Last year, Bowie State went 6-4 overall and won its last four games after starting out the season 0-3. Jason Woodman, the first-year offensive coordinator for Bowie State, said Tuesday that Bennett has a strong work ethic and is in position to be the backup behind Budd, who is from Silver Spring Bennett, who is from Fort Washington, is listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He is a sports management major. “Trevon is improving,” Woodman said Tuesday. “As far as picking up the system, he is maturing from a game-management standpoint. He is getting better every day. He is a kid who will work hard and it shows. He is getting bigger. He is getting stronger. He is on track.” Bennett played quarterback, safety and linebacker as a senior at Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro after transferring from Paul VI High in Fairfax, VA. He also ran track at Riverdale Baptist. He said prior to his senior year of high school he was getting attention from football programs at Division I-AA Richmond, Morgan State and Marist of New York. But his stock fell after his senior year of football and he signed with Bowie State after gaining attention from other Division II programs such as Virginia State and Virginia Union.

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