Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Open Second Week Of Drills In Shells
Pirates Conduct First Full-Pad Practice
Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2013 and joined Pirates for spring drills, thus signed a grant-in-aid with the program instead of a letter-of-intent (per NCAA policy) ... Completed seven-of-14 passes for 78 yards and was intercepted once during his first collegiate scrimmage on April 6 ... Followed with a three-of-five, 49-yard effort in the second contest (April 13) ... Was six-of-13 for 75 yards and a TD during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Connected with Antonio Cannon on a 32-yard scoring strike.
High School: Topped all Southwest Florida quarterbacks in passing yards with 2,261 as a senior at Island Coast High School ... Completed 147-of-236 passes (62.3 percent), which included 20 touchdown tosses and just four interceptions to help the Gators to an 8-3 overall record and 5-1 6A District 11 mark (co-champions with South Fort Myers) ... On the ground, rushed for 300 yards on 80 carries ... ICHS advanced to the Florida High School Athletic Association 6A playoffs, but fell to eventual final-four participant Naples in the first round ... Earned Third-Team 6A All-State honors from the Associated Press while also picking up First-Team All-Area recognition from the Fort Myers News-Press ... Transferred into head coach Joe Bowen's program as a senior (from Cape Coral High School) after the Gators changed their offensive scheme from the veer to a pro-style attack, and followed by averaging 34.4 points per game in 2012 ... Selected as the News-Press Player-of-the-Week (Oct. 12) after leading ICHS to a 55-0 victory over Bishop Verot ... Was listed 33rd on the Orlando Sentinel's MidWest Florida Super 60 list heading into his senior campaign ... Helped lead CCHS to a 7-5 record (5-0 in league play) as a junior, completing 189-of-367 passes for 2,771 yards, 25 TDs and seven interceptions ... Additionally, rushed 55 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns for coach Brad Metheny ... Also served as the Seahawks' punter, averaging 37.7 yards per boot with a long of 56 yards and 11 downed inside the 20-yard line ... Named to the News-Press All-Area First Team unit as a punter in 2011 ... An Honor Roll performer in the classroom.
Personal: Full name is Kurt John Benkert ... Born July 17, 1995 at Baltimore, Md. ...Moved to Florida before entering third grade and remained there until the start of eighth grade ... Returned to Maryland and helped lead Perry Hall to the state recreational football title and subsequently earned a scholarship to Loyola Blakefield (Towson) before moving back to Florida after two junior varsity seasons ... Quarterbacked the Fort Myers (Fla.) Firecats to a state championship and third-place finish in the national Pop Warner playoffs while in seventh grade ...Earned ECU Dean's List standing for work during the 2013 spring semester.