Jordan Matthews has put together one hell of a 2012 season so far, but he's still nearly 100 receptions behind the man they call Agent Orange when it comes to the Vanderbilt - and SEC - all-time receiving record. Earl Bennett carved out a prolific career in just three years at Vandy, catching at least 75 yards in each season and teaming up with Jay Cutler to beat Tennessee in Neyland Stadium as a freshman. Now, he's been reunited with Cutler in Chicago, where he's become an invaluable presence out of the slot for an 8-3 Bears team.
His accomplishments haven't gone unnoticed outside of the midwest, either. This November, Bennett was named Deuce's Athlete of the Month, a honor that includes the creation of a signature Agent Orange watch. Fortunately for us, the kind folks over at Deuce were able to get a hold of Earl so we could ask him a few questions about his professional career.
1. Has playing with a handful of former teammates and Vanderbilt alumni with the Bears (or Vanderbilt-North) helped your adjustment to the professional game?
EB: Crucial. Look at what Oregon has. Look at Alabama, Florida, Texas, LSU have. They all have state of the art facilities that, on their own, win recruiting battles. If you want to be competitive in college football you have to have top of the line facilities.
Many thanks to Earl Bennett for taking the time to field our questions. That won't be all that we'll have in store with Mr. Bennett and his signature watch, so stick around AoG in the next few days to find out how you can win an Agent Orange watch of your own.