Dec. 6, 2013
The way you practice is the way you play. So it's no surprise then that Kelvin Benjamin is having the year he is with the amount of work he put in this offseason.
"Just getting myself tired," said Kelvin Benjamin. "Having it in my mind that I'm not tired, just pushing through the tiredness and just trying to shed off more weight and being consistent in all my catches."
Benjamin has always had the potential, and some chalk up this off seasons preparation to just growing up.
"I think it's just mentality," said Rashad Greene. "He finally got it going on. It was just a matter of time."
"It was just part of his maturing process," said Jimbo Fisher. "He's a red shirt sophomore, he's only played about four years of football and he's really emerging and developing and think he has the potential to be a tremendously good player."
Fans have seen glimpses of that greatness throughout his career and especially this year, eclipsing in a career game. But being the first Seminole with over 200 yards receiving in a game since 2003 and hauling in an ACC best nine receptions including three touchdowns came as no surprise.
"He showed the world what we knew he could do all along." said Mario Edwards Jr.
"A lot of people know he can be a great receiver, "said Greene. "But most importantly as long as he knows and keeps working the way he's working, everything will work out for him."
"I knew what he could do," said Devonta Freeman. "Sometimes I think we get caught up in not knowing the talent we have, that's why the coaches are on us so hard. But I remember telling [Benjamin] I don't think you know what you got."
Jameis Winston sure does. Benjamin has been a target for Winston all year long completing 12 touchdown between the two in 12 games.
"KB is a freak," said Jameis Winston. "He can do some things others can't just because of his stature, just because of his athleticism. He's a tough guy. He's not going to let anyone hold him, he's not going to take anything from anyone. He's amazing."
And not a lot of other teams have what he's got. It gives Benjamin a bit of an advantage because it's hard to prepare for a receiver of his size.
"A team can't even plan for him," said P.J. Williams. "I don't know any other scout team that has a player like him that they can go against. He's a great player."
Despite the praises and stats, Benjamin says he had been working for a performance like the one in Gainesville but there is a lot of room for improvement left.
"I feel like I prepared all year for that game," said Benjamin. "It's over now, you got to put it past you. You don't want to get satisfied. There were mistakes in that game that I had and I can get even better."