Fort Lewis College football typically doesn’t get a high number of transfers from the Big Ten Conference – stars, scout teamers or otherwise.
Jordan Benton, however, bucked that trend by trading in East Lansing, Mich. for Durango.
Benton, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver, will suit up for the Skyhawks in the fall after spending the last three years as a scout team contributor at Michigan State.
“Jordan has already competed at the top level of college football at Michigan State and knows what it takes to be successful,” FLC head coach Cesar Rivas-Sandoval said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “We’re looking to have that be contagious with his new teammates. He has shown me up to this point that he truly wants to be a part of something special, a place where he can make a difference.”
Since Benton didn’t see game action during his time as a Spartan, he retains all four years of eligibility at the Division II level should he choose to use them.
Benton was a two-time Michigan State Scout Team Player of the Week, both in November of last year. On Nov. 26, he was tabbed for his work on offense after being selected for his special teams work Nov. 5.
His time spent working against some of the best the Big Ten has to offer has Rivas thinking big for his new recruit.
“Jordan has all of the athletic potential of any top-level wide receiver in the (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference),” Rivas said.
Benton joins an offense that ranked sixth in the RMAC in passing last year, averaging 210.6 yards per game in the air as part of a league-low 251.1 yards per game output.
Starting quarterback Tim Jenkins returns for his senior year after averaging 221.7 yards passing per game before missing time at the end of the season because of injury.
Benton joins a receiving corps that returns leading receiver Jonathan Price, who caught 44 balls for 546 yards a season ago, and the capable hands of Blaise Cuban and Doyle Bode, who caught 35 and 29 passes last year, respectively.
A total of 18 different Skyhawks caught passes last season.
FLC will play Cole College in an exhibition Sept. 1 in Boulder.