New Canaan football’s Alex Benevento returns with new perspective – CT Insider

It was not where he really wanted to be.

During week one, in the second quarter of the Rams’ win over Xavier, Benevento’s season ended when he broke his arm, leading to a spot on the sidelines for the next 12 games.

The disappointing scenario provided the Rams’ football and baseball star with some perspective on the sport.

“Football is honestly super-fun for me, so it was hard at first,” Benevento said. “Once you’re on the sidelines and you see how much fun your teammates are having, it’s hard not to enjoy it for them.”

Missing last year also has Benevento, now a captain, loving every minute of his senior season, something that was clear during a practice on Friday at Dunning Field.

“After last year, I’m just happy to be back playing the game that I love,” Benevento said. “It’s so much fun to be back out here.”

New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said whatever the “It” factor is for a star player, Benevento has it.

Before the near complete wipeout of his junior season, Benevento had started at wide receiver as a sophomore, making 19 catches for 252 yards and two TDs, and rushing 16 times for 55 yards. He also made eight tackles on a safety on defense.

An All-State outfielder for the Rams’s baseball team during the spring, Benevento has committed to play that sport at Brown. The senior said he loves the city of Providence, RI, where the school is located, and connected well with the coaching staff, led by head coach Grant Achilles.

“It was the balance of the education you get at Brown along with a really great baseball program,” Benevento said. “I liked the way they went about explaining their philosophy of baseball and I have a similar way of playing the game.”

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