Trey Benson may be a newcomer to Florida, but the transfer runner already feels confident in his return to the football field.

Benson joined the Seminoles program after two challenging seasons in Oregon, where he struggled to get back in shape after a significant knee injury in December 2020. In the first year he was in a red shirt after rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, lateral meniscus and medial meniscus.

Last season, he appeared in 10 games for the Ducks, finishing with 22 yards and a six-touch landing before moving to the transfer portal in January and signing with the FSU a week later.

For the first three weeks of spring camp he felt old.

“I’m getting better every day,” Benson said after practice on Tuesday. “My confidence has been overwhelming since I’ve been here.”

Work to get back on the field paid off for the 6-foot back who scored a touchdown during the team’s second bout last Saturday.

“The last fight was when I felt again,” Benson added. “I did cuts with my right foot without any problems and I couldn’t do that five months ago. I feel more explosive than I was before I got hurt. ”

Benson joins a group of runners with diverse skills led by Thrashon Ward, Lawrence Toafili, DJ Williams, CJ Campbell and Rodney Hill. With the departure of Yashan Corbin, who announced early for the NFL Draft, the Seminoles are seeking to identify some of the first participants.

“I bring speed and power,” Benson said. “Tre is changeable – he and LT – and they are bringing me to justice. CJ and DJ are like bowling balls, but they are both very good. Rodney will be very good, and he just scratches the surface.

Wright returned to campus

An interesting kind of football program over the past couple of weeks has been Winston Wright Jr. The junior receiver in a red shirt returned to campus after being involved in a serious car accident in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, during spring break.

This spring, Wright will miss a long period as he recovers from a serious injury sustained during the March 19 accident.

“He was in meetings and did his rehabilitation well,” Norwell said. “We are glad he is here. He’s here [in meetings] making sure he gets these mental repetitions.

“I know he stressed how grateful I am, and the day he returned to Tallahassee, it was a real joy. He had one day to settle, and then suddenly he came back for a meeting and was studying. He is also excited about his return. “

After three seasons with climbers Wright joined the program as a transition from West Virginia in January. He was one of four transfer recipients who signed a contract with the Seminoles in the off-season.

Norwell did not disclose Wright’s return schedule, only saying in March that the Georgian native would need to undergo rehabilitation.

Format for spring game

Florida’s spring game “Granet and Gold” on Saturday will have a similar format as last year, in the Seminoles will be a format of attack against defense.

“We’re not going to split into two separate teams,” Norwell said. “We will have a good job and it will be very similar to last year. We’re going to be playing situations in how we work and how we move, and we’re going to do some fun things. ”

The game will start at 17:00 at Doak Campbell Stadium and will be broadcast by ACC Network.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Write to Matt Murchel at mmurschel@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on Twitter at @osmattmurschel.

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