FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – This is not how Billy Bennett, the nation's top ranked kicker by Rivals.com, had planned on spending his week at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound three-star kicker from San Diego Torrey Pines has been injured all week and is still questionable on whether or not he'll be able to go on Thursday for the 7 p.m. EST kickoff.
"I'm going to see how I feel on Thursday," Bennett said. "I'm going to sit out and ice and do everything I can to get back. I've been working out in the pool, trying to strengthen up the muscles. I really wasn't supposed to be healed up by this time, but I'm really, really hoping I'll be able to play."
Bennett said the injury is pretty serious, but it also will heal soon.
"It's a stress injury on my left tibia, and it's the inside bone on my upper middle ankle," he said. "It'll probably will be healed in three to four weeks.
"Actually when I got invited to this game I thought I would go out and start running a lot and start practicing. I got on the treadmill, started squatting a lot and was kicking every day. I ended up just wearing it down. At first it started just as a tendon thing and I just put pressure on the problem."
Bennett said the injury has been painful, but it's also something he has learned to deal with.
"It's like bearable when I'm walking around, but I need to be on crutches and stuff so it'll heal faster," he said. "If I keep all my weight off it, it'll heal much quicker. But I can still walk on it, even though it's hurting. It's really disappointing because I really wanted to play in this game. It's definitely no fun. I'm still hoping to go on Thursday."
Bennett has been a long-time Boston College commitment. He said he's still waiting to hear from the new coaching staff since Tom O'Brien moved to N.C. State, but he said not to worry Eagle fans.
"I've not heard from the new coach at all," Bennett said. "Barry Gallup, the director of football operations, has been sending text messages wanting me to call him, but I haven't gotten around to doing it yet, but I will call pretty soon.
"I'm completely understand what's going on up there. I'm not that worried. It's not that big of a deal for me."