QBKurt Benkert

Virginia — ACC
  • Height: 6025
  • Weight: 214
  • Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
  • Age: 22


2017 (Redshirt Senior): Started all 12 of UVA's games ... is the first player in UVA history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in a season ... tied his 2016 season and Matt Schaub (2003) for being the quickest quarterback to 2,000 passing yards in a season, doing so in eight games ... completed 27-of-39 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in season-opening win against William & Mary ... broke the UVA record with 66 pass attempts against Indiana ... completed 39 passes against the Hoosiers, which is tied with Matt Schaub (FSU, 2003) four fourth-most completions in a single game in UVA history ... threw for 259 yards and one score against Indiana 421 against Central Michigan in 2016 ... completed 30-of-40 passing and three touchdowns against the Huskies ... his 465 yards of total offense was also a single-game school record ... for the second time he set the UVA single-game passing record with 455 passing yards against UConn, breaking his previous record of 421 ... was named ACC Offesnive Back of the Week on Sept. 25 after throwing for 273 yards and three touchdowns in a road win at Boise State ... was 24-of-43 for 182 yards and three touchdowns in UVA's home win against Duke ... also rushed five times for 17 yards ... was 19-of-31 for 249 yards and two touchdowns ... found Olamide Zaccheaus for an 81-yard touchdown, which was the fourth-longest one-play scoring drive in program history ... was 22-of-42 for 212 yards and two touchdowns at Pitt ... was 21-of-41 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns against Georgia Tech ... against the Yellow Jackets he tossed the 27-yard game-winning touchdown to Andre Levrone with 1:22 left to play in a steady rain ... was 19-of-36 for 214 yards and a touchdown at Louisville ... was 28-of-37 passing for 384 yards and four touchdowns at No. 2 Miami ... his 75-yard touchdown to Joe Reed, four overall touchdowns and 384 passing yards were all season hights against Miami ... threw for 186 yards against Virginia Tech, passing Matt Schaub's 2002 UVA single-season passing record of 2,976 yards. 

2016 (Redshirt Junior): Tied Matt Schaub (2003) for being the quickest quarterback to 2,000 passing yards in a season, doing so in eight games ... set the UVA record for passing yards in a game with 421 against Central Michigan ... his five passing touchdowns against Central Michigan are tied with four other Cavaliers for second-most all-time for a game in program history ... holds UVA record for most passing yards through career starts 4-10 ... first Cavalier quarterback to amass at least 1,000 passing yards in his first four career starts ... started 10 of UVA's 12 games ... did not play at Georgia Tech ... saw time against Virginia Tech off the bench ... led UVA with 2,552 passing yards, which ranks No. 6 all-time on UVA's single-season passing list ... his 21 passing touchdowns rank in a three-way tie with Shawn Moore (1990) and Bobby Goodman (1992) for second-most in a season by a UVA quarterback ... made UVA debut against Richmond ... was 26-of-34 for 264 yards and three touchdowns against Richmond ... his three touchdowns and 26 completions tied Mike Groh for most in UVA history by a quarterback making his first career start ... was 20-of-39 for 193 yards and two interceptions at then-No. 24 Oregon ... was 23-of-42 with 241 passing yards at UConn ... set a UVA passing record for a game with 421 yards against Central Michigan ... also matched the second-best game output in program history with five touchdowns against Central Michigan ... completed 27-of-43 passes against CMU ... was 23-of-41 for 336 yards and three touchdowns against Duke ... was 20-of-44 passing for 278 yards and one touchdown against Pitt ... found Olamide Zaccheaus on a 74-yard scoring strike in the first quarter ... was 19-of-32 for 126 yards against then-No. 22 North Carolina ... finished 25-of-39 for 238 passing yards and three touchdowns in a near upset of then-No. 5 Louisville ... found Doni Dowling on a four-yard scoring strike with 1:57 left against the Cardinals and then connected with Albert Reid for the two-point conversion to give UVA a 25-24 lead ... was 20-of-39 for 190 passing yards and two touchdowns at Wake Forest ... was 16-of-27 for 143 yards and one touchdown against Miami.

2013-2015 (at East Carolina): Is a 2016 graduate of East Carolina where he played for head coach Ruffin McNeil ... was tabbed the starting quarterback at ECU heading into the 2015 season before suffering a knee injury during fall camp on Aug. 25, 2015 ... missed the entire 2015 season ... appeared in three games during the 2014 season ... saw time against North Carolina Central, North Carolina and Florida as a reserve ... completed 8-of-10 passes for 58 yards and rushed five times for 23 yeards ... scored two rushing touchdowns and led three scoring drives in five overall (complete) series for the Pirates ... redshirted the 2013 season.

High School: Topped all Southwest Florida quarterbacks in passing yards with 2,261 as a senior at Island Coast High School ... completed 147-of-236 passes (62.3 percent), which included 20 touchdown tosses and just four interceptions to help the Gators to an 8-3 overall record and 5-1 6A District 11 mark (co-champions with South Fort Myers) ... on the ground, rushed for 300 yards on 80 carries ... ICHS advanced to the Florida High School Athletic Association 6A playoffs, but fell to eventual final-four participant Naples in the first round ... earned third-team 6A All-State honors from the Associated Press while also picking up first-team All-Area recognition from the Fort Myers News-Press ... transferred into head coach Joe Bowen’s program as a senior (from Cape Coral High School) after the Gators changed their offensive scheme from the veer to a pro-style attack, and followed by averaging 34.4 points per game in 2012 ... selected as the News-Press Player-of-the-Week (Oct. 12) after leading ICHS to a 55-0 victory over Bishop Verot ... was listed 33rd on the Orlando Sentinel’s MidWest Florida Super 60 list heading into his senior campaign ... helped lead CCHS to a 7-5 record (5-0 in league play) as a junior, completing 189-of-367 passes for 2,771 yards, 25 TDs and seven interceptions ... additionally, rushed 55 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns for coach Brad Metheny ... also served as the Seahawks’ punter, averaging 37.7 yards per boot with a long of 56 yards and 11 downed inside the 20-yard line ... named to the News-Press All-Area first team unit as a punter in 2011 ... an Honor Roll performer in the classroom ...

Personal: Born in Baltimore, Md. ... moved to Florida before entering third grade and remained there until the start of eighth grade ... returned to Maryland and helped lead Perry Hall to the state recreational football title and subsequently earned a scholarship to Loyola Blakefield (Towson) before moving back to Florida after two junior varsity seasons ... quarterbacked the Fort Myers (Fla.) Firecats to a state championship and third-place finish in the national Pop Warner playoffs while in seventh grade.