The True Dual Threat: Xaden Benson


Carl Alexander

Two-sport phenom Xaden Benson turns heads on the diamond and football field

Meet the freak of nature known as Xaden Benson. The sophomore has been going to work on the football field, raising eyebrows with his magnificent playmaking ability. He leads the team in interceptions with two through the Dubs’ first five games. While Benson was initially a safety, his remarkable athletic nature has earned him the privilege of playing receiver as well. Not only can Benson play both sides on the football field, he is a dedicated baseball player. When he is on the diamond, he mans center field. Benson considers baseball to be his main sport and said that he did not have much football experience coming into the season. So where has his success come from? 

Benson’s first experiences in tackle football came in the 8th grade, but even this season was brief, as he sustained a lower hip injury on just his second play. He would be out for the season as a result, and in 9th grade, his parents pulled him out of football because of COVID-19. Fast-forward to his sophomore year, Benson has been asked to be the varsity starter, without any full-season starting experience. Benson attributes his physical therapy – that made him stronger and faster – to his preparation for the season. His charisma and perseverance have turned him into one of the biggest stars on the team. Linebackers Coach Eugene Fuller said “He is a tremendous athlete and a well rounded young man, who just does everything that you look for in players.”

Unlike in football, Benson has over 10 years of experience in playing baseball. Playing for Coach Rick Plante and the Diamond Dubs, Benson enjoys his time in the outfield and batter’s box. Benson claims that his skills on the diamond have allowed him to have a smooth transition to the football field, especially with the similarities between the center field position in baseball and the safety position in football. Benson said “Baseball has helped with my reaction time because as a center fielder, you have to track the ball and be good with your eyes, just like a safety.” 

Xaden Benson is quite the athlete. Despite his limited football experience, he has still been able to make a name from himself on the field with his freakish athletic abilities. Benson’s strong desire to embrace a challenge and persevere truly embodies the spirit of a Warrior. After Benson’s great start to the season, the sky seems to be the limit for 19 in black and silver heading into the rest of the season.