July 2, 2009

Beno ready for camp

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are searching for the right combination of players to improve their offensive line heading into the 2009 season. There will be an open competition in the fall and one of the players hoping to get into the rotation is true freshman Ray Beno. The Newnan native will be pushing for playing time at both the guard and center spots.

So far, with workouts in the early phase Beno is getting used to life in college and working on his body. He is currently six-foot-two and 305 pounds.

"It has been great being here and it is definitely different being on my own," Beno said. "I am trying to get used to and I am trying to get settled in, but it is definitely great."

Beno says the additional weight he has added should help him adjust to what offensive line coaches Mike Sewak and Todd Spencer want from him.

"I am comfortable with my size as long as I can still move, which I can," Beno said. "With all the line, coach Sewak told us we will start at center to see if we can snap. If we can we will stay and if we can't then we will move to other places."

Beno would be happy to stay at center or move to guard.

"I am fine with being a center," Beno said. "There will definitely be a tough competition between all of us and it will be good for us."

After signing day, Beno followed the coaches' workout plan exclusively to make sure he was ready for summer workouts and fall camp.

"I have been working out everyday since signing day with the exception of weekends and Wednesdays which was part of our plan," he said. "I have been working hard in the weight room and running and all of that stuff."

Beno has a pair of fellow freshmen lineman and a freshman walk-on as roommates. He is enjoying that aspect of his college life as well as dealing with the football part.

"I am rooming with walk-on Tyler Jarry, Will Jackson and Jay Finch," Beno said. "They are a great bunch of guys. "I am excited to see what is out there and to see what the competition is."

Beno feels the competition for playing time will also push him to new heights and hopefully others as well.

"My goal for my first year is to fight for a starting spot; I will be out there getting after it," he said. "Everybody comes in with the same attitude of trying to play right away. I am coming with the same attitude and I want to get bigger, faster and stronger in the weight room. I will do what I have to do."

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