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Coach's kid has head start

Bench's upbringing, quick learning give him early leg up in race to start at QB

Updated: April 19, 2013, 3:24 PM ET
By Josh Moyer | NittanyNation

Steven Bench's father would smile when his short-haired son would uncover one of his Sharpies and start doodling blobs on paper.

That smile would widen when the son would hand those drawings back to his father, an assistant football coach, with a demand attached. No, a 6-year-old Bench didn't want them posted under magnets on the fridge. And, no, they weren't of fire-breathing dragons or whatever children who won't be confused with Monet might draw.

They were plays -- with seven blobs ...

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