2021 will be Alejandro Bennifield’s second season with the Pirates. In his rookie year he appeared in 4 games, completing 18 of 33 passing attempts for 180 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Bennifield compiled most of these stats in a game he started against the New York Streets. Before joining the Pirates, Bennifield’s first pro stop was minicamp with the New Orleans Saints. After that he played briefly for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football and took snaps in Jacksonville, Florida as part of the Your Call Football League where fans call plays. Bennifield is known for his tremendous arm talent and ability to run.
Bennifield was a preseason second team All-SoCon selection and team captain in 2017, his senior year at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Coming off a strong junior year, where the Mocs finished 9-4, 6-2 in conference, there were high hopes for a strong season. Unfortunately, he missed the entire season as a result of an injury.
As a junior in 2016 Bennifield had his best college season. He completed 213 passes on 331 attempts and threw 26 touchdown passes next to only 7 interceptions. He also rushed for nearly 600 yards and 6 scores. His 65% completion percentage was good for third in SoCon and tenth in the FCS. Against Presbyterian, Bennifield went 11 for 15 for 279 yards and 4 scores. He was named CFPA National Performer of the Week as a result. At season’s end Bennifield was named Second Team All-SoCon.
In 2015, as a sophomore, Bennifield saw playing time in 12 games. While he only threw 8 attempts all season as a second stringer to starter Jacob Huesman, Bennefield did rush for 150 yards on 19 attempts. He even punted 15 times, with his best sailing 61 yards. As a freshman Bennefield played in 6 games, combining his passing, running, and receiving skills. Bennefield had 4 carries for 70 yards against VMI and he tossed touchdown passes in 2 games on the season. Bennifield will be entering his age-26 season with the Pirates.