Stamps' Fred Bennett knows Darian Durant well

Calgary Stampeders Fred Bennett celebrates after knocking down a pass.

Calgary Stampeders Fred Bennett celebrates after knocking down a pass.

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

About an hour and 45 minutes inland from the South Carolina coastline sits the city of Florence.

Population: 37,326.

Forty-five minutes south, down the I-95, sits the city of Manning.

Population: 4,079.

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant, 30, grew up throwing touchdown passes in Florence.

Calgary Stampeders cornerback Fred Bennett, 29, grew up picking off passes in Manning.

Durant is no mystery to the Stamps second-year ballhawk.

“Me and him were from the same area, and I just know I used to always hear his name and see his name in the paper and stuff,” Bennett said.

“I knew he played at (the University of) North Carolina, and then I never knew what happened to him until I came over here last year. I was like, ‘Oh, he’s over here, OK.’

“Me and him talked on the field after a game or two we played. It’s good to see him doing good — I’m proud of him.”


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