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Steven Bench's Fun Penn State Adventure

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Penn State players made their way to State College for the opening of summer camp, but not everybody is had a smooth travel experience.

Meet Steven Bench, your Class of 2012 quarterback from Georgia.

Bench woke up Saturday morning excited about heading to college for the first time, but he would soon find out that getting there really can be half the battle. Flight delays and mechanical issues have delayed his arrival to meet up with his new teammates.

Hard to leave home when you’re not sure when you’ll be back. Leaving to see what I can become tho. #ChasingDreams

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— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Ahhh my first flight will now take off an hour late #notwinning

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

At this point, another incoming Class of 2012 player, running back Akeel Lynch (who confirmed he is staying with Penn State yesterday)  warned Bench that he better not be too late.

Ayy what i do? You know what i do!! RT @alynch_22: @sbench12 better be here for dinner !

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

The frustrations might have been getting to the young quarterback...

I’m on the road to success and I got road rage in my whip

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

But wait, we're just getting started...

1st plane isn’t even here yet. Not lookin good for me making my next flight…

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Flight is now delayed for 3 hours. Having to rebook all my flights to state college

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Hard to leave home when you’re not sure when you’ll be back. Leaving to see what I can become tho. #ChasingDreams

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Ahhh my first flight will now take off an hour late #notwinning

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Don’t worry it gets even better. They’re sending me through the Philly airport. And lord knows me and the Philly airport don’t get along…

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Oh and for the inconvenience Delta went out of their way and gave me a whopping 18 dollars in meal vouchers. Thanks Delta. You shouldnt have

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

At this pont, Bench is clearly getting frustrated...

Aggravated < frustrated < mad < angry < heated < pissed off < irate < furious < Steven Bench

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Since when does the Tallahassee airport have delays anyways? They only have about 3 1/2 flights a day

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Even better. We won’t be taking off at 12:30 like expected. The mechanic won’t even get here until then. Then he has to fix our plane. Yes

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Now delta is giving us cookies and water for our wait. Please. Stop. This is too much ou’re making me blush

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

While stranded, one kid asked Bench a strange question...

Had a kid ask me if I was mixed with another race or if I was only white. He said He thought I coulda been part black

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Gonna miss dinner with my bros tonight <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Then some hope?

The mechanic just got here…. Yay?

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Well, actually...

Mechanic got here and checked the plane out. They just announced that our plane needs extensive repair and they don’t know when we’ll leave

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

I’m sure delta will give us a nice complimentary pack of gum or something for the inconvenience

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Flight just got canceled. Oh

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Screw delta. This is America. I’m flying American airlines #USA

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

As Bench was stuck at the airport with no way of getting anywhere, he soaked in some Olympic action on TV. Men's volleyball was on, with the Americans finding a way to go from one point from sweeping Russia to losing in five sets. Bench made an interesting observation...

So that’s where all the giant white guys go in America…. Not the NBA but Olympic Volleyball

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

Finally, back to making some progress...

JUST for my boarding pass for a 2:40 flight. Ticket got voided twice in the process. This is starting to get ridiculous.

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

But hey I’m en route to Charlotte which means I’m getting closer to Penn State

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) August 4, 2012

I tried flying home from Greensboro, North Carolina last week but had to sit through my own delays and re-routes. Instead of flying to Newark and connecting on a short plane back to Philadelphia, I was re-routed to Chicago. Here's hoping Bench doesn't experience any more hassles along the way. This all sounds like a rough way to officially start a college experience.

After this, how tough could a practice be?

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