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31 Elijah Benton

Class: R-Junior Position: S Height: 6-1 Weight: 205 Previous School: Liberty Christian Academy Hometown: Forest, Va.

2017 (R-So.):
• Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Played in all 11 games, starting the final four games at free safety
• Finished the year with 31 tackles (22 solo, nine assisted)
• Ninth on the team with 22 solo stops
• Recorded two solo tackles during Liberty's season-opening win at Baylor
• Posted a career-best eight tackles, including five solo stops, during a road win over Gardner-Webb
• Finished with seven tackles, including five solo stops, against Duquesne
• Registered seven stops, including four solo tackles, in season finale at Charleston Southern

2016 (R-Fr.):
• Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Played in each of Liberty's first 10 games of season before missing the finale at No. 16 Coastal Carolina
• Made 13 total tackles (five solo, eight assisted)
• Recorded three tackles (two solo, one assisted) in first career game at Virginia Tech
• Posted two solo stops at Presbyterian
• Tied season high with three tackles (one solo, two assisted) against No. 14 Charleston Southern
• Received team's Samkon Gado award during spring practice in 2016, given to the most improved special teams player

Prep:
• Native of Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va.
• Two-time Highest Honors award winner (junior and senior year)
• Presidential Award winner as a senior
• First-team all-state, team MVP, and Jason Brown Inspirational Player Award winner as a senior

Personal:
• Son of Gregory and Amanda Benton
• Brother, Greg, played football at Emory & Henry
• Majoring in digital media
• Birthday is Sept. 5