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    Arrelious Benn
    9 Arrelious Benn
    Hometown:
    Washington, D.C.

    High School:
    Dunbar

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 220

    Position:
    WR

    Birthdate:
    09/08/1988

    Lettered:
    2007-09

    10/18/2008

    Indiana vs. Illinois

    Images from the Indiana vs. Illinois match up on Saturday, October 18.2008 (all non-AP photos by Mark Jones or Gary Anderseon).

    09/06/2008

    Illinois Routs Eastern Illinois, 47-21

    Illinois Routs Eastern Illinois in the 2008 Home Opener

    Awards & Honors
    • 2009 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
    • 2008 First-Team All-Big Ten
    • 2008 Fourth-Team All-America
    • 2008 Illinois Team MVP
    • Topped 1,000 yards receiving in 2008
    • 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
    • Caught a pass in 36 of 37 games played

    Career Records

    • Ranks fifth on the Illinois career receptions list with 159
    • His 3,613 career all-purpose yards rank fourth in school history
    • Ranks sixth in Illinois career receiving yards with 2,221
    • Ranks seventh in school history with five career 100-yard receiving games
    • His 996 career kickoff return yards are sixth in school history

    BENN Action Photo Gallery

    After Illinois: Picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft (39th overall).

    2009: Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... Ranks fifth in the Big Ten in kickoff return average with 26.5 yards per return ... Led team with two receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown in the season finale vs. Fresno State ... Had three catches for 59 yards at No. 5 Cincinnati ... Led team with four receptions for 31 yards against Northwestern ... Had three catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in win over Minnesota ... Had one catch for 11 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury ...Totaled three catches for 16 yards at Purdue ... Had season-best day with nine catches for 95 yards against Indiana ... Caught three passes for 38 yards vs. Michigan State ... Posted a season-best five catches for 96 yards, including a long of 49 yards against Penn State ... Hauled in four receptions for 33 yards against Ohio State ... Missed most of the season opener with an ankle injury. Played in the first series only.

    2008: Named fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele Magazine ... Earned first-team All- Big Ten honors by the media and second-team honors by the coaches ... Started and played in all 12 games at receiver ... Posted 1,668 all-purpose yards, which is the third best single-season performance in school history ... Had 67 receptions, fifth-best season in the Illinois record book ... Had five 100-yard receiving games, which is fifth in an Illinois single season ... Ranked 16th in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (87.9) ... Also ranked third in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.58) ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 33rd in the nation with 139.0 all-purpose yards per contest ... Reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and the first for an Illini since 2002 ... One of only four Illini receivers to ever reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in punt return average with 7.6 yards per return ... Tallied over 100 receiving yards in four consecutive games for the first time in school history (vs. Ind, Minn., Mich., PSU) ... Caught three passes for 65 yards against Ohio State to total 1,012 yards on the season ... Had 227 all-purpose yards against Western Michigan, with seven catches for 111 yards, two rushes for 10 yards, three kick returns for 75 yards and a punt return for 31 yards ... Had seven catches for 96 yards against Iowa, also rushing twice for 15 yards and returning two punts ... Had two catches for 47 yards and a 63-yard kickoff return at Wisconsin ... Caught seven passes for 130 yards against Indiana, including a 37-yard TD reception ... Had a career receiving game against Minnesota, catching 12 passes for 181 yards, both career bests ... His 12 catches ranked as the third-best in school history in a single game and his 181 yards are fifth-best ... Caught six passes for 122 yards to lead the Illini at Michigan and also rushed for 20 yards ... Had four receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns at Penn State ... Had 14 touches against Eastern Illinois for 124 allpurpose yards (seven receptions, five rushes and two returns) ... Scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career against the Panthers, running for a career-high 48 yards ... Caught seven passes for 92 yards against Missouri ... Also returned four kickoffs for 67 yards with a long of 28 against Missouri.

    2007: Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media ... Also earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors from The Sporting News ... Garnered second-team Freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from Rivals.com ... Broke the Illini record for receiving yards by a freshman against Ball State (formerly Brandon Lloyd, 511, 1999) ... Broke the UI freshman receptions record (Ty Douthard, 43, 1993) with four catches at Minnesota ... Tied for 15th in receptions per game and 16th in receiving yards per game in the Big Ten ... Ranked 15th in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards ... Had a career-high five catches for 80 yards in the Rose Bowl vs. USC ... Also tied his season-long catch with a 56-yard touchdown from Eddie McGee vs. USC ... Caught two passes for 16 yards and rushed three times for 23 yards against Northwestern ... Caught one pass for seven yards and returned one kickoff for 25 yards at No. 1 Ohio State ... Caught four passes for 17 yards, ran four times for 13 yards and had one kickoff return for 26 yards at Minnesota ... Caught four passes for a career-high 97 yards, rushed twice for 13 yards and had three kickoff returns for 51 yards against Ball State ... Had five catches for 35 yards against No. 25 Michigan ... Grabbed four passes for a career-high 87 yards and rushed twice for 13 yards at Iowa ... Caught five passes for 51 yards, rushed twice for five yards and had two kickoff returns for 43 yards against No. 5 Wisconsin ... Named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week with his breakout game against No. 21 Penn State, taking his first career kickoff return for a 90-yard touchdown, catching a career-best six passes for 84 yards and his first career receiving TD, and rushing twice for five yards ... Earned a "Helmet Sticker" award from the ESPN College GameDay crew for his performance against Penn State and was one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America National Player of the Week Award ... Tied a career high with five catches for 50 yards and rushed four times for 22 yards at Indiana ... Caught four passes for 26 yards and ran four times for 28 yards at Syracuse ... Caught four passes for 52 yards and had three rushes for 38 yards against Western Illinois ... Started his first game as an Illini against Missouri, catching five passes for 74 yards.

    High School: 2006 USA Today first-team All-American ... Parade All-American ... 2006 DC Gatorade Player of the Year ... Named the Walter Payton Award winner by EA Sports for most-dedicated high school athlete ... 2006 East U.S. Army All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... Earned first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post in both 2005 and 2006 ... Named the SuperPrep MidAtlantic Offensive Player of the Year ... Rated the 17th-best player in the country by Rivals.com ... Also ranked No. 17 by ESPN.com ... Five-star player by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the country and second-best DC-area player by Rivals.com ... A five-star recruit, ranking as No. 2 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked 19th on PrepStar's 100 Team ... SuperPrep Elite 50 ... Caught 56 passes for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... Also averaged nine yards a carry, rushing for three touchdowns ... Led team to four straight Turkey Bowls ... Was the first player in Dunbar High School history to crack 1,000 yards receiving ... As a junior, caught 50 passes for 1,147 yards and 17 touchdowns ... Averaged 23.1 yards per catch in 2005.

    Personal: Born Sept. 8, 1988 ... Son of Denise Benn... Full given name is Arrelious Markus Benn ... Enrolled in general studies ... Chose Illinois over Florida State, Notre Dame and Maryland.


    Career Highs:
    Receptions: 12 vs. Minnesota, 10/11/08
    Receiving Yards: 181 vs. Minnesota, 10/11/08
    Long Reception: 58 vs. Fresno State, 12/5/09
    Rushes: 5, twice (last time vs. Eastern Illinois, 9/6/08)
    Rushing Yards: 48 vs. Eastern Illinois, 9/6/08
    Long Rush: 23 at Syracuse, 9/15/07
    KO Returns: 4 vs. Missouri, 8/30/08 and at Ohio State, 9/26/09
    KO Return Yards: 90, twice (last time at Wisconsin, 10/25/08)
    Long KO Return: 90 vs. Penn State, 9/29/07


    Benn's Statistics:

    Season Totals Rushing Receiving Passing Kick Ret Punt Ret all
    Year no. yds td lg no. yds td lg c-a-i yds td lg no. yds td lg no. yds td lg purp
    2007 32 158 0 23 54 676 2 56 0-0-0 0 0 0 10 280 1 90 0 0 0 0 1,114
    2008 23 101 2 17 67 1,055 3 54 0-0-0 0 0 0 20 398 0 63 15 114 0 31 1,668
    2009 7 23 1 8 38 490 2 58 0-0-0 0 0 0 12 318 0 40 0 0 0 0 831
    TOTALS 62 282 3 23 159 2,221 7 58 0-0-0 0 0 0 42 996 1 90 15 114 0 31 3,613


    Season Totals Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Year solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    2007 4 0 4 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 18
    2008 3 0 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 30
    2009 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 18
    TOTALS 8 0 8 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 66


    2009 Rushing Receiving Passing Kick Ret Punt Ret all
    Date Opponent no. yds td lg no. yds td lg c-a-i yds td lg no. yds td lg no. yds td lg purp
    Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Missouri 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 9 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 23 0 23 0 0 0 0 32
    Sept. 12, 2009 ILLINOIS STATE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sept. 26, 2009 at Ohio State 1 8 0 8 4 33 0 16 0-0-0 0 0 0 4 89 0 25 0 0 0 0 130
    Oct. 3, 2009 PENN STATE 1 2 0 2 5 96 0 49 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 33 0 33 0 0 0 0 131
    Oct. 10, 2009 MICHIGAN STATE 0 0 0 0 3 38 0 20 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 27 0 27 0 0 0 0 65
    Oct. 17, 2009 at Indiana 0 0 0 0 9 95 0 31 0-0-0 0 0 0 2 45 0 26 0 0 0 0 140
    Oct. 24, 2009 at Purdue 1 3 0 3 3 16 0 6 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 37 0 37 0 0 0 0 56
    Oct. 31, 2009 MICHIGAN 1 3 1 3 1 11 0 11 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
    Nov. 7, 2009 at Minnesota 1 0 0 0 3 41 1 31 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41
    Nov. 14, 2009 NORTHWESTERN 0 0 0 0 4 31 0 17 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 40 0 40 0 0 0 0 71
    Nov. 27, 2009 at Cincinnati 1 5 0 5 3 59 0 43 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 64
    Dec. 5, 2009 FRESNO STATE 1 2 0 2 2 61 1 58 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 0 87

    Games played: 12
    Avg. per rush: 3.3
    Avg. per catch: 12.9
    Kick ret avg: 26.5
    All purpose avg/game: 69.2
    Total offense avg./gm.: 1.9

    2009 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Missouri 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sept. 12, 2009 ILLINOIS STATE 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sept. 26, 2009 at Ohio State 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 3, 2009 PENN STATE 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 10, 2009 MICHIGAN STATE 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 17, 2009 at Indiana 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 24, 2009 at Purdue 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 31, 2009 MICHIGAN 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6
    Nov. 7, 2009 at Minnesota 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6
    Nov. 14, 2009 NORTHWESTERN 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov. 27, 2009 at Cincinnati 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Dec. 5, 2009 FRESNO STATE 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6


    2008 Rushing Receiving Passing Kick Ret Punt Ret all
    Date Opponent no. yds td lg no. yds td lg c-a-i yds td lg no. yds td lg no. yds td lg purp
    Aug 30, 2008 vs. Missouri 1 -5 0 -5 7 92 0 30 0-0-0 0 0 0 4 67 0 28 0 0 0 0 154
    Sep 06, 2008 EASTERN ILLINOIS 5 48 2 17 7 36 0 18 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 18 0 18 1 22 0 22 124
    Sep 13, 2008 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 3 10 0 11 1 22 0 22 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 6 0 6 1 5 0 5 43
    Sep 27, 2008 at Penn State 2 0 0 1 4 110 2 54 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 0 134
    Oct 4, 2008 at Michigan 3 20 0 13 6 122 0 46 0-0-0 0 0 0 2 40 0 21 1 6 0 6 188
    Oct 11, 2008 MINNESOTA 0 0 0 0 12 181 0 31 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 2 16 0 9 199
    Oct. 18, 2008 INDIANA 2 -6 0 -6 7 130 1 37 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 23 0 23 0 0 0 0 147
    Oct 25, 2008 at Wisconsin 1 1 0 1 2 47 0 37 0-0-0 0 0 0 2 90 0 63 3 16 0 12 154
    Nov 1, 2008 IOWA 2 15 0 9 7 96 0 24 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 15 0 13 126
    Nov 8, 2008 vs. Western Michigan 2 10 0 7 7 111 0 37 0-0-0 0 0 0 3 75 0 27 1 31 0 31 227
    Nov 15, 2008 OHIO STATE 0 0 0 0 3 65 0 30 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 17 0 017 1 0 0 2 82
    Nov 22, 2008 at Northwestern 2 8 0 7 4 43 0 16 0-0-0 0 0 0 3 36 0 16 2 3 0 6 90

    Games played: 12
    Avg. per rush: 4.4
    Avg per catch: 15.7
    Kick ret avg: 19.9
    Punt ret avg: 7.6
    All purpose avg/game: 139.0
    Total offense avg/gm: 8.4

    2008 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Aug 30, 2008 vs. Missouri 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 06, 2008 EASTERN ILLINOIS 2 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 12
    Sep 13, 2008 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 27, 2008 at Penn State 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 12
    Oct 4, 2008 at Michigan 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 11, 2008 MINNESOTA 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 18, 2008 INDIANA 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6
    Oct 25, 2008 at Wisconsin 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 1, 2008 IOWA 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 08, 2008 vs. Western Michigan 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 15, 2008 OHIO STATE 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 22, 2008 at Northwestern 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0




    2007 Rushing Receiving Passing Kick Ret Punt Ret all
    Date Opponent no. yds td lg no. yds td lg c-a-i yds td lg no. yds td lg no. yds td lg purp
    Sep 01, 2007 vs Missouri 3 -6 0 13 5 74 0 25 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 68
    Sep 08, 2007 WESTERN ILLINOIS 3 38 0 18 4 52 0 28 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
    Sep 15, 2007 at Syracuse 4 28 0 23 4 26 0 18 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54
    Sep 22, 2007 at Indiana 4 22 0 15 5 50 0 18 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 72
    Sep 29, 2007 PENN STATE 5 9 0 5 6 84 1 29 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 90 1 90 0 0 0 0 183
    Oct 06, 2007 WISCONSIN 2 5 0 7 5 51 0 26 0-0-0 0 0 0 2 43 0 24 0 0 0 0 99
    Oct. 13, 2007 at Iowa 2 13 0 11 4 87 0 33 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 100
    Oct 20, 2007 MICHIGAN 0 0 0 0 5 35 0 20 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35
    Oct 27, 2007 BALL STATE 2 13 0 11 4 97 0 56 0-0-0 0 0 0 3 51 0 23 0 0 0 0 161
    Nov 03, 2007 at Minnesota 4 13 0 7 4 17 0 11 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 26 0 26 0 0 0 0 56
    Nov 10, 2007 at Ohio State 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 7 0-0-0 0 0 0 1 25 0 25 0 0 0 0 32
    Nov 17, 2007 NORTHWESTERN 3 23 0 13 2 16 0 11 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39
    Jan 1, 2008 vs. USC 0 0 0 0 5 80 1 56 0-0-0 0 0 0 2 45 0 23 0 0 0 0 125
    Totals 32 158 0 23 54 676 2 56 0-0-0 0 0 0 10 280 1 90 0 0 0 0 1114

    Games played: 12
    Avg per rush: 4.9
    Avg per catch: 12.2
    Kick ret avg: 29.4
    All purpose avg/game: 82.4
    Total offense avg/gm: 13.2

    2007 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Sep 01, 2007 vs Missouri 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 08, 2007 WESTERN ILLINOIS 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 15, 2007 at Syracuse 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 22, 2007 at Indiana 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 29, 2007 PENN STATE 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 12
    Oct 06, 2007 WISCONSIN 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 13, 2007 at Iowa 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 20, 2007 MICHIGAN 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 27, 2007 BALL STATE 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 03, 2007 at Minnesota 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 10, 2007 at Ohio State 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 17, 2007 NORTHWESTERN 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Jan 1, 2008 vs. USC 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6
    Totals 4 0 4 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 18


    updated 3/29/10

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