Illini Complete Wild Comeback to Beat Northwestern :: Oct. 1, 2011 (AP Photos)
Game photos from September 10th, 2011 at Memorial Stadium.
Photos of the Illini in Houston on Dec. 28 prior to the 2010 Texas Bowl. Photos by Mark Jones.
2011 - Senior: Team Captain ... Won the team's Wright Commitment to Excellence Award at the annual postseason banquet ... Played in 11 games, making 10 starts ... Had 41 tackles on the season, along with 3.5 TFLs, two interceptioins and three PBUs ... Returned from a hand injury to record one tackle against UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Missed the final two games of the regular season after being shot in the hand in an off-campus incident on Nov. 13 ... Recorded two tackles and tied career high with one TFL and one PBU against Michigan ... Posted seven tackles against Penn State ... Recorded six tackles and one TFL against Ohio State ... Posted five tackles, including one TFL, against Arizona State ... Had an interception and returned it 27 yards for a TD and had a team-high five tackles against South Dakota State ... Led the Illini defense with eight tackles, including a half-TFL and one interception, against Arkansas State.
2010 - Junior: All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) ... Finished fifth on the team with 64 tackles and had a team-high three interceptions on the season ... Also had 3.0 TFLs, three PBUs, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the year ... Led team with eight tackles, including a career-best five solos, one TFL, a forced fumble and recovery at Fresno State ... Recorded three solo tackles and an interception at Michigan ... Tallied three solo tackles and one TFL in victory over Purdue ... Posted seven tackles and one PBU in win over Indiana ... Had six tackles and a PBU against Michigan State ... Tallied a career-best two interceptions for 24 yards and four tackles against Ohio State ... Posted a career-best 10 tackles, one forced fumble and one PBU in victory over Northern Illinois ... Tallied seven tackles in Illinois debut against Missouri ... Enrolled at Illinois in January of 2010 and participated in 2010 spring drills.
Junior College: NJCAA All-American ... Earned first-team All-Midwest Conference honors ... Played 10 games, posting 96 tackles, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries (two for touchdowns) and four interceptions during his sophomore campaign at College of DuPage ... Named the Midwest Conference East Defensive Player of the Year ... Was the team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore ... COD Most Valuable Defensive Skill player ... 2009 Team Captain ... Played in 12 games, recording 114 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six fumble recoveries and one interception as a freshman.
Personal: Son of Denise Benn ... Majoring in sociology ... Born on Oct. 9, 1984 ... College of DuPage football academic excellence award recipient ... Earned associate's degree in three semesters... Married to Morgan Henry and the couple has a daughter, Tatum ... Brother is former Illini All-American and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Arrelious Benn.
Tackles: 10 vs. Northern Illinois, 9/18/10
Solos: 5 at Fresno State, 12/3/10
TFL: 1, six times (last vs. Michigan, 11/12/11)
PBU: 1, six times (last vs. Michigan, 11/12/11)
INT: 2 vs. Ohio State, 10/2/10
Forced Fumble: 1, twice (last time at Fresno State, 12/3/10)
Fumble Recovery: 1 at Fresno State, 12/3/10