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Player Profile: Darren Benson

From the Cowboys*96 Media Guide
(July, 1996)

Darren Benson
Defensive Tackle #91
6'7" * 308 * 8/25/74
Trinity Valley C.C.
S3 for '95 * 2nd Year

Based on his size and speed, the Cowboys hope Darren Benson can develop into the same type of defensive lineman other "projects" like Leon Lett (seventh round) and Chad Hennings (11th round) have become with the Cowboys. Although young - Benson was the youngest player on the Dallas roster in 1995 - at 6-7, 308 pounds. Benson was the largest player on the defensive side of the ball for Dallas in 1995, and it is the size that has coaches excited about his unpolished potential. With two years of junior college football on his resume, little was expected of him as a rookie, but with an NFL season under his belt, the Dallas defensive line will be counting on significant contributions from Benson during his sophomore campaign in 1996.

1995: The Cowboys selected Benson in the third-round of the 1995 NFL Supplemental Draft on July 21, just a few days into training camp. He immediately reported to Austin and earned a roster spot based on his size and potential. After being deactivated the first half of the season, Benson gained his first NFL playing time in fourth quarter action against Philadelphia (11/6) when the defensive front was crippled with injuries. He continued to see spot playing time throuhout the second half of the season with Russell Maryland, Leon Lett and Charles Haley out of the lineup at various times Benson also contributed on special teams, pairing with Lett to create one of the most formidable field goal rush pairs in the NFL.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs): 1995 (6/0, 0/0).

COLLEGE: Benson starred on Trinity Valley's 1994 NJCA Championship team, amassing 109 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and 21 sacks. He was a key part of a defense that helped TVCC to a 12-0 record. As a freshman, Benson accounted for 82 tackles and spend the 1992-93 school year at Arkansas State, attending classes but not participating on the football team.

PERSONAL: Benson was a standout at Craigmont High School in Memphis, TN. where he graduated in 1992.

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