Player Profile: Darren Benson
From the Cowboys*96 Media Guide
Defensive Tackle #91
6'7" * 308 * 8/25/74
Trinity Valley C.C.
S3 for '95 * 2nd Year
PRO: 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.