Benton hopes to finish WVU career on top

Benton hopes to finish WVU career on top

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Benton hopes to finish WVU career on top

WVU defensive players rally around Al-Rasheed Benton (3) before the Mountaineers took on Texas Tech.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

DALLAS—As West Virginia’s final game against Utah in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl approaches, the clock is winding down on the careers of several Mountaineers.

Al-Rasheed Benton is one player that has put 110 percent into the football program since the day that he has walked in the doors five years ago.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound linebacker has exemplified himself both on and off the field and became a favorite amongst Mountaineer fans.

During his senior year, Benton has served as a team captain alongside Elijah Wellman for the course of the entire season. Game in and game out the redshirt senior has left his all on the field.

Benton had 102 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two interceptions and six quarterback hurries on the season.

Al-Rasheed Benton (3) runs to make a defensive play against Oklahoma on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

“My time here is coming to an end. It’s been a great five years,” he said. “I’m thankful for this opportunity. I’m thankful for this university. Maybe we’ll see a little emotion at the end of it all.”

While the season didn’t go quite as hoped for WVU and the senior class, it would mean so much to go out on top to the Newark, N.J. native and his teammates.

“I’ve given my all to this university,” Benton said. “I’ve given my all to this team. It would be nothing more for me than to leave out on top.”

 

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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