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  Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Delanco, N.J.

High School:
Holy Cross

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 235

Position:
LB

2006 Scouting Report: Smart and savvy player who is one of Pitt's most experienced defenders...figures to be a major player at Will linebacker...sat out the spring due to his continued recovery from a right knee injury that prematurely ended his junior season... expected to be fully recovered for fall training camp... also can play Sam linebacker, a position he played as a sophomore and redshirt frosh.

2005: Played in only five games due to a season-ending knee injury at Rutgers Sept. 30...had played in all five games to that point as the chief backup at Will linebacker...had 16 tackles and two TFLs...had four tackles and one TFL versus Notre Dame...had four tackles at Nebraska...had four tackles versus Youngstown State...had three stops and a TFL versus Ohio...moved to Will linebacker from the Sam position during the spring.

2004: Was the chief reserve at Sam linebacker...played in all 12 games and had 35 tackles...had a season-high six tackles, a fumble recovery and a shared TFL versus South Florida...had four tackles, a TFL and a sack assist versus Rutgers...also forced a fumble versus the Scarlet Knights...finished with four tackles against Boston College...had three tackles and one pass deflection versus Ohio...also returned a blocked punt 37 yards to set up Pitt's first touchdown versus the Bobcats...made an impressive return to football after sustaining a serious spleen injury versus Miami in the final regular-season game of 2003...following surgery, Bennett was originally forecasted to be out of action the next six months...he surprised everyone, though, by returning for spring ball, less than four months after his injury...named a recipient of Pitt's Ironman Award for his dedication to strength and conditioning... Big East All-Academic Football Team honoree.

2003: In his first active collegiate season, Bennett started all 12 regular-season games at Sam linebacker...finished second on the team with 118 tackles...also compiled seven tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...honored by The Sporting News as a second team Freshman All-American and the Big East Defensive Freshman of the Year...compiled six double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 14 versus Ball State...named the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Game for the Ball State contest...had 13 stops in both the West Virginia and Temple games...in Pitt's first win at Boston College in 14 years, Bennett collected a team-high 10 tackles, including two quarterback sacks and three total TFLs...was also a fixture on special teams...named the coaching staff's Co-Special Teams Player of the Game for the Texas A&M contest...received Pitt's Most Improved Special Teams Player of the Year award at season's end...lone missed contest was the Continental Tire Bowl versus Virginia, which he sat out due to a spleen injury sustained in the regular-season finale versus Miami...Big East All-Academic Football Team honoree.

2002: Redshirted as a true freshman. High School: All-New Jersey (second team) at Holy Cross High...two-time All-Burlington County... All-South Jersey...all-league..."Hit Man Award" honoree...totaled 156 tackles, eight sacks and four fumble recoveries as a senior...had over 150 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior...helped Holy Cross to a two-year record of 18-4 (.818) and the 2000 state championship...in the 2000 state championship final, Bennett had 25 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown to earn defensive player of the game honors...was a starter since his freshman season, playing his initial two years at Riverside High (N.J.) and his junior and senior seasons at Holy Cross... started at inside linebacker (senior year) and strong safety (junior) at Holy Cross...started at linebacker and running back his two seasons at Riverside... PrepStar All-Eastern Region...listed as the nation's No. 31 safety prospect by Student Sports...played under Coach Tom Maderia at Holy Cross...earned four total football letters...also lettered twice in track and field and once in wrestling.

High School: All-New Jersey (second team) at Holy Cross...two-time All-Burlington County...All-South Jersey...all-league..."Hit Man Award" honoree...totaled 156 tackles, eight sacks and four fumble recoveries as a senior...had over 150 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior...helped Holy Cross to a two-year record of 18-4 (.818) and the 2000 state championship...in the 2000 state championship final, Bennett had 25 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown to earn defensive player of the game honors...was a starter since his freshman season, playing his initial two years at Riverside High (N.J.) and his junior and senior seasons at Holy Cross...started at inside linebacker (senior year) and strong safety (junior) at Holy Cross...started at linebacker and running back his two seasons at Riverside...PrepStar All- Eastern Region...listed as the nation's No. 31 safety prospect by Student Sports...played under Coach Tom Maderia at Holy Cross...earned four total football letters...also lettered twice in track and field and once in wrestling.

Personal: Brian K. Bennett, born 10/28/83, is the son of Brian and Frances Bennett...has one sister...majoring in administration of justice and legal studies...interned this past summer with the United States Secret Service.