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Arrelious Benn
Illinois Fighting IlliniNo. 9
Wide receiver Junior
Major: General Studies
Date of birth: September 8, 1988 (1988-09-08) (age 21)
Place of birth: Washington, D. C.
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 219 lb (99 kg)
Career history
High school: Dunbar High School
Washington, D. C.
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Arrelious Markus Benn (born September 8, 1988 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football wide receiver entering the 2010 NFL Draft. He formerly started for the University of Illinois football team before entering the draft in 2010.


High school career

He was a five star recruit coming out of Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. Benn played wide receiver, running back, safety, and linebacker in high school, and was named a First Team High School All American his senior season. That year Benn caught 56 passes for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns, the first Dunbar player to ever crack the 1,000 yard mark. During his junior season in high school, Benn caught 50 passes for 1,147 yards and 17 touchdowns. Following his high school career, Benn was invited to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Benn chose Illinois over the University of Maryland, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Miami, and Florida State University.

College career

During his freshman season, Benn caught 54 passes for 676 yards, both team highs and school freshman records, and scored two touchdowns. Benn also added 158 yards on 32 carries, along with returning 10 kickoffs for 280 yards, including a 90 yard return for touchdown against Penn State.[1] He was named the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[2] During his sophomore campaign, Benn's stats improved to 67 rec and 1055 yards, 3 touchdowns (led Big Ten in receiving yards), and also contributed to the run game by rushing for 101 on 23 carries for 2 touchdowns. On August 10, 2009 Benn was named to the Walter Camp "Players to Watch" list for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. On August 12, 2009 Benn was named to 2009 Biletnikoff Trophy Watch list.


College awards and honors

  • Maxwell Award Candidate
  • Bliletnikoff Award Candidate
  • Preseason Third-Team All-American (by Athlon)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (by Athlon)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten wide receiver and kick returner (by Blue Ribbon)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (by Lindy's)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (by The Sporting News)
  • Named Big Ten's Fastest Receiver (by The Sporting News)
  • Rated the No. 20 player in the nation (by The Sporting News)
  • Rated the No. 19 wide receiver in the nation (by Lindy's)
  • Rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the Big Ten (by The Sporting News)
  • 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 2007 Freshman All-American

Professional career

2010 NFL Draft

On December 16, 2009, Benn announced his decision to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[3]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′1″ 219 lb 32¼ in. 9⅜ in. 4.57 1.55 2.58 X X 37 in. 9′10″ 20 rep
All values from NFL Combine (No shuttles or 3-cone, choice)[4][5]


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