Al-Rasheed Benton

#3 Al-Rasheed Benton

LB | r-Sr. | 6-0 | 237 | Newark, N.J. | Shabazz HS

  • Has played in 39 career games and started 14

2016 (r-Jr.)

  • Started all 13 games at mike linebacker
  • Finished No. 2 on the team in tackles with 80
  • Had a career-high eight assisted tackles against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl; also had two solo stops and 10 total tackles, including one tackle for loss
  • Assisted on a career-best five tackles against Baylor
  • Recorded five tackles at Iowa State
  • Led the team with a career-best 14 tackles vs. Oklahoma
  • Recovered his first career fumble and had two tackles at Texas
  • Had five tackles against Kansas
  • Tied for the team lead with a career-high-tying seven tackles at Oklahoma State
  • Notched a team-high-tying six tackles vs. TCU
  • Had a team-high-tying five tackles, three solo, at Texas Tech
  • Recorded six tackles against Kansas State
  • Assisted on three tackles and had a QB-hurry vs. BYU
  • Was second on the team with seven tackles and had his first career interception against Youngstown State
  • Notched five tackles, four solo, against Missouri

2015 (r-So.)

  • Added depth at mike linebacker
  • Had three tackles at TCU
  • Had five tackles at Baylor, including four unassisted tackles
  • Recorded three tackles with one tackle for loss vs. Maryland
  • Earned first start against Liberty
  • Named WVU Defensive Player of the Game against Liberty after finishing with seven tackles, including five solo and two tackles for loss
  • Had two tackles, including one tackle for loss vs. Georgia Southern

2014 (r-Fr.)

  • Added depth at linebacker
  • Used on special teams 
  • Played all 13 games, seeing action on 242 total plays, including 202 on special teams
  • Played a season-high 31 plays against Oklahoma State
  • Has six tackles for the season, including three solo stops
  • Made two solo stops against Texas Tech
  • Collected two tackles against Towson
  • Added a tackle against Oklahoma State
  • Recorded a solo stop against Kansas

2013 (Fr.)

  • Redshirted

High School

  • Three-year letterwinner for coach Darnell Grant at Shabazz High
  • Two-time New Jersey All-State Third Team Defense
  • Finished 2012 with 110 tackles, 73 tackles for loss and two interceptions
  • Rushed for 710 yards with 14 touchdowns on offense
  • Recorded 105 tackles with seven sacks in 2011
  • Played in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl
  • 2012 All-Group 2 First Team Defense
  • 2011 New Jersey All-Group 1 First Team Defense
  • Two-time All-Essex County First Team Defense
  • Earned All-Essex County Second Team Defense in 2010
  • Two-time Super Essex Conference Defensive Player of the Year
  • No. 15 on The Ledger Top 50


  • Birthday is December 10
  • Son of Rasheed Benton and Kim Phillips-Benton
  • One of eight children
  • Majoring in journalism
  • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
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Life As A Mountaineer: Al-Rasheed Benton

By Sean Merinar | September 29, 2016

This week's Life As A Mountaineer profiles West Virginia University junior linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton. Life as a Mountaineer is presented by Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration.

Al-Rasheed Benton: WVU's Man in the Middle

By John Antonik | April 21, 2016

There are basically two ways a college football player learns how to play the game - get tossed into the deep end of the pool and either sink or swim, or, walk down the rail into the shallow end of the pool and have others help you to the deeper end.

West Virginia Award Winners for the Liberty Game

By Mike Montoro | September 14, 2015

The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ 41-17 win against Liberty on Saturday, Sept. 12.