Marshall, Benson among 85 student-athletes on initial watch list for 82nd award given to “America’s College Player of the Year”
Although he's a basketball junkie, KirVonte Benson has worked hard to establish himself as one of the nation's top running backs
Georgia Tech football is loaded at B-back going into the fall
Extensive film study of 2017 has helped B-back KirVonte Benson learn where he needs to be better in 2018
Benson, Braun and Harvin III represent Georgia Tech football on all-ACC teams; Devine named honorable mention
NCAA Football: Georgia Tech takes on Georgia.
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate - Part 112
Images from the Yellow Jackets hitting the road to face the Cavaliers in ACC action
USATSI photos from Georgia Tech vs. Clemson - Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Georgia Tech football takes on Wake Forest on October 21st, 2017.
2017(Redshirt Sophomore): After entering fall camp with zero career carries and penciled in as a backup, started all 11 games and established himself as one of the nation’s top running backs … Put together the 16th 1,000-yard rushing season in Georgia Tech history with 1,053 yards … Ranked fourth in the ACC and 35th nationally with 95.7 rushing yards per game … Averaged 5.2 yards per carry, good for ninth in the ACC … Had just 20 negative rushing yards on 204 carries … Recorded five 100-yard games (124 vs. Tennessee on Sept. 4, career-high 196 vs. Pitt on Sept. 23, 130 vs. North Carolina on Sept. 30, 136 vs. Wake Forest on Oct. 21 and 129 at eventual College Football Playoff participant Clemson on Oct. 28) … In four of his five 100-yard games, quarterback TaQuon Marshall also ran for 100 yards (vs. Tennessee, Pitt, UNC and Wake Forest), making them the first duo in Georgia Tech history to ever record four games with 100 yards apiece … Also combined with Marshall (1,146 rushing yards) for the second-highest single-season rushing total by teammates in Georgia Tech history (2,199 – behind 2,432 yards totaled by Jonathan Dwyer and Joshua Nesbitt in 2009) … Toted the ball 20 or more times on five occasions (29 vs. Pitt, 26 vs. Tennessee and WF, 22 vs. Virginia Tech and 20 vs. Duke) … Averaged 6.8 yards per carry or more three times (6.8 vs. Pitt, 7.2 vs. UNC and 8.1 vs. Clemson) … Was the only individual to rush for 100 yards or average eight yards per carry against ACC champion Clemson in 2017 … Became the first 100-yard rusher against Clemson since Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson from Louisville on Oct. 1, 2016 (162 yds.) … Became the first to average eight yards per carry (min. 10 att.) against Clemson since Florida State’s Dalvin Cook on Oct. 29, 2016 (8.9 avg.) … Caught two passes for 16 yards on the season (nine-yard reception against Pitt and seven-yard catch against Wake Forest).
2016 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in final seven games of the season as a reserve B-back and on special teams ... Did not record any statistics.
2015 (True Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Despite playing only two seasons of high-school football, was a two-time all-county and all-region honoree ... Earned honorable-mention all-state recognition ... Racked up 3,587 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns over the course of two-year prep career ... Added 682 receiving yards and four touchdown catches ... Also returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns as a prep ... Rushed for 318 yards in a win over South Cobb ... Helped lead Marietta H.S. (coach Scott Burton) to Georgia 6A state playoffs as a junior in 2013 ... Three-sport standout also played basketball and ran track ... Won state championship in 100 meters as a sophomore in 2013 (10.6) ... Won three regional championships in the 100m and two regional titles in long jump.
Personal: Full name is KirVonte Lee Benson ... Born Sept. 24, 1996 in Wilmington, Del. ... Son of Kirk Benson and Diana Pitts-Benson ... Is the oldest of three siblings ... Mother, Diana Pitts-Benson, ran track at Coppin State ... Brother, KhayVonn Benson, runs track at Shorter ... Majoring in literature, media and communication.
Rushing Attempts: 29 vs. Pittsburgh, Sept.23, 2017
Rushing Yards: 169 yards vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 23, 2017
Rushing Touchdowns: 2 vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 23, 2017
Longest Rush: 65 yards at No. 7 Clemson, Oct. 28, 2017
Receptions: 1, twice - last vs. Wake Forest, Oct. 21, 2017
Receiving Yards: 9 yards vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 23, 2017
Longest Reception: 9 yards vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 23, 2017