Shaquille Mason is carving his niche on Tech's veteran O-line.
Lee and Thomas had mixed results Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium
Senior center Jay Finch is eager to get back on the field and be the center of attention
Georgia Tech Overwhelms USC for 21-7 Sun Bowl Victory
Photos by Grant Halverson
A two-year starter at offensive tackle, but versatile enough to play any position on the offensive line... has made great strides on the field and in the weightroom every year... will play in 2013 as a graduate student after earning his degree in May... a good student who has made the Dean's List and was a member of the 2012 ACC All-Academic Team... made one of the biggest plays of the 2012 season when he caught a tipped pass against Duke and rumbled nine yards for a first down and a key third-down conversion.
2012 (junior): Started all 14 games... started at left tackle 13 times and made one start (vs. Presbyterian) at right tackle... helped Georgia Tech lead the ACC and rank fourth nationally in rushing offense... the Yellow Jackets also led the league in time of possession... Tech does not name an offensive MVP, but Beno earned the Offensive "Effort" Award... was selected to the ACC All-Academic Team... his nine-yard reception for a first down against Duke made every season highlight reel... caught a pass on a tackle-eligible play the next week at Georgia for five yards (ruled a rushing attempt).
2011 (sophomore): Played in all 13 games and started 12 times at left tackle... did not start against Virginia Tech... helped Georgia Tech lead the ACC in rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense, fewest sacks allowed and third-down conversion percentage.
2010 (redshirt freshman): Saw limited action at both guard and center...played in three games -- vs. NC State (Sept. 25), Virginia (Oct. 9) and Middle Tennessee State (Oct. 16).
2009 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Ranked #65 among his position by Scout, #50 by Rivals and #62 by ESPN... played for coach Robert Herring at Newnan High School... earned two varsity letters in football and served one year as team captain... first team all-state by GHSA and AJC in 5A... first team all-region 4-AAAAA in 2008... All-county selection in 2007... helped lead Newnan to three consecutive regional championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008... played in the 2008 North-South Classic and was one of four South team captains... maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career.
Personal: Chose Georgia Tech because of the academics, the coaching staff and the campus... full name is Raymond James Beno... son of Raymond and Elizabeth Beno... born Dec. 9, 1990 in Jacksonville, Fla... has previously lived in Norfolk, Va., and Tampa, Fla... has two younger siblings, Christopher and Tyler... began playing football at age 10... majoring in business administration.