Football

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Michael Bennett

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Centerville, Ohio

High School:
Centerville

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 288

Position:
DT

Michael Bennett

10/03/2014

Jacob Jarvis receives game ball after UC game

14-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his brother, Noah, were honorary captains

03/22/2013

News and Notes From The Trenches

The offensive and defensive line positions have flip-flopped from 2012 in terms of experience

03/19/2013

Buckeyes in pads for first time in 2013

The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center

03/04/2013

Ohio State Spring Football Set to Kick Off

Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices

11/24/2012

Postgame Notes From No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 20 Michigan

No. 4 Ohio State - 26, No. 20 Michigan - 21

11/22/2014

Ohio State vs. Indiana (USATSI)

Ohio State vs. Indiana (USATSI)

11/23/2013

No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana

Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate senior day at the Shoe vs. B1G foe Indiana

Ohio State Overview: Michael Bennett is an outstanding young man, a force as an interior defensive lineman and a thoughtful, team-leader off the field ... the son of parents who each graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Bennett is a true senior who has played in 34 games and has started 14 times, a figure that is second-most among Ohio State defenders ... his 70 career tackles include 17.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling 90 yards ... he also has a team-high 11 quarterback sacks entering the 2014 season. ... he is majoring in family resource management and has been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete.

2013 Season: Bennett had the most experience along the defensive line entering the season and he played as if he did, performing like a leader, starting 13 games and amassing career highs in tackles (44) tackles-for-loss and yards (11.5 for 62) and quarterback sacks (7.5) ... he ranked fourth in the Big Ten Conference in sacks and 15th in TFLs ... in conference-only games, he ranked second in the league in sacks (6.5) and seventh in TFLs (9.5) ... he earned second-team all-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and media ... he established a career-best with six tackles at Illinois and had personal bests of three TFLs and two sacks vs. Indiana ... had five stops in the win at Michigan.

2012 Season: Bennett battled through injury early in the season and ended up playing in eight games for the undefeated Buckeyes, including making his first career start: in the season finale vs. Michigan when team MVP John Simon couldn't play because of a knee issue ... Bennett was in on a then-career-high 42 plays from the line of scrimmage that day, and he was in on two tackles in the 26-21 win over Michigan to cap a 12-0 season.

2011 Season: Bennett played in all 13 games in 2011 as a true freshman ... he made 17 tackles, including 13 solos ... despite limited playing time, he finished tied for third on the team in tackles-for-loss with five and his 27 TFL yards trailed only John Simon's 58 ... he had two TFLs, for minus-10 yards, among his five tackles at Nebraska ... he tied for second on the team with three quarterback sacks (vs. Akron, Nebraska and Indiana), a figure that trailed only Simon's seven.

More on Michael: Bennett was a first-team Division I all-Ohio performer who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... a two-time GWOC player of the year, he was a team captain for coach Ron Ullery's 2010 Centerville team that went 9-3 and reached the regional semifinals ... also competed in track and field ... Michael is the son of Connie and Mike Bennett.

MICHAEL BENNETT'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

YEAR G-GS UA A TOT. TFL YDS SK FF FR
2011 13-0 13 4 17 5 27 3 0 1
2012 8-1 6 5 11 1 1 1 1 1
2013 13-13 18 24 42 11.5 62 7 3 2
TOT 34-14 37 33 70 17.5 90 11 4 4

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