14-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his brother, Noah, were honorary captains
The offensive and defensive line positions have flip-flopped from 2012 in terms of experience
The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
No. 4 Ohio State - 26, No. 20 Michigan - 21
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- Career Stats (PDF)
2014 Season: CBSSports.com First Team All-America; Associated Press third team ... Second Team All-Big Ten ... Voted co-captain by his teammate ... Helped anchor a defense that recorded two shutouts ... Recorded a TFL in nine of 15 games, including one in six consecutive games vs. Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Alabama ... Third on the team with 14.0 TFL and 7.0 sacks; second on the team with three forced fumbles ... Tied a B1G championship game record with 4.0 TFL and set a record with 2 forced fumbles -- one that led to a Joey Bosa scoop-and-score -- in the 59-0 shutout win over Wisconsin; also had 2.0 sacks in the B1G championship ... Recorded 1.0 sack, 1.5 TFL in Sugar Bowl victory over No. 1 Alabama ... Recorded 4.0 tackles -- all solo -- and 2.0 TFL in the win at No. 8 Michigan State ... Senior CLASS candidate.
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 who each graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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