#27 Damon Benham
|HOMETOWN||Deer River, Minn. (Deer River HS)|
2016 (Sr): Selected as team captain... Recorded 75 total tackles on the year including 42 solo tackles... Set a career high 8 solo tackles at Minnesota State (Sept. 10)... Recorded 7 interceptions including a career high 19 yard interception return vs Minot State (Oct. 15) that resulted in a touchdown... Played in the 2016 Mineral Water Bowl game and recorded one interception in the Beavers win over Washburn 36-23, being the first team in program history to win a post-season game... Named to the 2016 Don Hansen All-American Third Team Defense, CCA All-Super Region Three First Team Defense and NSIC Player of the Week (Sept. 19).
2015 (Jr): Named to the 2015 NSIC North Division All-Conference Second Team Defense... Played in 10 games and finished third on the team with 55 tackles including 2.5 for a loss… Recorded a career-high 10 tackles at MSU Moorhead (Oct. 17)… Also recorded a total three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble… Broke up eight passes.
2014 (So): Played in all 11 games and started in the last eight games as a defensive back... Accumulated 51 total tackles (24 solo, 27 assisted) which was good for seventh on the team... Had six pass break ups and two interceptions... Blocked a team high three kicks, one of which he returned for a touchdown versus Northern State (Nov. 15)... Had seven total tackles (3 solo, 4 assisted) along with one pass brake up and one blocked kick versus MSU Moorhead (Nov. 8).
2013 (Fr): Played in 10 games as a freshman, mostly on special teams… Totaled six tackles (three solo)… Blocked an extra point at Northern State (Oct. 19)… Recorded two tackles (one solo) in his collegiate debut at Winona State (Sept. 5)… Posted a tackle in each of the final three games of the season.
2012 (RS): Redshirted.
Prior to BSU: Accomplished athlete on the football field and the basketball court… Lettered in football (four years), basketball (four years) and baseball (three years) at Deer River High School… Played quarterback for the Warrior football team… Rushed for 730 yards and threw for 360 yards as a senior… 2011 Minnesota Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention pick on the gridiron… Accounted for 22 touchdowns overall for the Deer River High School… Selected All-Great Polar Alliance (White) First Team as a junior and senior… 1,000 point scorer on the basketball court… Currently leads the Warrior basketball team in scoring with 20.8 points per game… Also averaging 4.3 assists per game on the hardwood… All-conference selection for basketball as a sophomore and junior.
Personal: Born June 11, 1994 in Deer River, Minn… Son of Dale and Addie Benham… Undecided on major.
Career High: Tackles: 13 at MSU Moorhead (10/17/15); Solo Tackles: 8 at Minnesota State (9/10/16); Assisted Tackles: 8 (x2) last vs Upper Iowa (9/1/16); TFL: 1.5 (x2) last at University of Minnesota Duluth (10/22/16); Interceptions: 2 vs Wayne State (9/17/16); PBU: 3 (x2) last vs Upper Iowa (9/1/16); Forced Fumbles: 1 vs Augustana (9/5/15); Blocked Kicks: 1, 4x last vs Northern State (11/15/14); Defensive Touchdowns: 1 (x3) last vs Wayne State (9/17/16); Punts: 3 at University of Mary (10/1/16); Punt Yards: 61 at University of Mary (10/1/16); Punt Avg: 20.3 at University of Mary (10/1/16); Punt Long: 35 at University of Mary (10/1/16); Interception Returns: 1 vs Minot State University (10/15/16); Interception Return Yards: 19 vs Minot State University (10/15/16); Interception Return Long: 19 vs Minot State University (10/15/16).