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12/03/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT, WEEK 14 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: CB Bene Benwikere, San Jose State...The senior cornerback doesn't have much help around him, but he was part of a secondary that gave up 519 passing yards to Derek Carr on Friday. And although the Spartans got the last laugh with the victory, it wasn't a particularly strong performance by Benwikere, who finished the game with five tackles. At 5-11 and 192 pounds, he has average size for the position and is an aggressive run defender, but his tackling technique leaves a lot to be desired.
Benwikere comes downhill like a missile, but often he just throws his shoulder while his head and eyes are staring at the ground, sliding off his targets and sometimes missing altogether. His lack of ideal speed was also evident on several occasions against the Bulldogs, allowing receivers to gain a step and struggling to recover. Benwikere is a tough, heady player, but his shortcomings are an issue that scouts will struggle with in their NFL evaluation of him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/13 - San Jose State got a big scare when star cornerback Bene Benwikere had to be carted off the field during its 40-12 loss to Utah State on Friday night. Benwikere's helmet flew off and he lay motionless on the ground after a collision with teammate Christian Tago. He waved weakly at the crowd as he left the field and spent the night in a hospital as a precautionary measure with what was ruled a concussion but was released on Saturday. "Hello everyone!!!," Benwikere tweeted Saturday. "Thank you for all the get well wishes, texts and most importantly prayers. Much appreciated." - The Sports Xchange
09/28/13 - San Jose State senior cornerback Bene Benwikere was injured making a tackle on D.J. Tialavea midway through the third quarter in Utah State's 40-12 victory over San Jose State on Friday night. Benwikere arrived at the same time as Spartans linebacker Christian Tago, who apparently struck his teammate in the head or neck while also trying to tackle the 6-foot-4, 260-pound tight end.
Benwikere's helmet flew off and he lay motionless for several minutes while medical staff attended to him. He was secured to a stretcher, a brace placed on his neck and taken off the field on a cart. He weakly waved as he was leaving the field. Benwikere entered the game ranked third nationally in passes defended. - AP Sports
09/28/13 - San Jose State cornerback Bene Benwikere was released from a hospital late Friday night after sustaining a concussion in the Spartans' loss to Utah State. Benwikere was injured making a tackle on D.J. Tialavea midway through the third quarter. Spartans linebacker Christian Tago struck Benwikere while also trying to tackle Tialavea. Benwikere's helmet flew off and he lay motionless for several minutes while medical staff attended to him. He was secured to a stretcher, a brace placed on his neck and taken off the field on a cart. He was taken to San Jose Valley Medical Center. - AP Sports
09/24/13 - 2014 WEEK 4 NFL DRAFT STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: CB Bene Benwikere, San Jose State...The San Jose State defense couldn't stop the Minnesota ground attack on Saturday, giving up 353 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. But the Spartans allowed only 71 yards passing, so it was a good showing for Benwikere, one of the better senior cornerback prospects, correct? Not so fast, my friend. Benwikere, who has very average speed, was beat deep on several occasions, including down the seam when he lined up in the slot.
He showed that his tackling technique needs work as he failed to consistently wrap and finish, often simply throwing his shoulder at his target and not completing the mission. He has natural hips and smooth body movements, but opens his body too early off the snap and often gets turned around in coverage. Benwikere also needs to keep his wits in the heat of the action as he was called for a penalty for grabbing the Minnesota receiver's helmet, a clear frustration play. He has some next level skills, but Saturday's performance wasn't a particularly strong one for the senior. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com