Nov. 4, 2003
With both a father (former Seahawks running back Anthony Benjamin) and sister (former UW volleyball All-American Paige Benjamin) in the athletic spotlight, it has often been hard for Washington sophomore Evan Benjamin to draw the attention in his direction. This year, however, it's been hard for Husky fans to ignore Benjamin, who ranks third on the team with 51 tackles from the strong safety position. A three-game starter in 2002, Benjamin finished with 46 tackles in his redshirt freshman season, including a season-high 11 against UCLA. This year, Benjamin has helped hold a young secondary together through the team's first nine games, and is determined to help the Huskies turn their season around over the final month. GoHuskies.com correspondent Lucas James Mack talked to Benjamin on Monday.
GoHuskies.com: How has the secondary held up so far this season?
Evan Benjamin: "I think overall we are doing pretty good. We're a little thin right now in the corner spot, but I think that we're getting some guys to step up."
GH: Where do you fit in as a leader in the secondary?
Benjamin: "I consider myself not really an old guy and not really a young guy, I'm sort of in the middle. The young guys have a lot of experience and I think as time goes they will get more experience and will continue to get better. That's the only way it can go. It will be good for the rest of the year, and good for the future, too."
GH:What's it like to line up against Oregon?
Benjamin: "It's a good rivalry. It's right up there with the Cougs. It's always a good game, especially when it's at night. They came in gunning for us, but we were doing the same thing."
GH:What is it that makes a night game so special?
Benjamin: "It's real exciting. It gives our fans a little more time to tail gate and gives us a chance to play on national television."
GH:Just before the fourth quarter, D'Marco Farr was recognized as last week's Husky Legend. What would be like for you to come back one day and be honored as a Husky Legend?
Benjamin: "It would mean a great deal. There are so many names that I can't even name them all. To be involved with Husky football and be a part of that would be a great honor. Those guys have put a great deal into this university."
GH:Home decorating shows are all the rage these days. Do you have a favorite?
Benjamin: "I don't watch too many of those, but if I could, I think that I might get a couple of ideas from there. Definitely some entertainment stuff, TVs and stuff like that."
GH: So what do you watch?
Benjamin: "'Sportscenter,' but only when we win."
GH: What about American Gladiators? You know, they have reruns of that on TNN now ...
Benjamin: "I always liked the last event - The Eliminator. If I was a gladiator, my name would be 'Slasher.'"
GH: Slasher, huh? What if you were a rapper, what name would you have then?
Benjamin: "E-40 already took my name."
GH:OK, last but not least, what did you think of the World Series this year?
Benjamin: "I was rooting for Boston, so I didn't really watch the World Series, because I didn't really care too much about the Yankees or the Marlins. It was a real good playoff race, though - really exciting."