2004: The returning starter at outside linebacker ... moved from safety to outside linebacker for 2004 season ... started all 11 games at outside linebacker ... topped the Husky defense with 105 tackles ... that ranked him fourth in the Pac-10 with 9.5 tackles per game ... led the defense with three interceptions ... had a solid opener vs. Fresno State with 11 tackles including two for loss, and an interception ... had a second interception vs. UCLA, when he also notched 10 tackles ... picked off his third pass vs. California where he also had seven tackles ... tied for the team-high with nine tackles at Notre Dame ... recorded seven tackles, one for loss, at Stanford ... had a team-high 13 tackles vs. San Jose ... posted 12 tackles, one for loss, vs. Oregon State ... had five tackles and a forced fumble at USC ... notched nine tackles, two for loss and 1.5 sacks at Oregon ... had a team-high 12 tackles, plus a sack and a forced fumble vs. Arizona ... had 10 tackles against Washington State ... finished fourth in the Pac-10 with 9.5 tackles per game ... named the team's Earle T. Glant Tough Husky Award winner and the recipient of the Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award. 2003: Played in all 12 games in 2003 and started the first eight games of the season ... was fourth on the team in 2003 with 71 tackles ... had three tackles for loss ... tied for second on the team with three interceptions in 2003 ... two picks came in upset of Washington State ... named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week following Apple Cup victory ... earned co-defensive Player of the Game award for performance against Washington State ... had 11 tackles in win at Oregon State, including nine solos ... accounted for 10 tackles in games against Ohio State and Washington State ... only Husky during the season with more than one interception in a game ... named the Most Improved Linebacker during spring drills. 2002: Appeared in all 13 games and drew the start against San Jose State (free safety), California (third safety) and UCLA (strong safety) ... finished seventh on the team in tackles (46) despite being mostly a backup ... played almost all of the opener at Michigan after Jimmy Newell was injured on the game's opening drive ... made six tackles, all solo, at Michigan ... top game was an 11-tackle outing vs. UCLA ... also had seven tackles at Arizona State ... has his only interception in his first career start vs. San Jose State, returning it seven yards to set up a Husky field goal ... named a coaches' special teams player of the game after wins over Oregon State and Oregon. 2001: Redshirted the season to preserve a year of eligibility ... was named Defensive Scout of the Week for prep work prior to Washington's 42-28 win over 10th-ranked Stanford.
High School and Pesonal: Parents are Krista, a health coordinator, and Anthony, a former running back for Duke University and the Seattle Seahawks, who is now a CEO ... starred both ways for Redmond, with 69 tackles, three interceptions and six pass defenses ... was a safety on defense .. was a running back on offense ... led KingCO 4A Conference with1,286 yards rushing and 13 TDs ... named to the 4A All-KingCO Conference first-teams on both offense and defense ... finished his prep career with 121 tackles, six INTs, and two 1,000-yard rushing seasons ... a PrepStar All-American ... ranked by PrepStar as Northwest's top defensive back, and the 10th-best in the West Region ... a SuperPrep All-Region pick, and the top DB in the state of Washington ... ranked among the top-40 prep safeties in the nation by Rivals.com ... a first-team All-State pick at DB by the Seattle Times ... a Seattle Times "Blue Chip" recruit ... also named to the Times' "Star Times 2000" defense ... earned honorable mention to the AP All-State squad ... offensive performance earned first-team All-Eastside honors by the Eastside Journal at RB ... an honorable mention pick to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Northwest Nuggets" squad, and a member of the Tribune's "Western 100" ... sister, Paige Benjamin, was a volleyball All-American at Washington ... an economics major.
Year G-S Solo Asst. Tot. Loss FC FR PD Int. Sacks 2002 13-3 22 24 46 1.5-3 0 0-0 0 1-7 0-0 2003 12-8 41 30 71 3-9 0 0-0 1 3-22 0-0 2004 11-11 48 57 105 10-29 2 0-0 4 3-34 2.5-14 Totals 36-22 111 111 222 14.5-41 2 0-0 5 7-63 2.5-14
Benjamin news and features:
Benjamin: Immeasurable - Gohuskies.com (Oct. 21, 2005)
Benjamin worth wait for Huskies - Seattle Times (Oct. 15, 2004)
In the Trenches with Evan Benjamin - gohuskies.com (Sept. 23, 2004)