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Kani Benoit
Player Profile:
Kani Benoit 1444344
Position: Running Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Phoenix Thunderbird HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Season Stats Career Stats

2015 – Came within 15 yards of matching his freshman season total with 83 yards on the ground in the season opener against Eastern Washington . . . Returned nine weeks later to surpass his previous collegiate best with 94 yards on eight carries in the win over California . . . Accumulating yards on the ground in each of his 11 appearances, opened the Ducks’ scoring in his sophomore season debut with an 8-yard TD against the Eagles . . . Following the season was the recipient of the Dudley Clarke Award as team's most improved player . . . Combined the power to bull his way between the tackles and the speed to elude the pursuit once he cleared the line of scrimmage, the team's third-leading rusher completed the year running for 364 yards and added touchdown runs at Arizona State (62 yards) and Stanford (2 yards) . . . Also nabbed two receptions for 49 yards, including a 30-yard scoring catch in the win over USC . . . Took part in a career-high 18 plays vs. Eastern Washington and accumulated double-figure snaps on five other occasions . . . Led all rushers with 104 yards (and 1 TD) in the 2016 Spring Game.

2014 Came off the bench to appear in six outings, including a season-high five snaps vs. California and Arizona in the conference championship game . . . Carried the football in five of the season’s last eight contests, including four times for 40 yards in the Rose Bowl win over Florida State . . . Accounted for a 1-yard scoring plunge in his collegiate debut against Wyoming as well as adding his lone catch of the year vs. the Cowboys . . . Accumulated 98 rushing yards on 23 carries, including a 35-yard run against the Seminoles . . . Ran for 38 yards and one touchdown on eight carries in the 2015 Spring Game.

2013 Contributed to the scout team while redshirting his initial collegiate campaign . . . Completed the 2014 Spring Game as the Ducks’ second-leading rusher, gaining 44 yards on only five carries . . . Included was the longest run from scrimmage by a non-quarterback of 20 yards.

BEFORE OREGON — The three-year letterman was awarded three stars by Rivals.com  . . .  Powered the football 285 times for 2,260 yards (7.9 avg.) and 36 touchdowns his senior year, averaging 188.3 yards per game . . . Also returned eight kickoffs for an average return of 38.4 yards . . . Named to the 2012 All-Arizona Football Team as he tallied six 200-yard rushing efforts in 12 games . . . Posted a season-high 260 yards on the ground (15.3-yard avg.) vs. Washington HS and scored six touchdowns in a 54-33 win over Greenway  . . . Included in the latter effort was a 91-yard kickoff return for a score . . . Earned Division III Section III East and all-Glendale Union High School District co-offensive player-of-the-year recognition as both a running back and kick returner . . . The respect of his teammates resulted in him voted as the Chiefs’ team captain and offensive player of the year . . . Helped lead the school to consecutive 8-4 seasons under head coach Brent Wittenwyler . . . Rushed for 1,401 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior and caught three passes for 62 yards and another TD to receive All-Arizona Division III honorable mention acclaim . . . Also returned six kickoffs for 168 yards, including a 99-yard effort for a score in 2011 . . . Helped the school to a 4A2 state title in 2010 after rushing for 879 yards on 137 attempts and 11 TDS . . . As a sophomore, also caught seven passes for 108 yards and one TD, and returned 14 kickoffs for 354 yards and another six points.

PERSONAL — Major: Psychology.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS
2015
Dudley Clarke Memorial Award
(Oregon's Most Improved Player)

BENOIT'S CAREER BESTS
Points scored: 6, 6 times
Touchdowns: 1, 6 times
Rush attempts: 11, Eastern Washington, 09/05/15
Rush yards: 94, California, 11/07/15 (8 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, 4 times
Long rush: 62, at Arizona State, 10/29/15
Receptions: 1, Eastern Washington, 9/5/15; Wyoming, 9/13/14
Receiving yards: 30, USC, 11/21/15 (1 reception)
Long reception: 30, USC, 11/21/15
Total offense attempts: 11, Eastern Washington, 09/05/15 (11 rush, 0 pass)
Total offense yards: 94, California, 11/07/15 (94 rush, 0 pass) 
All-purpose yards: 102, Eastern Washington, 09/05/15 (83 rush, 19 receiving)

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