Pressed into action following the dismissal of Dedrick Mills last season, KirVonte Benson took the load of being the number one B-Back. It turned out to be a great decision.
What he did in 2017:
Benson flashed enormous ability from the first game last season against Tennessee running for 124 yards on 26 carries. This would be the first of five 100 plus yards games that Benson would have in 2017. He ranked fourth in the ACC averaging 95.7 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry which was good enough for ninth in the ACC.
The duo of TaQuon Marshall and Benson recorded four games of rushing for 100 plus yards each making them the first duo in Georgia Tech history to do so.
Benson made his mark as one of the top backs in the ACC with his performance last season, a performance that is especially stunning considering he had taken no snaps in summer camp and was expected to be the backup.
What to expect in 2018:
Benson is clearly the best back on the team showing incredible skill and overall talent as a runner. He runs downhill with authority, and with the talent on the offensive line opening up new holes for him this season there is no reason that Benson will not be able to back up his record performance from 2017 in 2018.
Benson has noted in fall camp that the team is going to be playing with a different kind of intensity after the disappointment of last season. He even went as far as saying that the team expects to win every game that they will play which h was echoed in a way by Paul Johnson during his press conference at the beginning of camp.
Benson will be a workhorse for the offense as the position requires nothing less from him, but if he brings the attitude along with his already impressive skill set as a runner this could be a big year for him indeed.