Happy Birthday, Arrelious Benn

Happy Birthday, Arrelious Benn

Arrelious Benn

Three-time Illini receiving leader Arrelious Benn celebrates his 25th birthday today. Each season he lettered for Illinois —2007, ’08 and ’09 — the graduate of Washington, D.C.’s Dunbar High School paced the team in receptions and yards. Benn was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, breaking Ty Douthard’s rookie receptions record (54 to 43) and Brandon Lloyd’s UI freshman yardage mark (676 to 511). As a sophomore in ’08, Benn was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, ranking first among league receivers with 87.9 yards per game. He had a 12-reception game against Minnesota as a sophomore. Though his receiving numbers were down in ’09 (38 for 490), he left Illinois following his junior season and was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. On March 15, Benn was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and is under contract to play for coach Chip Kelly’s club through the 2014 season. On Aug. 6, Benn tore his ACL and will be sidelined for the entire season. He tore that same ACL in 2010. Illinois’ career receptions leaders through the ’12 campaign:

David Williams (1983-85)    262
Jason Dulick (1993-96)    169
A.J. Jenkins (2008-11)    167
Brandon Lloyd (1999-2002)    160
Arrelious Benn (2007-09)    159
John Wright Sr. (1965-67)    159

Illini Birthdays
Today: A.J. Jenkins, football (24)
Monday: Jim Grabowski, football (69)
Tuesday: Revie Sorey, football (60)
Wednesday: Lana Rukavina, basketball (24)
Thursday: Bob Dombrowski, football (50)
Friday: Mark Long, tennis (47)
Saturday: Bill Krall, strength coach (69)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore.

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