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#26 Shamari Benton
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
High School: Brother Rice HS
Major: Political Science (3.09 GPA)
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Shamari Benton
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 09/10/2012

2013 Second Team All-MAC 
2013 CMU Kurt Dobronski Award 
2013 CMU Defensive Player of the Year 
2013 Postseason Third Team All-MAC (Phil Steele) 
2013 Midseason First Team All-MAC (Phil Steele) 
2013 Preseason First Team All-MAC (Phil Steele) 
2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game 

2013: [Game-by-Game StatisticsReceived Third Team All-MAC honors ... 2013 co-recipient of the Kurt Dobronski Award ... named CMU’s Defensive Player of the Year ... recognized on Phil Steele Midseason All-MAC First Team ... named to Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC First Team ... team captain ... starting all 12 games, finished second on the team and ranked tied for sixth in the MAC with 111 tackles ... led CMU and ranked seventh in the MAC with 10.5 tackles for loss (-30) ... tied for the team-lead in solo tackles (49) ... recorded seven double-digit tackle games ... also notched two sacks, one interception, two pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... made 12 stops, including one sack, in win over UNH (9/7), starting a string of four consecutive double-digit tackle performances ... intercepted his second career pass to along with 11 tackles, including a season-high seven solo stops versus UNLV (9/14) ... had nine tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in win at Miami (Ohio) (10/5) ... recorded a season-high 14 stops at Ohio (10/12) and at Western Michigan (11/26), both victories. 

2012: [Game-by-Game Statistics] Earned Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game honors after leading CMU with nine tackles in the win over Western Kentucky ... topped the Chippewas in solo tackles (54) and fumble recoveries (2) ... ranked second on the team, No. 7 in the MAC, and 24th nationally with 126 total tackles ... recorded five double-digit tackle games and led the CMU defense in tackles in seven games ... made eight tackles in season opening win over Southeast Missouri State (8/30) ... had seven total tackles against Michigan State (9/8) ... recorded five tackles and recovered a fumble in upset win over Iowa (9/22) ... led the team with 12 tackles at Northern Illinois (9/29) ... made a team-high eight tackles at Toledo (10/6) ... set a career-high with 14 tackles against Navy (10/12) ... had 12 total stops and recorded his team-best second fumble recovery of the season versus Ball State (10/20) ... made nine tackles in win over Akron (10/27) ... registered his first career interception against Western Michigan (11/3), nearly returning it for a touchdown ... had eight tackles in road victory versus Eastern Michigan (11/10) ... led CMU with 12 tackles and a pass break up against Miami (Ohio) (11/17) ... recorded a season high nine solo stops (13 total tackles) in regular season finale at UMass ... helped spearhead a defense that limited a potent Western Kentucky offense to just 21 points in win in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

2011: [Game-by-Game Statistics] Started and made three tackles in season opener against SCSU (9/1) ... recorded four tackles and a quarterback hurry at Kentucky (9/10) ... recorded nine tackles and three quarterback hurries at NC State (10/8) ... recorded six tackles, including .5 for a loss, against Eastern Michigan (10/15) ... led the defense with a career-high 10 tackles, including two for a loss of six yards, at Ball State (10/22) ... recorded nine tackles at Akron (10/29) ... led the CMU defense with seven tackles and recorded a QB hurry at Kent State (11/4) ... recorded nine tackles against Ohio (11/10) ... made a tackle against Toledo (11/18).

2010: [Game-by-Game Statistics] Competed in 10 games ... recorded first career forced fumble in first collegiate appearance against Hampton (9/2) ... made first career tackle for loss in loss against Miami (10/18) ... tallied three tackles in loss at Northern Illinois (10/23).

2009: Redshirted.

High School: Three-year starter ... team captain ... ranked No. 19 on Lansing State Journal’s list of the top 22 seniors in the state ... ranked No. 37 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... named to Oakland County Dream Team by the Oakland Press ... collected 72 tackles, including 12 for a loss, one interception and one fumble recovery ... career totals are 167 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks ... helped lead Brother Rice to two Catholic League championships ... earned one varsity letter in track and field.

CAREER STATS
  GP GS UA A TOTAL TFL SACKS INT PD FF FR
2010 10 0 6 6 12 1.0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
2011          9 7 24 34 58 3.5-8 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
2012 13 13 54 72 126 1.5-1 0-0 1-11 4 0 2
2013 12 12 49 62 111 10.5-30 2.0-16 1-0 2 1 1
TOTAL 44 32 133 174 307 16.5-43 2.0-16 2-11 7 2 3