Trey Benson - RB - Florida State

Trey Benson had a slow start to his career at Oregon where he was mostly a non-factor for the Ducks’ offense. But after two seasons, he transferred to Florida State where he was a large part of the Seminoles’ success with back-to-back 1100+ all-purpose yard seasons.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 223 lbs

Age: 22

40-yard dash: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

20-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical Jump: N/A

Broad Jump: N/A

Bench Press: N/A

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Rushing & Receiving Table
RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2020OregonPac-12FRRB000
*2021OregonPac-12FRRB106223.710006223.71
*2022Florida StateACCSO131549906.491314411.1016711346.89
*2023Florida StateACCJRRB131569065.8142022711.4117611336.415
CareerOverall31619186.1243337111.2134922896.625
Oregon6223.710006223.71
Florida State31018966.1233337111.2134322676.624
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/22/2024.

Notable Headlines

Trey Benson was only a three-star recruit out of high school per the 247Sports Composite rankings. And he continued to be mostly a name no one was paying attention to as he didn’t see the field as a true freshman due to an ACL tear and then only accumulated 6 attempts for 22 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman. 

After his slow start, he decided to transfer to Florida State where he was immediately put to use. He was the leading rusher for the Seminoles in both of his years in Tallahassee, accumulating over 900 rushing yards and over 140 receiving yards each season. Plus he added a total of 15 touchdowns in his final season. In both seasons, he was awarded Second Team All-ACC honors.

Scouting Report

Positives

Benson is a physical running back with a hard-running style. It consistently takes multiple defenders to bring him down as he is great at keeping his legs churning and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Sitting at 6’1” and 223 lbs per the Florida State website, he has the size and mass to take a beating with a high-end workload. Building on his physicality is his contact balance where he has a knack for bouncing off defenders and running through arm tackles like it’s nothing.

Contrary to a lot of bruising back archetypes, Benson has solid open-field speed capable of creating explosive plays if and when he gets free. Paired with his size, when he gets a head of steam, he’s a hard man to take down in the open field. Additionally, he provides solid value as a receiver with reliable hands out of the backfield.

Negatives

There aren’t a lot of major holes in Benson’s game other than his weakness in passing situations. Again, he has decent hands and can occasionally break off big runs after the catch. But is just average as a receiver and tends to struggle in pass protection. Pair those two together and it’s hard to envision a legitimate role as a workhorse back and more so just a 1st and 2nd down back. 

As a pure runner, you can’t ask for much more. His vision at times could be more consistent, occasionally missing open holes at the line of scrimmage. And his change of direction can be slow, decelerating too much with a lot of steps when trying to make those 90-degree cuts. But generally a very sound runner.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 4

Landing Spots

There are quite a few teams that could use a player like Benson in the middle rounds of the draft to either add depth or provide Benson an opportunity to develop into a lead-back. Green Bay stands out as AJ Dillon’s contract is up this offseason and Aaron Jones’ contract will end after the 2024 season. Benson is a similar player to AJ Dillon, with strong and excellent contact balance, but Benson is a bit more natural of a rusher whereas Dillon provided more in third-down situations. 

The Chargers are another team that stands out as needing help in their backfield as both leading rushers, Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, have their contracts expiring this offseason. Isaiah Spiller is the only one left standing and he hasn’t done much to inspire confidence. Trey Benson could come in and immediately become the top running back in that room and make an immediate impact depending on who they bring back.

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