Tim Bennett was not highly recruited coming out of Northside High School in Columbus, Ga. The Northside Patriots are in the 5A class division, one below the top class division 6A. According to Bennett, his high school football team didn't gather the most attention while he was there because they weren't very good.
Bennett decided to take the junior college route after high school. He landed at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. While at Ellsworth he had 50 tackles, 35 which were solo, and had one interception. He received attention from Indiana and received a scholarship.
In his rookie season at IU he played in 11 games at the safety position and recorded 17 tackles, 12 of which were solo. In his first career start at Northwestern he made four tackles. After 2013 spring ball the coaching staff decided to move him to the cornerback position for the season. Only two games in, he has already put together 14 tackles. Including a 12-tackle game against Navy.
The junior has the instinct to make an impact on the field. Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory said Bennett is one of the most physical players on the defensive side of the ball. With all of the experience he has in the safety position it has translated into him being a tough corner.
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