Kani Benoit Takes Advantage of Opportunities

Looking for a breakout player this year on the Oregon roster? Try Kani Benoit on for size. The 6-0, 210 pound running back is Royce Freeman’s primary back up this year and should see plenty of time on the field. He’ll get his first chance on Saturday when Oregon meets Eastern Washington at Autzen Stadium.

Kani Benoit  has labored for the last three years without complaint and with a strong commitment of doing what he is called upon to do. He’s humble about what he can do and he’s the consummate team player.

“It was honor obviously that the coaching staff believes in me and trust me enough to have that spot,” said Benoit of his promotion in the 2-deep roster. “(But) we have four great running backs that could start and play for us at any time.

Last year, he appeared in six games and had a net 98-yards of rushing on 23 carries, scoring one touchdown.  That translates to a 4.3-yard per carry average and that’s the kind of back the Ducks hope to have – a tough runner willing to go up the middle, taking the opportunities when they come.

“You have to take advantage of your opportunities even if they are limited” admitted the big back. “They (coaches) grade everything.”

Believing in Gary Campbell’s advice to not count the total number carries a back might have,  Benoit has made the best out the carries he’s had.  

Benoit had his best fall camp according coaches and this was a huge factor on why Benoit will be the first in the relieve Freeman. The opportunity for Benoit popped up when it was announced that junior Thomas Tyner would miss the year due to shoulder surgery just before the start of fall camp.

Not looking for any glamour, Benoit is satisfied to do what is called upon for him to do. He knows he has the talent to help the Ducks out and now that the season is about to start, he is ready to go.

And he just may breakout along the way!

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific and will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks.


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