As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Benson was suspended once for one game for a violation of team rules.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Mason started in Benson's place against Alcorn State and ran for a game-high 85 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown. Entered into the game in the second quarter, Benson gained 75 yards on 10 carries with two scores, showing the tackle-breaking form that helped him earn All-ACC honors last season. Last week, Johnson said the B-back position is probably the deepest that it has been in his 11 seasons at Tech.
“I’m proud of Jordan’s performance,” Benson said. “I believe he got in there, did pretty good, actually, for his first start.”