Mario Benavides, C

School: Louisville  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Los Fresnos, TX
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 297 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Career Notes
Mainstay on the offensive line... has only missed four games in his career, despite suffering a number of major injuries... Started 47 games in his career.
2012 Season
Started all 13 games at center.
2011 Season
Has made 10 straight starts at center after missing the first three games due to injury... missed the first three games of the season due to a knee injury... returned to action versus Marshall.
2010 Season
Has been one of the most consistent players in the program ... missed his first game of his career versus Arkansas State ... started 12 of 13 games at center.
2009 Season
Stepped in as a red-shirt freshman and started all 12 games at center ... took over as the starter in fall training camp and never let go of the position ... named to Phil Steele's Postseason First Team All-Freshmen squad.
High School
Played for Scott Ford at Los Fresnos High School ... enrolled at Louisville in January and participated in spring practice ... rated the No. 33 offensive tackle and a three-star prospect by Scout.com ... voted All-Metro co-Most Valuable Player as a senior ... selected first team All-State, All-District and All-Metro as a junior ... rated the No. 2 prospect in South Texas by Scout.com ... three-time 32-5A All-District performer, received All-Valley twice, Associated Press All-State in 2006 ... was a big reason why Los Fresnos won back-to-back 32-5A District championships in 2006-07 and pancaked an astounding 200 defenders (45 in `05, 74 in `06, 81 in `07) in his three seasons for the Falcons ... rated the No. 40 offensive guard prospect by Rivals.com.
Injury Report
2011: Missed the first three games of the season due to a knee injury.
Son of Anne and Mario Benavides... born 11/23/89... marketing major.
Latest News
01/02/2013 - Scouting the Louisville running game: This was a strength until the last three games, when the offensive line was routinely pushed around and junior Jeremy Wright rarely had open creases. The Cards rushed for a total of 116 yards against Syracuse, Connecticut and Rutgers, dropping their per-game average to 127.1. Wright finished with 740 yards to lead the team and scored nine TDs, but is a one-cut guy whose longest run was just 32 yards. Backup Corvin Lamb had just 11 carries for 50 yards and was a third-stringer until Senorise Perry, who compiled 705 yards and 11 TDs while sharing time with Wright in the first 10 games, tore his ACL at Syracuse. C Mario Benavides and LT Alex Kupper are the top O-linemen for a unit which relies more on technique and intelligence than raw strength. - The Sports Xchange

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