2017 NFL Draft

Tim Benford, WR

School: Tennessee Tech  |  Conference: OVC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 205 lbs.
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03/31/2012 - Red Bank native, and former Tennessee Tech all-conference wideout Tim Benford models his game after New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz. Both slightly undersize, both from small schools. Only difference; Cruz has done it all, a Super Bowl ring and the stats to back it up. Benford is hoping to follow in those footsteps by improving his draft stock at UTC's pro day this Monday. "I mean it's a blessing to be in a situation you've been dreaming about your whole life," said Benford. The East-West Shrine Game, the NFL Combine. The past few months have been almost everything Benford has worked so hard for. His only issue, a rib injury limited him at the NFL Combine. Benford said, "the whole ride has been a roller coaster, up and down. It was frustrating but life goes on, you live and learn and make the best of it, that's all." Less than a month after the combine Benford did exactly that at Tennessee Tech's Pro Day posting an impressive 4.48 second 40 yard dash, but the work didn't stop there. Benford now feeling almost 100 percent is set for UTC's Pro Day where former Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman will bring a little extra attention. "Just coming to my own city, hometown guys, what more can you ask for. Just come down the street from where I live to play pitch and catch all day. No you can't beat that," said Benford. Benford who led Tennessee Tech in every receiving category said the pressure is gone, a hometown pro day catching passes from a hometown quarterback, "I'm just gonna get up and go, it's just another day in the playground for me. No butterflies, it's just business." - Paul Shahen, WRCB TV 3 News

03/16/2012 - Limited by a rib injury at last month's NFL combine, former Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford ran and jumped for scouts during the Golden Eagles' pro day Wednesday in Cookeville. At the combine, Benford participated in only the 40-yard dash and some catching drills during the receivers' day on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. He ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds and performed well in the drills, but scouts didn't get to see him doing the other running events or the vertical and broad jumps. Wednesday, with the ribs feeling better, the former Red Bank High School star was clocked in the 40 in 4.48 seconds. Posting a number below 4.5 seconds was significant, he said in a phone interview Thursday. "It's really good for me, coming from a small school," he said, adding that 40 times are very unpredictable because of the imprecise way they are timed - with guys holding stopwatches. "You don't ever know what they're going to put you down for." Benford said he covered 10 feet, 1 inch in the broad jump, had a 34-inch vertical and ran well in the other events. "It was all good and I'm glad to have it behind me so that now I can focus on football again," he said. Benford, the Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the year, had 65 receptions for 923 yards in 2011. He will participate in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's pro day on April 2, so he can catch passes from former Mocs quarterback B.J. Coleman. - John Frierson, The Chattanooga Times Free Press

02/24/2012 - Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford strolled into the media room at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, and he couldn't keep from smiling. It's been like that since he got to town for the NFL Combine. "I am still shocked right now with all ya'll sitting around here," Benford told reporters. "I am still surprised. It is an honor, though. It is a blessing. But it is overwhelming that I'm here. You see the combine on ESPN and wishing you could be here. To actually be here, it's humbling." Benford's mission: Prove to NFL coaches and scouts that he belongs. Big schools passed him over coming out of Red Bank High School. Benford was a star at Tech, however. He was a four-year starter who wrapped up his career as the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. As a senior he had 65 catches for 923 yards then he performed well at the East-West Shrine game. Benford received some valuable advice along the way from Tech Coach Watson Brown, who coached Falcons receiver Roddy White at UAB. "He always told me that me and Roddy have some similarities in my game," Benford said. "When he told me that my junior year it really opened my eyes up and I want to prove myself to people. I want the league to see what I can do. And I want to prove I can play on this bigger stage." - Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean

01/23/2012 - TOP TEN PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE EAST-WEST SHRINE: WR Tim Benford, Tennessee Tech: With long, skinny arms, Benford snatches the ball out of the air with soft, reliable hands. He is a precise, quicker-than-fast route-runner with smooth footwork in and out of his breaks and knows how to get open in the short-to-intermediate field. Benford has ordinary long speed and is a bit unproven as a downfield target, but he flashed athletic skills and is a near-certain draft pick in April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE WEDNESDAY: WR Tim Benford, Tennessee Tech: This small-school receiver was impressive in every practice. He has very good vision to quickly locate and snatch the ball out of the air with his long arms. Benford is only 199 pounds, but showed off his physicality, fighting for body position and winning several 1-on-1 drills against tight coverage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE TUESDAY: Another pair of small-school receivers continues to impress during practices. Tennessee Tech receiver Tim Benford is a natural plucker, using his unusually long arms (33??-inches, longer than 10 offensive linemen participating this week) to snatch the ball out of the air. He looks quicker than fast with sharp footwork to break out of his routes with sudden burst. Benford is a bit lean and he wasn't as impressive on deep-ball opportunities, but he was a popular player among NFL teams talking to prospects after practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/12/2011 - Quarterback Tre Lamb accounted for three touchdowns Saturday as Tennessee Tech upended Eastern Kentucky 28-21 in an Ohio Valley Conference game. Lamb passed for two scores and ran for a third as the Golden Eagles (6-3, 5-2) moved into a tie atop the OVC with Eastern Kentucky (6-4, 5-2). The loss ended a five-game winning streak for Eastern Kentucky, which managed just 194 total yards. H.B. Banjoman ran 1 yard for the Colonels' first touchdown before Lamb warmed up. His two scoring passes came in the second quarter, to Zack Ziegler for 6 yards and Cody Matthews for 16. They sandwiched T.J. Pryor's 1-yard scoring pass to Matt Lengel, the first of Pryor's two touchdown tosses. The second came in the fourth quarter, an 11-yarder to tie it at 21-21. That set up Lamb's game-winning play. With 6:35 left, he scored from the 4 and Tennessee Tech held on. - AP Sports

10/29/2011 - Dontey Gay broke a tie early in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard run, and Tennessee Tech held on to beat Jacksonville State 21-14 on Saturday. Tennessee Tech (5-2, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) is now tied for first place in the conference with Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky. The Golden Eagles took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter when Adam Urbano scored on a 5-yard run. Jacksonville State (5-3, 4-1) responded with a 13-play, 70-yard drive that was capped by Coty Blanchard's 13-yard touchdown TD run to tie the game at 14-14 late in the third quarter. But Gay, who also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, answered with his go-ahead score for Tennessee Tech with 13:06 left to play. Tim Benford had four catches for 37 yards, breaking Tennessee Tech's school record in receptions that was previously held by Larry Shipp. Benford now has 197 career catches. - AP Sports

10/02/2011 - On a night of big plays by both teams, Tennessee Tech's Tre Lamb made the last and biggest one. His 14-yard touchdown pass to Jack Ziegler with 1:25 to play gave the Golden Eagles a dramatic 34-31 victory over Tennessee-Martin Saturday night in an Ohio Valley Conference game. Earlier in the fourth quarter, Lamb's 1-yard touchdown had given Tennessee Tech (4-1, 3-0) a 27-24 lead before Tevi Barksdale scored his second short touchdown run of the evening to give UT-Martin (2-2, 1-2) its last lead. The score and momentum had switched all night, beginning with Kevin Barfield's 99-yard kickoff return for a first-quarter touchdown for the Skyhawks. But Lamb responded with a 72-yard scoring pass to Tim Benford in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Tennessee Tech's Corey Watson intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. In the end, Lamb's scoring pass to Ziegler prevailed. - AP Sports

09/25/2011 - A career night by quarterback Tre Lamb and an all-purpose performance by running back Dontey Gay enabled Tennessee Tech to outlast Southeast Missouri 38-31 in an Ohio Valley Conference shootout Saturday night. Lamb completed 27 of 37 passes for a career-high 283 yards and a touchdown. Gay's 247 all-purpose yards included 146 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also caught seven passes for 101 yards. His 4-yard scoring run with 2:38 left to play gave the Tennessee Tech (3-1, 2-0) the win and its best start since 2007. Levi Terrell ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns for Southeast Missouri (0-3, 0-1) and nearly enabled the Redhawks to pull an upset. But in the third quarter, it was a Tennessee Tech goal-line stand that denied Terrell and Southeast Missouri. Three times, the Golden Eagles stopped the Redhawks at the 1 yard line. - AP Sports

09/18/2011 - Dontey Gay ran for three touchdowns, Tre Lamb passed for 240 yards and another score, and Tennessee Tech beat Eastern Illinois 31-20 Saturday in both teams' Ohio Valley Conference opener. Gay scored on short runs in each of the first three quarters as the Golden Eagles (2-1) ran off 31 unanswered points. He finished with 96 yards rushing on 24 carries. After a first-quarter 28-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Chris Wright for the game's first score, Eastern Illinois (1-2) sputtered offensively until the fourth. Garoppolo found Wright for another touchdown, this one from 21 yards out, then hit Sam Hendricks with a 4-yarder to pull Eastern Illinois within 31-20. But the Panthers were stopped on their next possession and Tennessee Tech ran out the clock. The Golden Eagles' defense held the Panthers to just minus-6 net rushing yards. Garoppolo threw for 301 yards but was intercepted three times. - AP Sports

08/04/2011 - Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown is feeling optimistic now that his young Golden Eagles finally have grown up. The Golden Eagles have been picked to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference. But Watson has 21 starters - and 49 letter winners - back on a team that now is among the OVC's deepest and most experienced teams. Senior wide receiver Tim Benford says the Golden Eagles aren't young pups anymore. He says they know what they need to do to win, and have the experience and depth to compete. - AP Sports


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