21 Bené Benwikere
Bené  Benwikere


Los Angeles, Calif.

High School:
Serra HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 192




DB Jimmy Pruitt Becomes Third San Jose State Undrafted Free Agent Signee

15 Spartans now are listed on NFL off-season rosters.


A Welcome Home For Bené Benwikere

The two-time first-team all-conference DB returned to SJSU with the Carolina Panthers.


Travis Raciti Accepts East-West Shrine Game Invitation

The defensive tackle is the first Spartan named to a 2014 post-season all-star game.


Bené Benwikere Drafted By The Carolina Panthers

Bené Benwikere was the 148th overall player selected.


Bené Benwikere Turns In One Of The Top DB Vertical Leaps At NFL Combine

He was leaping with the best of them at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.


Sacramento State vs. San Jose State - Aug. 29, 2013

Photos from San Jose State's season-opener against Sacramento State on August 29, 2013.

AT SAN JOSE STATE: Completed four seasons with the Spartans... 47 games played and 30 career starts... Shares the San Jose State records for career pass interceptions (14), consecutive games with a pass interception (4) and single-game record of three interceptions ... Sixth on the school career list for interception return yardage with 213... A 2012 first-team All-Western Athletic Conference cornerback... First San José State player honored by the Walter Camp Football Foundation when he was named the National Defensive Player of the Week for games ending November 24, 2012... Pronounces his name Ben-ay Ben-WICK-urr-rhee.

2013: Team leader with five interceptions... Among the Mountain West and national leaders in interceptions and passes defended... Played and started in 11 games... Missed the Hawai'i game (10/5) due to experiencing concussion-like symptoms from the Utah State game... Tied the San Jose State record for consecutive games with an interception picking off a pass in the Colorado State, Wyoming, UNLV and San Diego State games... Fifth on the team in tackles with 55... Season-high four passes defended in the Sacramento State win (8/29) with an interception and three pass break-ups.

2012: First-team All-WAC defensive back... Two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Week... Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Player of the Week against Louisiana Tech (11/24)... Tied for third nationally and the WAC leader in interceptions (0.53/game)... Played in 13 games and was starter eight times... Began the year as a defensive back in nickel coverages... Started the last seven games of the season and was an impact player... Finished the season with 67 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries... 46 of his tackles, 6.5 of tackles for loss, six of his interceptions, both fumble recoveries and a blocked punt came in the last seven games... Tied a school record with three interceptions, all in the second half of the Louisiana Tech victory... Scored touchdowns on a 37-yard fumble recovery against New Mexico State (11/10) and a 47-yard interception return against Idaho (11/3)... Notched his single-game career high 11 tackles in the UTSA triumph (10/20)... Had a pair of 2.0 tackle for loss games at UTSA and BYU (11/17).

2011: Played in 10 games and started in the Hawai'i win (10/14) and against Idaho (11/5)...Saw most of his action as a cornerback...Credited with 18 tackles and had at least one stop in nine of the 10 games he played...Season high five tackles and the game-ending pass break-up vs. Hawai'i...His one assisted tackle for loss was at Louisiana Tech (10/29)...Came up with a pass interception at Brigham Young (10/8).

2010: Played in all 13 games and started nine times...Became a starter the second game of the season...In his first start, credited with eight tackles and a forced fumble against #11-Wisconsin (9/11)...One of six freshmen from the 2010 recruiting class to start at least nine games...Fourth on the team with 74 tackles... Season-high 10 tackles against Fresno State (10/23)...Nine tackles and a forced fumble against Louisiana Tech (11/27)...Team's leading tackler at Nevada (10/9) with 8.0 stops...Interception sealed the win over Southern Utah (9/18).

HIGH SCHOOL: A CalHi Sports first-team all-state and All-CIF selection for Serra High of Gardena, Calif., (Coach Scott Altenberg)...Team won the 2009 C.I.F. Division III state championship...Credited with 65 tackles, 5 pass break-ups and 5 interceptions in 2009...Three-sport letterwinner played basketball and was a sprinter and jumper in track and field...Played eight-man football as a freshman at View Park High in Los Angeles.

MORE ON BENÉ: A sociology major...Enjoys bowling...A cousin of former San Jose State All-WAC and current Cleveland Browns cornerback Christopher Owens...The native of Fontana, Calif., was born on September 3, 1991.


2010...FR 13 36 38 74 1.5/6 2 0 0 0 1 25 0 4
2011...SO 10 9 9 18 0.5/2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3
2012...JR 13 44 23 67 7.5/23 1 2 44 1 7 152 1 4
2013...SR 11 38 17 55 2.0/11 0 1 0 0 5 33 0 11
CAREER 47 127 87 214 11.5/42 3 2 44 1 14 213 1 22