3 Tim Benford
3 Tim Benford
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School: Red Bank
Position: WR

Named first-team all-OVC last year as a sophomore, Tim Benford will once again be among the headliners in the Golden Eagle offense...an impact player from the start, Tim was named the OVC Newcomer of the Year while setting school records in his rookie season...followed that with another outstanding year in 2009...comes into his third campaing as a preseason all-OVC selection and poised to shatter the TTU record books...owns 98 career receptions (ranks 9th all-time) for 1,305 yards (ranks 11th)...has 12 career TD catches...dangerous wide receiver who can cause opponents to adjust defenses to compensate for his skills...continued to improve during spring drills...increased his speed...hard worker...could become one of the program's top players once his career is added up...one of only five players in school history with multiple-TD games receiving...has caught passes in every game in which he has played.

AT TECH -- (In 2009):
Tim was the starter in 10 games in 2009, missing the Eastern Illinois contest...had receptions in all 10 games including multiple catches in eight contests...season-high six catches for 159 yards at UT Martin for his second career 100-yard game...topped the century mark for the second time in the season and third time in his career with 122 yards on five catches against Tennessee State...also posted five catches each against Eastern Kentucky and Georgia..ranked eighth in the OVC in receptions per game and fourth in receiving yards per game (58.0).

(In 2008):
Tim ranked first in the OVC in receptions, setting a school record with 68 catches...ranked among league leaders in receiving touchdowns (second), receptions per game (second), receiving yards (fifth) and receiving yards per game (seventh)...had 68 catches for 782 yards and nine touchdowns...his 10 TD catches tied the school single-season record...his 68 receptions broke the previous mark (55 by Walter Hill) by 13 catches...season-high 10 catches against Austin Peay was one shy of a school record...also led Tech in scoring with 60 points on his 10 touchdowns...flirted with 100-yard mark receiving twice, getting 99 yards in five catches in first collegiate game against Gardner-Webb, and matching it with 99 yards on four receptions vs. Central Methodist...finally snapped the 100-yard mark with 10 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns at Austin Peay...finished with 782 yards through the air, ranking as the seventh-best season in school history...also caught two TD passes in game against Eastern Kentucky, finishing with eight receptions for 57 yards.

HIGH SCHOOL: A much-honored athlete at Red Bank High School, Tim posted some impressive numbers as a four-year letterman and three-year starter...as a senior, he set three school records with 62 catches for 1,143 yards and 17 touchdowns, finishing his career with 156 receptions for 2,396 yards and 34 touchdowns...also had 14 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns in 2007...playing defensive back, he made 38 tackles as a senior with seven interceptions and five touchdowns...honors include second-team all-state as a junior and first-team all-state as a senior...team captain...three-time all-region pick...named the Region Offensive Player of the Year in 2007...twice named to the "Best of Preps" team...selected as that team's Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on The Tennessean "Dream Team" as a senior.

PERSONAL: The son of Tim Lloyd and Karen Davis...full name is Timothy LeBron Benford...birthdate is September 7, 1989...majoring in interdisciplinary studies.