Benton strives to be an impact player at Jacksonville

Nick Benton arrived at camp for the University of Jacksonville this week ready to take the next step in his college football career.

After a redshirt year in 2013 where he only played in the season opener, Benton got his first real taste of action a year ago, playing in all 11 games for the Dolphins.

“It was a good experience,” Benton said. “But I’m going into this year trying to get a starting spot.”

The talented defensive back out of Navarre racked up 12 tackles in 2014. He also came through with his first career interception in a 61-10 win over Limestone.

Benton played his role well for the Dolphins, who went 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Pioneer Football League. Jacksonville wasn’t eligible for the league championship last year due to an imposed penalty but will get an opportunity to contend for the crown this season.

Benton is counting on being a big part of the success.

“I learned a lot about the system last year,” Benton said. “It’s all about making plays. You have to make the most of your opportunities when you are on the field.”

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