2009 (Senior): Played in all 12 contests on special teams and as an occasional weakside guard...Saw reserve action on the offensive line at weakside guard in huge 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), alternating with Jake Gdowski in filling void left by Shelley Smith (ankle); helped Rams outgain the Buffs on the ground, 168-29...Saw considerable snaps as a backup guard in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 12)...Played on the offensive line for stretches of second half in losses at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24) and vs. Air Force (Oct. 31).
2008 (Junior): Played in eight games...Dressed but did not play in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), then in the Rams' first home contest, a dramatic 23-20 win over Sacramento State (Sept. 6), played the entire second half at weak-side guard...In 28-25 victory vs. Houston (Sept. 20), played the last half of the third quarter at center in place of an injured Tim Walter (knee)...Played briefly for an injured Shelley Smith at Cal (Sept. 27), at weak-side guard in the second half...Against TCU (Oct. 11), played the entire second half at strong-side guard for an injured Adrian Martinez, then saw fourth-quarter action on the line at No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18)...Also saw brief second-half action in 45-42 loss to No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1)...Played in place of an injured Adrian Martinez (knee) at strong-side guard much of the day in win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15).
2007 (Sophomore): Started at guard in all three of his games played, vs. Cal (Sept. 8), at Houston (Sept. 22) and vs. Air Force (Oct. 13), before a foot injury sidelined him the remainder of the year.
2006 (Freshman): Started a total of six games at both guard positions...Saw playing time vs. Weber State (Sept. 2) and Fresno State (Sept. 30)...Made his first career start, at left guard, vs. UNLV (Oct. 7) and started the next five games...Did not start at Utah (Nov. 11) or at San Diego State (Dec. 2) but saw significant playing time in each...Started at right guard vs. TCU (Nov. 25).
2005: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: A two-way stalwart at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo., earned first-team all-state recognition from the Rocky Mountain News...First-team all-conference selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman...Three-year letterwinner in football...Participated in the Colorado all-star game...Also lettered four years in track and field as a thrower...Earned the Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award...Played for head football coach Dave Gonzales.
Personal: Given name James Scott Benedict...Born Feb. 1, 1987, in Englewood, Colo. ...Son of Jim and Carol Benedict...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Aurora, Colo.