22 Duane Bennett  
Duane Bennett

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
O'Fallon Township

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 205

Position:
Running Back


11/27/2011

Golden Gophers Honored at Season-Ending Banquet

Junior quarterback MarQueis Gray honored as team MVP.

11/26/2011

Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes

Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes

11/22/2011

Coach Kill Press Conference Transcript - 11.22.11

Coach Kill addressed the Twin Cities media Tuesday afternoon

11/21/2011

Gophers Send Seniors Off With Contest vs. Illinois

Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

11/19/2011

Minnesota Postgame Quotes

Wildcats 28, Golden Gophers 13

11/19/2011

Minnesota vs. Northwestern - 11/19/11

AP photos from today's game.

11/12/2011

FB vs Wisconsin 11.12.11

FB vs Wisconsin

11/12/2011

Minnesota 13, Wisconsin 42

Gophers drop to 2-8.

10/22/2011

Minnesota vs. No. 13 Nebraska - AP Photos - 10/22/11

Minnesota vs. No. 13 Nebraska - AP Photos - 10/22/11

Photo Gallery

2011• SENIOR SEASON:
Started all 12 games at running back • finished Gopher career with 2,126 rushing yards, which ranks him 13th all-time in Minnesota history • finished 2011 season with 166 carries for 639 yards and three touchdowns • recorded three receptions for 23 yards • rushed 23 times for season-high 127 yards at Northwestern in Week 11 • named the Kickoff Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for his 96-yard kickoff return for a TD vs. Wisconsin in Week 10• earned fourth varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: 15 carries for 56 yards and Minnesota's only rushing touchdown in season-opener at USC (9/3) • ran nine times for 25 yards vs. New Mexico State (9/10) • seven rushes for 12 yards in win over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) • blocked a punt and returned it four yards for a touchdown vs. the Red Hawks, earning Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors • rushed 13 times for 74 yards against North Dakota State (9/24) • carried the ball nine times for 33 yards at Michigan (10/1) • 15 carries for 53 yards at Purdue (10/8) • 12 rushes for 55 yards and one TD vs. Nebraska (10/22) • had 20 carries for 101 yards and one score vs. Iowa (10/29) • 13 carries for 42 yards at Michigan State (11/5) • 19 rushes for 68 yards vs. Wisconsin (11/12) • returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown vs. the Badgers • toted pigskin 23 times for season-high 127 yards at Northwestern (11/19) • 23 carries for 57 yards vs. Illinois (11/26).

2010 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Appeared in all 12 games and started seven this year at running back• led Minnesota with 996 all-purpose yards in 2010 • 529 rushing yards on 123 carries including three touchdowns • also hauled in 33 receptions for 319 yards and one touchdown • threw for one touchdown • returned nine kicks for a total of 148 yards in 2010 • earned third varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Posted game and career highs in carries (30) and rushing yards (189) against Middle Tennessee State (9/2) • Also hauled in three receptions for eight yards to finish the game with 197total yards of offense. • led the Gophers ground game to its highest production in three years (306 yards against Miami-Ohio, 9/8/07) • tallied second-career 100-yard game (106 yards against Michigan in 2007) and became Minnesota's first 100- yard rusher since DeLeon Eskridge ran for 124 against Illinois in 2008 • Bennett's 30 carries and 189 rushing yards were the most by a Gopher since Amir Pinnix carried the ball 34 times for 206 yards against Texas Tech in the 2006 Insight Bowl • ran for 110 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns against South Dakota (9/11) • became the first Gopher to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games since Amir Pinnix in 2007 • also caught one pass for 12 yards against the Coyotes • carried the ball seven times for eight yards against USC (9/18) • had 24 carries for 78 yards against Northern Illinois (9/25) • also made three catches for 28 yards against the Huskies • racked up 29 net yards on the ground against Northwestern (10/2) on 12 carries while also throwing an eight-yard touchdown to Eric Lair in the second quarter for Bennett's first career passing touchdown • also caught one pass for a 38-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Wildcats • caught one pass for 34 yards against Wisconsin (10/9) while also gaining two net yards on three carries • also returned one kick for a three-yard gain against the Badgers • gained 30 yards on five carries against Purdue (10/16) while also making three catches, losing three yards • gained 12 yards on five carries against Penn State( 10/23) while also making five catches for 71 yards and returning three kicks for 66 yards • caught two passes for six yards against Ohio State (10/30) while also returning one kick for 30 yards • led the Gophers receivers with seven catches for 57 yards against Michigan State (11/6) • also had two carries for 12 net yards against the Spartans • caught five passes for 47 yards and added another 10 net yards on the ground against Illinois (11/13) • contributed 86 all-purpose yards in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27) • carried the ball 11 for 63 net yards including one touchdown run while also making two catches for 23 yards • also completed one pass for a two-yard gain against the Hawkeyes.

2009 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
returned from season-ending knee injury in 2008 to be the Gophers' leading rusher in 2009, compiling 376 yards on 98 carries (3.8 avg), with six touchdowns • also a threat in the passing game, he caught 16 passes for 194 yards (12.1 avg) and two scores • carried the ball a team-high 98 times on the season • collected a season high 89 yards against Northwestern • recorded six of the Gophers' 13 rushing touchdowns this season • had a career day in the passing game against Michigan State, catching two passes, each for touchdowns, and tallying a career-high 121 receiving yards • finished the season sixth on the Gopher receiving charts with 172 yards on the season • earned second varsity letter. Game-by-Game: In the 23-20 OT win over Syracuse (9/5), led the Golden Gophers in rushing with 78 yards on 16 carries • scored the first touchdown of the game against the Orange on a 16-yard run, which was the first time he touched the ball in a game since returning from his 2008 knee injury • rushed seven times for 78 yards in the 20-13 win over Air Force (9/12), while also catching two passes for • in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19), carried the ball seven times for 16 yards and caught one pass • in the 35-24 win at Northwestern, rushed for a game-high 89 yards and three touchdowns • in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3), rushed two times for 20 yards, including a 19-yard burst • also against Wisconsin, scored his fifth touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge • in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10) rushed nine times for 53 yards, including a season-long run of 29 yards • in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/20), caught three passes for 18 yards • in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24), rushed four times for 14 yards and caught one pass for seven yards • in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31), had a career-best game receiving with 121 yards and two touchdowns on two receptions, to go along with his 36 yards rushing and one touchdown on 14 carries • in the 35-32 loss to Illinois (11/7), rushed four times for 15 yards and caught one pass for a nine-yard gain • in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14), carried the ball six times for 14 yards and returned three kickoffs for 27 yards • caught two passes for 13 yards in the 14-13 Insight Bowl loss to Iowa State (12/31).

2008 • REDSHIRT SEASON:
Granted redshirt after sustaining knee injury in second game • entered the season as one of the Big Ten's top young running backs • suffered a season-ending knee injury on a screen pass in the second game of the year at Bowling Green • had started the first two games of the season and was the Gophers' leading rusher with 32 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns at the time of the injury • had also hauled in 12 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown and at the time, ranking second on the team in both catches and receiving yards per game • earned second letter. Game-by-Game: rushed 18 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois (8/30) • scored on runs of 61 yards and 1 yard against the Huskies • the 1-yard TD run was scored with 22 second to play and proved to be the game-winner • had a strong game at Bowling Green (9/6) before going down with the injury • totaled 48 yards on 14 rushes and had a career-high eight receptions for 100 yards, including a 34-yards touchdown grab.

2007 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Earned Freshman All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News • appeared in 10 of 12 games • the Gophers' starting running back in seven contests • made six of his seven starts during Big Ten play • earned his first career start against Big Ten champion Ohio State (9/29) • finished the year ranked second on the team in carries (107) and third on the squad in both rushing yards (442) and rushing touchdowns (3) • compiled 370 of his rushing yards in Big Ten games to rank second in the conference among freshmen in rushing yards during conference play • led all Minnesota running backs with 18 receptions for 145 yards • his 18 receptions are the most by a Gopher running back since Tellis Redmon had 32 in 2000 • also had a receiving touchdown and ranked sixth on the team in scoring with 24 points • earned his first letter • Game-by-Game: had one carry for six yards and one reception for six yards in the season opener vs. Bowling Green (9/1) • totaled 34 yards on five carries and had a two-yard catch against Miami (Ohio) (9/8) • came off the bench to rush for 81 yards on seven attempts, including a season-long rush of 44 yards, in his first career Big Ten game vs. Purdue (9/22) • also scored his first career touchdown on a four-yard run against the Boilermakers • gained 34 yards on 16 carries and had a season-high four receptions for 39 yards vs. Ohio State (9/29) • had eight carries for 28 yards, including a one-yard touchdown plunge, at Indiana (10/6) • rushed eight times for 31 yards and hauled in three receptions for a season-high 71 yards against North Dakota State (10/20) • also had a 32-yard touchdown catch to go along with a season-long 35 yard reception vs. the Bison • logged his first career 100-yard rushing game and set season-high rushing marks at Michigan (10/27) with 106 yards on 20 carries, including a 20-yard run • became the first true freshman at Minnesota to rush for 100 yards since Laurence Maroney in 2003 • also had three catches for nine yards against the Wolverines • rushed 12 times for 35 yards against Illinois (11/3) • had 49 yards rushing on 18 carries and three receptions for 23 yards at Iowa (11/10) • rushed 12 times for 37 yards and had a two-yard touchdown run in the season-finale vs. Wisconsin (11/17).

HIGH SCHOOL:
A 2007 graduate of O'Fallon Township High School (Ill.) • high school coach was Todd Moeller • named to the PrepStar Midwest Region Team • the 135th-ranked running back in the nation by ESPN.com • finished his senior season with 1,362 yards and 22 touchdowns • totaled 993 yards rushing on 112 carries with 12 touchdowns his junior year • concluded his career with 443 carries for 3,419 yards and 40 scores.

PERSONAL:
Son of Daryl Bennett and Chantya Floyd • first name is pronounced DOO-on • born June 11, 1989 • sociology major.