By Chelcey Lowery
Arkansas Media Relations
While the Arkansas defense is filled with veteran contributors, freshman defensive back Eric Bennett has made his presence known for the Razorbacks.
Rated as one of the top football players in the state of Oklahoma coming out of high school, Bennett played quarterback, running back, receiver and corner at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla. He was ranked the No. 10 overall recruit in the state by Rivals.com. Bennett was named a 2009 Oklahoma 5A first-team all-state honoree as an all-purpose player.
Bennett also ran track in high school and clocked a 10.7 in the 100 meters.
Bennett is the son of Eric, Sr. and Stacy Bennett.
Q: Who is the teammate who has made the most positive impact on you since arriving in Fayetteville?
A: Rudell Crim. He’s just a natural leader. He’s an older guy so he’s been helping me work on my technique.
Q: What made you choose Arkansas over the other programs that were recruiting you?
A: I wanted to play in the best conference.
Q: What is your favorite part about game day?
A: Just being on the field is exciting.
Q: Who was your sports role model as a child?
A: It has changed every now and then. Dwayne Wade and Pat White are a couple, to name a few.
Q: What is your major and what do you plan to do after graduation?
A: Accounting. I will at least always have a job!
Q: Do you have any game day rituals?
A: Listening to music.
Q: Has your family been to a game yet? If so, how’d that feel?
A: Yes, they’ve been at all the home games. It feels great. Even though they are right down the street, I really enjoy seeing my grandmother and little cousin.
Q: What would be the perfect tailgating meal?
A: Chicken wings and barbeque!
Q: Besides football, what is something else you have a passion for?
A: Being helpful around the community, especially working with kids.
Q: If you could use one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
Q: Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
A: Yes, everyone calls me E.B.