Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker and assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Seth Wallace have to just be ecstatic to return what they do at the linebacker spots entering 2022.
One of the returning stars is redshirt senior linebacker Seth Benson. The 6-foot, 229 pound linebacker from Sioux Falls, S.D., may have been overshadowed at times by what his counterpart Jack Campbell accomplished in 2021, but his returning production and experience is vital for the Hawkeyes’ defense.
Benson racked up 105 total tackles, eight quarterback hurries, 5.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two sacks and one interception during the 2021 campaign. His interception was one of three that the Hawkeyes forced against Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy in Iowa’s 27-17 win over the Cyclones. That interception set up a Caleb Shudak field goal that staked the Hawkeyes to a two-score lead.
Benson’s career high in tackles came against Northwestern during the 2020 season when he tallied 13 stops. He had a pair of 10-tackle games last season with his most recent such effort coming against the Purdue Boilermakers on Oct. 16, 2021. Benson also had eight assisted tackles in the Hawkeyes’ come-from-behind win over Nebraska on Nov. 26.
His ability to rush the passer from the linebacker position was part of what helped Iowa finish as the No. 13 scoring defense, surrendering just 19.2 points per game in 2021. Benson finished with a pair of quarterback hurries in Iowa’s 23-20 win over Penn State last year and he had a pair of pass breakups in the Hawkeyes’ 33-23 victory over Illinois on Nov. 20, 2021.
Playing alongside the national leader in tackles from the 2021 season in fellow Iowa linebacker Campbell, Benson is primed to shine once more in 2022. Let’s take a look at his snapshot profile entering the 2022 season.
Preseason player profile
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Class in 2022: Redshirt senior
247Sports composite ranking
2018 two-star / No. 100 inside linebacker / No. 2 player from South Dakota
Depth chart overview
Benson is another one of Iowa’s great developmental success stories. After arriving as an unheralded two-star signee in the 2018 class, Benson has now started in 21 consecutive games.
Benson is entrenched atop the defensive depth chart as Iowa’s starting weak side linebacker opposite Campbell. Make no mistake. His presence is a huge part of the reason many view Iowa’s linebackers as one of the nation’s best units in all of college football.
Full snapshot profile series
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Linebacker: Jack Campbell
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