|Hometown:||Freehold Borough, N.J.|
2012 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games at corner and finished fifth on the team with 52 tackles, to go with 2.0 tackles for loss, an interception and four pass breakups… Opened the year with three tackles each in games at East Texas Baptist and at Salisbury… Tallied a then season-high six tackles with one for a loss against Mary Hardin-Baylor… Made another three stops at Louisiana College before recording another tree tackles and an interception against Birmingham Southern… Matched a season-high with six tackles and a pass breakup against Virginia-Lynchburg… One of his four tackles at Menlo College went for a loss… Broke up one pass and combined for five tackles over the next two games at Huntingdon and against Apprentice… Made one stop in the NCAA First Round against Mount Ida before going for a season-high seven tackles with a pass breakup against Cortland State… Concluded the season with a career-high 11 tackles in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
2011 (Freshman): Recorded 16 tackles with half coming on the solo variety … Also intercepted a pass… Recorded a season-high three stops in wins over Lynchburg (10/15), Salisbury (10/29) and in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Mary Hardin-Baylor (12/3)… Ran back an interception 22 yards for a touchdown at Husson (9/24) and made two tackles… Also had a pair of stops at Charleston Southern (10/1) and in the NCAA Semifinals at Mount Union (12/10).
Bender's Career Statistics
High School: Played football (Cicettelli), track (Marmarco), basketball (Debiez)...Made four playoff appearances, two state titles...First Team All-Shore...All Division...All Division...All County... Third Team All State...Rushed for 646 rushing yards, six touchdowns, 25 catches, 3 recieving touchdowns, six interceptions, and two pick sixes.
Personal: Born 05/05/1993... Son of Derrick and Tinette Bender... Siblings include Alexism Chelsi, and Laila.