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    Kevin Bentley
    Kevin Bentley

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    North Hills, Calif.

    High School:
    Montclair Prep

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 233

    Position:
    Linebacker

    Birthdate:
    12/29/1979

    Eligibility:
    Sr.



    General: Selected in the NFL Draft's fourth round (101st pick) by the Cleveland Browns ... Three-time All-Big Ten selection (second team in 1999 and 2001, and honorable mention in 2000) ... Closes career with 390 tackles -- fifth most in NU history ... Also ranks fifth all-time with 34 tackles for loss.

    2001: Butkus Award preseason candidate ... Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and honorable mention by the media ... One of team?s most athletic and skilled performers ... Led team in tackles (147) ... Ranked third in the Big Ten and ninth nationally in tackles per game (13.3) ... Notched a career-high 20 hits (13 solos) vs. Bowling Green (Nov. 17) ... Registered a team-high 15 hits (nine solos) vs. Iowa (Nov. 10) ... Recorded double-digit tackle totals in first four games -- 16 at UNLV, 11 at Duke, 16 vs. Michigan State and 12 at Ohio State ... Held to a season-low seven hits Oct. 13 vs. Minnesota (Oct. 13) ... Racked up 13 tackles, including two for a loss vs. Penn State ... Totaled 13 tackles and a fumble recovery at Purdue ... Had a 45-yard fumble return that led to a key second-half touchdown at UNLV ... Nine tackles at Indiana ... 15 tackles, a fumble recovery and pass deflection in career-ending game at Illinois ... Played in 2001 Christmas Day Blue-Gray Game, and was named the MVP for the winning Blue team (16 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble).

    2000: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media ? Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (9/24) ? Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/24) ? Started 11 of 12 games ? Did not start against Illinois due to a sprained knee ? Was fourth on the team with 86 tackles, 53 solo ? Tied for third on the team with 11 tackles for loss ? Recorded three sacks ? Also had one interception, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ? Returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown at Wisconsin ? Also had a fumble recovery vs. Northern Illinois ? Had two sacks vs. Duke and one vs. Indiana ? Had a tackle for loss in nine of 11 regular-season games ? Had five games of 10 or more tackles ? Tallied 13 tackles vs. Wisconsin and Purdue ? Named Defensive Player of the Game one time and Big Playmaker once.

    1999: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media ... Started all 11 games ... Led the Big Ten and finished fifth in the country with 148 tackles ... Tackle total was seventh best in NU history ... Had 25 tackles, including 21 solo, against Indiana ... Recorded two interceptions, including one for a touchdown (Purdue) ... Led NU with two fumble recoveries ... Recorded two sacks for 20 yards ... Second on the team with 10 TFLs ... Won the Wildcats' MVP award, given by the coaches ... Earned championship performance recognition six times, defensive player of the game four times and big playmaker of the game three times.

    1998: Saw action in 11 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams ... Recorded nine tackles on the year ... Had four tackles at Wisconsin ... Had one tackle for loss (-5 yards) vs. Penn State.

    High School: Named SuperPrep Top 100 in the Far West region ... Los Angeles Times All-Valley ... Team captain his last two seasons ... In his junior and senior years, he recorded 220 tackles, six fumble recoveries and one interception as a linebacker ... As a fullback, he rushed for 1,000 yards, scored 22 touchdowns and caught 40 balls for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Team captain ... Montclair Prep advanced to the state playoffs each of those two seasons ... Was a two-sport letterwinner in football and basketball ... High school football coach was George Gianini ... Member of the 10th and 11th grade honor society ... Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

    Personal: Born Kevin Kinte Bentley on 12/29/79 ... Son of Sylvia Bentley ... Communication studies major.

    Bentley's Career Stats

    Year	GP	ST	AT	TT	TFL	INT	PBU	FR	FF	SAk
    1998	11	4	5	9	1/0	0/0	0	0	0	0/0
    1999	11	91	57	148	10/39	2/40	5	2	1	2/20
    2000	12	53	33	86	11/56	1/19	3	2	0	3/21
    2001	11	82	65	147	12/33	0/0	2	3	1	1/6
    CAREER	45	230	160	390	34/128	3/59	10	7	2	6/47