2017 (Freshman): Played in nine games on the season ... Returned seven punts for 23 total yards including a long of nine yards against Davidson (Sept. 9) ... Recorded three punt returns at Chattanooga (Sept. 30) ... Credited with two tackles on special teams in the road win at VMI (Oct. 21) ... Named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year letter winner as a kick returner and wide receiver ... Was a two-time first team All-Region selection ... Finished his prep career with 85 receptions for 1,633 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Returned 15 kickoffs for 312 yards, averaging nearly 21 yards per return with one TD ... As a senior, hauled in a career-high 43 passes for 820 yards and seven scores, adding five rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown in earning second-team All-Midlands honors ... Received the Bengal Captain and Bengal Wide Receiver Awards as a senior ... High school head coach was Dan Morgan.
Personal: Full name is Robert Kenneth Benton, but prefers to go by "Kenny" ... Is the son of Melissa and Robert Benton ... His brother,