Sun Devil Running Back Eno Benjamin Selected By Cardinals

After two extremely productive seasons in Tempe, Eno Benjamin is now officially a member of the National Football League after the hometown Cardinals selected the standout Arizona State running back with the 222nd pick in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

“I thought I’d be taken in the third round,” Benjamin said from his home in Texas moments after being picked. “I’m forever grateful to be drafted. I can’t be mad.”

Who could be mad joining an exciting young backfield featuring Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds and, of course, Kyler Murray?

Benjamin said he spoke to Drake during the draft process, has run routes with Chase Edmonds and knows Murray from the two growing up relatively close to one another in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

A workhorse under head coach Herm Edwards after arriving in Tempe as an early enrollee in 2017. His first season Benjamin played behind veteran upperclassmen Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard before breaking out his sophomore season when the starting opportunity presented itself. Benjamin opted to forego his senior season and sat out ASU’s Sun Bowl win over Florida State on New Year’s Eve in El Paso.

In 2018 Benjamin set a single-season ASU rushing record with 1,642 yards, including a 312-yard outburst on 30 carries against Oregon State, also a Sun Devil milestone.

Last fall the Wylie, Texas native’s numbers trailed off a bit as a junior but he still tallied 1,083 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 42 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

Benjamin said there wasn’t much suspense where he was headed when he felt his cell phone buzz Saturday afternoon.

“The 602 [area code] was Arizona,” he said. “I knew right off the bat…at the end of the day I knew I just needed one shot and one opportunity.”

Welcome home…again, Eno.

 

A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.