Cornerback who is an all-star candidate in his senior season... pre-season second-team All-American according to The Sporting News (the fourth-best corner in the nation) and on everyone's pre-season first-team all-SEC squad...lone starting returnee in the Gamecocks' secondary... tall athlete who is considered a good cover corner... earned honorable mention All-SEC honors in 2005... has made 21 career starts and has appeared in all 35 games over the past three seasons... owns seven interceptions and 13 pass breakups... named the Outstanding Defensive Back during the 2006 spring drills.
2005: Started 10 games... recorded 31 tackles, including 23 solo stops en route to being named honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press... intercepted three passes and credited with a team-high 10 pass breakups... tied for third in the SEC in passes defended, averaging 1.08 per game... recorded the Gamecocks only forced turnover against UCF when he intercepted a pass late in the first half... also logged a sack in the season opener against UCF... did not start against either Troy or Auburn... picked off his second pass of the season against Troy... blocked a field goal attempt against Vanderbilt, the first blocked kick of any kind by a USC player since 2001... final interception came in the Clemson game... The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 14 cornerback in the land entering the 2005 season... limited in the 2005 spring drills after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
2004: Started all 11 games at cornerback... was the team's seventh-leading tackler with 32 stops, including 26 solo tackles... was second on the team with four interceptions and returned one fumble 35 yards versus Ole Miss... his four interceptions ranked tied for fourth in the SEC... had two interceptions in the road win over Alabama... also had interceptions vs. Troy and Florida... logged a season-high eight tackles in the victory at Vanderbilt... added six stops in the win at Kentucky.
2003: True freshman who played in all 12 games... saw action as a reserve defensive back and on special teams... credited with eight solo tackles... tallied a season-high three tackles in the victory over Vanderbilt.
2002: Spent one year at Hargrave Military Prep School... originally signed with USC in February, 2002.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Manning High School in 2002... played for Coach Robbie Briggs... was a 2001 Shrine Bowl participant... rated the #4 prospect in the state of South Carolina according to SuperPrep magazine... chose South Carolina over North Carolina and Clemson.
PERSONAL: Fredrick Bennett was born Dec. 31, 1983... his major is hotel, restaurant and tourism management.