Chico Bennett Jr.
2022 – All-ACC Honorable Mention … ACC Player of the Week twice (Sept. 26 & Oct. 24) … Second Team VaSID All-State … listed on the 2023 Senior Bowl preseason watch list.
2022 – Started final nine games of the season at UVA’s bandit position … led the UVA with seven sacks, the most by a Cavalier since Jordan Mack (7.5) in 2019 … five of his seven sacks came against ACC opponents … ninth UVA defensive linemen ever to win ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice in the same season … totaled 34 tackles (17 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries (co-led team), forced two fumbles (co-led team) and recovered a fumble .. in first game against former school Georgia Tech (Oct. 20) made career-high seven tackles and recorded his second multi-sack effort of the season en route to ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors … first multi-sack game came at Syracuse (Sept. 23), added four tackles and recovered a fumble in the contest. 2021 – Did not appear in any games.
Enrolled at UVA in spring of 2020 after spending the 2019 and 2020 seasons at Georgia Tech … appeared in 15 career games for the Yellow Jackets … led all freshman GT tacklers with 17 overall (12 solo) and 0.5 tackles-for-loss in 2019 before suffering a season-ending injury … set his career high of four solo tackles in his first collegiate appearance at then-No. 1 Clemson in 2019.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Played final two prep seasons at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn. after spending first two high-school campaigns at Rock Ridge H.S. in Ashburn, Va. … was named first-team all-state as a junior in 2017 and 2018 as a senior … earned first-team all-district and all-region recognition as a junior and senior … averaged 2.0 sacks per game as a junior and 1.0 sacks per contest as a senior … helped lead Battle Ground to a 12-3 record and appearance in Tennessee Division II Class AA state championship game as a senior … selected to participate in East vs. West Tennessee all-star game … four-year letterwinner and three-year starter across two schools … coached by Roc Batten (Battle Ground Academy) and Tony Talent (Rock Ridge) … also lettered in basketball and track … a member of a military family, Chico was born in Killeen, Texas and lived in Petersburg, Va., Germany, Leavenworth, Kan., Elizabethtown, Ky., Fairfax, Va. and Ashburn, Va. before moving away from home to attend Battle Ground Academy, a prestigious college preparatory school … rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … son of Marcie and Chico Bennett Sr. … father, Chico Sr., played football at Hawaii (1996-98) … mother, Marcie, played basketball at Texas State from (1992-97) … uncle, Leon Moore, played football at Tennessee State (1963-66) and went on to play three seasons in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams (1967-69)… major is Sociology.