2015 East-West Shrine Game Participant
2014 Burlsworth Trophy Finalist
2014 Third-Team All-American (Associated Press)
2014 First-Team All-SEC (Associated Press, ESPN.com)
2014 Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches)
2014 SEC Offensive Lineman of Week (at LSU; vs. Texas A&M; vs. Vanderbilt)
CAREER: One of the best development stories under offensive line guru John Hevesy ... Went from a walk-on to starting along the offensive line during the 2013 campaign and became a Third-Team All-American as a senior in 2014 ... A leader in the locker room who was a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy presented to the nation’s top walk-on player … Stepped into the starting role in the second week of the 2013 season due to an injury to Justin Malone and started the final 25 games of his career.
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Graded out the highest among any offensive lineman on the squad during the year … Started all 13 games including one game at center (Texas A&M) … Voted third-team All-American by the Associated Press and was a first-team All-SEC selection by the media … The only SEC player this season to earn SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times … Led the team in pancake blocks … Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following the season … Graded out a champion in every game highlighted by dominant performances at LSU, vs. Texas A&M and vs. Vanderbilt … Stepped into the starting center role in win over the Aggies due to suspension of Dillon Day.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started the final 12 of the campaign ... Started in place of an injured Justin Malone in the second week of the season against Alcorn State (9/7) and started the remainder of the year ... Helped MSU to one of its best offensive seasons in program history, averaging 434.4 yards per game, which shattered the single-season record of 422.0 yards in 1982 ... Opened lanes for 29 rushing touchdowns, which ranked second in school history and two shy of the school record ... Gave pocket protection for the Bulldogs to average a school record 244.5 passing yards per game … Provided time and space for 23 MSU total touchdowns during SEC games, the second most under a Dan Mullen-coached squad ... Helped MSU to 45 points in the first half against Troy (9/21), the most in a half in the modern era (since 1950), and the second-most ever ... Against LSU (10/5), opened holes for five rushes of 20 or more yards during the game’s 36 carries ... Created space for MSU to gain 447 yards of total offense against Kentucky (10/24) ... Helped the Bulldogs convert 10 third-down attempts versus UK, their most since 10 at UK in 2012 ... Opened holes for 556 yards of total offense at Texas A&M (11/9), the most ever during an SEC contest under Mullen … Capped the year with a dominant performance against Rice in the Liberty Bowl (12/31) as the squad racked up an MSU bowl record 533 yards of total offense.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Saw action in all 12 games, primarily on special teams with the kicking units ... Played 54 snaps in the season-opening victory against Jackson State, grading out at 82 percent with four pancake blocks ... Graded out at 78 percent at Alabama in nine snaps.
2011 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 11 games, serving on the extra point, field goal and punt coverage units ... Graded out at over 80 percent in eight of 10 games played ... Credited with a tackle against No. 3 Alabama.
2010 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: Joined the team as a walk-on and redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Did not receive any stars by any major publications during high school career ... A two-sport standout for Benton Academy in football and basketball ... Earned a place on the Shuman’s Ultimate 100 following an impressive performance at their event ... Following senior year, selected as a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) All-Star ... The Yazoo Herald Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Raiders finished senior year with a 4-6 record and 21.8 points per game average ... Squad went 3-7 during junior campaign ... Part of the offensive unit that scored 205 points, an average of 20.5 per contest ... Team topped the 38-point plateau in a pair of contests ... As a sophomore, helped the Raiders to a 6-4 record ... Squad totaled 215 points, good for an average of 21.5 a game and tallied 30 or more points three times.
PERSONAL: Born Benjamin Wyatt Beckwith on Dec. 27, 1991 … Graduated from MSU in December 2014 with a degree in kinesiology.