LAFAYETTE — When asked how to describe St. Martinville running back Travien Benjamin, head coach Vincent Deruen only needed one word, "Toughness," Deruen said. "Toughness."
Benjamin describes his style at running back as an in-your-face approach. "When I play games I’m very physical," said Benjamin. "I like to get in people’s face all game long and just stay in their face." Benjamin began developing that toughness on the Tigers’ varsity football team as a freshman. He would go on to be named All-District as a sophomore and junior.
"This offseason I made myself more versatile, agility wise, and catching out of the backfield," Benjamin said.
Last season Benjamin ran for just over 1700 yards on 211 carries. His 22 touchdowns gave the Tigers a running attack defenders needed to respect and garnered him an all-state honorable mention. This year, he’s set his goals even higher.
"All-state, all-state. And a trip to the dome would be nice for my senior year."