18 Aug

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Texas football mourns death of former running back Cedric Benson

The second-leading rusher in University of Texas football history with 5,540 career yards on the ground, Cedric Benson is the only Longhorn history to run for more than 1,000 in each of four seasons at UT (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — Cedric Benson, the second-leading rusher in University of Texas football history and one of the most prolific runners in NCAA history, died Saturday night at the age of 36 in a motorcycle accident, the details of which were not immediately made public.

Benson played for UT from 2001-04, rushing for 5,540 yards, and is the only Longhorn to run for more than 1,000 in each of four seasons. His career rushing total trails only the 6,279 of Ricky Williams in school history and ranks ninth in NCAA history. He reached the end zone 64 times for the Longhorns, and won the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation’s premier college running back, in his senior season.

The Midland, Texas native played for the Longhorns