According to Mike Huguenin at Yahoo! Sports, Louisville’s heralded Center Mario Benavides is the #20 interior lineman in college football, and “should be the best lineman in the Big East” this season.
20. C Mario Benavides, Louisville
Particulars: 6-4/280, Sr.; Los Fresnos (Texas) High
Buzz: He will be a four-year starter for the Cardinals. In his first three seasons, Benavides has made it through just one (his redshirt freshman season in 2009) unscathed. He missed one game in 2010 and missed the first three games last season. He also missed spring drills, but is 100 percent and should be the best lineman in the Big East.
Mario seems pleased:
— Mario Benavides (@supermariob55) August 19, 2012
As someone who’s invested as much blood and sweat in his team as any UofL player, and who is by all accounts an awesome guy, this is likely the first of many recognitions to come for Mr. Benavides this season.