2003: Benavante will battle for a spot in the Trojans' bullpen.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: "Al has made great strides and as a lefty should give us an out against tough left-handed hitting."
2002: Benavente redshirted as a 2002 freshman.
2001: Did not play in his 2001 freshman season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned all-area honors at El Rancho High in Pico Rivera, Calif...earned All-Del Rio League first team honors...threw four shutouts in his junior season...also played quarterback and linebacker on the football team.
PERSONAL: Majoring in sociology...parents are Al and Linda...birthdate is Sept. 30, 1982.