Accomplished songwriter/kick returner Lance Bennett averaged 22.7 yards on 24 kickoff returns and 6.6 yards on 10 punt returns in 2005. Bennett had an 86-yard kickoff return against Kentucky and a 41-yard return against Michigan State. He had a 23-yard punt return against Illinois.
In 2004, Bennett finished the season ranked fourth in the nation with a kickoff return average of 30.0 yards. Bennett broke free on a 98-yard kickoff return for touchdown for Indiana's final score of the game in the third quarter at then-No. 24 Oregon. His return for touchdown marked the second-longest kickoff scamper in IU school history. Two games later, at home against Michigan State, he set a school-record with a 94-yard punt return for touchdown.
For the season, he had team bests in kickoff return yards (599) and punt return yards (208). He finished third on the team with 807 all-purpose yards. Bennett closed the season with 80 or more return yards in six games and had at least one kickoff return of 30 yards or more versus six IU opponents. He popped a 56-yard kickoff return at home against Michigan.
As a sophomore, Bennett ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a 22.5-yard kick return average in 2003. Bennett's 70-yarder against Indiana State was the longest for a Hoosier all year.
Bennett also returned 11 punts, ranking seventh in the Big Ten with a 10.2-yard average in conference games.
Bennett earned all-city and all-state honors and was selected as the team MVP as a senior at Brooklyn's Poly Prep High School. Tabbed as the team's offensive MVP as a junior, Bennett also competed on the track and field team and was an All-American as part of the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams.
Off the field, Bennett is an accomplished musician and writer, co-writing the biggest hit off the Men In Black II Soundtrack, Will Smith's "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)." Bennett writes songs with his two brothers. The Bennett brothers also wrote the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl theme song and Smith's latest hit "Switch." He has written songs since he was eight years old., and most recently wrote and recorded the 2005-06 official team songs for the Hoosier football and basketball teams.
He graduated from high school in 2000 and has pursued his musical career since.
Born on Aug. 9 , 1982, Bennett is majoring in telecommunications.
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