MB native Benton makes NFL debut with Cowboys

Former Myrtle Beach High and Clemson kicker/punter Spencer Benton made his NFL debut with the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game victory over the Miami Dolphins in Canton, OH.

Benton, who booted an ACC record 61-yard field goal last season with the Tigers, showed off his leg strength early by sending all three kickoff attempts into the end zone (two for touchbacks, the other was returned from 5 yards deep in the end zone.

Benton also got the chance to show off his punting leg but struggled for distance late in the game. He pooch-punted a 35-yarder to pin the Dolphins deep in their own territory, but then shanked a 12-yarder and another 35-yarder and a 34-yarder.

Benton is battling for a spot on the roster behind a pair of returning players – placekicker Dan Bailey, who kicked a 49-yard field goal in his only attempt, and Chris Jones, who had three punts for  135 total yards for a 45-yard average). Benton had four kicks for 116 yards for a 29-yard average.

– Photo  courtesy of Dallas Cowboys

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