Ja'Whaun Bentley
Ja'Whaun  Bentley


Glenarden, Md.

High School:
DeMatha Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 260



Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


Road to the Foster Farms Bowl

A look at the 2017 Purdue football season


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

• Appeared in nine games, making eight starts.
• Finished fifth on the team with 50 total tackles, including 37 solo stops.
• Had 7.0 tackles for loss and one PBU.
• Had nine tackles against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3.
• Finished with eight tackles, five solo, vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 10.
• Recorded seven tackles, including 2.0 for loss, vs. Nevada on Sept. 24.
• Had three tackles at Maryland on Oct. 1.
• Finished with four tackles at No. 8 Nebraska on Oct. 22.
• Had six solo tackles, 2.0 for loss, vs. Penn State on Oct. 29.
• Tallied three tackles, 2.0 for loss, at Minnesota on Nov. 5.
• Recorded a season-high 10 tackles, eight solo, at Indiana on Nov. 26.

• Started the first five games of the season before injuring his knee at practice.
• Despite not playing in the final seven games, finished fifth on the team with 49 total tackles (26 solo) with 7.5 tackles for loss and two PBUs.
• Had 10 tackles, including four solo stops, with 1.5 TFLs at Marshall on Sept. 6.
• Recorded five tackles, all solo, and a TFL against Indiana State on Sept. 12.
• Finished with 11 tackles, five solo, with a career-high 3.0 TFLs vs. Virginia Tech on Sept. 19.
• Had a career-high 14 tackles, nine solo, an assisted TFL and two PBUs against Bowling Green on Sept. 26.
• Recorded nine tackles and 1.5 TFLs at No. 2 Michigan State on Oct. 3.

• Started all 12 games.
• Finished the season with 76 tackles, 43 solo and 3.5 for loss, three fumble recoveries, one PBU and one interception. Started first collegiate game at outside linebacker, recording five tackles, 2 unassisted, and one PBU against Western Michigan on Aug. 30.
• Recorded four solo tackles and first career interception for 44 yards against Central Michigan on Sept. 6.
• Made nine tackles, two solo, and an assist on TFL against No. 11 Notre Dame.
• Had seven tackles, five solo, and first career fumble recovery against Southern Illinois on Sept. 20.
• Made three tackles against Iowa on Sept. 27.
• Recorded seven tackles, two solo, at Illinois on Oct. 4.
• Started at inside linebacker following defensive injuries, made a career-high seven solo tackles against No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 11.
• Had five tackles, two solo, and one fumble recovery at Minnesota on Oct. 18.
• Recorded a career-high 11 tackles, six solo, and one TFL at No. 17 Nebraska on Nov. 1.
• Had four solo tackles against No. 25 Wisconsin on Nov. 8.
• Made three tackles, two solo, one TFL and a fumble recovery against Northwestern on Nov. 22.
• Matched career-high 11 tackles, six solo, at Indiana on Nov. 29.
• Named to the ESPN.com True Freshman All-America Team and the USA TODAY Sports Freshman All-America team.

• Four-year letterwinner.
• Three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com
• Two-time first team all-metropolitan as a junior and senior.
• Two-time first team all-conference as a junior and senior.
• Two-time first team all-state as a junior and senior.
• First team All-Washington Area Catholic Conference (WCAC) as a senior.
• Played in Offense-Defense 2014 All-American Bowl.
• Recorded 10 sacks and one forced fumble as a freshman.
• Recorded 116 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a junior.
• 113 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and one interception returned for a TD as a senior.
• Team won WCAC championship senior year.

• Given name is Ja’Whaun Louis Bentley.
• Born Aug. 24, 1996.
• Is majoringin organization leadership.
• Enjoys singing and basketball.


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