ILBJa'Whaun Bentley

Purdue — Big Ten
  • Height: 6015
  • Weight: 252
  • Hometown: Glenarden, MD
  • Age: 21


2017 (SENIOR):

• Appeared in 12 of 13 games, making 11 starts.
• Led Purdue with 97 total tackles, including 54 solo, with 11.5 tackles for loss.
• Returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to seal a victory over Minnesota on Oct. 7.
• Tallied three PBUs and forced a pair of fumbles on the season.
• Had a game-high 10 tackles and forced two fumbles vs. No. 16 Louisville on Sept. 2.
• Recorded six tackles, including one for loss, against Ohio on Sept. 9.
• Finished with a team-high eight tackles at Missouri on Sept. 16.
• Had five tackles, including one for loss, against No. 8 Michigan on Sept. 23.
• Returned an interception for a touchdown and recorded five tackles despite playing in merely the second half vs. Minnesota on Oct. 7.
• Finished with a game-high 12 total stops at No. 7 Wisconsin on Oct. 14.
• Had seven total tackles at Rutgers on Oct. 21.
• Tallied nine tackles vs. Nebraska on Oct. 28.
• Had a game-high 12 tackles, including a season-high 2.5 for losses, vs. Illinois on Nov. 4.
• Finished with seven tackles at Northwestern on Nov. 11.
• Recorded eight tackles at Iowa on Nov. 18.
• Was named the Foster Farms Bowl Defensive MVP after finishing with eight tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and first career sack vs. Arizona on Dec. 27.


2016 (JUNIOR):

• 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.


2014 (FRESHMAN):


• 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 True Freshman All-America Team and the USA TODAY Sports Freshman All-America team.


High School

• Four-year letterwinner.
• Three-star prospect by,, and
• 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 majoring in organization leadership.
• Enjoys singing and basketball