2016 Intro: Benjamin Lemay
Benjamin Lemay
Posted Aug 28, 2012
Michael B. Clark

Over the past several years, the Lemay name has become a familiar one in college football recruiting circles. Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) freshman Benjamin Lemay is the youngest of the Lemay brothers and is already turning heads on Friday nights.

Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) has had its share of great players, two of which were brothers. Christian (redshirt freshman at Georgia) and Uriah LeMay (verbally committed to Georgia) have been a huge part of Butler’s success over the past several years. Now, their younger brother Benjamin Lemay is looking to help the Bulldogs continue their success. Recently, Lemay became the first freshman in school history to line up in the varsity backfield in a season opener.

“It is a tremendous honor to a part of the history in that way at Butler,” said Lemay. “It is even more honoring to be on the field at the same time with my brother Uriah.”

Having two older brothers who were great players has helped Benjamin.

“It has really played a great roll in my success,” said the freshman running back. “They always give me so much support, and they help me learn from their mistakes and their success. This helps me become a better player and person.”

His first varsity game was against another North Carolina powerhouse, Mallard Creek. Butler won 27-6.

“Mallard Creek was a good measuring stick for us, to see how good we really are,” Lemay said. “Our team is really good, and I don’t see anybody slowing us down from our goal – to dominate all opponents.”

Being around football for much of his life, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Lemay has few favorite college teams.

“Growing up in Gainesville (Florida) made UF my favorite college team,” he said. “But now, I also like Georgia, where my brother Christian goes. I also like Oklahoma. I like the system they run, and Coach Stoops was at Florida when we were there.”

Lemay knows what he does well as a football player, but is also working hard to improve his game.

“My main thing I do as a football player in running through and away from tacklers,” Lemay said. “I also love to do a nice stiff-arm every now and then.”

“I’m really just working to get faster and catching up to the speed of high school football. “I’m also working on my pass blocking – but mainly getting faster.”

Right now, Lemay’s main focus is the rest of his freshman season at Butler.

“I want to have a game where I score every time I get the ball,” he said. “I also want to get at least 500 yards (rushing) this year with no fumbles.”

Last week against Olympic, Lemay scored three touchdowns in a 69-7 win. He also got his first couple pieces of mail yesterday from North Carolina and Louisville. Butler is off this week and will return to action on September 8 against Vance.

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