Cedric Benson, prolific rusher at UT who played in NFL, dies

AUSTIN, TX: Cedric Benson #32 scores a touchdown during a game against the Texas A&M University Aggies at Memorial Stadium on November 29, 2002 in Austin. The Longhorns defeated the Aggies 50-20. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night.

One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004. He won the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back in 2004.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.