CHARLOTTE – The Cleveland Browns signed Butler High School alum Benny LeMay on April 25 as an undrafted free agent. LeMay was the third player from the Charlotte 49ers program to join an NFL team over NFL Draft weekend.
LeMay said it was stressful watching the NFL Draft and not hearing his name called, but he was relieved to realize teams were interested in him. He’s ready to get to work.
“I just want to solidify myself – put down a good foundation that I can build on and continue to grind and get better,” LeMay said. “It’s really just all about getting in to be a part of the team and working on consistency and efficiency in blocking and utilizing my hands outside of the backfield.”
Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy said he was excited for LeMay to receive the opportunity. Healy is convinced LeMay will make the team with his speed, toughness and durability.
“Sometimes it works out better if you can choose a situation that’s right for you rather than being picked in a late round,” Healy said. “When you’re undrafted, you start receiving calls from several teams and it gives you a chance to find a good situation.”
LeMay joins a 6-10 team with a roster that includes quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and former Charlotte 49ers defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.
“It’s cool to be with someone you played with who is already established, but really I just thought it was a really good situation,” LeMay said.
LeMay has been Charlotte’s rushing leader in each of the past three seasons. He was a first team all-Conference USA selection in 2019 after leading the 49ers with 1,082 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns (9 rushing and 4 receiving).
LeMay was named Offensive MVP at the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl (16 carries, 80 yards and 2 touchdowns). He participated in the 2020 NFL Combine.
It's with an ABUNDANCE of pride that we congrate our very own Benny LeMay on agreeing to a Free agent contract with the Cleveland @Browns!!! You've always done us proud and will continue to do so!! CONGRATS @32Youngbull!! pic.twitter.com/IsQGpA9KZZ
— Butler Bulldogs Football (@butlerbulldogs) April 26, 2020
— 𝘾𝙃𝘼𝙍𝙇𝙊𝙏𝙏𝙀 𝙁𝙊𝙊𝙏𝘽𝘼𝙇𝙇 (@CharlotteFTBL) April 26, 2020
You’re right Brent, Benny LeMay highlights are fun. Quick feet, tough to bring down, shows some hands. Had 4.5 ypc vs Clemson last year.
— BHBucks (@goohiosports) April 26, 2020
The Browns got a steal!! So excited to see Benny and @Mr_Ogunjobi back together again! Congrats to Benny Lemay on signing a deal with the Cleveland Browns! Proud of u bud, do your thing! Love u dude! #ClubLitToDawgPound pic.twitter.com/CaJjY5Qnr6
— Will Healy (@Coach_heals) April 26, 2020
Don’t lament Benny Lemay not getting drafted. It’s better for him to be an UDFA than get drafted in a late round. Let’s him pick the best situation to make an impact.
— The First 49 (@TheFirst49) April 25, 2020