Tate Benton enters his fifth year with the Vanderbilt program. After serving as a graduate assistant in 2015 and 2016, Benton moved into a defensive quality control role in 2017.
Benton has worked every year with the Vanderbilt defensive staff. He will enter his third season in the quality control role in 2019.
Benton joined the Commodores after serving two seasons as an undergraduate assistant at Mississippi State under Head Coach Dan Mullen. Working as a secondary aide with coordinator Geoff Collins, helping the Bulldogs to a 17-9 overall record and 10-3 campaign in 2014.
A native of Searcy, Ark., Benton played wide receiver at Harding Academy before moving to Jackson, Tenn., where he graduated from Jackson Christian School.
Benton attended Union University in Jackson for two years before transferring to Mississippi State. He completed a bachelor’s degree in history from MSU in 2014 and a master’s in liberal arts and sciences from Vanderbilt in 2016.