Ben Amundsen
Ben Amundsen


Moline, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 316




Pregame ritual
Put on everything (socks, braces, pants, shoes, etc.) starting from the left and working right

Favorite sports movie

Favorite campus hangout
Tailgating lots after wins

What's on your ipod?
Anything but country

Why Illinois?
Great teammates, great school, great stadium

Favorite food
Scallops prepared however

Person you would like to spend the day with
All my grandparents

Something people don't know about you
Doctors once described me as needing to gain weight

2006: Played in four games, on special teams against Ohio and Northwestern and took offensive line snaps against Eastern Illinois and Wisconsin.

2005: Played in all 11 games, starting at left guard against Wisconsin ... Helped the Illini to its season-best 538 yards of total offense in his lone start ... Was in on 212 offensive snaps and 43 special teams plays.

2004: Played four offensive plays in the season opener against Florida A&M.

2003: Redshirted the 2003 season.

High School: Consensus All-State selection at offensive tackle as a senior ... First-team Illinois Class 8A All-State as a senior ... First-team All-Area, All-Conference and All-Metro pick as a senior ... Earned All-Conference and All-Area accolades as a junior ... Averaged seven pancake blocks per game as a junior ... First-team Academic All-Western Big Six Conference pick as a senior ... Started 29 consecutive games at offensive tackle for Moline ... Also a standout in track and field, qualifying for the Illinois Class AA State Championships in the discus ... Earned eight letters as a prep - three in football, three in track and two in wrestling, where he helped Moline to a conference championship as a junior ... High school coach was Joel Ryser.

Personal: Full given name is Benjamin Jacob Amundsen ... Born on Aug. 14, 1984 ... Son of Craig and Julie Amundsen ... Has one sister ... Was the Moline High School Latin Club president ... Also involved with the school newspaper and yearbook ... Majoring in community health.

updated 8/07