Three-year starter ... Played in all 35 career games after transferring from Notre Dame ... Played offensive guard in 2000 (Big Ten co-championship season) and 2001, before splitting time between guard and tackle in 2002 ... Given a lot of credit by head coach Randy Walker for team's offensive successes the past three years (led Big Ten in total offense in 2000, ranked second in Big Ten total offense in 2001 and ranked sixth in Big Ten total offense in 2002).
Second-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media ... Verizon Academic All-District second-team and Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Playing in 2003 East-West Shrine All-Star Game and Rotary Gridiron Classic ... Moved to starting right tackle at Michigan State and played that position in first five Big Ten games ... Had played right guard in the previous 27 contests ... Moved back to right guard for final three games ... Also practiced at left tackle during the preseason ... Ranked nation’s No. 12 guard by The Sporting News ... One of team’s offensive leaders, along with Austin King (Hula Maui Bowl)... Sprained his ankle at Penn State and left game, but returned to start against Purdue … FWAA preseason All-American and preseason Outland Trophy candidate.
2001: Team’s starting right guard ... An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media ... A consensus preseason all-Big Ten pick ... Along with Austin King, led NU in knockdown blocks and pins ... Equaled King with six Offensive Championship game performances ... Named Offensive Player of the Game vs. Duke.
2000: Named Football News honorable mention All-American … Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media … Started all 12 games at offensive guard … Graded out at 76 percent for the season with a team-high 23 pins … Also had 78 knockdown blocks ... Registered 12 knockdowns and three pins along with an 88-percent grade in first game of career vs. Northern Illinois … In five games, graded out at better than 80 percent … Had 12 knockdowns and five pins with an 81-percent grade vs. Michigan … Named Northwestern Gridiron Network’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year … Named Offensive Player of the Game twice.
1999: Sat out season as a transfer.
Notre Dame (1998): Did not see action as a freshman.
High School: USA Today honorable mention All-American … Rated the 98th best player nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times … Earned two letters in football … Two-year starter played at both guard and tackle as a senior … 1997 Chicago Tribune, Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Sun-Times all-state pick … Helped team set records for points, total yards and rushing yards in a season … Did not permit a sack as a senior while making 41 pancake and 68 knockdown blocks … Team captain and MVP as a senior … Two-time all-conference and all-city selection … Conference MVP as a senior … Named National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete … Illinois High School Association Academic All-State … Chicago Tribune scholar-athlete … Selected to play in the Illinois North-South All-Star Game.
Personal: Born Jeffrey Alan Roehl on 5/18/80 … Son of Alan and Kathy Roehl … Played with former Wildcat Zak Kustok in high school … Communications studies major.
The Roehl File
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in the arts, what would you like it to be?
A: Clapton-esque guitar skills.
Q: Favorite food?
A: I don't discriminate against any food.
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be...
A: Picking up a fumble, juking a few defenders and scoring a touchdown.