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    Ben Rothrauff
    Ben Rothrauff

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Columbus, Ohio

    High School:
    St. Francis DeSales

    Height / Weight:
    5-10 / 195

    Position:
    SAF

    Birthdate:
    09/26/1985



    General: Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ... One of two NU players named to the National Football Foundation's Honor Society in 2007-08 ... Backup safety and key special teams player ... Excellent technician ... Former walk-on who earned a scholarship in 2005 ... Owned team's top GPA all four years ... Quickly earned a great deal of respect among his teammates.

    2007: Academic All-Big Ten ... Along with Dan Dixon, named to the National Football Foundation's Honor Society ... Recipient of a Randy Walker Wildcat Warrior Award ... Backup safety and key special teams player ... Notched a tackle in season-opening game vs. Northeastern ... Registered a special teams tackle at Ohio State, vs. Michigan and at Michigan State.

    2006: Academic All-Big Ten ... Key special teams player ... Finished season with five tackles, including four solo hits ... Registered two solo tackles vs. top-ranked Ohio State ... Named team's special teams practice player of the week twice (vs. New Hampshire and Michigan State).

    2005: Academic All-Big Ten ... Suffered a concussion vs. Iowa but came back to play at Ohio State (one tackle) ... Notched a solo tackle in each of NU's first two games vs. Ohio and Northern Illinois ... Saw some action at safety at Arizona State and registered one tackle ... Turned in one of his young career's biggest plays when he snared an onside pooch kick vs. Penn State ... One solo tackle at Purdue ... One tackle vs. Michigan and Iowa ... Named team's defensive practice player of the week (vs. Michigan) ... Played in all 12 games.

    2004: A walk-on who earned significant playing time on NU's special teams ... Named team's defensive practice player of the week vs. Kansas.

    High School: Earned Central District special mention and All-Central Catholic League honors as a running back and safety ... Returned to play his senior season after injuring his knee in the first game of 2002, which forced him to sit the remainder of that year ... A 2003 National Football Foundation and Columbus Dispatch scholar-athlete ... Played in the 2004 Central Ohio All-Star football game ... Led defensive secondary with 55 tackles in 2003 ... Also had two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Stallions went a combined 25-15 his three years, with the team reaching the playoffs each season ... Team defeated Division I powers St. Xavier (in 2002) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (in 2003) ... Class valedictorian ... Student Council president ... Also lettered three years in track and field ... Coached by Bob Jacoby.

    Personal: Born Benjamin Burke Rothrauff on 9/26/85 ... Son of Tom and Lorraine Rothrauff ... Was a competitive gymnast for 10 years (ages 4-14) ... Would have attended Jesuit High in Sacramento (same high school as fellow NU player C.J. Bachér) if family had remained out West ... Psychology major.

    The Rothrauff File
    Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
    I wish I had an I-Pod
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Jesus
    Q: My favorite place to visit is:
    A: Home
    Q: My favorite thing about NU is:
    A: The intellectual stimulation
    Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
    A: The man loves Northwestern
    Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less:
    A: Knowledgeable, easy to work with
    Q: The best book I have ever read is:
    A: The Body Electric
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
    A: Adam Archuleta
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
    A: Barry Sanders
    Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
    A: Pre-game is too long; Its end is my favorite part of pre-game
    Q: My favorite food is:
    A: Meat, in general
    Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
    A: Winning at Ryan Field
    Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
    A: Winning a national championship
    Q: My favorite television show is:
    A: The Colbert Report
    Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
    A: Doing research
    Q: The three words that best describe me:
    A: Disciplined, motivated, intelligent
    Q: My football-related superstition is:
    A: I am not superstitious
    

    Rothrauff's Career Stats

    TACKLES                G    UA     A Total    TFL-Yds    PD   FF   FR Blkd
    2004................   9     0     0     0    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2005................  12     4     3     7    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2006................  10     4     1     5    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2007................  12     4     1     5    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    TOTAL...............  43    12     5    17    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    

    KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2004................ 9 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 2005................ 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2006................ 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 43 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.0

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2004................ 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.1 2005................ 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2006................ 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2007................ 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 43 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0