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Ben Sobieski

Hometown:
Mahtomedi, MN

High School:
Mahtomedi HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 305

Position:
Offensive Line

2003 NFL Draft - - Drafted in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills.

2002 Honors - - Co-Most Valuable Player, offense.

2002 - - Saw action in the offensive line, primarily at right guard, in all 13 games . . . member of offensive line that did not allow a sack in first two games and allowed just 12 sacks in 13 games . . . member of offense that set single season records for total points (484), touchdowns (60) and points per game (37.2) . . . part of Iowa offense that totaled 593 yards total offense, including 376 net rushing yards and 217 passing yards, in win over Akron . . . saw extensive action at Miami, as Iowa rushed for 188 yards and had 256 yards passing . . . saw extensive action at right guard vs. Iowa State as Iowa offense rushed for 222 yards and had 400 yards total offense . . . saw action in win over Utah State as Iowa rushed for 300 yards and had 518 yards total offense . . . saw extensive action in overtime win at Penn State as Iowa rushed for 209 yards and gained 470 yards total offense . . . saw extensive action in win over Purdue as offense gained 384 yards total offense . . . saw action in win over Michigan State as Iowa offense reached its second highest point total under Kirk Ferentz in Big Ten action . . . saw action at right guard in win at Indiana as Iowa gained 358 yards total offense . . .saw action at right guard in win at Michigan as Iowa rushed for 177 yards and gained 399 yards total offense . . . saw action at right guard in win over Wisconsin as Iowa rushed for 130 yards and gained 405 yards total offense . . . saw action at right guard in win over Northwestern as Iowa rushed for 245 yards and gained 475 yards total offense . . . saw action at right guard in win at Minnesota as Iowa rushed for 365 yards and gained 465 yards total offense . . . saw action at right guard vs. Southern Cal in Orange Bowl.

2001 - - Hampered in early season by pre-season groin injury . . . saw limited action vs. Miami after missing two complete seasons with shoulder problems . . . saw extensive action in the offensive line in final three games vs. Northwestern, Minnesota and Iowa State but did not see action in Alamo Bowl win over Texas Tech.

2000 - - continued to be bothered by shoulder problems and did not see any game action . . . underwent shoulder surgery in mid-season and will petition NCAA for sixth year of eligibility.

1999 - - underwent shoulder surgery following 1998 season and took redshirt year in 1999.

1998 Honors - - offensive hustle award vs. Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota . . . 1998 - - started all 11 games at offensive tackle . . . key member of offensive line that led the way for RB Ladell Betts to set Iowa freshman records for rushing yards in a single game and rushing yards in a season.

1997 - - one of four true freshmen to see action . . . saw limited action in offensive line and started in place of injured Jeremy McKinney vs. Illinois . . . first true freshman to start a game (not including kickers) since 1994 . . . member of offensive line for Iowa team that led the Big Ten in rushing offense and scoring offense and ranked eighth in the nation in rushing offense . . . member of offensive line that led the way for RB Tavian Banks to rush for single-season record of 1,691 yards . . . offensive line helped Iowa average 34.3 points per game and 1997 team became first ever to score over 60 points in three games . . . offensive unit totaled 658 yards vs. Northern Iowa and rushed for 408 yards vs. Tulsa.

High school honors - - Named to Parade and SuperPrep All American team . . . named to Prep Star All Big Ten Region Super 26 team, Prep Football Report All Midland team and Blue Chip All Midwest team . . . named to Best of the Midwest by Detroit Free Press . . . ranked as top prospect in Minnesota and 59th best prospect in the nation by Prep Football Report . . . earned all conference and all state honors in final two seasons . . . one of 70 preps in the country selected for National High School All-American football game in Orlando, FL . . . Career - - as a senior helped team advance to semi finals of Class A playoffs while compiling a 12 2 final record . . . prep team compiled record of 30 5 over last three seasons . . . also lettered in track and field and hockey, earning all state honors in track and field.

Personal - - Born 5/3/79 . . . open major . . . earned academic letter each year of prep career . . . parents are Cynthia and Jim Sobieski . . . high school coach was Wally Malmstrom.

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