UND Roster

2020-21 Football Roster

#11 Ben Skowronek


Height 6-2 7/8
Weight 220
Class Graduate Student
Hometown Fort Wayne, IN
High School Homestead/Northwestern


  • Gameball recipient: Pitt (10/24/20)


  • Marked his first game and start for the Irish in the season-opening win vs. Duke (9/12).
  • Did not participate vs. South Florida (9/19).
  • Did not participate vs. Florida State (10/10).
  • Started, catching two passes for 28 yards in the 12-7 win vs. Louisville (10/17)… Both receptions came on third down, and his second catch kept the game-ending drive alive.
  • Tallied two receptions for 107 yards and two TDs (73-yard long) with a 53.5-yard avg in the 45-3 win at Pitt (10/24). Skowronek’s two receiving TDs tied for the lead in the ACC that week, and his 107 yards were the third-most among all ACC players on the week. His 53.5 yards per catch vs. Pittsburgh is the best mark of the season in the ACC thus far. Skowronek’s 73-yard touchdown reception was the third-longest among all FBS players that week, and the second-longest in the ACC. His 34-yard touchdown later in the game also ranked as the seventh-longest touchdown reception in the ACC that week.
  • Started and caught one pass for eight yards in the 31-13 win at Georgia Tech (10/31).
  • Started and recorded four receptions for 33 yards in the 47-40 2OT win over then-No. 1 Clemson (11/7).
  • Started and totaled five receptions for 63 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-31 win at Boston College (11/14); his 18 points led all ACC players in scoring that week, and was the only ACC player to record three touchdowns of any kind that weekend. His three receiving touchdowns tie for the ACC’s single-game high, and just two other ACC players have caught three touchdown passes in a single game this season. His three receiving touchdowns tied for the national lead among all FBS players that week; marked the first time an Irish player has hauled in three touchdown passes in a single half since Chase Claypool vs. Navy in 2019.
  • Started and caught three passes for 34 yards, and recorded his first-career rush for a touchdown (13 yards), in the 31-17 win at No. 19 North Carolina (11/27).
  • Started and tallied four receptions for 71 yards, as well as a tackle, in the 41-25 regular season finale win over Syracuse (12/5).
  • Started and totaled four receptions for a team-high 54 yards in the ACC Championship game (12/19).

A graduate transfer to Notre Dame, Skowronek enrolled at Notre Dame beginning in the spring semester of 2020. He played 43 games with Northwestern, totaling 110 receptions for 1,417 yards and eight touchdowns. Skowronek also posted six solo tackles.

AS A SENIOR (2019)

  • Played in three games, recording 12 catches for 141 yards before being sidelined with a season-ending injury
  • Named one of four team captains for Northwestern
  • Against Stanford, posted five receptions for 53 yards, marking the eighth career game he tallied five or more receptions, and the ninth time he racked up 50 or more receiving yards in a single game

AS A JUNIOR (2018)

  • Started all 14 games of the season
  • Totaled 45 catches and 562 yards with three touchdowns
  • Posted multiple receptions in 10 games
  • Marked a season-long reception with a 40-yard catch at Purdue
  • Notched first receiving touchdown of the season (sixth of career) vs. Akron, and hauled in a one-handed catch for 32 yards and a touchdown in the win at Iowa
  • Posted four catches for 42 yards in the Big Ten Championship
  • Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season


  • Started all 13 games, leading Northwestern with 45 receptions for 644 yards, adding five touchdowns
  • Set career-highs in multiple categories, including receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns, yards per catch (14.3) and yards per game (49.5)
  • In the season-opening victory over Nevada, put on a breakout performance with eight receptions for 123 yards
  • In the 49-7 victory vs. Bowling Green, caught three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 58-yard catch
  • Marked down 177 yards over seven receptions and a touchdown in the win vs. Purdue
  • Named Academic All-Big Ten


  • One of just three true freshman on Northwestern’s roster to see game action, appearing in all 13 games of the season both on offense and special teams
  • On the season, posted eight receptions for 70 yards
  • Caught first career pass vs. Illinois State
  • Marked down two receptions at both Iowa and Purdue
  • In the win over Purdue, posted a then-career high 28 receiving yards


  • Was a three-star recruit (247Sports) and ranked No. 12 overall in Illinois
  • At Homestead, posted a school record with 133 receptions (2,181 yards) and 26 touchdowns
  • In addition, also played safety, posting 52 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and three interceptions
  • Also saw action as a kickoff and punt returner
  • In 2015, served as captain, and the Spartans won the 2015 Indiana 6A Sectional Championship
  • Was the 2015 Indiana Mr. Football positional winner
  • Named AP All-State, IFCA All-State, three-time First Team All-Conference (SAC), three-time All-Area, two-time All-Northeast Indiana, two-time Fab15 selection, IFCA Top 50
  • In seven-on-seven, led team to NFA national championship
  • Also played basketball, winning the Indiana 4A state championship and lettering twice