UND Roster

2020-21 Football Roster

#11 Ben Skowronek


Height 6-3
Weight 224
Class Graduate Student
Hometown Fort Wayne, IN
High School Homestead/Northwestern


  • 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).
  • Participated in the win 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.

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