| Ben Roethlisberger
Enters his third season as Miami's starting quarterback ... already Miami's career record holder for pass completions (512) ... ranks second all-time at Miami in career passing yards (6,343) and passing touchdowns (47) and will likely surpass both records early in his junior season ... excellent drop-back passer who also has the ability to throw on the run ... possesses tremendous arm strength and the ability to make all the throws ... enjoyed a strong spring and is getting better with experience ... is a candidate for the Davey O'Brien Award and Heisman Trophy.
Established Miami single-season records for pass completions (271) and passing yards (3,238) ... became only the fourth quarterback in MAC history to record multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons ... despite a Miami record 428 passing attempts, completed 63 percent of his passes and tossed just 11 interceptions ... opened the season by throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown while playing in a downpour versus North Carolina (Aug. 31) ... also booted a career-long 59-yard punt versus the Tar Heels ... terrorized eventual Orange Bowl participant Iowa for 343 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow Sept. 7 loss ... bounced back from consecutive sub-200-yard passing efforts by throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a comeback defeat of Akron (Sept. 28) ... completed 27-of-37 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in win at rival Cincinnati (Oct. 5) ... broke a MAC-game record by throwing for a whopping 525 yards and four touchdowns in loss to Northern Illinois (Oct. 12) ... broke his own MAC record by completing 41 passes in the loss to the Huskies and was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week ... threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-24 passing versus Buffalo (Oct. 19) ... tallied 299 yards passing and completed 22-of-31 passes versus Toledo (Oct. 26), but was held without a touchdown pass for the second time in his career ... placed 3-of-3 punts inside the Rocket 20-yard line in the Toledo win and was named the MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week ... connected on 21-of-31 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns versus Ohio (Nov. 2) ... threw for 247 yards and a trio of touchdowns in loss at Marshall, in which he broke Miami's career completions record ... moved past his own single-season passing yardage record by throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown versus UCF (Nov. 23) ... booted 9-of-11 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line during the season and booted three punts of 50 yards or greater.
Was the nation's premier first-year quarterback, earning first-team Football Writer's Association of America Freshman All-America honors ... was the first RedHawk to earn MAC Freshman of the Year since Deland McCullough in 1992 ... named second-team all-MAC ... was the first freshman in the program's history to be nominated for the MAC's Vern Smith MVP award ... ranked second in the conference in passing yards (258.8 ypg), total offense (274.5 ypg), pass efficiency (146.5) and touchdowns ... re-wrote the Miami single-season record book for passing yards (3,105), completions (241), touchdown passes (25), completion percentage (.663) and total offense (3,294) ... his passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense were tops in the nation among freshman signal-callers ... set MAC freshman records for passing yards and touchdown passes ... threw touchdown passes in his first nine collegiate games after starting just 12 games in high school at quarterback ... earned MAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week against Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Akron ... named USA Today MAC Player of the Week three times (Cincinnati, Akron, and Bowling Green) ... completed 18-of-35 in collegiate debut at Michigan for 193 yards and two touchdowns ... broke the 200-yard barrier vs. Cincinnati, throwing for 264 yards ... broke the school single-game passing record vs. Akron throwing for 399 yards, including a 70-yard "Hail Mary" to Eddie Tillitz to win the game as time expired ... brought Miami back from a 21-7 first-half deficit at Ohio with a 24-of-37, 322-yard, five touchdown performance in a 36-24 victory ... broke the MAC freshman passing yardage record at Bowling Green, rolling up 305 yards passing and two touchdowns, including a career-long 81 yarder to Mike Larkin ... rewrote the school single-game passing records for completions, attempts and yardage at Hawai'i, going 40-of-53 for 452 yards
Ohio's Division I Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 ... runner-up for 1999 Mr. Football honors in Ohio ... set state records by throwing for 4,041 yards and 54 touchdowns during senior campaign ... also ran for seven scores ... named league, district and Toledo Blade Player of the Year ... also ran for seven touchdowns while throwing just eight interceptions as a senior ... Trojans compiled a 23-9 record, which included two league championships and a state playoff appearance, with him as a team member ... Findlay went 10-2 in 1999, advancing to second round of state playoffs before losing to Grove City ... participant in Ohio North-South and Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star games ... tossed two TDs, including the game-winner, in North-South game ... coached by Cliff Hite ... an all-league and all-district performer in baseball and basketball ... team captain in all three sports ... averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game as a senior point guard in basketball ... a .300 hitter as a shortstop for Findlay's baseball squad ... earned second-team all-league and district honors in basketball and baseball.
Born March 2, 1982 (21 years old) ... son of Ken and Brenda Roethlisberger ... majoring in physical education.