2021-22 Football
1-O Jeffrey Jackson QB
1-D Keyon Turner DB
2-O Chuck Maxwell WR
2-D Evan Annis LB
3-O Robert Washington RB
3-D Jadarius Horton DB
4-O Matt Ross WR
4-D Trejuan Purty DL
5-O Ben Nimz QB
5-D Donovan Earles DB
6-O Ollie Reese WR
6-D Gavin Twigg LB
7-O Nick Orekoya RB
7-D Josh Gholston DB
8 Teryn Berry QB
9-O Cam Livingston WR
9-D Nicholas Price Jr. DL
10-O Solomon Davis WR
10-D Jaxon Peifer LB
11 Gabe Lawson QB
12 Jordan Bingham WR
13 Braden Contreras WR
14 Marvin Rushing DB
15 Doug Haugh RB
16 Mason Kaplan QB
17-O Michael Appel Jr. QB
17-D DJ Pallan LB
19-O Tytus Ragle WR
19-D Jamauri Jackson DB
20-O Trey Stablein WR
20-D Austin Chilton DB
21-O Myles Parker WR
21-D Anthony Sciarroni DB
22 Oscar Lopez LB
24 Trey Psota LB
25 Garner Jones WR
26 Jaedon Orr RB
27 Luke Patterson DB
29 Kohlton Sherman DB
30-O Darius Lane RB
30-D Jalen McBride DB
31-O Trent Pennington WR
31-D Max Franco DB
32-O Henry Helgeson WR
32-D Cole Adams DB
33-S Ben Niesner K/P
33-D Akil Mitchell DB
34 Cade Bishop DL
35 Colin Graves DB
37 Caleb Rao WR
39 Barret Labus RB
40 Connor Hebbeler TE
41 Johnny Fairbank DB
42 Adam Mekky LB
43 Jake Marinelli DL
44-S Patrick Oliva P/K
44-O Evan Jernegan TE
45-O Jahni Clarke RB
45-D Brian Hunter III DB
46 Austin Martins DL
47 Uko Umana LB
48 Hayden McDonald LB
49 Jackson Dorr P
50 Jake Birmingham LB
51 Max Kobs LB
52 Michael Momber DL
53 Trent Miller DL
55 Ayden Davison LB
56 Fletcher Christian DL
57 Hayden Bedell LB
58 James Doerer LB
59 Chase Folkestad DL
60 Tyler Eberhart OL
61 Jacob Ford OL
62 Carter Woody OL
63 Bennett Meyers OL
64 Ryan Merklinger OL
66 Josh Leathers OL
67 Joe Monahan OL
68 Aaron Byrd OL
69 Stone Dixon OL
70 Jeremiah Orr OL
72 Drew Parrish OL
73 Danny Files OL
74 Brett Gray OL
75 Jon Stone OL
76 Nolan Garrard OL
77 Brendan O'Doherty OL
78 Keith Szczepanski OL
79 Andrew Covert OL
81 Josh Becton WR
82 Alex Conlin TE
83 Rylen Richardson WR
84 Brett Bittner TE
85 Liam O'Connell TE
86 Dom Grguric WR
87-O Seth Broussard TE
87-S Brian Bartholomew K
88-O Diego Del Castillo WR
88-D George Dristiliaris DL
89 Jake Vickers TE
90 Sam Hafner DL
91 Tommy Palmer LS
92 Gaillin Mitchell DL
93 Kurt Kessen DL
94 Nathan Orlandini DL
95 James Keighley DL
96 Kevin Spelman DL
97 George Trojanek DL
99-S Ryan Hawk K
99-D Breydan Ford DL
Daniel Heinrich OL
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Ben Nimz

#5-O Ben Nimz

Pos. QB
Ht. 6-5
Wt. 210
Yr. R-Jr.
Hometown Waukesha, Wis.
High School (Prev. School) Catholic Memorial

Fall 2021 Academic All-PFL Second Team

Fall 2021: Named to the Academic All-PFL Second Team... Saw action in all 11 games... Completed 106 passes for 1,299 yards and nine touchdowns while also rushing for one score... Had a season-high 19 completions in each of the season’s final two games – Nov. 13 at Butler and Nov. 20 vs. Morehead State... Passed for a season-high 241 yards and three touchdowns in the Nov. 13 game at Butler while also notching his first rushing score of the season.

Spring 2021: Appeared in three games including one start… Went 21-of-44 through the air for 304 passing yards and one touchdown… Made his season debut on March 20 vs. Drake and completed four of his nine pass attempts… Took over at quarterback midway through the April 10 game at Morehead State and nearly led the team to its biggest rally since 1995, going 7-of-14 through the air for 77 yards… Made his first career start on April 17 vs. San Diego and led Valpo to an upset victory over a team that was receiving votes nationally, the program’s first win over the Toreros since 2003 and just San Diego’s second league loss in a 42-game span… His first career TD pass was a memorable one as he found Braden Contreras for a 9-yard, go-ahead score that put Valpo ahead 20-19 with 21 seconds on the clock in the game against the Toreros… Finished that contest 10-of-21 for 193 yards including a 45-yard heave to Holden Hodge, the team’s longest pass of the season… Member of PFL Academic Honor Roll… Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors Award.

2019: Appeared in one game, making his collegiate debut on Sept. 21 at Truman State… Completed both of his pass attempts for 10 yards in the game against the Bulldogs… Member of PFL Honor Roll.

2018: Did not see action in his first season on campus… Retained four years of eligibility.

Prep: Played in 26 games as the starting quarterback during his junior and senior seasons… Saw his team post a 23-3 record over those 26 starts… Made 232 career completions with a 57.1 percent completion rate… Racked up 3,548 career passing yards and 40 career touchdowns while averaging 15 yards per completion… Led his team to an undefeated 2016 season that culminated with a state championship… Team also won the Classic 8 conference title – considered to be the toughest conference in the state of Wisconsin… Was named to the Classic 8 all-conference team as a junior and senior… Was a three-year letter winner in football while also earning two varsity letters in basketball and participating in track and field as a freshman and sophomore… Was on honor roll for one semester as a sophomore and two semesters as a junior… Down by 14 in Level 2 Playoff Game in 2016 against Wisconsin Lutheran with six minutes remaining, he threw three long touchdown passes (one was called back by a penalty) to tie the game. As the clock ran out, his team kicked a 51-yard field goal for the win on their way to a perfect season and a state championship.

Personal: Son of Dave and Jeri Nimz… Has one sister, Alyssa, and two pets – golden retriever Rylee and cat Lizzie… Majoring in business (finance and analytics)… Born on Nov. 12, 1999.