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#3 Ben Zajicek
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
City/State: Beatrice, Neb.
High School: Beatrice
  • Three-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2003, 2004)

2004 (Senior)
Ben Zajicek saw limited time as a reserve wide receiver in the first year of Head Coach Bill Callahan’s West Coast Offense after contributing early in his career.

The Beatrice, Neb., native appeared in the 2004 season opener against Western Illinois, but did not record a reception. Zajicek saw action against Southern Miss, Texas A&M and Iowa State as a junior following an injury-plagued 2002 season in which he played six contests. Zajicek was an early contributor for the Huskers, as he played in all but one game of the 2001 as a redshirt freshman, including the Rose Bowl. He had one rush for minus-four yards at Kansas and one assisted tackle against TCU. A valuable member of NU’s special teams unit that season, he also partially blocked a punt against Kansas.

Zajicek was a regular volunteer in the community while at Nebraska, and he was named to his third straight Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in 2004. Also a solid student, he earned his degree in community health education in May of 2005.

2003 (Junior)
Zajicek saw action against Southern Miss, Texas A&M and Iowa State, but did not have a reception.

2002 (Sophomore)
Zajicek played in six games during an injury-plagued season, and did not have a catch or a rushing attempt.

2001 (Redshirt Freshman)
Zajicek played in every game except Oklahoma, but did not have any receptions. He had one rush for minus-four yards at Kansas and one assisted tackle against TCU. A valuable member of Husker special teams, Zajicek partially blocked a punt at Kansas. He had one carry for 10 yards in the Rose Bowl against Miami.

2000 (Redshirt)
A scholarship athlete, Zajicek redshirted his first year at NU.

Before Nebraska (Beatrice HS)
Zajicek earned honorable-mention Class B all-state honors as a senior from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald on offense. A three-year starter at I-back and free safety, he also saw time at wingback and cornerback. Despite missing four games with a shoulder injury, he rushed for 777 yards and was among the top tacklers on the team. Zajicek placed fourth at the Class B state meet in the 100 meters (10.47 best) and fifth in the 200 meters as a senior. He was awarded the school’s Roger Wood Memorial Trophy for academics. Zajicek was also recruited by Iowa State and Kansas State.

Personal
The son of Jeff and Teri Zajicek, Ben was born May 14, 1981. His brother, Matt, played basketball at Nebraska-Kearney. Ben earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in community health education in May 2005. He was a seven-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He has volunteered his time with several outreach programs, including American Education Week, School is Cool Week, UNL's Shadowing Program, the Behavioral Skills Program and has spoken at various local schools.

 

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