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Nick Bendzuck
Nick Bendzuck

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio

Last College:
Mercyhurst College

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 240

Position:
FB

Experience:
2L


Career Stats | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2009 | 2010

Feature: A Rewarding Journey to a Big Ten Scholarship


CAREER NOTES: Saw action in 24 games and earned two letters.

2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Fifth-year senior played in all 13 games, including five starts at fullback . . . also saw action on special teams . . . stepped into the starting fullback role after Josh Rouse's season-ending neck injury in the season opener against Western Michigan . . . started against Notre Dame, Northern Colorado, Minnesota and Purdue . . . earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year.

2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in 10 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week twice (vs. Montana State and Michigan).

2008 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Made his only appearance of the season vs. Eastern Michigan . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. California.

2007 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Sat out the entire 2007 season after transferring to Michigan State from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. . . . earned Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice (vs. Indiana and Michigan).

2006 SEASON AT MERCYHURST COLLEGE: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2006 East-West All-Star Game in Canton, Ohio . . . three-year starter at tight end/defensive end for Coach Russ Jacques at Strongsville (Ohio) High School . . . had 20 receptions for 350 yards and five touchdowns as a senior . . . also recorded 10 sacks in 2005 . . . three-year starter for Coach Joe Lynch as a forward on the Mustangs' basketball team . . . earned first-team All-Pioneer Conference honors after averaging a double-double as a senior while helping Strongsville advance to the regional finals, knocking off St. Edward and current Spartan forward Delvon Roe in the regional semifinals . . . named MVP of John Terlick's 2004 Big Man Camp . . . two-year starter as a first baseman and designated hitter on the Mustangs' baseball team . . . batted .410 as a senior while helping Strongsville win the Division I state championship (24-6 record) in 2006 . . . son of Harry and Patti Bendzuck . . . father played soccer at Kent State . . . born Feb. 3, 1988 . . . majoring in finance.