Football: Redington reaches the endzone at Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Former Rochelle student-athlete Ben Redington totaled five receptions for 27 yards and caught the first touchdown pass of his collegiate career during his junior season at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this past fall. (Photo courtesy of Chico La Barbera/Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

RTHS alum catches first collegiate touchdown pass during junior season in 2021

Playing tight end at Rochelle Township High School meant that former Hub student-athlete Ben Redington spent a lot of time blocking and creating holes for his running backs near the line of scrimmage. Since beginning his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, however, Redington has seen his skills and his role as a pass catcher increase significantly.

That increased workload and improved skill resulted in Redington catching the first touchdown pass of his collegiate career during his junior season with the BluGolds in 2021. After totaling zero receptions over each of his first two seasons, Redington finished his junior season with five catches for 27 yards while appearing in seven games. His touchdown came on a 5-yard grab during Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s home finale against Wisconsin-Platteville on Nov. 6, 2021. 

“I feel like my junior season went well considering I far surpassed the goals I had set for myself,” Redington said. “While our season didn’t go the way we planned, I was happy that I was able to contribute and learn a lot that can translate to more success next season. I’ve enjoyed the lifelong relationships and memories I’ve made with my coaches and teammates during my time with the Eau Claire football team and I’ve enjoyed the constant competition with my teammates.”

Redington, who’s currently studying kinesiology in order to pursue a career in strength and conditioning, said his goals for his senior season include being one of the top players in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Redington, whose older brother Daniel was an offensive lineman at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, said his improved route-running abilities have been the biggest addition to his skillset since beginning his collegiate career.

“I had a lot of experience as a blocker in high school and not so much as a receiver,” Redington said. “My route-running skills have improved tremendously. What I did well this past season was being a consistent receiver when the ball was thrown to me. I want to improve my blocking abilities so I can compete in a conference where the talent level is significant. My goals are to be a top player in the conference and to help my team win as many games as we can.”

Redington caught at least one pass in four of his team’s 10 games this past season. The 6-foot, 218-pounder hauled in two receptions for 12 yards against Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Oct. 23.