Ben Mauk

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Ben Mauk
No. 7
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 (age 33)
Kenton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Kenton (OH)
College: Cincinnati
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Gary Benjamin "Ben" Mauk (born January 4, 1985) is a former American football quarterback. He completed his college football career in 2007 for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He attended high school at Kenton High School where he set national passing records as a senior. He then went on to play at Wake Forest, and then later transferred to Cincinnati at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

He is the older brother of Maty Mauk, former quarterback for the Missouri Tigers.

High school[edit]

Mauk led the Kenton Wildcats to consecutive Ohio Division IV championships in 2001 and 2002. At the completion of his senior season, Ben gained national recognition by winning the 2002 Ohio Mr. Football Award, 2002 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year and the 2002 Art Tuion Award Winner.

During his high school career, Mauk became one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in Ohio High School Athletics Association history.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Ben Mauk
Kenton, Ohio Kenton High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.6 Jul 8, 2003 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 36 (QB)   Rivals: 48 (QB), 36 (OH)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Mauk committed to Wake Forest University on July 8, 2003.[1] Mauk wasn't heavily recruited, as he only had two other FBS scholarship offers: Kent State and Bowling Green.[2]


Wake Forest[edit]

He was redshirted his first season, in 2003. In 2004, Ben played in ten games, while starting three. Against Clemson University, on his first collegiate snap, he set the record for longest touchdown pass in Wake history, at 85 yards. He led the Deacons to a 4-7 overall record and was named to The Sporting News's ACC All-Freshman Team. In 2005, he played in ten games, and started seven; the Deacons had another 4-7 season.

In 2006, Mauk suffered an injury to his right (throwing) arm in the first game against Syracuse. Mauk attempted to recover a fumble in the third quarter when two Orange players fell on the arm. He suffered a fractured humerus, a dislocated shoulder, and a torn labrum. Shortly after the injury, he underwent reconstructive surgery in which surgeons put a titanium plate with eight screws in his upper arm and installed three anchors in the shoulder.[3] The Deacons, with redshirt freshman Riley Skinner taking over for Mauk, would go on to finish 11-3, winning their first ACC Championship Game, and on to the school's first BCS game in the Orange Bowl, in which the Deacons would lose to the Louisville Cardinals.


Because of Mauk's reconstructive surgery, it was doubtful that Wake Forest would let Mauk compete for playing time at Wake in 2007. He decided to take advantage of an NCAA rule, since rescinded, that allowed graduate students with remaining athletic eligibility to transfer and become immediately eligible.[3] Mauk chose the University of Cincinnati primarily because it was close to his hometown and new coach Brian Kelly was installing a spread offense similar to the one he ran in high school. The major question was whether his arm would improve enough to allow him to play.[4] For his part, Kelly was not sure whether Mauk could come back; he had the Bearcats' medical team contact the physicians who performed Mauk's surgery, and required that he pass a physical examination with emphasis on the throwing arm. Ultimately, Kelly decided to bring Mauk in, figuring that if nothing else, Mauk could serve as a mentor for the Bearcats' younger quarterbacks who would have to adjust to the spread offense.[3]

Mauk, who was named the starting quarterback over junior Dustin Grutza, was trying to lead the Bearcats to their first winning season in the Big East. The Bearcats jumped out ahead early, winning all five non-conference games. They then entered Big East play, with Mauk leading them to victories over Syracuse, UConn, USF, and Rutgers. Mauk and the Bearcats finished with a 10-3 overall record, capping their season and Mauk's college career with a 31-21 win over Southern Miss in the 2007 PapaJohn' Bowl in which Mauk threw for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns, becoming the game's MVP. This gave the Bearcats their first 10-win season since 1951, and virtually assured them a spot in the season-ending national rankings for the first time ever.[5]

Mauk, called by his Cincinnati teammates the "Bionic Man" due to the various metallic objects installed in his arm, proved to be an inspiration to them. Bearcats safety Haruki Nakamura said about Mauk, "The first time I saw the scar, I was like: 'What is that? Did you get a shark bite?' For someone to endure that sort of pain is unbelievable. To do what he's done this year is great. He's definitely become an impact player on this team."[4]

Mauk tried to gain one more year of eligibility for the 2008 season. However, he was turned down by the NCAA. Mauk appealed his case a final time via teleconference; on September 3, 2008, he learned that had been denied[6]

On September 9, 2008, Hardin County Judge William Hart refused to grant a permanent injunction against the NCAA that would have allowed Ben Mauk to rejoin the Bearcats.[7]


Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

In September 2008, Mauk signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.[8] He was released in October following an injury.[9]

Cincinnati Commandos[edit]

Mauk was the quarterback for Cincinnati's indoor football team, the Cincinnati Commandos. In his first season with the team (2010), he started 9 regular season games and threw for 52 touchdowns and 1631 yards, both league highs, capturing the CIFL MVP and CIFL Championship Game MVP awards as the Commandos went 11-1 and won the league championship. In his second season, he played in just two games, completing 10 of 17 passes for 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.[10] During his second game, he was ejected for an illegal hit after throwing an interception. As a result, Mauk was suspended by the league for 2 games.

Tampa Bay Storm[edit]

Mauk was invited to try out with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2011. He left the team for medical reasons and was released on February 23.[11]


  1. ^ "Ben Mauk". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ben Mauk". Microsoft. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Starkey, Joe (2007-11-06). "'Bionic' quarterback leading surging Bearcats". Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  4. ^ a b Associated Press (2007-11-14). "Cincinnati QB Mauk starting to feel good with metal-filled arm". Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Mauk, Bearcats spoil Bower's final game at Southern Miss". 2007-12-22. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  6. ^ Mauk Denied Again
  7. ^ Ohio judge denies Mauk appeal for sixth season of eligibility
  8. ^ Ben Mauk headed north Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Former Buffs QB Bell headed to CFL
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-07-27.  2010 Cincinnati Commandos stats
  11. ^ 2011 Tampa Bay Storm Transactions

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