Olson in August 2008
|Date of birth:||February 28, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Missoula, Montana|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Thousand Oaks (CA)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Benjamen James Olson (born February 28, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. He played for the UCLA Bruins football team. He excelled in football at Thousand Oaks High School, earning high school All-American honors in 2001.
High school career
Olson played quarterback for Thousand Oaks High School for four years. For three of those years, he played on the varsity team, alongside David Anderson.
In 2001, Olson was considered the top quarterback prospect and even top high school football recruit in the country following a highly productive senior year in which he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Olson signed with Brigham Young University upon graduating from Thousand Oaks High School in 2002 and redshirted his freshman season. Olson then went on a two-year mission to Canada with the LDS Church.
Olson played in five games in 2006, completing 63.7% of his passes for 822 yards, 6.63 yards per attempt, 5 TDs and 5 INTs. Olson's season came to an end in the opening moments of his fifth start when he was injured. Though Olson regained his health, he did not regain the starting position that season.
Olson was named starting quarterback for the 2007 Season following the spring training. However, he was plagued, yet again, by injuries and only played in 6 games, completing only 48.3% of his passes for 1040 yards, 7.08 yards per attempt, 7 TDs and 6 INTs.
Entering the 2008 season, Olson was the presumptive starting quarterback after a career-ending knee injury to Patrick Cowan, the named starter during spring practice. However, on Saturday, August 9 Olson broke his foot and was sidelined. Olson, whose career has been marked by injuries, broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice, and X-rays taken Sunday, August 10 revealed the fracture. He suffered the same injury during spring practice. His broken right foot took longer than expected to heal and he finished his college football career without playing a game that year.
Olson has one brother and three sisters and married the former Andrea Anderson in May 2007. He majored in history at UCLA. He was recently employed by DOMO, a business intelligence startup located in American Fork, Utah, and is now employed at Precoa, a preneed insurance company based in Portland, Oregon. The Olsons reside in Lehi, Utah.
- "UCLA's Ben Olson making the grade", The Orange County Register, August 30, 2006
- "Ex-next-great-BYU QB loving life at UCLA", The Press-Enterprise, August 13, 2005
- Olson's career at UCLA likely over Los Angeles Daily News, November 18, 2008
- Dave Glass Domo
- Orton, Courtney (September 30, 2012). "Flies won't stop buzzing all around Utah". KSL-TV.