|High School:||Hemphill HS|
2004 Rimington Trophy Winner
2004 First-Team All-America (American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News)
2004 Second-Team All-America (Walter Camp)
2004 First-Team All-SEC (AP, SEC Coaches, Collegefootballnews.com)
2004 SEC Good Works Team
2003 Rimington Trophy Finalist
2003 Second-Team All-America (Associated Press, Sporting News)
2003 First-Team All-SEC (AP, ESPN.com)
2003 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2001 Freshman All-SEC (Knoxville News-Sentinel, Coaches) * 2001 Second-Team Freshman All-America (The Sporting News)
SENIOR SEASON (2004)
Named the co-recipient, along with David Baas of Michigan, of the Rimington Trophy this year as college football's top center ... Is only the third football player in LSU history to receive a national award joining running back Billy Cannon (1959 Heisman Trophy) and Josh Reed (2001 Biletnikoff Award) ... Won the Rimington Trophy, as well as being named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News, despite missing the last 3 games of the season with a knee injury ... Started 41 career games before suffering a torn patella tendon in his left knee against Vanderbilt on Oct. 30 ... Underwent successful knee surgery, but will not play again this season ... Started first 8 games in 2004 for the Tigers ... Has 41 career starts with the Tigers going 33-8 over that span.
JUNIOR SEASON (2003)
One of the nation's top centers ... Named one of six finalists for the Remington Award in 2003, which goes to college football's top center ... Named Second-Team All-America by the Sporting News and the Associated Press ... Named First-Team All-SEC at center by AP and ESPN.com ... Started all 14 games for the Tigers ... Saw action in 991 plays, the second-most of any player on the team ... Allowed only three sacks and called for just three penalties all year ... In 991 snaps, was marked down for just 10 bad snaps ... Went from week seven to the Sugar Bowl with only three bad snaps ... Had 13 pancakes and 87 knockdowns for the Tigers.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2002)
Started 10 of 13 games for the Tigers in 2002 ... Sat out the Cotton Bowl with a back injury ... Snapped on field goals and PATs as well ... Missed The Citadel and Miami (Ohio) games with a combination knee/ankle injury ... Extremely smart and gifted player ... Named to the SEC Good Works Team ... Played 620 snaps in 2002 and did not allow a sack all season ... Had only three bad snaps all year and was whistled for just three penalties.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2001)
True freshman who won the starting role at center for the Tigers ... Named Second-Team Freshman All-America by the Sporting News and earned Freshman All-SEC honors by both the AP and the Coaches ... Emerged as LSU's starting center vs. Kentucky when injuries forced Rob Sale to move from center to right guard ... Played well enough to keep the position ... Started final nine games of the season for the Tigers, including the Sugar Bowl ... LSU posted an 8-1 mark with Wilkerson starting at center ... Also snapped on PAT and FG attempts ... In all, played in 11 games with nine starts.
Called by many as the top offensive line prospect in America ... Named All-American by Parade, USA Today, Rivals.com, Superprep, ESPN, and The Sporting News ... Rated as the No. 21 overall prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com ... Recorded 121 pancake blocks as a senior and graded out at over 95 percent for the year ... Helped team averaged 399 rushing yards a contest and 9.2 yards per carry ... Listed as the No. 16 prep prospect according to SuperPrep ... Rated among Max Emfinger's top 125 national prospects as well as the Dallas Morning News' top 100 for the nation ... Member of Dave Campbell's Texas Super Team ... Earned first team All-District, All-County and All-State honors ... Coached by Larry Upshaw.
Full name is Benjamin Lorenza Wilkerson ... Goes by Ben ... Born November 22, 1982 in Port Arthur, Texas ... Parents are Charles and Vermykia Proctor ... Has four brothers, Demarcus, Charles, Trey and Celvin and three sisters, Brandi, Diamond, and Allanah ... Favorite book is Shakespeare's Othello ... Wears #55 because that's the same number is grandfather wore during his prep days at Hemphill High ... Majoring in general studies.