"CCSF had a few of my friends already over here including my former teammate, Corey Dehl, so I decided to give it a try," added Ben Contreras. "I did not have any offers coming out of high school. I was too small (6' 2", 260) , so I wanted to get bigger and better my stock by coming here first."
The '05 season saw Ben take a greyshirt to work on his
strength and size, and he used it to his advantage.
"I put on 30 good
pounds in the last two years. My strength was no where were it needed to be in
high school (275 bench) but I improved that by over a 100 pounds in my greyshirt
season and my freshman season."
Contreras made a position change from
offensive tackle to center when he arrived at CCSF.
"I played tackle
until I got here. Our starting center graduated the year I greyshirted, so they
moved me over to center. I started every game last year at center, and I have
started all three games this year at center, so I guess the move went pretty good."
is off to a 2-1 start and Ben believes the team is gelling.
doing pretty good. We lost by 3 to Fresno on Saturday, so that was tough. Our
defense played really good, but our offense had 6 turnovers. We are coming together
though. I think we are going to be pretty good."
Ben believes his
strength lies with his footwork.
"Probably my pass blocking and playing
hard all of the time are my biggest strengths. Coach tells me that I am a good
down the field blocker on screens and stuff. I run a 4.95 forty, so I have pretty
good footwork for a guy my size."
The added experience at center has
made him more comfortable this season.
"I know the system a lot better,
therefore, I am way more aggressive. I know what calls to make at the line. I
know how to read the defenses better."
Does center feel natural now?
that I have played it for the past two years, it really does. It fits my strengths
and body. I am not tall enough for tackle (6' 3"), and I can get out and
move around really well. Yea, I wish they would have put me at center a long time
How is recruiting going?
"Right now, Ole Miss is
the only one calling me and stuff. I talked to Southern Cal in the Spring, and
they said they were going to be watching me this season and see how it goes. Texas,
UNLV, and Syracuse were all calling me in the Spring too, but I have not heard
from them this fall. They write and stuff, but they are not calling me like Ole
How did Ben and Ole Miss' relationship develop?
Neilsen and Orgeron came over here in the Spring and watched me play. They have
been writing and calling me ever since."
Ben set up his first official
visit with the University of Mississippi.
"I am going down there this
weekend to see them play Florida. I can't wait."
What is Contreras
going to concentrate on while he is on his visit?
"I am going to check
out their facilities and see how it looks down there, the atmosphere and all.
I have never been to Mississippi. It should be an adventure (laugh). Really, I
hear they have great weather and it is on a beautiful campus with a lot of beautiful
girls so it should be exciting. I also hear they have all new facilities."
will Ben key in on during the game?
"I will watch the fans, the plays
they run on offense, and things like that. I want to see if the speed is different
than what I am use to."
Ben is scheduled to graduate in December.
Juco center taking official to OM on Saturday
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