He worked his way up from junior varsity to scout team to varsity.
Woodstock North High School graduate Ben Medlicott, who suited up for the Aurora University football team, was named the Aurora University Work Team Defense Player of the Year. Being the top defensive player on the scout team led to a starting role for the Spartans.
“When I was a junior, I was doing everything I could do to help the team win as part of the scout team,” Medlicott said. “I just wanted to put them in a better position to win as a scout team player. It was a very gratifying feeling to finally start. I know football shaped what type of person I am. I don’t know how different I would be if I was able to play right away.”
As a senior, he finished with 51 tackles, which was the fourth-most on the team. Of his tackles, 29 were solos. He also had one tackle for two yards of loss. Aurora, which was under second year head coach Rick Ponx, finished 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
“The only bad thing about my senior season, personally, was I did not get to finish the final game of my career,” said Medlicott. “I sprained my MCL and my ankle on my right leg. I wish I would have been able to complete my final game. I also wish that we would have won more games.”
Medlicott, who played on the junior varsity team as a freshman and sophomore, had no official stats during those two years. He played two games as a junior. He had two tackles, one of which was a solo. He had 1.5 tackles for three yards of loss as a junior.
“I think football teaches you how to work as a team,” said Medlicott. “Those type of lessons will help you not only on the football field, but in life as well. The biggest difference for me was the size and speed of the players. Everyone did their business much, much faster and they were much bigger than in high school.”
The son of Phyllis Torres of Huntley and Bart Medlicott of Waukegan earned a degree in fitness and health promotion in May. He is currently doing an internship for Del Webb Sun City, a retirement community in Huntley. He is also planning to get a certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which will allow him to pursue other avenues as far as training. He finished his degree with a grade point average of 3.0.
“I am going to miss playing football,” said the 5-foot-10, 215-pound linebacker. “I would like to stay involved in the sport somehow,” said Medlicott. “I have several non-traditional ideas on how to do that. The two things I will miss most about football is being part of a team and working toward a common goal and being on the field playing for AU in front of my family, friends and fans.”