Coaches & Assistants

Ben Wilkerson
Assistant Offensive Line

Biography

Ben Wilkerson is in his third season with the Bears after being hired as the club's assistant offensive line coach on February 11, 2015.

In 2016, Wilkerson helped coach an offensive line that paved the way for Jordan Howard to gain 1,313 yards on the ground, second most in the NFL last season. Howard's 1,313 rushing yards were also the most by...

Ben Wilkerson is in his third season with the Bears after being hired as the club's assistant offensive line coach on February 11, 2015.

In 2016, Wilkerson helped coach an offensive line that paved the way for Jordan Howard to gain 1,313 yards on the ground, second most in the NFL last season. Howard's 1,313 rushing yards were also the most by a Bears rookie in club history. The Bears offense also ranked third in franchise single-season history in gross passing yards (4,139) and net passing yards (3,969) and second in passing first downs (212). In his second season, the Bears also saw improvement in yards per game (356.5), yards per play (5.9), rushing yards per play (4.57), passing yards per game (248.1) and sacks per pass attempt (5.01%).

Prior to joining the Bears coaching staff, Wilkerson had five years coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels as well as three years playing experience in the NFL.

In 2014, he taught physical education and was an assistant football and track coach for North Shore Senior High School in Houston.

Prior to his time at North Shore High, Wilkerson spent two seasons as the offensive line coach at Grambling State University (2012-13). He coached with the Pittsburgh Steelers during their 2012 training camp as a part of the Bill Walsh Minority Internship program.

Wilkerson started his coaching career at his alma mater, Louisiana State University, as an offensive graduate assistant (2010) and then as an offensive administrative intern (2011).

The Port Arthur, Texas native played in 32 games over three NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2006) and Atlanta Falcons (2007-08) after entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Bengals in 2005. He was also with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL (2009) before getting his start in coaching.

Wilkerson started 41 games at center for LSU over the course of four seasons (2001-04), as the Tigers compiled a 33-8 record during his career. As a senior, he was a co-recipient of the Rimington trophy, awarded to the top center in college football. During his junior season, the Tigers captured the BCS National Championship as Wilkerson started all 14 games contests along the offensive line and was named one of six finalists for the Rimington trophy.

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