Quoting Coach Clark: "Big and physical player with experience ... a huge asset to the offensive line ... will compete for starting spot at guard."
2008: Started first eight games at left guard ... sidelined final four games with shoulder injury.
2007: Did not play ... slowed most of season with knee injury.
2006: Appeared in two games as reserve - vs. Indiana State on Sept. 2 and at Northwestern on Oct. 14.
2005: Did not play.
High School: Ranked as No. 14 offensive guard in nation and No. 8 player in Illinois by Rivals.com ... No. 19 offensive lineman in nation by SuperPrep and No. 32 by Collegefootballnews.com ... second team all-state as senior ... Chicago Sun-Times All-Chicago area team member ... totaled more than 40 pancake blocks and allowed merely one sack all season ... named to CBSSportsLine Prep Star All-American team ... Illinois High School Tremendous 26 and all-area selection as junior ... also was a long snapper ... coach was Brent Pearlman ... also participated in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Given name is Eric Richard Hedstrom ... born April 1, 1986 ... law and society major ... interests include lifting weights and cars ... father, Richard, played football at Indiana State.