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Ben Heeney - Football - Kansas Jayhawks

Ben Heeney

Position Linebacker
Height 6'0"
Weight 227 lbs.
Class Sophomore
Hometown Hutchinson, Kan.
High School Hutchinson HS

Career Honors: 2012: Garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors by the league[apos]s coaches as well as the Associated Press and Phil Steele Magazine… Named to Athletic Director[apos]s Honor Roll during spring semester.

2012 (So.): Garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors by the league[apos]s coaches as well as the Associated Press and Phil Steele Magazine… Started all 12 games at middle linebacker… Ranked third in the Big 12 in total tackles (112) and tackles per game (9.3)… Also ranked fifth in the league in TFLs (12.0)… His 12 TFLs produced a loss of 31 yards… Also had a sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakups… Had five games with double-digit tackles… Made first career start and collected five tackles against South Dakota State… Recorded 12 stops at Northern Illinois… Made a career-high 14 tackles, including a pair of TFLs and a forced fumble, at Kansas State… Had nine stops, including seven solos, against Oklahoma State… Totaled 13 stops against Texas and added a pass breakup… Recorded 13 tackles, incluing a solo TFL and a quarterback hurry, at Baylor… Made nine tackles, including two TFLs, at Texas Tech… Registered 13 tackles, including one TFL, against Iowa State… Collected a career-best four TFLs, including first sack, along with eight total tackles at West Virginia.

2011 (Fr.): Played in all 12 contests, seeing time on defense as well as special teams … Made collegiate debut against McNeese State, recording two tackles, including one solo stop … Had single tackles against Northern Illinois, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Texas … Matched season high with two tackles against Kansas State … One of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011.

High School: Ranked as the 12th-best player in the state of Kansas and the 58th-best outside linebacker in the nation according to Rivals.com… Was named to the Wichita Eagle[apos]s Top 11 football team… Named 5A first-team all-state by the Topeka Capital Journal as a running back… Rushed for 2,083 yards and 39 touchdowns on 246 carries as a senior, setting school records in both yards and touchdowns in a season… Ran for a school-record 333 yards against Salina Central… Defensively he recorded 143 career tackles, including 14 for loss… Added four interceptions.

Personal: Born in Overland Park, Kan…. Son of Joe and Mitzi Heeney… Has one brother… Father and two uncles played baseball at KU… Undecided on a major… Considers whistling one of his many talents off the football field.