BY SPNW Staff 12:25PM 11/28/2018

UW’s Burr-Kirven Pac-12’s top scholar-athlete

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven, a cinema-studies major with a 3.69 GPA, was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Ben Burr-Kirven has been everywhere for Washington this season — including the classroom. / Spokesman-Review

After one of best seasons for a linebacker in Huskies football history, Washington senior Ben Burr-Kirven was named Wednesday as Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2018 season.

He’s the second Husky to win the honor in the past three seasons. Former OL Jake Eldrekamp won in 2016.

Burr-Kirven, previously a two-time first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection is a comparative literature (cinema studies) major with a 3.69 grade-point average.

Burr-Kirven enters Friday’s Pac-12 Championship sharing the national lead for total tackles, with 155, 71 more than he had last season, when he also led the Huskies.

Burr-Kirven is fifth in the nation in fumble recoveries (three) and ninth in forced fumbles (four), while sharing the team lead with two interceptions.

Since 1989, only one Husky has totaled more than 155 tackles in a season. Mason Foster in 2010 led FBS with 163.




  • mtblaze

    Our Kinda Guy.

    • art thiel


  • Archangelo Spumoni

    Congrats to Ben, especially in consideration of the time management demands that intercollegiate football players endure.
    I couldn’t manage my study time worth beans and I simply am amazed that any major sports participant can succeed.
    Ben: keep up the good work and you are a fine example.

    • art thiel

      You hit on a key point in college sports: Time management. It is everything about making college work for a jock.