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  • Ben Heeney


    Lombardi Award Watch List
    Butkus Award Watch List
    Bednarik Award Watch List
    Nagurski Award Watch List
    Preseason All-America Third Team
    (Sporting News)
    Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
    (Media, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine)
    Midseason All-America Third Team
    (Phil Steele Magazine)
    Midseason All-Big 12 First Team
    (Phil Steele Magazine)

    All-Big 12 First Team
    (Phil Steele Magazine)
    All-Big 12 Second Team
    (Coaches, AP, San Antonio Express-News, Athlon Sports, Waco Tribune-Herald)
    Lombardi Award Watch List
    CFPA Top Linebacker Watch List
    Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
    (Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News)

    All-Big 12 Second Team
    (Coaches, AP, Phil Steele Magazine)
    Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll
    Athletic Driector's Honor Roll

  • 2014 (Sr.): Opened his senior campaign with a team-high 11 tackles vs. SEMO... Collected 15 tackles tying a then-career high and posted one tackle for loss at Duke... Boasted seven solo tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble against Central Michigan... Totaled 10 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery against Texas... Posted six tackles and two tackles for loss at West Virginia... Logged a game-high 14 tackles and a sack to go with 3.5 tackles for loss against Oklahoma State... bolstered the defensive attack with a career-high 21 tackles, 17 solo and 10 in the first quarter, and returned his fourth career pick 37 yards to set up a KU scoring drive in the loss at Texas Tech... recorded his 17th double-digit tackling effort of his career with 10 stops at Baylor... Garnered seven tackles against Iowa State... Led the field with 11 total tackles against TCU.

    2013 (Jr.): Selected as an All-Big 12 First team selection by Phil Steele Magazine and an All-Big 12 Second Team selection by the conference coaches, Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Athlon and the Waco Tribune-Herald after he finished fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles per game and ranked fifth in tackles-for-loss per game with 1.15… Played in 10 games, starting all 10 at MLB… Missed the Oklahoma and Baylor games with an injury… Finished with a team-best 88 total stops, including 11.5 tackles for loss and the first three interceptions of his career… Reached double figures in tackles in six of his 10 games played, including four Big 12 contests… Tallied four tackles, all solos, in KU’s win over South Dakota... Credited with 1.0 sack for a loss of four yards vs. the Coyotes… Turned in a career-best 15 tackles at Rice... Also had 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack and two pass breakups... Had his first career interception to go along with 10 tackles, one pass breakup and 0.5 TFL vs. LA Tech... Led KU with 12 tackles, including seven solos, in the TTU game... Recorded an interception for the second-straight game... Also had 2.0 TFLs vs. the Red Raiders... Had two tackles at TCU, including 1.0 TFL, before leaving the game with an injury... Returned from injury vs. Texas collecting a team-high nine tackles... Led KU with 11 tackles, including two TFLs, and a quarterback hurry at Oklahoma State... Had four tackles, including a TFL, plus an interception which he returned 28 yards in KU’s win over West Virginia... Tallied 11 tackles and one quarterback hurry at Iowa State... Led KU with 10 tackles vs. Kansas State, including 1.5 TFLs.

    2012 (So.): Garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors by the league’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... Named to the Wichita Eagle’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 recorded 143 career tackles, including 14 for loss... Added four interceptions.

    Personal: Born in Overland Park, Kansas... Son of Joe and Mitzi Heeney... Has one brother... Father and two uncles played baseball at KU... Majoring in liberal arts and sciences.


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