Ben Burr-Kirven Named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Per the University of Washington Press Release…..

November 28, 2018
Washington senior Ben Burr-Kirven has been named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2018 football season.

The linebacker from Menlo Park, Wash., is the second Husky to win the honor in the last three seasons as former UW offensive lineman Jake Eldrekamp was the recipient in 2016.
Burr-Kirven, a two-time first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection (this year’s team has yet to be announced), as well as a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America District 8 honoree, is a comparative literature (cinema studies) major and boasts a 3.69 grade-point average.
Burr-Kirven has turned in one of the most prolific seasons by a Husky linebacker in decades as he enters Friday night’s Pac-12 Championship Game sharing the national lead for total tackles, with 155. That total is 71 more than he had last year, when he also led the Huskies, and is 33 more than the next two Husky tacklers, combined.
Additionally, Burr-Kirven is fifth in the nation in fumble recoveries (3) and ninth in forced fumbles (4), while sharing the team lead with two interceptions.
Since 1989, only one Husky has totaled more than 155 tackles in season, as Mason Foster led the FBS with 163 in 2010.
The Pac-12 Conference established the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards in 2007-08 to recognize its outstanding senior student-athletes.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 24 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, beach volleyball, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.
The Nomination criteria are:

  • senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree
  • cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • participation in at least 50% of the scheduled contest in the sport
  • minimum of one year in residence at the institution

Each Pac-12 institution will nominate one individual per sport, and the winners will be selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees will be a consideration in the voting for the award.