Arguably the leader of the Kansas Jayhawks defense, Ben Heeney is coming off a 2013 season in which he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from opposing coaches. He enters the 2014 campaign as the leading returning tackler in the conference after posting 88 stops a year ago, including double digit tackles in six of his 10 games played. In all, the Kansas native has more than 200 tackles and 20 tackles for loss over the last two seasons and will be counted on to continue that kind of productivity for a rebuilding Kansas defense in 2014.
When Heeney left Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kan., he was rated the 12th best player in the state and 58th best outside linebacker prospect in the nation. Was named to the Wichita Eagle’s top-11 football team and earned 5A first-team all-state honors as a running back after rushing for 2.083 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior. Defensively, he recorded 143 career tackles, including 14 for loss, and four picks during his prep career.
Was one of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011, appearing in all 12 games on defense and special teams. In 2012, Heeney would go on to earn second-team all-Big 12 honors after starting 12 games at middle linebacker. Ranked third in the Big 12 in tackles with 112 and tackles per game (9.3 per game) while recording 12 tackles for loss. In 2013, he started 10 games, missing the Oklahoma and Baylor games due to injury, and still garnered second-team all-Big 12 honors as he averaged 8.7 tackles per game and recorded 11. 5 tackles for loss and three interceptions.
|2013 Regular Season||26||2||28||1.0||1||10||3||33||28||0||0||0||0||0|