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.