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Ben Leber
52  Ben Leber
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vermillion, S.D.

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 250

Position:
Linebacker

2001 (Senior) - Will serve as a team representative and team captain for the second straight year... Has started 25 career games, including 24 of the last 26 contests.

2000 (Junior) ? SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION by coaches and Associated Press... Team captain and team representative in 2000... Started 11 of Wildcats? 13 regular-season games, also earning start in the Cotton Bowl... Finished sixth on the team, and first among linebackers, in tackles (55) and solo tackles (38)... Was fourth on Wildcats with 14 tackles for loss (minus-61 yards)... Matched his career-high with 10 tackles in win over Texas Tech (10/21)... Also had three TFL vs. Red Raiders, including a 5-yard sack, and his lone interception of the season... Had a 4-1-5 tackle chart, including a 10-yard sack in Big 12 Championship vs. Oklahoma (12/2)... Posted eight tackles (five solo), with two TFL vs. Oklahoma (10/14).

1999 (Sophomore) - Honorable mention All-Big 12 pick by coaches? Started all 11 regular-season games in 1999? Finished regular season fourth on the team with 58 tackles? Had season-high 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack, in 66-0 win over Missouri? Also had two TFLs and a sack against Oklahoma State? Recovered a fumble in season opener vs. Temple? Forced two fumbles on the season? Helped K-State rank third in the nation in total defense and first in turnover margin.

1998 (Freshman) - Saw action in every game, including a start against Iowa State in place of the injured Jeff Kelly... Had a season-high 10 tackles with five for losses and two pass breakups in that game... Tied for fourth on the team with 10 tackles for loss of 28 yards... Finished the season with 30 tackles, including 19 solo stops... Registered two quarterback sacks (minus-12 yards) in the Big 12 Championship loss to Texas A&M.

1997 - Redshirt season.

Vermillion HS - A Parade All-American, the only player from South Dakota so honored in 1997... Honorable mention All-USA by USA Today... Played in North-South Dakota All-Star game... Two-time all-state and all-conference selection... Rushed for 1,350 yards as a senior... Rushed for 1,404 yards and 18 TDs on 155 carries as a junior... Honor roll all four years... Academic All-State with 3.9 GPA... Has run a 10.8 100-meter dash.

Personal - Born Dec. 7, 1978... Son of Al and Han Leber... Majoring in business... Brother, Jason, was an All-America RB at South Dakota.

Bowl performances ? No stats vs Purdue in 1998 Builder?s Square Alamo Bowl? Three tackles (two solo) vs Washington in 1999 Culligan Holiday Bowl... One solo tackle and a pass deflection in Wildcats? win over Tennessee in 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl.

Career Stats

G

UT-AT-TT

TFL

Sack

PBU

FF

FR

1998

10

19-11-30

10-28

2.0-12

2

1

0-0

1999

11

35-23-58

7-24

2.0-11

3

2

1-0

2000

13

38-17-55

14-61

3.5-22

2

0

0-0

Totals

34

92-51-143

31-113

7.5-45

7

3

1-0

Career highs - Tackles: 10, 3 times (last vs. Texas Tech, 10/21/00); Solo tackles: 8 vs. Missouri (11/20/99); TFL: 5 (-10) vs. Iowa State (10/24/98); Sacks: 2 vs. Texas A&M (12/5/98).

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