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Ben

Humphreys

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#34

Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
City/State: Newport Beach, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei

Bio

Career Statistics

2018: Returning starting middle linebacker ... preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy’s Sports (3rd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (3rd) ... member of Duke LB unit ranked No. 1 in the ACC by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... candidate for the Bednarik Award, an honor presented annually to the top defensive player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club ... candidate for the Butkus Award, an honor presented annually to the top linebacker in the nation by the Butkus Foundation ... in 36 career games (25 starts), has 207 tackles, 22.0 TFL, 8.0 quarterback sacks, two INTs, three fumble recoveries, one caused fumble, four PBUs and 18 QB pressures ... has played 1,934 career snaps ... among active players in the ACC, begins the 2018 campaign ranking fourth in career tackles ... pairs with Joe Giles-Harris (232) to provide Duke with the only active duo in the ACC to have 200+ tackles each ... couples with Giles-Harris (1,688) and Koby Quansah (798) to form a LB trio with 4,420 combined snaps of experience ... one of four Duke defensive players with 1,200+ career snaps of experience, joining Giles-Harris, S Jeremy McDuffie (1,302) and CB Mark Gilbert (1,262) ... enters the 2018 season as one of eight active players nationally with 200+ tackles, 20.0+ TFL and 8.0+ sacks, joining Idaho’s Kaden Elliss, Akron’s Ulysees Gilbert, Giles-Harris, San Jose State’s Frank Ginda, New Mexico State’s Terrill Hanks, Iowa State’s Willie Harvey and Hawai’i’s Jahlani Tavai ... opens 2018 as one of 11 active players in the ACC with multiple Academic All-ACC citations, joining Pittsburgh’s Alex Bookser, Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun, Syracuse’s Cody Conway, N.C. State’s Ryan Finley, Wake Forest’s Justin Herron, Duke’s Daniel Jones, Duke’s Johnathan Lloyd, Georgia Tech’s Brad Stewart, Duke’s Chris Taylor and Clemson’s Christian Wilkins ... begins the 2018 campaign having recorded at least one TFL in 19 of the last 22 games dating back to 2016 ... has 10+ tackles in seven games including a career-high 16 stops against Virginia Tech in 2016 ... also reached double digits in the tackle column versus Indiana (11 in 2015), Virginia (13 in 2016), Army West Point (10 in 2016), Georgia Tech (10 in 2016), North Carolina (12 in 2016) and Pittsburgh (11 in 2017) ... has 3+ tackles in 27 games ... has carded at least one TFL in 21 games including a career-high 2.5 stops for lost yardage against Army West Point in 2016 ... aiming to become just the third Duke LB since 1990 to record multiple seasons with 100+ tackles and 11.0+ TFL, joining Ryan Fowler (2002-03) and Michael Tauiliili (2007-08) ... sits 93 tackles and 8.0 TFL shy of becoming the fifth player in Blue Devil history to amass 300+ tackles and 30.0+ TFL, joining Mike Junkin (513 tackles & 36.0 TFL; 1984-87), Fowler (495 tackles & 47.5 TFL; 2000-03), Tauiliili (434 tackles & 46.0 TFL; 2005-08) and Jeremy Cash (333 tackles & 38.0 TFL; 2013-15) ... lone defensive player and one of three players in Duke history to start multiple bowl game victories (2015 Pinstripe & 2017 Quick Lane), joining OT Gabe Brandner and WR T.J. Rahming.

2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017:
Academic All-ACC selection ... played in and started 11 games ... missed the Georgia Tech and Wake Forest weeks due to injury ... totaled 70 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, one INT, three PBUs and nine QB pressures ... in the ACC, ranked 30th in tackles per game (6.36) ... posted 5+ tackles in nine games including a season-high 11 stops versus Pittsburgh ... logged nine tackles including 1.5 TFL at Virginia ... registered eight stops against both Virginia Tech and Army West Point ... had a season-best 2.0 TFL in the win over North Carolina ... in the victory over Baylor, carded six tackles, 1.0 TFL, three QB pressures and returned an INT 22 yards for a TD ... recorded at least one TFL in nine games ... coupled with teammates Joe Giles-Harris (16.0), Mike Ramsay (9.5) and Tre Hornbuckle (9.5) to make Duke one of four teams in the ACC to have 4+ players with 9.0+ TFL, joining Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech ... on the field for 674 snaps.

2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: 
Third team All-ACC pick by both the head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... ACC Linebacker of the Week following the Virginia Tech tilt ... co-recipient along with Joe Giles-Harris of the program’s Vincent Rey Award as Duke’s most outstanding linebacker ... started all 12 games ... carded 106 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT, two fumble recoveries, one PBU and four QB pressures ... in the ACC, ranked sixth in tackles per game (8.83), tied for sixth in fumble recoveries per game (0.17) and tied for 11th in total tackles ... nationally, ranked tied for 30th in fumble recoveries and tied for 45th in tackles per game ... had 3+ tackles in all 12 games and 7+ stops in nine weeks ... reached double figures in the tackle column against Virginia Tech (16), Virginia (13), North Carolina (12), Army West Point (10) and Georgia Tech (10) ... averaged 10.00 tackles per game in ACC play ... had at least one TFL in 10 contests including a season-high 2.5 TFL against Army West Point ... enjoyed a streak of 10 consecutive games with at least one TFL between Weeks 2-11 ... logged three sacks over the final five weeks of the year ... lone INT of the season came versus Virginia ... carded fumble recoveries against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech ... paired with Giles-Harris to form one of just 14 LB duos nationally to register 100+ tackles each ... coupled with Giles-Harris to form the third Duke LB tandem since 1990 to post 100+ tackles and 9.0+ TFL each, joining Ryan Stallmeyer (110 tackles & 9.0 TFL) and Todd DeLamielleure (103 tackles & 10.0 TFL) in 1999 and Michael Tauiliili (140 tackles & 13.0 TFL) and Vincent Rey (109 tackles & 10.5 TFL) in 2008 ... became just the fifth Duke LB since 1990 to record 100+ tackles and 11.0+ TFL in a season, joining John Zuanich (100 tackles & 16.0 TFL in 1994), Ryan Fowler (145 tackles & 15.0 TFL in 2002; 136 tackles & 12.5 TFL in 2003), Tauiliili (108 tackles & 13.0 TFL in 2007; 140 tackles & 13.0 TFL in 2008) and Kelby Brown (114 tackles and 11.0 TFL in 2013) ... on the field for 811 total snaps.

2015 Game-by-Game Statistics
2015: 
Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 13 games with two starts ... earned starting assignments against North Carolina and Indiana ... posted 31 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 quarterback sack, one caused fumble, one fumble recovery and five QB pressures ... carded 2+ tackles in eight games including a season-high 11 stops as Duke defeated Indiana, 44-41 in overtime, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl ... added a pair of QB pressures against the Hoosiers ... in the win at Army West Point, recorded two tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery ... in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, donned jersey No. 59 to honor student assistant coach Kelby Brown, who had his playing career ended due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament suffered in July, 2015 ... one of five Duke freshmen to earn a varsity letter ... played 449 snaps.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterwinner at Mater Dei High School under coach Bruce Rollison ... consensus top-25 outside linebacker nationally ... listed as the No. 9 outside linebacker by Scout.com, No. 11 by 247Sports.com, No. 12 by Rivals.com and No. 22 by ESPN.com ... appeared on the Scout300 list at No. 126 and on the Rivals.com250 list at No. 173 ... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after senior year and finished with three tackles, all for lost yardage, a 21-yard INT returned for a TD, a forced fumble and subsequent 11-yard return ... honorable mention choice for the Rivals.com U.S. Army All-America Lunch Pail award for his performance during the week ... during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl banquet, received the Glenn Davis Award, which is given annually to the player of the West team at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl who best epitomizes the U.S. Army’s high standards of excellence in community service, education and athletic excellence ... received USA Today American Family Insurance All-California Team honors as a senior after carding 75 tackles with four INTs and two forced fumbles ... on offense, caught 30 passes for 500 yards and nine TDs ... helped the Monarchs to a 9-3 overall record and trip to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs ... a 2014 Great American Rivalry Challenge Scholar Athlete Award winner ... as a junior, carded 90 tackles, including 10.0 sacks, as well as two INTs and five forced fumbles ... offensively, hauled in 40 passes for 600 yards and eight scores ... team went 11-3 and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 championship before falling to St. John Bosco ... earned first team all-trinity league honors and was placed on the CalHiSports.com All-State Junior Team ... as a sophomore, recorded 20 receptions for 400 yards and seven TDs while posting 50 tackles, 8.0 sacks, four INTs and five forced fumbles ... team went 11-3 overall and reached the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 championship game and fell to Long Beach Poly ... after sophomore year, was named first team All-Trinity League and a CalHiSports.com All-State Underclassman ... lettered in basketball as a sophomore as Mater Dei won the state championship.

PERSONAL: Born October 10, 1996 ... majoring in public policy studies while minoring in economics and pursuing a certificate in markets and management ... son of Wendy and Brad Humphreys ... mother lettered four seasons (1984-85-86-87) as a setter on the volleyball team at Stanford University, helped the Cardinal to a 101-25 overall record, three conference championships and four NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances and was a four-time All-America selection by Volleyball Magazine, three-time All-America choice by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, three-time all-conference pick, two-time NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team choice (1985 & 1987), Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year honoree (1987) and Pac-10 Conference Female Athlete of the Year recipient (1988) ... mother also finished collegiate career holding Stanford records for assists in a single season (1,610 in 1987) and career (5,003), was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1989-90 and earned induction into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002 ... father lettered three seasons (1985-86-87) as a defensive back on the football team at Stanford, helped the Cardinal to a Gator Bowl appearance in 1986, earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors in 1987 after leading the team with six INTs and finished his career with 14 INTs, then the third-highest total in school history and eighth-highest total in league history ... older sister, Kelsey, lettered four seasons (2013-14-15-16) as a setter on the volleyball team at Stanford, helped the Cardinal to a 110-22 overall record, one Pac-12 Conference championship (2014), two NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances (2014 & 2016) and the 2016 NCAA Championship and twice earned Pac-12 Conference All-Academic honorable mention honors (2015-16) ... younger sister, Ashley, is a member of the volleyball program at the University of Southern California.

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