Burr-Kirven, a first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection in 2016 and 2017, has a 3.69 grade-point average. His 155 tackles is tied for the best in the country.
The year just keeps getting better for star Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven.
Kirven, tied for the national lead in tackles with 155, was named Wednesday the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year for this season.
Burr-Kirven, a first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection in 2016 and 2017, is majoring in comparative literature (cinema studies) and has a 3.69 grade-point average.
This has been a breakout season for the senior from Menlo Park, Calif., who earlier this season was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks. Burr-Kirven, 6 feet and 221 pounds, became the first Husky in 22 years to have at least 20 tackles in a game when he had 20 in a 27-20 win over Arizona State.
Burr-Kirven also has four tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player.