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Ben Kline
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Ben  Kline

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Silver Valley, Pa.

High School:
Dallastown

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 230

Position:
LB

Experience:
SR

H.S. Coach:
Kevin Myers

 

07/13/2015

Penn State Uplifting Athletes Raise $120,000 at Lift for Life

Penn State football team brings all-time total to more than $1.12 million raised for Kidney Cancer awareness and research since 2003

06/25/2015

Penn State Uplifting Athletes' Lift for Life Set for July 11

Annual event set for July 11 at Penn State Lacrosse Field to help in the fight against kidney cancer

04/06/2015

Nittany Lion Football Announces Leadership Council

Leadership Council consists of 25 players and will be a voice for the team

12/23/2014

Sixteen Pre-Bowl Graduates in Top 10 Percent Among FBS Institutions

Sixteen Nittany Lions Have Earned 18 Degrees Prior to New Era Pinstripe Bowl

06/11/2014

Penn State Uplifting Athletes' Lift For Life Events Set for July In Fight Against Kidney Cancer

Lift For Life Set for Saturday, July 12; To Include More Fan Interaction

11/02/2013

Penn State Football vs. Illinois 11/2

Penn State Football vs. Illinois

10/20/2012

AP Photos: Football vs. Iowa

AP Photos: Football vs. Iowa

10/06/2012

Football vs. Northwestern (Oct. 6, 2012)

Penn State Football vs. Northwestern

09/15/2012

Penn State vs Navy - AP Photo Gallery

Penn State vs Navy - AP Photo Gallery

  • Battling injury for most of the past two seasons, Kline continues to be one of the most respected Nittany Lions in the locker room for his enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to making each of the players around him better, on and off the field.
  • After missing a handful of games in 2013 and the entire 2014 season, he will contend with Nyeem Wartman-White for snaps at the middle linebacker post, filling the spot left by Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Mike Hull.
  • The physical, assertive and intelligent Kline made the most of his season away from the field, working with Assistant Athletic Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt to remain in peak physical condition while rehabbing.
  • Kline is one of the squad’s premier students, entering the summer with a 3.75 grade-point average, earning his degree in finance in December 2014.
  • Kline is a nominee for an American Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world.
  • He is a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District® honoree and should be a strong candidate for the Academic All-America® team this fall.
  • Kline is president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter, which has raised more than $1,000,000 for kidney cancer patients, their families and research since the first Penn State Lift For Life event was held in 2003.
  • He is among 13 returning Nittany Lions from Central Pennsylvania.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
    Missed the 2014 season due to an injury that occurred during a summer workout…Served as the president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter…Led the organization to raise a Penn State-record $151,990 for the Kidney Cancer Association in 2013-14…Graduated in December 2014 with his degree in finance, doing so in 3.5 years.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Awards: Earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District® for the second consecutive season…Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time. Season: Battled through injuries during the season…Missed the final three contests due to a chest injury sustained during the game at Minnesota…Was held out of all contact drills during spring practice due to offseason shoulder surgery…Appeared in six games, earning two starts…Missed games against Eastern Michigan, at Indiana and against Michigan due to injury, as well…Recorded 18 tackles (nine solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. Syracuse (8/31): Made a pair of tackles in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium…Logged his first career tackle for loss, a combined stop with Jordan Lucas in the second quarter. Kent State (9/21): Made two stops. At Ohio State (10/26): Contributed two tackles…Notched his first career sack, a second-quarter takedown of Braxton Miller for a loss of 8 yards. Illinois (11/2): Made his first career start…Posted a career-best eight tackles. At Minnesota (11/9): Notched four tackles…Injured (chest) making a tackle on the second play of the game and remained in the game…Made three of his four stops late in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter.

    ➤ 2012 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Awards: Selected CoSIDA Academic All-District® and Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in all 12 games…Earned playing time on defense and special teams…Recorded 18 tackles (nine solo), which ranked third among the defensive reserves. Ohio (9/1): Made his collegiate debut…Posted two stops. At Virginia (9/8): Made one tackle. Navy (9/15): Totaled a season-best three tackles. Temple (9/22): Added one tackle. At Illinois (9/29): Equaled his season-best with three tackles. Northwestern (10/6): Made one stop. At Iowa (10/20): Logged two stops. Ohio State (10/27): Had one tackle. At Purdue (11/3): Added one stop. Indiana (11/17): Had two tackles. Wisconsin (11/24): Made one tackle.

    ➤ 2011 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season.

    ➤ High School
    A four-year letterman for head coach Kevin Myers at Dallastown Area High School…Named York-Adams League Division I Player of the Year as a senior…Led Dallastown to an 11-1 record and its first York-Adams League Division I title in 30 years during his final prep season, playing on both sides of the ball…Paced the team with an impressive 152 tackles (93 solo), while recording 1.5 sacks and three interceptions…Also contributed nearly 850 yards of offense (rushing and receiving) and 13 touchdowns…Became the first freshman to start on the Dallastown varsity…Also was a decorated sprinter on the track and field team.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Benjamin Richard Kline…Son of Rick and Lisa Kline…Has one sister, Taylor…Enjoys snowboarding, fishing and hunting…Received his degree in finance in December 2014...Enrolled in graduate level courses in the Smeal College of Business…Born October 31, 1992 in York, Pa.

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