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Ben Kline
Ben  Kline

Graduate Student

Silver Valley, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 230



H.S. Coach:
Kevin Myers


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Linebacker Ben Kline was getting into a good groove in the first part of last November after being slowed by a shoulder injury earlier in the season. Kline earned his first career start in the win over Illinois and responded with a breakout game, posting a career-high eight tackles. A week later, he again was on the field with the first unit and made four tackles at Minnesota despite suffering a chest injury on the second play of the game. The physical, assertive and intelligent Kline eventually left the game and was not able to play in the final three contests. Despite the injuries, Kline made 18 tackles last season, with 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack for minus-eight yards. Having spent his initial two seasons at outside linebacker, Kline could begin the season at middle linebacker, where he likely will battle Mike Hull and Gary Wooten for playing time. The former Dallastown High School standout loves to hit and gained nearly 10 pounds during the winter strength and conditioning program. Kline is one of the squad's premier students, entering the summer with a 3.83 grade-point average in finance, and is on schedule to graduate in December. 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. The redshirt junior also is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Kline is president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter, which has raised more than $825,000 for kidney cancer patients, their families and research since the first Penn State Lift For Life event was held in 2003. Kline led a contingent of Nittany Lion football student-athletes to Washington, D.C., for Rare Disease Awareness Day this past winter and has been very active in promoting Uplifting Athletes and expanding the chapter's schedule of events. He is among 17 returning Nittany Lions from Central Pennsylvania.

2013 (Junior Season)
Kline battled through injuries during the season and was able to play in six games, earning two starts. After not having any contact during spring practice due to off-season shoulder surgery, he made two tackles, including 0.5 for a loss, in the season-opening win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. After missing the Eastern Michigan game, Kline returned to action against UCF. He contributed a pair of hits in the 34-0 win over Kent State before missing the first two games of the Big Ten slate due to injury. Kline had another two-tackle performance at No. 4 Ohio State, including his first career sack. In his first career start, Kline had a breakout game with a career-high eight tackles in the win over Illinois. Kline provided a gutsy effort at Minnesota with four tackles, despite being injured (chest) on the second play of the game. He missed the final three contests with the chest injury. Kline continued to shine in the classroom, as the Dean's List student garnered his second consecutive Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District® selection and second Academic All-Big Ten honor.

2012 (Sophomore Season)
In his first season on the field, Kline appeared in all 12 games, earning playing time on defense and special teams. He recorded 18 tackles (nine solo), which ranked third among the defensive reserves. He made three tackles each in the wins over Navy and Illinois and two stops each against Ohio, Iowa and Indiana. Kline was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® and Academic All-Big Ten squads. He compiled a perfect 4.00 GPA during the 2013 spring semester.

2011 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season.

High School
Kline was named York-Adams League Division I Player-of-the-Year under Coach Kevin Myers at Dallastown Area High School. As a senior, Kline led Dallastown to an 11-1 record and its first York-Adams League Division I title in 30 years, playing on both sides of the ball. He paced the team with an impressive 152 tackles (93 solo), while recording 1.5 sacks and three interceptions. He contributed nearly 850 yards of offense (rushing and receiving) and 13 touchdowns. Kline was the first freshman to start on the Dallastown varsity. He also was a decorated sprinter on the track and field team.

Full name is Benjamin Richard Kline. He is the son of Rick and Lisa Kline and has a sister, Taylor. He enjoys snowboarding, fishing and hunting. He is a finance major in the Smeal College of Business. Born October 31, 1992 in York, Pa.

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