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Ben Habern, C

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Argyle, TX
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08/05/2012 - In July, Habern landed on the All-Big 12 first team. He made numerous national award watch lists like the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top offensive center. The problem with all of Habern's football accolades coming before the start of his senior season, was Gabe Ikard knew something few others did - Habern's career was likely over. Ikard and Habern have become close over the last two years. Ikard stepped in for Habern for seven games last season, after OU's starting center was lost with a broken forearm against Missouri. In fact, Ikard joined Habern this July on that All-Big 12 first team as an offensive lineman. Ikard and Habern worked side-by-side all summer, all the while becoming even closer. But each and every day, Ikard saw the pain Habern was going through. His neck surgery wasn't prolonging his career, it was ending it. "A couple times during workouts, I could just see it in his eyes where he was just in pain," said Ikard who will take over Habern's role as the starting center in 2012. "It was one of those things where he'd share how he was actually feeling with me. I knew he was hurting a lot and I knew it was a discomfort all the time. He's played with injuries before. He's played with a lot of pain and I was hoping he'd be able to play again." Habern walked into Dallas' Westin Galleria and looked like a man ready to take on the world. But when he got back home, he knew he wasn't. He knew he was going to hang up his cleats for good. "He's one of the toughest guys I know," said Ikard. "Once he let me know he wasn't going to play, I was taken back." - Carey Murdock, SoonerScoop.com

08/01/2012 - Senior center Ben Habern has opted to conclude his playing career due to lingering neck and back concerns. Habern started 30 contests at center during his career with the Sooners. An arm injury limited the Argyle, Texas, native to six starts a year ago after he opened all 14 games in 2010, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the Associated Press in the process. He was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team by ESPN.com in 2009. "Our coaching staff knows this was a difficult decision for Ben," Stoops said. "Ben has been a consummate leader for our team, both on and off the field. We appreciate the toughness that Ben has displayed, and we wish him the very best as he completes his education at OU." - Oklahoma football

08/01/2012 - Oklahoma's volatile roster underwent more major changes Wednesday, when three suspended players were reinstated by coach Bob Stoops and senior three-year starting center Ben Habern decided to give up football because of neck and back injuries. Habern was a preseason All-Big 12 selection and represented Oklahoma at Big 12 Media Days, when he said he worked out all summer to get back to 100 percent but said "Anytime you deal with a neck, it'd kind of freaky, just kind of knowing what goes along with your neck and how important it is." Habern had neck surgery in January. The veteran of 30 career starts missed time last season with a fracture forearm. Oklahoma goes into the season with Gabe Ikard already having some training at the position after he slid over from guard in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

07/22/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): C Ben Habern, Oklahoma, Sr/3L,...Habern has opened 30 contests at center during his career with the Sooners. An arm injury limited him to six starts a year ago when he compiled 39 knockdowns on 391 snaps. The Argyle, Texas, native started all 14 games in 2010 when he earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the Associated Press after starting 10 games in 2009. - Oklahoma football

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ben Habern, C, Oklahoma, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Despite missing five games in 2011 due to an arm injury, Habern finished the season with 39 knockdown blocks on 391 snaps. The Argyle, Texas, native has started 30 career games in his time in Norman, ranking second, only behind Landry Jones, on the current OU roster. - Oklahoma football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ben Habern, Oklahoma, C, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Habern has opened 30 contests at center during his career with the Sooners and was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List earlier this week. An arm injury limited him to six starts a year ago when he compiled 39 knockdowns on 391 snaps. The Argyle, Texas, native started all 14 games in 2010 when he earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the Associated Press after starting 10 games in 2009. - Oklahoma football

07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. C Ben Habern (6-4, 290)...Although he might not start the 2012 season because of off-season surgery, Habern is the best center in the conference. But after missing several games over his career with a laundry list of injuries, durability will be a big question for pro scouts. Habern was a four-star center recruit out of Texas, but didn't receive a scholarship offer from the Longhorns and ended up signing with the Sooners. He played in a few games as a freshman in 2008, but suffered an ankle injury and took a redshirt year. Habern returned in 2009 and started 10 games at center before another season-ending ankle injury put him on the shelf. He stayed healthy in 2010 as a sophomore and started all 14 games, leading offensive linemen in snaps played. Habern started the 2011 season as the starting center, but missed five games due to a right arm injury that required surgery. He finished his junior year on the field, but required off-season neck surgery and was held out of spring practice this year and he might not be at full health to begin the 2012 season. Habern is an intelligent, technically sound player with the grit and aggressive nature to get his hands dirty. Even with all the injuries, he hasn't lost his tenacious motor and is one of the toughest players in college football. Habern needs to stay healthy as a senior in order to get drafted as high as his talent warrants, but that's easier said than done. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/10/2012 - 2012 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Ben Habern, Oklahoma, Senior, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the The Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Habern has opened 30 contests at center during his career with the Sooners. An arm injury limited him to six starts a year ago when he compiled 39 knockdowns on 391 snaps. The Argyle, Texas, native started all 14 games in 2010 when he earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the Associated Press after starting 10 games in 2009. He is one of four Big 12 players represented on the Rimington Trophy Watch List, joining BJ Finney (Kansas State), James Fry (TCU) and Joe Madsen (West Virginia). - Oklahoma football

12/28/2011 - Junior center Ben Habern said Wednesday that he at least filed the necessary paperwork to get a projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Even though he missed several games with a broken forearm, he figured there was no harm in getting the grade. Habern wasn't certain whether the report also came with tips for what to work on as a senior. "I wanted to do it, just to see what it was," Habern said. "I don't really know what I'm going to do, but you might as well if it's available. If I'm old enough to be able to do it, I'll just see what would happen." - Berry Tramel, News Oklahoma

09/26/2011 - Starting center Ben Habern could miss six to eight weeks for top-ranked Oklahoma after breaking a bone in his right arm. Coach Bob Stoops announced Sunday that Habern had broken the radius bone in his forearm during the Sooners' 38-28 win against Missouri a night earlier. Habern is a team captain who led Oklahoma's linemen in snaps played and knockdowns last season. He has started 17 straight games. Stoops says offensive guard Gabe Ikard, who filled in for Habern against Missouri, is expected to start at center this Saturday night against Ball State. Habern also missed the end of the 2009 season with an ankle injury and received a medical hardship after playing in only three games in 2008, making him a junior. - AP Sports

09/25/2011 - Oklahoma center Ben Habern injured his forearm during the Sooners' 38-28 win against Missouri on Saturday night. Coach Bob Stoops says he isn't sure he extent of the injury and he didn't want to speculate "until I know exactly what it is." Habern is a team captain who has made 17 straight starts for the Sooners. The junior missed the end of the 2009 season with an ankle injury and received a medical hardship after playing in only three games in 2008. Offensive guard Gabe Ikard called Habern "our best lineman, definitely our best interior guy, so we collectively would have to step and all raise our game to make up for losing him." - AP Sports

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): C Ben Habern, Oklahoma, Jr, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football team in voting conducted by media representatives who cover the Conference. - Big 12 football

 
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08/05/2012 - In July, Habern landed on the All-Big 12 first team. He made numerous national award watch lists like the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top offensive center. The problem with all of Habern's football accolades coming before the start of his senior season, was Gabe Ikard knew something few others did - Habern's career was likely over. Ikard and Habern have become close over the last two years. Ikard stepped in for Habern for seven games last season, after OU's starting center was lost with a broken forearm against Missouri. In fact, Ikard joined Habern this July on that All-Big 12 first team as an offensive lineman. Ikard and Habern worked side-by-side all summer, all the while becoming even closer. But each and every day, Ikard saw the pain Habern was going through. His neck surgery wasn't prolonging his career, it was ending it. "A couple times during workouts, I could just see it in his eyes where he was just in pain," said Ikard who will take over Habern's role as the starting center in 2012. "It was one of those things where he'd share how he was actually feeling with me. I knew he was hurting a lot and I knew it was a discomfort all the time. He's played with injuries before. He's played with a lot of pain and I was hoping he'd be able to play again." Habern walked into Dallas' Westin Galleria and looked like a man ready to take on the world. But when he got back home, he knew he wasn't. He knew he was going to hang up his cleats for good. "He's one of the toughest guys I know," said Ikard. "Once he let me know he wasn't going to play, I was taken back." - Carey Murdock, SoonerScoop.com

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