Ben Habern, C

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Argyle, TX
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
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2011 Season
Starting center missed five games with an arm injury suffered against Missouri ... returned to action vs. Texas A&M and to the starting lineup against Iowa State ... had 39 knockdowns on 391 snaps.
2010 Season
Starting center for all 14 games ... led offensive linemen with 1,070 snaps played and 123 knockdowns ... led team in knockdowns in five games including a season-high 16 vs. Colorado ... graded out above 81% for pass blocking in nine games including 93% vs. Texas and Nebraska ... All-Big 12 honorable mention by AP.
2009 Season
Played in the season opener against BYU before starting the next 10 games at center ... suffered a season-ending ankle injury at Texas Tech ... named All-Big 12 Freshman by ESPN.com ... All-Big 12 Academic second team ... played 741 snaps with 70 knockdowns ... posted a season-high grade of 78% against Miami and Kansas State ... 86% pass grade against Texas A&M ... 70% overall grade for the season was tops among underclassmen with at least 200 plays.
2008 Season
Received medical hardship preserving freshman season after seeing action in three games as the backup at center ... suffered an ankle injury vs. Baylor ... had nine knockdowns in nine plays against Baylor.
High School
Selected as a U.S. Army All-American and a Parade All-American ... first team all-state on both offensive and defensive line ... received all-district honors for both offensive and defensive line play while being voted the district's most valuable player ... Denton Record Chronicle's two-way player of the year and member of all-area team ... in 2007, recorded 112 pancake blocks while not allowing a sack, and defensively racked up 67 tackles and 11 sacks ... in 2006, totaled 61 pancake blocks on the offensive side of the ball and recorded 34 tackles and five sacks on defense ... coached by Mark Bowles.
Injury Report
2012: Underwent neck surgery, sitting out spring practices.

2011: Missed five games with an arm injury suffered against Missouri.

2008: Suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Texas Tech in the 12th game.

2008: Saw action in three games before suffering an ankle injury vs. Baylor and being granted a medical redshirt.

Parents: Debi and Richard Habern ...human relations major ... grandfather played football at Texas Tech.

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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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