Burr-Kirven's 20 tackles against Arizona State were the most by a UW player in 22 years.
Just how good — and how rare — was Ben Burr-Kirven’s 20-tackle performance Saturday?
Not since 1996 had a Washington player accumulated as many tackles as Burr-Kirven had in the Huskies’ 27-20 victory over Arizona State at Husky Stadium.
And not since 2002 has a Washington player been bestowed Pac-12 defensive player of the week honors in back-to-back weeks, as Burr-Kirven has now.
“He just plays well. We’ve thought that for two years, we really have,” UW coach Chris Petersen said Monday. “He’s showing up maybe a little bit more on the stat sheet than he has in the past. Certainly 20 tackles is rare, and that’s not going to happen all the time, but he does a lot of subtle things that maybe doesn’t even show up on the stat sheet, and he has for a while. He plays at a different speed.”
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Of Burr-Kirven’s 20 tackles on Saturday, 14 of them were solo. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one of them.
The senior linebacker from Menlo Park, Calif. — a Cinema Studies student at UW and a first-team all-Pac-12 academic selection last year — was also named the conference player of the week last week after posting 11 tackles in UW’s victory at Utah.
Burr-Kirven is the first player to win back-to-back defensive player of the week honors since Arizona State’s Antonio Longino in November 2015, and the first Husky to earn back-to-back honors since cornerback Derrick Johnson in November 2002.