Honors & Awards
» BTN All-Freshman Team (2017)
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 2, 2017)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2018; Spring 2017, 2019)
» Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Junior defensive end Ben Stille returns in 2019 as a key part of one of Nebraska’s deepest and most veteran position groups. Stille has started 12 games the past two seasons, and he helps give Nebraska three experienced ends alongside seniors Carlos and Khalil Davis.
Stille has been an effective pass rusher, while also showing the strength to hold up against the run. The Ashland, Neb., native has recorded 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in his two seasons in the program.
A nutrition and health sciences major, Stille is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is on track to graduate in December of 2019, despite having two seasons of eligibility remaining. Stille has earned four appointments to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, and he earned a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2019.
Stille started 11 games at defensive end and saw action in all 12 games as a key member of the Husker defensive line. Stille totaled a career-high 25 tackles in 2018. He also had a career-high 5.0 sacks as a sophomore - leading all Nebraska defensive linemen in that category.
Stille earned his second career start in the season opener against Colorado and produced three tackles, including a nine-yard sack. Stille totaled one tackle over the next two games before recording a sack and tying his career high with four tackles against Purdue. After recording a pair of tackles at No. 16 Wisconsin, Stille picked up his third sack of the season at Northwestern. He added another sack the next week against Minnesota. Stille had a nine-yard sack against Bethune-Cookman, giving him a sack in three consecutive games. He also had a career-high two pass breakups against BCU. Stille made one tackle at Ohio State and had two stops and a career-high three quarterback hurries against Illinois. He totaled three tackles in Nebraska’s win over Michigan State and made two stops in the season finale at Iowa.
2017 (Redshirt Freshman)
After making the switch from defensive end to linebacker in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme, Stille appeared in nine games with a start against No. 9 Wisconsin during his redshirt freshman season. He showed versatility to play both positions during the year. Stille emerged as one of the Blackshirts’ top playmakers, leading Nebraska with 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as part of his 24 total tackles. He became the first freshman to lead the Huskers in TFLs since the stats began being tracked (1968) and the first freshman to lead Nebraska in sacks since the stat became official (1981).
All 10 of Stille’s tackles for loss came during the Big Ten season, as he led all conference freshmen in that category. Overall, he ranked eighth in the Big Ten in TFLs despite playing only nine games, and Stille had four more TFLs than any other Big Ten player who appeared in fewer than 10 games. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in seven of his nine appearances and had three games with four tackles. For his performance, Stille was named to the Big Ten Network All-Freshman team and took home one weekly honor as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, joining David Santos (2012) as the only Husker defenders to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Stille made his career debut against Rutgers, totaling three tackles including one for a two-yard loss. Stille exploded onto the scene the next week at Illinois, registering four tackles, including three TFLs and his first career sack, which resulted in a forced fumble. He was honored by the Big Ten as the conference freshman of the week following his performance against the Illini. Stille’s performance earned him his first career start against No. 9 Wisconsin, and he made one tackle against the Badgers. He had two tackles and one sack against No. 9 Ohio State the next week and tallied three tackles, one TFL and a half-sack at Purdue. Stille tied his career high with four tackles against Northwestern and broke up the first pass of his career while adding another tackle for loss. He made it four consecutive games with a TFL with a 14-yard sack at Minnesota. Stille ended his debut season with four tackles and two TFLs against Iowa.
Stille sat out the season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Ashland-Greenwood HS)
Stille starred on both sides of the ball at Ashland-Greenwood High, helping Coach Ryan Thompson’s team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Class C-1 state quarterfinals in 2015. Stille caught 26 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end. He was a dominant force as a defensive end, recording 79 tackles, including 46 solo stops, while adding 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Stille also handled kicking and punting chores, making 46-of-49 PATs and three field goals.
Stille was a first-team Super-State choice by the Lincoln Journal Star and a first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald. He was also an honorary captain of the Class C-1 all-state teams by both newspapers. He was the USA Today Nebraska Defensive Player of the Year and made the publication’s Nebraska all-state team.
In 2014, Stille caught 16 passes for 538 yards, an average of nearly 34 yards per reception with 10 receiving touchdowns. He also had 63 tackles, including 19 TFLs and 10 sacks, while connecting on all four of his field goal attempts. His effort helped Ashland-Greenwood to a 12-1 record and a state runner-up finish. Stille earned first-team Class C-1 all-state honors as a tight end from the Omaha World-Herald and was an honorable-mention all-state choice by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Stille helped the Bluejays to an 11-2 record and a trip to the state championship game as a sophomore. He had 41 tackles and four interceptions, while adding 10 receptions for 199 yards and three touchdowns. He also made 7-of-12 field goals. Stille was on the varsity as a freshman, helping the school to a 7-3 record and a state playoff appearance.
Stille was a wrestling standout for the Bluejays, posting a 44-0 record at 285 pounds in 2016 to win his second straight Class B state title. He had a 34-0 record and won the Class B title at 220 pounds in 2015, after posting a 35-5 record and finishing third in the state at 182 pounds in 2014. Stille also earned academic all-state honors five times. He was ranked among the top three players in Nebraska, and was listed as the No. 33 strongside defensive end in the country by 247Sports. Stille only visited Nebraska, but had offers from Army, Iowa, Iowa State, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Wyoming.
Ben was born on Nov. 12, 1997, and is the son of Kevin and Karen Stille. He is majoring in nutrition and health sciences. Stille has volunteered his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, TeamMates, the Nebraska Football Road Race, and local hospital visits.