2016 Nebraska Profile: Ben Stille

A look at Nebraska true freshman Ben Stille heading into 2016.


Year: True Freshman

2015 recap:

A member of the Lincoln Journal Star Super All-State team, Stille had 75 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries on defense in 2015. He also contributed as a tight end, catching 26 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns. 

Drawing constant double and sometimes even triple teams, Stille lost teammate Brett Kitrell to injury in the second game of the season. The two would have likely made each other better.

2016 preview:

Nebraska can use all the help they can get at the defensive end spot, but it’s unlikely Stille will make much of an impact in year one. The in-state prep needs to add muscle to his frame and will be making a big jump from C-1 high school football in Nebraska to D-1.

Stille will hit campus with fellow defensive end Collin Miller. In front of him are six defensive ends who have been with the program at least one year or more.

How he ended up in Lincoln: One of only two in-state Nebraska prospects in the 2016 class, Stille picked up an offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes in early May of 2015. Two days later, the Huskers followed with a scholarship nod of their own.

Despite being from Nebraska, Stille took a little over a month to make a decision. The 2016 two-way standout wanted to establish a strong relationship with the Husker coaching staff and figure out the position he would be playing in college – tight end or defensive end. 

Those interactions with the Nebraska staff played a strong role in his decision.

"Coach Riley is a great guy," Stille said. "He's very straight-forward. I enjoy being around him. Coach Hughes is very helpful, and he especially was at camp. He's straight-forward also, and wants you to get better. He's going to make you do it until you get it right." 

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Stille ended up with offers from Nebraska, Army, Iowa, Iowa State, Ohio, South Dakota State, Vanderbilt and Wyoming.

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