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Ben Mahdavi
Ben Mahdavi

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mercer Island, Wash.

High School:
Mercer Island HS

Last College:
Utah

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 235

Position:
ILB

Birthdate:
02/27/1980

Experience:
3V

Washington: Will contend for all-conference honors ... also handles long snaps for the Huskies ... originally enrolled at Utah, but opted to attend school closer to home ... started his Husky career as a fullback ... earned 2002 preseason All-Pac-10 first-team honors from The Sporting News. 2001: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors … a first-team Football News all-conference selection … a first-team All-American selection by the Jewish Sports Review ... ranked among the nation's Top 100 of 2001 by ESPNMag.com ... one of just four players to start every game on defense for the Huskies in 2001 … ranked 11th in the conference with a career-high 85 tackles, most on the team this season … one of just six Husky players to have at least one tackle in every game …totaled 10 tackles-for-loss, second-most on the team to defensive tackle Larry Tripplett’s 14 … was perhaps Huskies’ most opportunistic player, equaling a school record with four fumble recoveries … fumble-recovery total also tied for first in the Pac-10 this season … led the team with a career-high five sacks … part of a Husky defense that did not allow a rushing touchdown until the fifth game of the season … racked up eight tackles, including seven solo, and an interception in 2001 Holiday Bowl ... was the most-honored Husky in 2001, earning five-consecutive coaches’ defensive MVP awards … garnered first honor after recording a career- and Husky season-high 15 tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery, in 27-24 victory over USC … fumble recovery resulted in a Husky touchdown four plays later … earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for performance against the Trojans … tallied second-consecutive award with seven tackles and two sacks in 31-28 come-from-behind win over Arizona … sacked Wildcats’ quarterback John Rattay twice in the game’s final four minutes to stall Arizona drives and allow Washington to mount a late comeback … earned another defensive MVP award the following week with another two sacks and eight tackles in a 33-31 last-second win over Arizona State … fourth honor came as the result of a nine-tackle performance in 42-28 win over 10th-ranked Stanford … reached double-digits in tackles for third time in 2001 with 12-tackle game in 26-14 win over No. 9 Washington State to earn fifth defensive MVP honor … recovered a fumble by Cougars’ quarterback Jason Gesser on first-and-goal from the six, one of three Cougars’ turnovers inside the Huskies’ 10-yard line … recovered a fumble by Oregon State tailback Ken Simonton to set up a Husky score … forced and recovered fumbles in Huskies’ 35-13 loss at seventh-ranked UCLA. 2000: Began the season as the backup at inside linebacker, but moved into the starting lineup against Colorado, missing just one start the rest of the way ... did not start the Oregon game as a result of an injury sustained on an crackback block by a Colorado player ... finished fourth on the team in tackles with 52 ... racked up first two sacks of career ... part of a terrific Husky defense that recorded 34 sacks, more than double its total from the previous year ... had five total tackles for loss on the season ... had one tackle, for loss, in Huskies’ 34-24 Rose Bowl win ... scored a touchdown in the season-opener for the second-consecutive year ... recovered a fumble by Idaho’s John Welsh and returned it 35 yards for a score, the second of his career ... also against Idaho, blocked a punt and returned it 43 yards to the one-yard line, setting up another Husky touchdown ... was named both the Huskies’ defensive MVP and special teams MVP for his efforts in the game ... also named the Columbia Bank/KOMO Radio player of the game ... had a season-best eight tackles in Huskies’ 33-30 win over Oregon State ... made seven tackles, including a stuff of Washington State’s Dave Minnich for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-one in Huskies’ 51-3 Apple Cup win ... had first-career sack against Oregon State, and added second the following week at Arizona State ... named one of two KING-TV Most Improved Defensive Players ... a former walk-on, was awarded a scholarship during the fall. 1999: Earned his first letter ... most game action came as the long snapper on punt team ... scored Washington's first touchdown of the season when he recovered a fumbled punt at BYU ... appeared in all 11 games ... credited with five tackles on special teams ... presented a Coaches Award for his prep team work prior to the California game.

High School and Personal: Born Feb. 27, 1980 ... mother, Julie, coordinates concessions at Husky Stadium ... is youngest of three siblings, including Salome and Bobby ... attended Mercer Island High School ... was a state wrestling champion as a senior, leading Islanders to the 1998 KingCo. Conference championship ... long snapped in high school for the Islanders ... a communications major.

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