Ben Garland Air Force Falcons, NCAA Career
2009 (Senior) During his Senior year as a Air Force Academy Falcon, Ben Garland started all 13 games. His 2009 achievements include being named the teams Most Valuable Player. Ben was also awarded the Bryan Bullard Award is the highest honor given annually to an Air Force football player and has been dubbed the “Air Force Heisman” by the former coach Fisher DeBerry. He was selected as 2nd Team All Conference for the Mountain West and selected for All Colorado.
2008 (Junior) – Started every game at nose guard … recorded 39 total tackles, including 15 unassisted … fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss for 28 yards … had 4.0 quarterback sacks for 17 yards … forced a fumble, the first of his career, vs. Southern Utah … four tackles, a TFL and a forced fumble vs. Utah … career-high two tackles for loss vs. UNLV … season-high, and matched career high, with seven tackles vs. Army … also had a sack … five tackles vs. CSU … pass breakup and 0.5 tackles for loss vs. BYU … two tackles and a sack at TCU … three tackles and a half-sack vs. Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl … enters the season with a streak of three straight games and four of the last five with a tackle for loss or a sack.
2007 (Sophomore) – Played in all 13 games, started the last eight … second on the team in tackles among the defensive linemen with 31 tackles (13-18-31) … three quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss on the season … first career start came against UNLV and then started every game the remainder of the season … career-high seven tackles in the UNLV game with 0.5 sacks … tied his career high with seven tackles vs. Army … career highs of four solo tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 TFL.
2006 (Freshman) – Played in four games … had one tackle for a loss at TCU.
High School – Lettered four years in football and one in basketball … first-team all-state as a senior in football … was also an all-conference and all-district selection … all-conference as a junior … was a Wendy’s Heisman nominee … member of the National Honor Society … head football coach was Vern McGee.
Personal – Member of Cadet Squadron 27 … nickname is Benji … son of John Hildebrand and Syndee Garland … siblings include Jessica, Josh and Brandon … also recruited by New Mexico … majoring in systems engineering management … completed Global Engagement and Soaring in the summer of 2007 … also completed Operation Air Force at McConnell AFB, Kan., that summer … went to Lackland AFB in the summer of 2008 on Operation Air Force … also worked the Basic Cadet Training command center this past summer …… completed the powered flight program last summer … was also part of the cadet leadership team for Basic Cadet Training at the Air Force Prep School … is an element leader in his squadron.