An outstanding student, fifth-year senior linebacker Ben Hixson hopes to become just the third four-time, first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection in program history in 2008, joining Kyle Atteberry (1996-99) and Daniel Sepulveda (2003-06).
2007: Just the seventh player in school history to garner at least three, first-team Academic All-Big 12 certificates when tabbed for the honor as a junior ... Saw action in every game at linebacker and was credited with four assisted tackles ... Had two assisted stops vs. both Rice and Colorado ... Played 84 of his 101 snaps on special teams to receive third letter ... One of 35 Baylor football players named to fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll; was only Bear to record a 4.00 GPA for the term ... Fall Dean's List.
2006: Appeared in all 12 games as a sophomore linebacker ... First-team Academic All-Big 12 selection for second consecutive year ... Credited with seven tackles (four solos) and a quarterback hurry on season ... Had a season-high two tackles (one solo) vs. Northwestern State ... Named to fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Saw action on 124 snaps, 56 of which came over the season's final three games, to pick up second letter.
2005: Played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman to earn his first Baylor letter ... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors ... Totaled six tackles on the year, mainly on special teams ... Credited with a career-high three tackles (two solos) in season-finale against Oklahoma State ... Named to the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Played 60 snaps, 33 of which were on special teams.
2004: Elected to sit out his freshman season in Waco as a redshirt ... Named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
High School: Southlake Carroll High School, Southlake, Texas ... Two-year starter at middle linebacker ... Ranked 39th on The Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list, was a Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 selection and a member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Area 75 list ... Earned first-team 5A all-state honors from both The Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... Tallied 211 tackles in 2003 with nine tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four pass breakups, four fumbles caused, three fumble recoveries and a safety ... Led Dragons to 2003 Class 5A Division II title game at 15-1 ... Six-time team Defensive Player of the Week ... Team Defensive Player of the Year ... Recorded 25 tackles in Dragons' 37-21 semifinal victory over Allen in 2003 playoffs and had 23 stops in 2003 quarterfinal win over Irving ... Had more than 200 tackles and named first-team all-district as a junior in helping Carroll to a 16-0 record and the Class 5A Division II title ... Played in 47 consecutive games and helped Dragons to a 41-6 record ... 2003 Texas Football Top 300 member ... Turned down offers from Tulane, Oklahoma State and South Florida ... Also lettered once in track and twice in lacrosse ... Coached by Todd Dodge at the District 7-5A school.
Personal: The son of Chuck and Susan Hixson, Benjamin Charles Hixson was born June 22, 1985, in New Orleans, La. ... Speech communications major received undergraduate degree in December 2007 and is enrolled in Baylor's sports pedagogy master's program.