Ben Criddle Athlete Profile

#21 Ben Criddle

Ben Criddle
Position: Defensive Back Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Roster Years: 2005-2007 Hometown: Glendale, AZ Last School: Glendale Community College


Born in Hood River, Oregon ... parents are Michael and Leah Criddle ... has six brothers and one sister ... served a Church mission in Spokane, Washington, Spanish speaking ... was a four-year high honor roll student in high school ... recruited by Southern Utah, Liberty, Mesa State and Benedictine.

Before BYU

Played at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona ... was 5A all-region as a senior ... played at Eastern Arizona Junior College as a freshman ... was sixth in the Western States Football League in interceptions ... played for Glendale Community College as a sophomore in 2004 ... was second on team in interceptions finished junior college career with five interceptions and 63 tackles ... started as a guard on high school basketball team ... was named MVP on defense two years ... participated in track in the 4x100 ... was also a high and long jumper.

2005 | Redshirt Year

Redshirted after transferring from Glendale CC and was a valuable member of the game-prep squad ... won the unofficial dance competition at the Las Vegas Bowl Pep Rally.

2006 | Junior Year

Earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors ... listed by as an honorable mention newcomer of the year ... earned letterman honors as a junior ... started at cornerback in 12 of the Cougars' 13 games during the season ... credited with 53 tackles on the season ... totaled 47 solo tackles ... credited with 3.0 tackles for a combined loss of seven yards ... had two interceptions on the season ... had nine pass break-ups ... had a season-high seven tackles in the Cougars overtime loss at No. 23 Boston College ... suffered an ankle injury in the Cougars' 33-31 win over Utah and was unable to play in the Las Vegas Bowl ... a significant contributor on a defensive unit that gave up only 14.7 points per game, ranking 10th nationally ... part of a defense that ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin with +14 turnover margin (+1.08 pg) ... underwent surgery following the Las Vegas Bowl.

2007 | Senior Year

Started in all 10 of 12 games played ... named a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete award winner ... earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference for the second consecutive year ... posted 56 tackles, including 37 solo tackles ... recorded two interceptions ... eight pass breakups ... one tackle for loss ... blocked one kick ... part of BYU defense that allowed just 18.5 points per game and a rushing defense giving up only 97.5 yards per game, both No. 9 nationally .. 2007 BYU defense also ranked No. 10 in total defense, No. 18 in pass efficiency defense ...  had a career-high nine tackles in a 17-10 win over Utah, including a tackle for loss ... had an interception at Tulsa and returned it for 13 yards ... returned in interception against Colorado State for six yards ... three pass breakups against Wyoming and against UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl ... blocked a field goal attempt against Air Force