Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Registered three tackles, including a tackle for loss in first game action against Rutgers
» Recorded career highs in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks against Illinois; also forced one fumble
Redshirt freshman Ben Stille will look to compete for action with the Husker defense in 2017 after sitting out his first season as a redshirt. The Ashland-Greenwood product spent his first year in Lincoln adding strength to his 6-5 frame, and he has the versatility to be used in a variety of roles in NU’s new 3-4 defensive scheme. He spent the spring working at linebacker and could also factor into NU’s special teams plans.
Stille sat out the season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Ashland-Greenwood HS)
Stille was one of two in-state products in NU's 2016 class, after starring on both sides of the ball in high school at Ashland-Greenwood. Stille helped Coach Ryan Thompson's Bluejay team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Class C-1 state quarterfinals in 2015. Stille caught 26 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns from his tight end position. He was a dominant force as a defensive end, recording 79 tackles, including 46 solo stops, while adding 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Stille also handled kicking and punting chores for Ashland-Greenwood, making 46-of-49 PATs and three field goals.
Stille was a first-team Super-State choice by the Lincoln Journal Star and a first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald. He was also an honorary captain of the Class C-1 all-state teams by both newspapers. He was also the USA Today Nebraska Defensive Player of the Year and made the publication's Nebraska all-state team.
In 2014, Stille caught 16 passes for 538 yards, an average of nearly 34 yards per reception with 10 of the catches ending in touchdowns. He also had 63 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, while connecting on all four of his field goal attempts. His effort helped Ashland-Greenwood to a 12-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Class C-1 playoffs. Stille earned first-team Class C-1 all-state honors as a tight end from the Omaha World-Herald and was an honorable-mention all-state choice by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Stille made his first big impact as a sophomore, helping the Bluejays to an 11-2 record and a trip to the state championship game. He had 41 tackles and four interceptions, while adding 10 receptions for 199 yards and three touchdowns. He also made 7-of-12 field goals. Stille was on the varsity as a freshman, helping the school to a 7-3 record and state playoff appearance.
Stille was also a standout wrestler for the Bluejays. He posted a 44-0 record at 285 pounds in 2016 to win his second straight Class B state title. He had a 34-0 record and won the Class B title at 220 pounds in 2015, after posting a 35-5 record and finishing third in the state at 182 pounds in 2014. Off the field, Stille earned academic all-state honors five times.
Stille was ranked among the top three players in Nebraska, and was listed as the No. 33 strongside defensive end in the country by 247 Sports. Stille only visited Nebraska but had offers from Army, Iowa, Iowa State, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Wyoming.
Stille was born on Nov. 12, 1997, and is the son of Kevin and Karen Stille. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of his first two semesters and is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science. He was a member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017. Stille has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, TeamMates, Uplifting Athletes, Souper Bowl of Caring and hospital outreach visits.