Player Bio: Kirven earned All-Northern California Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for Mr. Football Award at Menlo Park Sacred Heart Prep High in California as a senior, despite losing some time at the beginning of the season with a torn achilles injury, suffered at track, where he was a star as well. He also was named Player of the Year by San Jose Mercury News as a junior and senior.
In his first two seasons as a Husky in Washington, Ben was a solid contributor in what was a stacked linebacker corp that included Rams starter Corey Littleton (for 2015 in 8 games), as well as Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria; in those two seasons, Kirven had 34 tackles (19 solo) 1 sack (2015) and 44 tackles (29) alongside one for loss, one interception and one pass deflection in 2016 (12 games).
In his junior season he became a Washington Husky starter, putting up numbers of 84 total tackles (52 solo) with four for going for loss, adding as well one sack, one interception and three pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 13 games (8 starts), earning a spot in the All-Pac 12 second team.
By his senior season, Kirven ended as the nations leading tackler (176 total tackles, 94 solo) earning the Pac12 Defensive player of the Year award, he added as well 2 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, that led him to being included in the First Team All-American, First Team All-Pac 12, Lott IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity) Award finalist and a semifinalist at the Bednarik Award, given to the nations best defensive player.