Ben Bartch
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Bartch after the 2019 Johnnie-Tommie game
No. 78 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1998-07-22) July 22, 1998 (age 23)
McMinnville, Oregon
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Blanchet Catholic
(Salem, Oregon)
College:Saint John's (MN)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First team All-MIAC (2019)
  • Second team All-MIAC (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:28
Games started:12
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ben Bartch (born July 22, 1998) is an American football guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Saint John's (Minnesota).

Early life and high school

Bartch grew up in McMinnville, Oregon and attended Blanchet Catholic School where he played tight end.[1] He was not recruited out of high school.

College career

Bartch began his collegiate career playing tight end. He played in one game as a freshman and was the team's third tight end as a sophomore, catching four passes for 43 yards and one touchdown.[2] His coaches liked his blocking ability and suggested he move to the offensive line going into his junior season. In order to gain weight, Bartch consumed a protein shake daily consisting of 7 scrambled eggs, tub of cottage cheese, quick grits, peanut butter, bananas and gatorade and went up from 250 pounds to 275 by summer training camp before eventually reaching 305 pounds.[3][4] Bartch became the Johnnies starting left tackle and was named second team All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team at the end of the season.[5][6] As a senior, Bartch was named first team All-MIAC and a consensus first team All-American by D3Football.com.[7] Considered a prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, Bartch was invited to participate in the 2020 Senior Bowl.[8]

Bartch also competed on Saint John's track and field team in shot put and discus throw events.[9]

Professional career

Bartch was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.[10] He became the first Saint John's player to be drafted since 1974 and the first player to be drafted from any Division III program in five years.[11] Bartch made his NFL debut on September 13, 2020 in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, playing five snaps on special teams.[12] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Jaguars on December 15, 2020,[13] and activated on January 5, 2021.[14]

References

  1. ^ Crepea, James (February 28, 2020). "Dayton's Ben Bartch vying to go from Division 3 St. John's (Minn.) to NFL". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Auman, Greg (February 26, 2020). "Tight end-turned-O-lineman Ben Bartch goes from 250 to 309, from Div. III to NFL". The Athletic. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Gartland, Dan (February 27, 2020). "D-III Draft Prospect Ben Bartch Drank an Unholy Concoction to Pack on 60 Pounds". SI.com. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  4. ^ Labbe, Dan (February 26, 2020). "How offensive lineman Ben Bartch used a gag-inducing smoothie and YouTube to reach the NFL combine". Cleveland.com. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bartch, Munoz named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team". MIACAthletics.com. September 12, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "On eve of season opener, pro scouts eye Johnnies' quarterback, offensive lineman". St. Cloud Times. September 6, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "St. John's tackle Ben Bartch measures up against the best at Senior Bowl". Star Tribune. January 31, 2020. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  8. ^ Melo, Justin (February 18, 2020). "Meet Ben Bartch, the latest small-school Senior Bowl star". Draft Wire. USA Today. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ben Bartch could be the Redskins' answer at LT". HogsHaven.com. SB Nation. April 6, 2020. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "Jacksonville Selects St. John's OL Ben Bartch Early in 4th Round". WDIO.com. April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  11. ^ "St. John's offensive lineman Ben Bartch drafted by Jacksonville in fourth round". Star Tribune. April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jaguars rookies handle heavy workload in victory over Colts". The Florida Times-Union. September 13, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Simmons, Myles (December 15, 2020). "Jaguars place Ben Bartch on COVID-19 list". NBCSports.com. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  14. ^ "Jaguars' Ben Bartch: Activated from COVID list". CBSSports.com. January 5, 2021. Retrieved February 1, 2021.