|No. 78 – Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Born:||July 22, 1998|
McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||309 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Blanchet Catholic|
|College:||Saint John's (MN) (2016–2019)|
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2022|
|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 (MN).
Bartch grew up in McMinnville, Oregon and attended Blanchet Catholic School where he played receiver and tight end. Although he was tall, Bartch was also very skinny and was primarily a backup receiver for Blanchet, not yet discovered for his blocking abilities; as a senior, Bartch was billed at 195 pounds and only a recorded a handful of receptions. He was not recruited after high school and chose to play at Saint John's, a Division III program. He was also a 4-year letterer in basketball at Blanchet.
Bartch began his collegiate career playing tight end. Entering Saint John's, Bartch was billed at 220 pounds, appearing in one game as a freshman. As a sophomore, Bartch was the team's third-string tight end, catching four passes for 43 yards and one touchdown, mostly contributing to special teams.
His coaches noticed his blocking ability, with one calling it "a hidden natural-born talent" 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, a tub of cottage cheese, quick grits, peanut butter, bananas, and Gatorade, growing from 240 pounds to 275 in just the summer. He eventually reached 308 pounds with this method. 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. As a senior, Bartch was named first-team All-MIAC and a consensus first-team All-American by D3Football.com. Considered a prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, Bartch was invited to participate in the 2020 Senior Bowl. A rival coach wrote that Ben Bartch was "the best D3 player I had ever seen" and that he was "by far the best player on that team" despite playing alongside two Power Five transfers at Saint John's, including a quarterback from Penn State.
Bartch also competed on Saint John's track and field team in shot put and discus throw events.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span|
|6 ft 5+3⁄4 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Bartch was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. 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 since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Ali Marpet in 2015. Bartch made his NFL debut on September 13, 2020 in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, playing five snaps on special teams. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Jaguars on December 15, 2020, and activated on January 5, 2021.
Bartch entered the 2022 season as the Jaguars starting left guard. He suffered a dislocated knee in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve on October 11, 2022.
On August 14, 2023, Bartch was activated from the active/physically unable to perform list.