Posted On: 06/24/20 5:06 PM

It has been a struggle for the Princeton Tigers’ football team in the last half of this decade. Since 2015, the Tigers won a total of six regular-season games. They almost matched that total in 2019. At the center – literally – of that turnaround was junior Ben WestlingBenWestlingOL/DLPrinceton | 2021StateMN. Westling agreed to change his primary position, and the results helped the Tigers to their best regular season since 2013.

"I thought we had a good season," Westling said. "We finished .500 and won our first playoff game (since 2016)."

Running the ball and stopping the run was a recipe for success in Princeton.

"We had a strong running game last year," Westling explained. "Towards the end of the year, we started to throw the ball better, but we had a strong offensive line and running game. On defense, we were stout against the run. We had a solid front seven."

A scheme change had Westling switching sides of the ball."

"We got a new defensive coordinator and switched to a 3-4 defense," the 6’3" 285-pound athlete said. "He wanted a big nose guard to take up blocks and get penetration. It was the first time I started on

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