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Table of Contents & General Information General Information Location........................................................ Fort Collins, Colo. 80523 Enrollment................................................................................ 26,735 Nickname, Colors...................................... Rams, Forest Green & Gold Stadium.................................. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium Capacity.................................................................................... 32,500 Conference................................................................... Mountain West President..............................................................Dr. Anthony A. Frank Director of Athletics.........................................................Jack Graham Head Coach.................................................................... Jim McElwain

Career Record........................................................0-0, first season

Office Phone..................................................................970/491-6131 Offensive Formation.................................................................Multiple Defensive Formation................................................................Multiple 2011 Record/MWC..........................................................3-9/1-6 (T-6) 2011 Total Lettermen....................................................................... 63 Lettermen Returning/Lost in 2012.............................................. 49/14 Starters Returning (O/D) in 2012............................................ 16 (8/8) 2011 Starters Lost (O/D)........................................................... 6 (3/3)

Athlietic Media Relations

Table of Contents This is Colorado State

Schedule.................................................................................................................2 A Message from University President Dr. Anthony A. Frank................................4 CSU System and the Board of Governors.............................................................5 The University at a Glance......................................................................................6 World-class academics..........................................................................................7 This is Fort Collins & Colorado..........................................................................8-9 Support for Student-Athletes.............................................................................. 10 Facilities to Support Future Success.................................................................. 11 Academic & Training Center............................................................................... 12 Indoor Practice Facility........................................................................................ 13 Joey Porter Locker Room................................................................................... 14 Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium............................................................. 15 Gameday in Fort Collins...................................................................................... 16 Rich tradition....................................................................................................... 17 Bowl games......................................................................................................... 18 Rams in the NFL.................................................................................................. 19 Media exposure................................................................................................... 20 CSU Spirit Squads and Marching Band............................................................. 21 The Mountain West............................................................................................. 23 Denver, The Mile High City.............................................................................24-25 Distinguished alumni.......................................................................................... 26

Administration & Coaches

Director of Athletics Jack Graham.................................................................28-29 Head Coach Jim McElwain............................................................................30-31 Dave Baldwin....................................................................................................... 32 Marty English....................................................................................................... 33 Al Simmons......................................................................................................... 34 Billy Napier........................................................................................................... 35 Derek Frazier........................................................................................................ 36 Jeff Hammerschmidt.......................................................................................... 37 Greg Lupfer.......................................................................................................... 38 Tim Skipper......................................................................................................... 39 Alvis Whitted........................................................................................................ 40 Tom Ehlers........................................................................................................... 41 Mike Kent and Rashad Harris............................................................................. 42 Drew Hill and Tim LeRoy.................................................................................... 43 Football support staff.....................................................................................44-46 Athletic department staff................................................................................47-55 CSU Head Coaches............................................................................................. 56

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2012 Season Outlook

Director/Football Contact....................................................... Paul Kirk

Returners........................................................................................................66-98 Newcomers.................................................................................................100-106

All-Americans and Other All-Time Honors....................................................... 164 All-Conference Selections, All-Time............................................................165-66 Historical Biographies................................................................................167-173 NFL Draft Selections.......................................................................................... 174 NFL Player History......................................................................................175-178 Bowl Game Summaries.............................................................................179-190 Bowl Game Records and History..................................................................... 191 Stadium history................................................................................................. 192

2011 Season Review

Miscellaneous

Outlook............................................................................................................58-60 Personnel Capsule..........................................................................................59-60 Rosters............................................................................................................61-62 Depth Chart and Pronunciation Guide...........................................................63-64

2012 Player Biographies

Statistics, Team/Individual & Results........................................................108-109 Statistics, Game-by-Game.........................................................................110-112 Game-by-game starters.................................................................................... 112 Standings & NCAA Statistical Rankings........................................................... 113 Game summaries.......................................................................................114-125

Record Book

Individual Rushing............................................................................................. 128 Individual Passing............................................................................................. 129 Individual Receiving, Scoring and Total Offense.............................................. 130 Individual Defense............................................................................................. 131 Individual Special Teams................................................................................... 132 Team............................................................................................................133-134 100-Yard Rushing Games................................................................................. 135 300-Yard Passing/100-Yard Receiving Games................................................ 136 Year-By-Year Leaders.................................................................................137-138 Annual W-L Record........................................................................................... 139 Coaching Chronology........................................................................................ 139 CSU vs. The Nation........................................................................................... 140 Attendance records........................................................................................... 141 All-Time Series vs. 2012 Opponent.................................................................. 142 Bowl records...................................................................................................... 191

History

Letterwinners, All-Time..............................................................................146-152 Assistant Coaches, All-Time............................................................................. 153 Notable Uniform Numbers, 1949-2011....................................................154-156 Results, All-Time........................................................................................157-163 Conference statistical champions..................................................................... 163

Colorado State Sports Hall of Fame................................................................. 194 Television Appearances, All-Time..................................................................... 195 Media Policies and Information.................................................................196-197 Colorado State Radio Network......................................................................... 198 Media outlets..................................................................................................... 199 Notes.................................................................................................................. 200

Office phone...................................................................970/491-4672 Cell phone......................................................................970/988-3482 E-mail.............................................................Paul.Kirk@colostate.edu FAX................................................................................970/491-1348 Press Box Phone..................................................970/491-8100, 8111 Website........................................................................ CSURams.com

General Information First Year of Football.................................................................... 1893 All-Time Record......................................................477-536-33 (.471)

Home.................................................................241-190-11 (.559)

Road..................................................................224-331-22 (.404)

Hughes Stadium .................................................123-103-2 (.546) 2012 Colorado State Football Media Guide Conference Championships............................................................. 15 Editor/Project Coordinator: Danny Mattie Last Championship............................................ 2002, Mountain West Writing, prepress-formatting, desktop layout, design and research: Danny Bowl Appearances................................................................... 12 (5-7) Mattie First Appearance...............................................................Jan. 1, 1949 Writing, layout and research assistance provided by: Craig Buchanan, Stuart Buchanan, Nick Frank, Chris Feller, Gary Ozzello, Hap Hazard, Thomas Bowl.................................................... Raisin Bowl (Fresno, Calif.) Brink, Marcie Johnston, Paul Kirk, Linda Krier, Danielle Marshall, Nik Olsen, Result..........................................Occidental 21, Colorado A&M 20 Tony Phifer, Paul Miller, John Hirn, Mark Hanson, Kathy Phifer, pro-footballrefLast Appearance.......................................................................... 2008 erence.com and Dan Bahn. Bowl.................................. New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.) Special acknowledgment: Dan Byers for his unselfish photography services; John Hirn and his Web site, coloradoaggies.com, and book, Aggies to Rams, Result...................................... Colorado State 40, Fresno State 35 the History of Football at Colorado State University for invaluable assistance in verifying history and supplying photos; and Chris and his staff at Men’s Wearhouse of Fort Collins for assistance with the business attire for the team head shots. Covers: Cover layout by Nic Hallisey and Danny Mattie. Graphic design by Mark Hanson and CSU Communications & Creative Services, Hallisey and Mattie. Back cover stadium photo by Dan Byers (danbyersphotography.com); Photo credits: Dan Byers, Tim O’Hara, Lisa Wilson, Jim Siegle, Don Reichert, Stuart Buchanan, Dennis Williams (PEC-Sports), Derek Regensburger, Zemi photographics, Michael Rosen, Marty Kling, University Photo Services (including John Eisele, Bill Cotton and Joe Mendoza) and the university’s historic photograph collection (Archives and Special Collections), the Colorado Rockies, Rich Clarkson and Associates, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche/Getty Images, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Sports Illustrated/Michael O’Neil, Occidental College Special Collections, the CSU Ram Alumni Athlete’s Association, and the Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau. Printing: Pioneer Press of Greeley, Inc. (Greeley, Colo.).

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2012 Colorado State Schedule

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Colorado State Football, led by Head Coach Jim McElwain, ushers in a Bold New Era for Rams Athletics in 2012. McElwain, a two-time national champion as the offensive coordinator at Alabama, looks to return the Rams to dominance, in the Mountain West and on a national level.

Date

Opponent

Site

Time (MT)

TV

Series

Sept. 1 vs. Colorado >> Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown

Denver, Colo. Sports Authority Field at Mile High

2 p.m.

20-61-2

Sept. 8 North Dakota State >> Home Opener

Fort Collins, Colo. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

5 p.m.

0-0-0

Sept. 15 at San Jose State

San Jose, Calif. Spartan Stadium

6 p.m.

3-2-0

Sept. 22 Utah State >> Ag Day

Fort Collins, Colo. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

5 p.m.

36-30-2

Sept. 29 at Air Force* >> Ram-Falcon Trophy on the line

Colorado Springs, Colo. Falcon Stadium

12 p.m.

19-30-1

Oct. 6 Fresno State* >> Homecoming and Family Weekend

Fort Collins, Colo. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

5 p.m.

7-4-0

Oct. 13 at San Diego State*

San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium

5 p.m.

13-18-0

Oct. 27 Hawai’i* >> Orange Out

Fort Collins, Colo. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

5 p.m.

11-9-0

Nov. 3 at Wyoming* >> Border War

Laramie, Wyo. War Memorial Stadium

Nov. 10 UNLV*

Fort Collins, Colo. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Nov. 17 at Boise State*

Boise, Idaho Bronco Stadium

Nov. 24 New Mexico*

Fort Collins, Colo. Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

2:30 p.m.

5 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

5 p.m.

54-43-2

13-6-1

0-1-0

34-25-0

* - Mountain West Opponent | All dates and times subjec to change

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A Message From University President Dr. Anthony A. Frank

Welcome to Colorado State University!

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olorado State University is committed to student success. From their first Preview orientation to graduation and beyond, we want all our students to be wellprepared academically and personally for whatever challenges and

opportunities for the future holds. We can’t run a successful, winning athletics programs without a strong commitment to the success of our studentathletes. Earning a CSU degree is our ultimate goal for each student-athlete at CSU, and Ram fans can be proud that our players continue to graduate and succeed at a higher rate even than the general student body. In fact, our Ram athletes have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, educators, business professionals, public servants, parents, community leaders and yes, even professional athletes. Their energy and experience, combined with a solid education, positions them to be champions no matter where the future leads. But all students can encounter obstacles on the road to earning a diploma—obstacles often related to finances, indecision, desire for a greater sense of community, need for academic support, and sometimes a lack personal motivation. While student-athletes encounter many of these same obstacles, they also serve as highly visible role models and strive for winning records. As with all our students, CSU is dedicated to providing the resources and programs they need to achieve their full potential, with state-of the-art training facilities, academic support, servicelearning opportunities, and focused study environments. The life of a student-athlete is formed around hard work, self-discipline, teamwork, and a passion for achievement. That spirit—matched with strong academic support systems and high expectations—is a winning formula for Colorado State. We’re proud to celebrate another great year in Rams sports and to recognize the students and fans who make it all possible. Go Rams!

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Colorado State University System and the Board of Governors Colorado State University System Board of Governors Chairman Joseph Zimlich

Board of Governors

Michael V. Martin Chancellor

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Joseph C. Zimlich Board Chair

Dorothy Horrell Vice Chair

Ed Haselden Treasurer

Mary Lou Makepeace Secretary

he Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System represents the people of Colorado, assuring effective management, accountability, and responsible leadership of all the CSU System campuses – Fort Collins, Pueblo and the new online Global Campus.

Board members come from across the state and from many fields — business, public service, agriculture — and share a strong commitment to excellence, innovation, and student success.

Dennis E. Flores Voting Member

Russell N. Johnson Voting Member

Scott C. Johnson Voting Member

campus, and strongly supports Colorado State athletics programs as a source of pride for students, alumni, and the State of Colorado. The Board of Governors and the CSU System work to further the roles of its three universities to be integral contributors to the economic development of the state. Work force education, research funding and new business and product development are some of the areas where the institutions are excelling.

The Board of Governors sets a standard of excellence for all the campuses that carry the Colorado State name, through the establishment of a bold vision, mission, and values coupled with ambitious stretch goals for each

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The University at a Glance

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s one of the nation’s leading research universities, Colorado State provides an excellent, accessible education, conducts research that transforms our world, and leads outreach programs that support economic vitality and improve the quality of life for people worldwide.

As Colorado’s land-grant university, Colorado State was founded in 1870 to fulfill the vision of President Abraham Lincoln and others – to create access and opportunity for people in Colorado and around the world who can benefit from hands-on, engaged learning. With more than 150 programs of study and 78 undergraduate degree programs in eight colleges – and a faculty-to-student ratio of 16.5:1 – students have access to a wealth of educational possibilities. Colorado State leads the world in disciplines such as human and animal health, clean energy and the environment, global and sustainable business, engineering, and climate research. Along with outstanding programs in the liberal and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, Colorado State offers some of the top professional programs in the country in construction management, occupational therapy, psychology, communications, and agriculture—and is home to the top-ranked public business school in the state. Challenging academic programs and world-changing research are hallmarks of Colorado State, and it is our special commitment to service, outreach, and transforming our world through innovation that sets this university apart. Even more important, CSU’s character is reflected in the quality of our students and graduates, who embody the university’s mission of service and go on to make a significant impact on our world when they graduate. We invite you to learn more about Colorado State, a university with vision, character, and a commitment to excellence.

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World-Class Academics

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olorado State University takes very seriously its role in educating studentathletes. Excellence is expected on the field and in the classroom.

The most recent NCAA academic statistics reveal that Colorado State leads the Mountain West Conference in graduation rate for student-athletes at 66 percent – well ahead of the conference’s overall student-athlete graduation rate of 57 percent. In football, Colorado State is second in the MWC, graduating 68 percent of its student-athletes – again, well ahead of the conference average of 49 percent. Colorado State, however, is not resting on its reputation for graduating its studentathletes. The state-of-the-art Anderson Academic Center, which will greatly enhance the academic facilities available for student-athletes, opened in August 2009. While the athletic department takes its role in the educational process very seriously, Colorado State’s mission to provide a world-class education is at the core of academic success. U.S. News and World Report ranked Colorado State in its top tier in its annual “America’s Best Colleges” report. The university offers 79 majors and 27 minors, and many of its programs are ranked among the best in the country. Colorado State continues to push forward in its mission to provide the best possible education. Construction recently was completed on the state-of-the-art University Center for the Arts and Computer Science buildings, along with the indoor practice facility, academic and training center, and the Rockwell Hall expansion at the College of Business.

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• CSU’s Veterinary Medicine program ranks second in the country and is the national leader in federal research dollars. • BusinessWeek ranked CSU’s undergraduate College of Business program 67th (up from 73rd in 2008). The program ranks 30th among all public schools and 14th among all colleges and universities in the West and Southwest. The marketing and business law programs were ranked in the nation’s Top 10 by the magazine. • In December 2008, CSU conferred its 150,000th bachelor’s degree and 200,000th overall degree. • According to NCAA statistics, CSU’s graduation rate for student-athletes is higher than the graduation rate for the overall student body.

LEADING THE WAY During his career in the Green and Gold, Jeff Horinek (right) continued the tradition of excellence by student-athletes at Colorado State University. In addition to his outstanding play at linebacker, where he logged 41 consecutive starts and helped the Rams to a victory in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl against Fresno State, Horinek graduated in May 2009 with a degree in health and exercise science, carrying a 3.88 grade-point average. He was one of 15 national finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy - often known as the Academic Heisman - and earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the national football foundation and College Hall of Fame.

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This is Fort Collins & Colorado

Old Town Fort Collins, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Mainstreet USA.

Fort Collins Facts

• No. 1 place to live in the United States (Money magazine, August 2006). • No. 1 Best Place to Live and Work for Young Professionals (pop. 100,000-200,000), Next Generation Consulting, March 2009. • No. 2 in Forbes magazine’s best United States cities for business and careers (March 2009); Denver ranked 14th and Boulder was 20th among five Colorado locations in the publication’s top 40.

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One of the Top 20 Places to Thrive (Best Boomer Towns, February 2009). Ranked 10th-best educated city in America (Forbes magazine, November 2008). One of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids (BusinessWeek, November 2008). Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists, September 2008).

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ne of Colorado’s most vibrant cities, Fort Collins is the best place in the country to live, work and play. Located on the northern Front Range of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the city is within an hour’s drive of Denver, the nation’s 25th-largest metro area. This city of 143,986 residents basks in 300 days of sunshine per year — more than San Diego and Florida — and includes the historic Old Town district with its restaurants, shops, and entertainment, all within walking distance of Colorado State University’s campus.

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This is Fort Collins & Colorado

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ince its founding as a military fort in 1864, Fort Collins has anchored northern Colorado’s rich heritage of academic, business and recreational pursuits. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, river rafting and rock climbing are just a few popular outdoor pursuits for students and residents.

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The city maintains more than 600 acres of parks, 5,000 acres of natural areas, 20 miles of off-street trails for hiking and biking, and three golf courses. The Lincoln Center and the University Center for the Arts, anchored in Fort Collins, are northern Colorado’s cultural arts centers.

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Support For Student-Athletes

Q&A with Wade Troxell Wade Troxell is associate dean for research and economic development in CSU’s College of Engineering, and a former Colorado State football letterman (1975-78) and team captain (1978)

What do you tell visiting high-school athletes who are thinking about coming to Colorado State? One thing I try to tell prospective football players is that CSU is a great place, not only to play football in a great conference, but also to get a terrific education. Take my field for example, engineering. Colorado State is the best place to balance the demands of your studies with the time commitment required by football, because CSU offers outstanding support for its student-athletes. Plus, CSU expects them to graduate. CSU’s faculty meshes well with its football staff. Both sides work together to help an individual student-athlete reach the zenith of his potential.

Describe the bulk of student-athletes at CSU. What makes them different? What characterizes them academically? First of all, students in general at CSU have a lot of varying interests, and excel in many different ways. The student-athlete here is no different in that they’re elite athletes and are pursuing their academic interests. CSU gives them an opportunity not only to be the best in their sport, but also a chance to be the best in their chosen careers. In engineering, for example, I had CSU teammates when I was a student-athlete who now are leaders in their chosen profession. They not only were successful here in college, but they went on to be successful after graduation, too.

What kind of relationship does the athletic department have with the faculty? The faculty and staff have an excellent connection with the athletic department. Both the faculty and staff recognizes that we’re all here to serve as mentors and educate student-athletes, in giving them a high-quality education. The football staff engages faculty so they’re involved in all processes of recruiting and the development of the student-athlete from the time they’re still in high school until they graduate here at Moby Arena. Junior OL Weston Richburg - a candidate for the 2012 Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award - and the rest of CSU’s student-athletes have access to the state-of-the-art Anderson Academic Training Center

According to the NFL, the average professional playing career is 3.5 years. Knowing that, what does CSU offer for the long-term future of a prospective football player, beyond the NFL? There’s always the possibility of injury in this game. Everyone wants to get drafted, and CSU has a great history of players in the NFL, but the stark reality is that your chances to continue your playing career really diminish after college. In that context, CSU wants student-athletes to succeed academically. That’s why they’re not admitted into a particular major unless we believe that they have the aptitude and capacity to complete their degree. And the result of getting that degree at CSU is long-term dividends that pay throughout one’s life, whether he plays in the NFL or not. At CSU, you get an outstanding education in a very personal way, with individual mentoring, coaching and advising. We want you to compete at the highest level of Division I football, but we also want you to become gainfully employed and qualified to launch a successful career in a chosen field. You cannot find a better opportunity to do both than what we offer at Colorado State.

What makes CSU different? We get feedback from students and student-athletes alike about personal attention they receive from everyone on campus, from staff members, administrators and faculty members. This is something you just don’t seem to find at other places. We offer personalized attention to help a student meet his/her particular needs. It provides a framework for success, a launching pad for a successful future, whatever that future may hold. [ 10 ]

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Facilities to Support Success “We have the same expectations for excellence in our sports program that we have for all areas of the university." - Tony Frank, CSU President

The McGraw Athletic Center, which was built in 1998 and houses the CSU athletic department, is now accompanied by a pair of new, state-of-the-art facilities: the Academic & Training Center (page 12) and the Indoor Practice Facility (page 13). Both facilites were shown off at the grand opening celebration on Sept. 18, 2009.

Training Room

The Colorado State athletic training room features a multitude of taping (left) and treatment tables as well as top-tier equipment for rehabilitation (right), allowing the CSU training staff all the necessary tools to make sure that studentathletes are healthy enough to perform at their peak levels.

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Academic & Training Center The Academic and Training Center and the Indoor Practice Facility enable CSU to offer its student-athletes an opportunity to succeed at the highest level nationally, in the classroom and in the arena of competition.

Cost: Size: Location:

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$7 million 16,000 sqauare feet, South of the McGraw Athletic Center

n 1998, Colorado State enhanced its weight room and built an academic center as part of the McGraw Athletic Center project, but these facilities no longer meet the needs of its expanded student-athlete base, nor do they allow the Rams to compete for top-quality recruits.

Features: • Training portion includes a state-of-the-art weight room, strength and conditioning offices, a nutrition center and restrooms. • Academic center features five private tutorial rooms and large study areas • Includes a computer lab with 30 workstations, more workspace and offices for CSU’s academic staff.

Because of the heavy time constraints placed on CSU student-athletes through practice, travel, strength and conditioning, and community service, a quality learning environment is essential for the university’s student-athletes to achieve the high standards of academic success expected of them.

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The Academic and Training Center is the latest centerpiece for CSU’s athletic program and support its mission to recruit, educate, develop, and graduate Rams student-athletes within an environment that prusues excellence, values integrity and ethical conduct, promotes respect for all individuals, teaches sportsmanship, entertains our constituents and emphasizes championship performance.

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Indoor Practice Facility Every CSU program benefits from the Rams’ new facilities. The Indoor Practice Facility is used by all of the Rams’ 16 varsity sports, whether they are in season or involved in offseason conditioning.

Cost: Size:

$13 million 66,267 square feet, including 48,125 dedicated to the football portion and 8,827 to the basketball and volleyball areas Height: 65 feet at its tallest point Location: East of Moby Pool and north of the Student Recreation Center Features: • Gymnasium easily encloses a regulation basketball court and two half courts. • Volleyball configuratioan can accommodate two full-length courts. • Contains a 70-yard synthetic-turf football field (including one end zone). • Features a four-lane, 70-meter track and a unique shoe-changing room adjacent to the football field. • Has flexibility to allow the softball team to set up batting cages on the football field. • Provide shelter for any student-athlete in each of the Rams’ 16 varsity sports. • Includes training room, equipment storage, lobby and trophy display case, and restrooms. • Uses an innovative air circulation system.

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The Joey Porter Locker Room

Sophomore WR Thomas Coffman in the Joey Porter Locker Room.

“I am exctied to be able to provide this gift to Colorado State football. My time at CSU was very special as a football player and a student-athlete. Coach Lubick provided me with an opportunity to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL. I am grateful for having had the opportunity, and this was a way for me and my family to invest in the future of the Rams.� --NFL All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter, in spring 2005, before leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Super Bowl XL championship. [ 14 ]

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Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

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onny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, the home of the Colorado State football program, lies at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Located approximately two miles west of the main campus, the stadium offers one of the most scenic settings in college football. Opened in 1968, the venerable stadium has undergone several upgrades over the decades, including a major renovation between 2003 and 2006. 21st -Century Renovations in 2003, the Bohemian Foundation contributed $15.2 million to the Colorado State athletic department. The majority of that gift was focused on improving Hughes Stadium. Overa three-year period, the facility received a spectacular new west tower, containing club seating, luxury suites and a new press box. CSU also enclosed the north end zone, increasing capacity to 32,500. The foundation insisted that the venue’s playing surface receive a new name - Sonny Lubick Field, after the legendary head coach that spurred the most successful fun of bowl games and conference championships in program history. The final phase of the renovations focued on that surface itself. The field underwent a $1.33 million makeover prior to 2006 season, when Colorado State installed FieldTurf, the revolutionary, rubberized surface used by several NFL and major-college football venues across the country.

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Gameday in Fort Collins

The Aggie “A”

The prominent white “A” displayed on the foothills overlooking Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (left)) turns 89 years old in 2012, making it the second oldest ongoing tradition associated with Colorado State University. The “A” evolved after World War I when a trend began among colleges to display the school insignia on a hill near campus. At a special assembly on Dec. 4, 1923, the students of State Agricultural College agreed it was time to erect such an emblem. A group of military volunteers formed the “A” Club and donated vehicles for transporting supplies, and female students provided food for the workers. The college declared Dec. 12 a special holiday, and students worked from that morning until mid-afternoon to form the “A.” One small detail was missing: The school didn’t own the land on which the insignia sat. The College and Ag Board members met with landowner R.G. Maxwell and negotiated a long-term lease for the sum of $1. The following September, students lengthened and widened the “A” to its present size of 450 feet from top to bottom, and 210 feet across at the bottom. For many years the freshman class carried out the annual tradition of whitewashing the “A.”

Junior CB Shaq Bell (left) and sophomore CB Bernard Blake.

CAM The Ram

The official mascot of Colorado State is CAM the Ram, whose name symbolizes CSU history — an acronym for Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College, the institution’s former name. All told, 18 live rams have served proudly on the Hughes Stadium sidelines. The mascot has its own corps of student ‘Ram Handlers,’ as well as a traveling trailer.

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the cannon

Since 1920, military members from the institution have fired the deafening cannon — an intimidating exclamation point to opponents that just allowed a Rams touchdown, field goal or PAT. Fired today by CSU’s Army ROTC, the cannon is the oldest continuous tradition associated with CSU athletics.

ram walk

Before every game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, Colorado State’s players and coaches exit the team buses and proceed through Ram Town and a tunnel created by the Rams’ fans, cheerleaders and band, which plays the fight song.

Today, the “A” is an official landmark. Early each fall, freshman football players join forces with several other campus organizations to give the “A” a fresh coat of white paint.

fight song

After every win, the Colorado State players and coaches sing the fight song with intense pride in their locker room. When the Rams win in the friendly confines of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, the team, band and the student section sing the fight song in unison.

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Rich Tradition CSU Fight Song Fight on you stalwart Ram team, On to the goal. Tear the (opponent’s) line assunder, As down the field we thunder. Knights of the Green and Gold, Fight on with all your might. Fight on you stalwart Ram team, FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! GO RAMS!

Fum McGRAW

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Colorado State football program owns 15 conference championships. The 1915 team (pictured below) captured its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. The Rams’ most recent conference title came in 2002 (left), when the team posted a 10-4 overall record, and a 6-2 mark in Mountain West play. Legendary coaches Harry Hughes (above) and Sonny Lubick each claimed six league championships.

Traveling Trophies

Colorado State football enjoys fierce rivalries with three front-range schools. The Rams and their foes battle each year for a trio of traveling trophies: The Centennial Cup (top left, Colorado), the Bronze Boot (top right, Wyoming) and the Ram-Falcon Trophy (bottom, Air Force).

The most recognized name in CSU annals is Thurman “Fum” McGraw (right). The university’s first consensus football All-American (1948-49), he went on to an illustrious career in the NFL, where he helped the Detroit Lions to two world championships. McGraw devoted more than 40 years to the university he loved, including a decade as director of athletics (1976-86). His retired No. 48 jersey hangs in the locker room during every game, home and road. A passionate competitor, during his days as a Colorado A&M student and fraternity member, he sang a song directed at regional rivals. The ballad later became known as “Fum’s Song.”

Fum’s Song I’ll sing you a song of college days, and tell you where to go. Aggies, where your knowledge is, and Boulder to spend your dough.

C.C. for your sissy boys, and Utah for your times,

D.U. for your ministers, and drunkards School of Mines. Don’t send my boy to Wyoming U. a dying mother said. Don’t send him to old Brigham Young, I’d rather see him dead.

But send him to our Aggies, it’s better than Cornell.

Before I’d see him in Boulder, I’d see my son in hell!

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Bowl Games

Going Bowling

The Colorado State football program has earned 12 bowl berths in its history, dating back to the team’s first postseason appearance, a physical matchup against Occidental College in the 1949 Raison Bowl (right). The Rams were led to their first bowl game by second-year head coach Bob Davis. Earle Bruce guided the Rams back to the postseason in 1990, when he coached the team to a resounding 32-31 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the Freedom Bowl (below, right). Sonny Lubick led the Rams to their most successful bowl run in program history. The Rams competed in nine bowl games under Lubick’s guidance, including wins in the 1997 Holiday Bowl vs. Misouri (trophy below), the 2000 Liberty Bowl (below, near left) and the 2001 New Orleans Bowl (below, far left). Steve Fairchild led Colorado State to its last bowl appearance in 2008, a 40-35 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.

CSU’s 12 bowl games Bowl 1949 Raisin Bowl 1990 Freedom Bowl 1994 Holiday Bowl 1995 Holiday Bowl 1997 Holiday Bowl 1999 Liberty Bowl 2000 Liberty Bowl 2001 New Orleans Bowl 2002 Liberty Bowl 2003 San Francisco Bowl 2005 Poinsettia Bowl 2008 New Mexico Bowl

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Date Jan. 1, 1949 Dec. 29, 1990 Dec. 30, 1994 Dec. 29, 1995 Dec. 29, 1997 Dec. 31, 1999 Dec. 29, 2000 Dec. 18, 2001 Dec. 31, 2002 Dec. 31, 2003 Dec. 22, 2005 Dec. 28, 2008

Location Ratcliffe Stadium; Fresno, Calif. Anaheim Stadium; Anaheim, Calif. Jack Murphy Stadium; San Diego, Calif. Jack Murphy Stadium; San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif. Liberty Bowl; Memphis, Tenn. Liberty Bowl; Memphis, Tenn. Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La. Liberty Bowl; Memphis, Tenn. SBC Park; San Francisco, Calif. Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif. University Stadium; Albuquerque, N.M.

Opponent Occidental College Oregon Michigan Kansas State Missouri Southern Miss Louisville North Texas TCU Boston College Navy Fresno State

Result L, 21-20 W, 32-31 L, 24-14 L, 54-51 W, 35-24 L, 23-17 W, 22-17 W, 45-20 L, 17-3 L, 35-21 L, 51-30 W, 40-35

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The next level

Rams in the National Football League

Former Ram Joey Porter (right) retired from the NFL during the summer of 2012, capping an All-Pro career where it began, with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2006, Sports Illustrated called Porter the “most feared player in the NFL.” Several players continue to carry on the NFL torch for Colorado State, including Porter’s former teammate at CSU, with the Steelers and finally with the Arizona Cardinals, Clark Haggans (bottom right). Jesse Nading (bottom, second from right) is also making a name for himself on the defensive side of the ball with the Houston Texans. Joel Dreessen (bottom, left) and Mike Brisiel (below, right), who had been teammates, along iwth Nading in Houston, will suit up as bitter rivals for the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos, respectively, in 2012. Former Rams’ QB Caleb Hanie also signed with the Denver Broncos in the offseason, after starting his career with the Chicago Bears, while his old target, Kory Sperry (below, left), is now a San Diego Charger. Erik Pears (below, center) and Shelley Smith (not pictured), along with Brisiel, continue a tradition of great CSU offensinv linemen in the NFL.

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Media Exposure

Daily coverage

Colorado State is a nationally prominent brand, due in large part to the success of its athletic teams and the media coverage they receive. The Rams are covereed by five newspapers in addition to the Associated Press. What’s more, eight area television stations, mostly from Denver (the nation’s No. 17 television market), and several radio outlets along the Front Range come to campus to interview and feature CSU’s student-athletes and coaches.

Gameday coverage

Colorado State football plays regularly on regional and national television. Overall, since the program’s first telecast game in 1956, the Rams have played 224 such contests, including eight or more televised games in each of the past 17 seasons.

Media Days

Junior running back Chris Nwoke (above) is pictured standing on Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium with the venue’s press box facility in the background. Nwoke and his teammates are covered by a host of media in northern Colorado, and nationally. He and senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett represented their teammates at Mountain West Media Day in Las Vegas, Nev., in July.

Meet the press

Head Coach Jim McElwain was introduced as Colorado State’s head football coach in a press conference (left) on Dec. 13, 2011. The press conference was held in the Rams’ Indoor Practice Facility to accommodate the anticipated crowd. And the event did not disappoint, as the announcement drew scores of media members, including writers, photographers and electronic media, plus hundres of Rams fans.

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CSU Spirit Squads and Marching Band

CSU Marching Band The Colorado State University marching band began in 1901 with just 13 members. With just under 300 members in Fall 2012, the largest marching band in the history of CSU has student representation from nearly all eight colleges at Colorado State. The CSU Marching Band’s emergence as a national leader has consistently gained the attention of regional and national media outlets and organizations as the group continues to receive accolades for a series of innovations and ‘firsts’ for university bands.

Rams Spirit Squad When coming to a college football game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, fans have come to expect one of the best atmospheres in college football today. The sights and sounds of a game day in Fort Collins are unwatched anywhere in the Mountain West. During games, the CSU cheer team and Golden Poms keep fans on their feet while cheering the Rams to victory. The CSU cheer team has been annually chosen as one of the best in the country and performs in national competitions throughout the year. Under the direction of seventh-year spirit club coordinator Dawn Burton, the CSU cheer team and Golden Poms bring Hughes Stadium to life every football Saturday.

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2012-13 Golden Poms

Front Row: Lauren Rael, Marisa Kowalski, Brittney Griffin, Shelby Polonsky, Nicole Masciarelli , Dana Swanson. Middle Row: Kristin Froyd, Chanel Odell, Quiana Hill, Devon Rudy, Hayley Hall, Haley Woerner. Back Row: Allison Prewitt, Katie Martin, Kenna Wilhelm, Nikki Bronson, Lauren Hesse, Sabrina Contreras. Coach: Brittany Wade-Pruett (not pictured)

2012-13 Cheer Squad

Front Row: Dezarai Zepeda, Molly Sniadach, McKenzie Galvin, Kasey Burrus, Shayne Henry, Cami Smith, Morgan Ballinger. Middle Row: Jon Murrell, Tatum Williams, Shelby Helmer, Sam Doty, Stevie Williamson, Kristen McNair, Emma Townsend, Micayla Tetiva, Nic Mortsen. Back Row: Marissa Kellner, Hannah Thompson, Madi Book, Aislyn Carillo, Taylor Naujokas, Cassie Crutchfield. Coach: Dawn Burton (not pictured). Not pictured: DeAnna Olsen, Sami Chase, Meaghan Jordan, Rhiana Gallen, Zach Yarnell

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Rams Football 2012 MOUNTAIN WEST HISTORY

The Mountain West was conceived on May 26, 1998, when the presidents of eight institutions — Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming — decided to form a new NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletic conference. The split from a former 16-team conference re-established continuity and stability among the membership within the new league and signaled the continuation of its tradition-rich, long-standing athletic rivalries. Three of the MW’s eight original members have been conference rivals since the 1960s (New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado State), while San Diego State (1978) and Air Force (1980) were longtime members as well. UNLV and TCU entered the fold in 1996 and the Rebels continued as one of the original eight institutions that formed the MW in 1999. TCU re-joined the group with its first year of competition in the Mountain West in 2005-06. With conference realignment sweeping the nation in recent years, the MW has been proactive in addressing membership changes. Boise State University joined the Mountain West in 2011-12, followed by Fresno State and the University of Nevada on July 1, 2012. Also on July 1, 2012, the University of Hawai‘i became a football-only member of the Conference. On May 4, 2012, the Mountain West announced the additions of San Jose State University and Utah State University as full-time members effective July 1, 2013. When the Mountain West officially began operations on July 1, 1999, the new league had in place a seven-year contract with ESPN, giving the broadcaster exclusive national television rights to MW football and men’s basketball, and threeyear agreements to send the league’s football champion to the Liberty Bowl and a second team to the Las Vegas Bowl. Commissioner Craig Thompson also arranged a third bowl tie-in each of the first three seasons (1999 Motor City, 2000 Silicon Valley, 2001 New Orleans) before securing a four-year deal with the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco in 2002. Entering the 2012 season, the MW has four contracted bowl affiliations – the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, San Diego Country Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and Gildan New Mexico Bowl. An innovator in the postseason bowl structure, the MW engineered many “firsts,” as league teams have participated in five inaugural bowl games (2000 Silicon Valley, 2001 New Orleans, 2002 San Francisco (Emerald), 2005 Poinsettia, 2006 New Mexico), as well as placing the first non-automatic-qualifying BCS team into a BCS bowl game with Utah’s appearance in the 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Mountain West MOUNTAIN WEST NOTEBOOK WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST

Fresno State and Nevada officially became members of the Mountain West on July 1, 2012. In addition, Hawai‘i became a football-only member of the Mountain West on July 1. While Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Nevada are official newcomers to the Mountain West, all three squads are certainly not strangers to the league. The Warriors have faced six MW opponents at least 20 times in their history, including Fresno State (44), San Diego State (26), New Mexico (21), UNLV (21), Colorado State (20) and Wyoming (20). The Bulldogs have competed against San Diego State in 51 contests and against Nevada in 43 games. The Wolf Pack has squared off against Boise State 38 times and has met instate rival UNLV on 37 occasions to battle for the Fremont Cannon.

COMING SOON

San Jose State and Utah State will become official members of the Mountain West, effective with the 2013-14 academic year. The addition of the Spartans and Aggies on July 1, 2013 will bring the full-time membership of the Mountain West to nine institutions and 10 football-playing members.

FOUR NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW IN 2012

The Mountain West welcomes four new head football coaches in 2012, including three who will be taking charge of a program for the first time in their coaching careers. Colorado State will be under the direction of first-year head coach Jim McElwain, who recently completed a four-year stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama. McElwain, a 27year veteran of the coaching ranks, helped lead Alabama to national championships in two of the previous three seasons. Prior to overseeing the Alabama offense, McElwain served on the staffs of Fresno State (2007), Oakland Raiders (2006), Michigan State (2003-05), Louisville (2000-02), Montana State (1995-99) and Eastern Washington (1985-94). Bob Davie, who had worked as a college football analyst for ABC and ESPN since 2002, returns to the sideline at New Mexico. Prior to his television career, Davie served as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame for three years (1994-96) before taking over the program from 1997-2001. Davie went 35-25 during his five years as the Fighting Irish’s head coach, leading Notre Dame to three bowl games, including the program’s first-ever BCS bowl (2001 Fiesta Bowl). Two of the MW’s three incoming members will also be under the guidance of first-year head coaches in Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter and Hawai‘i’s Norm Chow. DeRuyter comes to Fresno State with 22 years of experience, including 16 seasons as a defensive coordinator. He takes over the Bulldogs after serving the past two seasons as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Before coaching the Aggie defense, DeRuyter spent three years as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at his alma mater, the Air Force Academy, and from 2005-06 was the co-defensive coordinator at Nevada.

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MW BOWL AFFILIATIONS Chow brings 39 years of coaching experience to Hawai‘i. Among his 36 years at the collegiate level, Chow spent 27 seasons at BYU, four at USC, three at UCLA, one at North Carolina State and one at his alma mater, Utah. He also spent three years at the professional level as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.

MOUNTAIN WEST IN THE POSTSEASON

For the fifth consecutive year, the Mountain West sent five teams into postseason bowl games. The Mountain West has earned 51 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 31-20 all-time record in those contests. The MW finished with a 2-3 (.400) mark in postseason play in 2011, marking the first time since 2005 the league did not post a winning bowl record. Boise State (12-1), TCU (11-2), Wyoming (8-5), San Diego State (8-5) and Air Force (7-6) each reached bowl eligibility, marking the seventh year in a row, and eighth overall, the MW has boasted five bowl-eligible teams. Over the past eight seasons, the MW owns the best win percentage in bowl games among the 11 FBS conferences with a 24-12 mark (.667). The SEC is second with a 42-22 (.656) record, followed by the Big East at 24-16 (.600) and the Big 12 at 34-28 (.548). Conference Bowl Record (since 2004) Pct. Mountain West............................ 24-12.............................. .667 SEC............................................. 42-22.............................. .656 Big East....................................... 24-16.............................. .600 Big 12......................................... 34-28.............................. .548 Pac-12........................................ 22-20.............................. .524 Conference USA . ....................... 21-24 . ........................... .467 Sun Belt ..................................... 7-9 . ............................... .438 ACC . .......................................... 27-37 . ........................... .422 WAC . ......................................... 12-19 . ........................... .387 Big Ten ....................................... 23-37 . ........................... .383 MAC ........................................... 11-22 . ........................... .333

2012 MW BOWL ARRANGEMENTS

The Mountain West has agreements to send five teams to bowl games in 2012. Since the league’s inception in 1999, the Mountain West has posted a 31-20 bowl record and has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup four times in the last eight years. Over the past eight seasons, the MW owns the best win percentage in bowl games among the 11 FBS conferences with a 24-12 mark (.667). The SEC is second with a 42-22 (.656) record, followed by the Big East at 24-16 (.600) and the Big 12 at 34-28 (.548). Bowl (vs.)....................................................... Date MAACO Las Vegas (Pac-12)......................................... Dec. 22 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia (BYU).......... Dec. 20 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (C-USA).......................... Dec. 29 Gildan New Mexico (Pac-12)......................................... Dec. 15 Sheraton Hawai‘i (C-USA)............................................. Dec. 24

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he Denver Metro Area, with a population of 2.4 million, is less than an hour’s drive from Fort Collins. A major-league metropolis, named by Sporting News the best sports city in the United States, Denver is home to three teams that have competed for their respective world championships in the past 14 years — the Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII champion Denver Broncos (below), the 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche (right), and the 2007 National League champion Colorado Rockies (left), who lost the World Series that season to the Boston Red Sox. The Denver Nuggets, meanwhile, have mad the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference finals against the evential champion Los Angeles Lakers. Sports fans in Colorado are among the most passionate in the nation, and for good reason — their teams are winners.

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The Mile High City

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enver has all the features of any big city, including great shopping and nightlife on the 16th Street Mall (Denver Pavilions, below), a one-of-a-kind concert venue in Red Rocks Amphitheatre (below, right), an adrenaline-inducing amusement

park in Elitch Gardens (right), and the world’s 10th-busiest airport, Denver International. Nicknamed the Mile High City because it is one mile above sea level, downtown Denver is home to the Colorado state capitol building, the 13th step of which is exactly one mile in elevation (above).

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Distinguished Alumni Business

Thomas Bradbury, past director, National Western Stock Show Jeff Christmann, operations manager, GE Johnson Construction Donald DeGryse, vice president, Lockheed Martin Lindsay Gill, product development manager, Spyder Active Sports Edward Henney, past senior vice president, Safeway Stores Kenneth Monfort, past board of directors member, ConAgra James Smith, president & CEO, Smith Investments Inc.

Greg Myers, 1995 Jim Thorpe Award winner, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. After graduating from CSU, he went to a successful career as an anesthesioloist. Myers is seen pictured with defensive backs DeAndre Elliott (left) and Trent Matthews (right, holding Myers’ Thorpe Award).

Entertainment/Communications

John Amos, actor, The West Wing Baxter Black, American cowboy poet & humorist Yosef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winner, Neon Vernacular Gregory Osberg, executive vice president, Newsweek Magazine Vicki Porter, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, community reporting Hugh Ragin, jazz trumpet player Jim Sheeler, Pulitzer Prize winner, Rocky Mountain News Robert A. Taylor, D.V.M., TV personality, Emergency Vets

Government/Military

Wayne Allard, D.V.M., United States Congressman John Ensign, D.V.M., United States Senator Peter Lemon, recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor Ed Rhoades, former commander, U.S.S. Halyburton Bill Ritter, former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, former Colorado Governor Terry Slatic, Iraq veteran, U.S. Marine Corps

Science

Kent Rominger, deputy director, Flight Crew Operations, NASA James van Hoften, former NASA astronaut, Lt. Col. USAF

Sports

David Anderson, Six-year NFL pro Al “Bubba” Baker, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, three-time Pro Bowler Less Browne, Canadian Football League Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen, Pro Football Hall of Famer Janay DeLoach, 2012 Olympian, bronze medalist in long jump Clark Haggans, Arizona Cardinals Becky Hammon, Olympian and current WNBA basketball player Caleb Hannie, NFL Quarterback, Denver Broncos John Howell, Super Bowl Champion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond Jackson, player development, Pittsburgh Steelers Greg Jamison, president & CEO, San Jose Sharks Floyd Kerr, director of athletics, Morgan State University Mark Knudson, former Major League Baseball pitcher Martin Laird, PGA Tour Casey Malone, 2004 Olympian, sixth place in discus Felix “Tippy” Martinez, former Kansas City Royals player Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Pro Football Hall of Famer Keli McGregor, former president, Colorado Rockies Mike Montgomery, basketball coach (currently head coach, Cal) Greg Myers, College Football Hall of Famer Milt Palacio, NBA player Jason Smith, NBA player Erik Phillips, athletic trainer, Phoenix Suns Joey Porter, Retired NFL player Amy Van Dyken, six-time Olympic gold medalist Bradlee Van Pelt, winningest QB in CSU history

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Jason Smith NBA Player

John Amos Actor

Becky Hammon WNBA Superstar

Wayne Allard U.S. Senator

Joey Porter Former All-Pro Linebacker

Bill Ritter Former Colorado Governor

Casey Malone Olympian - Discus

Baxter Black Poet/Humorist

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Director of Athletics Jack Graham

Jack Graham

Director of Athletics | First Year at CSU | Colorado State, ‘75

Graham at a Glance Education

• Bachelor’s degree, U.S. history; Colorado State, ‘75

Personal

"We expect, at Colorado State University, that the excellence of our athletic programs will mirror that of the excellence that has always been the academic foundation at this great university."

- Jack Graham

Director of Athletics John C. “Jack” Graham has boldly placed Colorado State’s program on an ambitious path towards national prominence with his visionary leadership. A successful business leader and former Rams quarterback, Graham has integrated the department under the motto, “Dream big, work hard and settle for nothing less than excellence.”

• Played quarterback for CSU from 1973-74 • Drafted by the Miami Dolphins • Successful 30-year career in the international insurance and reinsurance markets • Founded ICAT Managers, a leader in catastrophic risk insurance products • Advisory board member of the National Center of Atmospheric Research • Married to wife, Ginger Graham

Graham’s three objectives as Director of Athletics • Maintain athletic department integrity • Uphold academic excellence • Win

University President Tony Frank believes Graham is the right person to move CSU’s most visible department toward. “In Jack Graham, we have the perfect combination of dedicated Ram fan, stand-out athlete and experienced business leader with the skills and business acumen to energize and advance our overall athletics program,” Frank said. “I am excited about the enthusiasm he will generate among our students, coaches, alumni, donors and fans. He brings high standards, high expectations and a passion for winning that is infectious.” CSU’s athletics department supports nearly 400 student-athletes competing in 16 varsity sports. Graham, who played quarterback for the Rams from 1973-74, took on the duties of athletic director and quickly went to work. His first major initiative was to conduct a thorough evaluation of all athletic programs and to engage with donors and supporters about their goals for CSU athletics. Shortly thereafter, Graham invested in CSU’s future by hiring coaches with proven track records in the Rams’ three biggest sports: football and men’s and women’s basketball. His expectation is to win at least 60 percent of games/matches and consistently participate and win in postseason competition. CSU President Dr. Anthony Frank (background) introduced Jack Graham as the Rams’ 17th Director of Athletics on Dec. 1, 2011

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Director of Athletics Jack Graham Athletic Department Mission Statement The purpose of the Colorado State University Department of Athletics is to recruit, educate, develop and graduate student-athletes within an environment that pursues excellence, values integrity and ethical conduct, promotes respect for all individuals, teaches sportsmanship, entertains our constituents and emphasizes championship performance. “Athletics play a critical role at CSU,” Graham said. “Our teams can and should be leaders in defining our university’s traditions, and they can be catalysts that unite our students and community. I believe our success in athletics can and will send a signal about the overall quality of CSU’s leadership, our standards and our talent. We are committed to winning while maintaining the highest level of integrity and student success.” With numerous ideas for improvement and expansion, Graham is overseeing a project that is already in progress. The Moby renovation will expand the north and south concourses, improving fan access to the ticket sales and will-call areas, as well as create a more logical setup of the concession stands. The project is slated to be finished in the summer of 2013. Graham graduated from CSU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history. After playing football for CSU, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. He went on to a successful 30-year career in the international insurance and reinsurance markets, where he was known as an innovator and effective leader. In 1998, he founded ICAT Managers, a leader in catastrophic risk insurance products. He sold ICAT, including its Lloyd’s of London business, in 2010 and remains on the company’s board of directors. Graham also sits on the advisory board of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “We have the same expectations for excellence in our sports program that we have for all areas of the university,” Frank said. “With Jack’s leadership, I see no reason why CSU athletics cannot and should not compete at the highest level. To get there, we have to dream big, work hard and settle for nothing less than excellence.”

Graham introduced head football coach Jim McElwain to a packed house at Moby Arena during halftime of the CSU men’s basketball team’s eventual victory over No. 17ranked San Diego State on Jan. 28, 2012.

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Head Coach Jim McElwain

Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1985-94 Eastern Washington Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers 1995-99: Montana State Off. Coord./Wide Receivers/ Special Teams 2000-02 Louisville Wide Receivers/Special Teams 2003-05 Michigan State Asst. Head Coach/Wide Recievers/ Special Teams 2006 Oakland Raiders Quarterbacks 2007 Fresno State Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2008-11 Alabama Offensive Coordinator

Jim Mcelwain

Eastern Washington University (1984) First SEASON AT CSU, 27th SEASON in Coaching

Jim McElwain became the 20th head football coach in Colorado State pro- replace Major Applewhite at the reins of the Tide gram history on Dec. 13, 2011, prior to Alabama’s appearance in the BCS offense. national championship game. The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach McElwain, 49, came to Fort Collins from the Crimson Tide, where he had served as Nick Saban’s offen- at Fresno State in 2007, McElwain improved the sive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008-11. McElwain played a key role in navigating the team Bulldogs’ output from 338.2 total yards per game to two national championship victories in the last three seasons. Alabama defeated No. 1 LSU in January the year before his arrival to 419.5 (No. 38 in the nation), and from 23.0 points per contest to 32.9 2012 and topped Texas to claim the 2009 championship. (No. 32). Fresno State went 9-4 in his only season, including a 40-28 triumph over Georgia Tech in the In addition, McElwain’s offenses at Alabama: • Led the nation by committing only 57 turnovers since he took the reins of the unit to begin the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl. season. Ohio State ranks second with 59. • Sent two players to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York, the 2009 winner Mark Ingram and In 2006, he coached the quarterbacks of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, under Pro Football Hall of Famer 2011 finalist Trent Richardson. Art Shell, after a three-year stint (2003-05) as as• Played a chief role in the Tide’s 47-6 record since 2008. • Ranked among the top units in the Southeastern Conference. Last season, `Bama led the league sistant head coach, receivers coach and specialwith 219.8 rushing yards per game, and finished second with 433.4 total yards per contest, and teams coach at Michigan State. third in scoring (36 points per game). In 2010, the team was third in both total yards and scoring. His Spartans receivers led the team to the 2003 The veteran coach tutored first-year quarterbacks in two of his four seasons at Alabama, Greg McElroy Alamo Bowl, establishing school records with 312 in 2009 and A.J. McCarron in 2011. Saban brought McElwain to Tuscaloosa from Fresno State, to receptions and 3,510 receiving yards. The follow-

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Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1985 Division 1-AA first round Idaho (assistant coach at Eastern Washington) 1985 Division 1-AA quarterfinal Northern Iowa (assistant coach at Eastern Washington) 1992 Division 1-AA first round Northern Iowa (assistant coach at Eastern Washington) 2000 Liberty Bowl Colorado State (assistant coach at Louisville) 2001 Liberty Bowl BYU (assistant coach at Louisville) 2002 GMAC Bowl Marshall (assistant coach at Louisville) 2003 Alamo Bowl Nebraska (assistant coach at Michigan State) 2007 Humanitarium Bowl Georgia Tech (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2008 Sugar Bowl Utah (assistant coach at Alabama) 2009 BCS National Championship Texas (assistant coach at Alabama) 2010 Capital One Bowl Michigan State (assistant coach at Alabama) 2011 BCS National Championship LSU (assistant coach at Alabama) prominent players coached • Louisville wide receiver and Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch • Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, now with the New Orleans Saints • New York Jets 2011 draft selection quarterback Greg McElroy • Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, a first-team All-American and 2011 first-round draft selection of the Atlanta Falcons • Alabama Doak Walker award winner and Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson.

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ing season on special teams, he coached an All-American, punter Brandon Fields, and the Big Ten’s scoring leader, kicker Dave Rayner. And prior to his departure for the NFL, Michigan State set a school mark with 24 touchdown receptions in 2005, when five of his wideouts had at least 28 catches. McElwain coached against Colorado State in the 2000 Liberty Bowl, culminating his first season with Louisville. He spent three years (2000-02) with the Cardinals, in charge of wide receivers and special teams, helping the program to three consecutive bowls. Four of his players earned first-team all-conference honors. Three of his pupils ranked among Louisville’s all-time leading receivers, including future Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch. The offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and receivers coach at Montana State, McElwain coached in his home state with the Bobcats from 1995-99. In Bozeman, he helped QB Rob Compson compile almost 7,000 career passing yards as well as 54 touchdowns, a program record, and also tutored Chip Hobbs, the Bobcats’ all-time leading career receiver (144 receptions, 2,060 yards, 18 touchdowns). No other Big Sky offense in 1998 was more prolific than Montana State, which scored 31.6 points per contest. He broke into the coaching profession at his alma mater, Eastern Washington, where from 1985-94 he held a host of positions. He launched his career as a graduate assistant and finished his tenure with the Eagles as quarterbacks and receivers coach. During his time there, Eastern Washington earned a berth in both the 1992 and 1995 Division I-AA playoffs, and a share of the 1992 Big Sky crown. In addition, in 1993 he coached a third-team All-American, Tony Brooks, who concluded his career as the school’s all-time leading receiver, with 2,969 career yards. A 1984 graduate of Eastern Washington, where he played quarterback from 1980-83, he owns a degree in education. An all-state field general at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Mont., McElwain grew up 119 miles up Interstate 90 from Butte, which produced former CSU head coach Sonny Lubick. McElwain joins Lubick, Jim Sweeney and Bobby Petrino among the most prominent coaches produced by the state. Jim and his wife, Karen, have three children, JoHanna, Elizabeth and Jerret.

Head Coach Jim McElwain WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT McELWAIN “Jim has worked as hard as anybody I’ve ever had coach for us in our program, and I certainly appreciate the job he has done. He is very conscientious and driven to do well. He’s a perfectionist in a lot of ways and he takes it as hard as anybody if things don’t work out the way he’d like. He’s done a fantastic job and I’m sure he’ll be great as the head coach at Colorado State.” -- Nick Saban, Alabama head coach and three-time national champion

“The greatest thing about Jim was not only his football knowledge but his ability to motivate. I thought he did a really good job with that offense from a motivational stand point. He’s a people person. He’s got great football knowledge, but number one thing he can do is he can motivate a group of people and get them moving in the same direction. He did a great job with that.” -- Pat Hill, Former Fresno State head coach, and current Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach

“Coach McElwain is going to do a great job at Colorado State. In the three years I played for him at Alabama, he did a great job of creating a balanced offense that enjoyed a lot of success for us, both as a team, and myself individually. Personally, he helped me to continue to improve in college and also prepared me for the challenges of the next level. All of the qualities he showed as an offensive coordinator will serve him well in his new position.” -- Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints running back and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama

“Jim will be a fantastic addition to the Colorado State family. I couldn’t be happier for both parties. I’m confident Coach Mac will take CSU to new heights. He helped us turn it around in Alabama and I know he’ll be able to do it in Fort Collins.” -- Greg McElroy, former Alabama, and current New York Jets quarterback

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Dave Baldwin

>> Offensive Coordinator >> 33rd Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State Dave Baldwin in 2012 kicks off his 33rd season as a coach, his first at CSU. The former head coach at San Jose State and Cal State Northridge officially joined the Rams’ staff on Jan. 4, 2012, hired by Jim McElwain. Baldwin, 56, came to Fort Collins from Utah State, where he served as offensive coordinator for three seasons (2009-11), helping the Aggies to the top two offensive seasons in program annals. The Aggies posted a pair of top-20 finishes, 14th in 2009 and 20th in 2011, with respective school records of 5,272 and 5,504 yards of total offense. His rushing offense ranked sixth in the country in 2011, and No. 22 in 2009. Baldwin took over control of USU’s tight ends in 2011, in addition to his offensive coordinator duties, after coaching quarterbacks in 2010 and wide receivers in 2009. The Rivals.com WAC Offensive Coordinator of the Year in 2011, he helped Utah State to its first winning season since 1996 and first bowl game in 14 years, calling plays for a unit that produced the conference Offensive Player of the Year, RB Robert Turbin, who finished the regular season ranked 10th in the country with 118 yards per game. Turbin, one of the top 10 running backs entering the 2012 NFL Draft, was one of three first-team all-conference selections, including offensive linemen Philip Gapelu and Tyler Larsen. Baldwin’s balanced offense also produced a second-team all-conference performer, TE Tarren Lloyd. With true-freshman quarterback Chuckie Keaton in his first college game, Baldwin’s offense led the Aggies to what fell just short of a stunning upset, a 42-38 loss at defending national champion Auburn, after the Tigers scored two touchdowns in the final 2:07, including an onside-kick recovery. Baldwin also scripted the Aggies’ 63-19 win over Wyoming. Baldwin helped USU quarterback Diondre Borel to single-season school records in total offense (3,343 yards in 2009) and fewest interceptions (four in 2009). Turbin in 2009 also became USU’s first 1,000-yard back in eight years and the school’s single-season record holder with 18 total TDs. Baldwin shifted to Utah State from New Mexico, where he spent two seasons (2007-08) as offensive coordinator. His Lobos offense in 2008 ranked third in the Mountain West and 16th in the NCAA in with 208.3 rushing yards per game, led by Rodney Ferguson, who finished second to CSU’s Gartrell Johnson in the conference rushing race, but led the league with 13 rushing TDs. The year before, 2007, Baldwin’s offense was one of only three FBS programs to produce a 3,000-yard passer (Donovan Porterie 3,006), a 1,000-yard rusher (Ferguson 1,177) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Marcus Smith 1,125, and Travis Brown 1,031). Smith led the MW in receptions and receiving yards, while setting a school record with 91 receptions. The Lobos piled up an impressive five first-team all-conference selections (Ferguson, Brown, Smith, and linemen Devin Clark and Vince Natali). Porterie threw for 354 yards to lead Baldwin’s offense in a 23-0 triumph over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl, its first bowl win since 1961. Before his time in Albuquerque, Baldwin handled the offense for John L. Smith at Michigan State from 2003-06. Over his first three years in East Lansing, his wide receivers coach was Jim McElwain. In 2006, Baldwin orchestrated the largest comeback in NCAA history, on Oct. 21 at Northwestern. Down 38-3 with 9:54 left in the third quarter, the Spartans put up 38 unanswered points in a 41-38 triumph. That season, future NFL QB Drew Stanton, a Unitas Award finalist, set a school record with a .642 completion percentage and finished second in school history in career completions, passing yards and total offense. WR Mike Trannon, including a single-game MSU record 14 catches, left the Spartans as the program’s all-time receptions leader (148). In 2005, Michigan State finished among national offensive leaders in four categories: No. 5 in total offense (497.3 yards per game), No. 11 in passing (295.5 yards per game), No. 18 in scoring (33.8 points per game), and No. 20 in rushing (201.8 yards per game). The total offense and passing marks established program records. That year, five Spartans had at least 28 receptions and two TDs. Michigan State was the only FBS team with five players to register at least 400 receiving yards. Baldwin’s offenses produced the first two 3,000-yard passers in MSU history: Stanton in 2004 and Jeff Smoker in 2003. Smoker, in Baldwin’s first Spartans season, threw for a school-record 3,395 yards. In 2004, Stanton became the first QB in MSU annals to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game.

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Before moving to Michigan State, Baldwin guided the offense and coached quarterbacks at Baylor for one season (2002). His top Bears receiver, Reggie Newhouse, was a second-team all-Big 12 performer after establishing single-season school records with 75 receptions and 1,140 receiving yards. With Baldwin on staff, Baylor posted its first conference win in more than four years. He served the 2001 campaign as offensive coordinator at Cincinnati, helping the 7-5 Bearcats to the Motor City Bowl. Baldwin tutored Conference USA’s second-leading passer, Gino Guidugli, the league’s Freshman of the Year. He threw to the conference’s leading receiver, LaDaris Vann (6.64 receptions/game). Baldwin’s résumé includes 10 years of head coaching experience, at San Jose State (1997-2000) and Cal State Northridge (1996), plus five years as a head coach at the junior-college level. His 58-60 career record includes a 31-21 JC mark, an 18-27 record at SJSU and a 9-12 ledger at Northridge. A 1978 graduate of Northridge, Baldwin owns a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health recreation. He also earned a master’s in physical education administration from St. Mary’s College in 1986. Born March 22, 1955, in Denver, Colo., Baldwin and his wife Kathleen have three children. Their son, Sean, married his wife Lindsi in 2008. They also have a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Keiley.

Baldwin at a glance...

• Hired by Jim McElwain Jan. 4, 2012. • A Denver native, preceded John Elway at Granada Hills (Calif.) High School in the early 1970s, then coached for Elway's father, Jack, at Cal State Northridge. Coached under the elder Elway most of his early career, with stops at Northridge, San Jose State and Stanford.Owns 10 seasons of head-coaching experience. • Owns 10 seasons of head-coaching experience, five at the Division I level and five in the highly competitive California JC ranks. • Has spent the last 11 seasons as an offensive coordinator at major-college programs, including four years (2003-06) at Michigan State, where he served with McElwain. Two of his Spartans QBs, Jeff Smoker and Drew Stanton, advanced to the NFL. • Coached several future NFL players at Stanford, including WR Ed McCaffrey, TE Greg Baty and WR Emile Harry. Additionally, Stanford QB Brian Johnson opted to pursue a Major League Baseball career as a catcher. • Orchestrated the largest comeback in NCAA history, a 41-38 win at Northwestern in 2006, as offensive coordinator at Michigan State. • Garnered Rivals.com WAC Offensive Coordinator of the Year for his efforts during the 2011 season at Utah State. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1978 Cal State Northridge Wide Receivers/Tight Ends 1979 Cal State Northridge Secondary 1980-83 San Jose State Wide Receivers 1984-87 Stanford Wide Receivers 1988 Stanford Passing Game Coordinator 1990-93 Santa Barbara City College Head Coach 1995 Santa Rosa Junior College Head Coach 1996 Cal State Northridge Head Coach 1997-2000 San Jose State Head Coach 2001 Cincinnati Offensive Coordinator 2002 Baylor Offensive Coordinator 2003-06 Michigan State Offensive Coordinator 2007-08 New Mexico Offensive Coordinator 2009 Utah State Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 2010 Utah State Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2011 Utah State Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1981 California Bowl Toledo (assistant coach at San Jose State) 1986 Gator Bowl Clemson (assistant coach at Stanford) 1991 Shrine Potato Bowl Fullerton College (head coach at Santa Barbara CC) 1995 Santa Cruz County Lions Bowl Hartnell (head coach at Santa Rosa JC) 2001 Motor City Bowl Toledo (assistant coach at Cincinnati) 2003 Alamo Bowl Nebraska (assistant coach at Michigan State) 2007 New Mexico Bowl Nevada (assistant coach at New Mexico) 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ohio (assistant coach at Utah State)

Prominent players coached • RB Robert Turbin, 2011 WAC Offensive Player of the Year, projected as one of the top 10 running backs eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft. • QB Diondre Borel, the most explosive QB in Utah State history. • RB Rodney Ferguson, a 1,000-yard rusher at New Mexico. • Future NFL QBs Jeff Smoker and Drew Stanton, a Unitas Award finalist, at Michigan State. • WR Ed McCaffrey and TE Greg Baty at Stanford.

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Marty ENGLISH

>> Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers >> 28th Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State Marty English kicks off his 28th season in the coaching profession, his first at Colorado State. Jim McElwain made English part of the head coach’s inaugural staff on Feb. 7, 2012. With the exception of one season, English has spent his entire football life on the Front Range between Denver and Laramie. A Colorado product, English makes the move back across the border after nine seasons at Wyoming, where he had served as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, linebackers and special teams coach from 2009-11. The senior member of the Wyoming staff when he joined the Rams, he spent his first six years (2003-08) in Laramie as Joe Glenn’s linebackers coach. English helped the Cowboys to two bowl appearances in his three seasons at the reins of the defense, including 2011, when Wyoming led the Mountain West and tied for 10th in the nation with 31 takeaways. DB Blair Burns, a Freshman All-American, was one of six all-conference players on English’s 2011 defense. In his first season as the Wyoming defensive coordinator, 2009, the Cowboys stuffed Fresno State after the Bulldogs began with first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, to preserve an overtime victory in the New Mexico Bowl. English had recruited four seniors on that team, and coached three of them, that went on to sign a contract with an NFL team: DT John Fletcher (Baltimore Ravens), LB Weston Johnson (Atlanta Falcons), DE Mitch Unrein (Houston Texans) and OT Ryan Otterson (San Diego Chargers). Fletcher earned firstteam All-Mountain West honors after concluding his career third in conference history with 24 sacks. Meanwhile, English’s 2009 unit stood as the only defense in the country with three players (DB Chris Prosinski, LB Brian Hendricks and LB Gabe Knapton ranked in the top 25 nationally in total tackles. As the Cowboys’ linebackers coach, English helped Wyoming finish ninth nationally in 2006 in total defense, and No. 8 against the pass. In 2004, the Pokes ranked 13th in the country with 28 takeaways, a key part of a season that concluded with a win over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. All told, English has served on coaching staffs that led their teams to the postseason on 12 occasions. Before moving a short distance to Laramie, Wyo., English spent 16 seasons (1987-2002) at his alma mater, Northern Colorado, in Greeley. His time at UNC was divided into three roles, most recently as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach (2000-02), as special teams, linebackers, strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator (1990-99), and as a graduate assistant (1987-89). At UNC, English and the Bears won a pair of NCAA Division II national championships (1996-97) and went to the national playoffs eight times, including the 2002 national semifinals. His 2002 Bears defense ranked in the nation’s top 10 in five categories: No. 8 in total defense, No. 5 in pass-defense efficiency, No. 9 in scoring defense, No. 9 in rushing defense and No. 9 in turnover margin. As a player, English was part of another national championship, when his Idaho State team won the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA title. English then transferred to Northern Colorado, lettering three years as a linebacker. As a 1985 senior captain, he garnered all-North Central Conference recognition. Following his playing career, English spent three years (1985-87) with the Jefferson County (Colo.) school system, coaching defense and special teams in the district. A 1986 and 1989 graduate of Northern Colorado, English owns a bachelor’s degree in recreation management, and a master’s in physical education in 1989.

eNGLISH at a glance...

• Named to Jim McElwain’s inaugural staff on Feb. 7, 2012. • With the exception of one year, his freshman season as an Idaho State player, has spent his entire football life on the Front Range, between Denver and Laramie. • Coached for 16 seasons at his alma mater, Northern Colorado. • Helped UNC win consecutive national championships (1996-97) and earn eight national playoff appearances. • Has served on coaching staffs that earned postseason appearances on 12 occasions. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1978 Cal State Northridge Wide Receivers/Tight Ends 1987-89 Northern Colorado Graduate Assistant 1990-99 Northern Colorado Special Teams/Rec. Coord./ Strength & Conditioning/Linebackers 2000-02 Northern Colorado Defensive Coord./Linebackers 2003-08 Wyoming Linebackers 2009-11 Wyoming Def. Coord./Linebackers/Special Teams Prominent players coached • Two-time all-Mountain West selections Tashaun Gipson, Josh Biezuns, Brian Hendricks and Gabe Knapton. • DB Chris Prosinski, Jacksonville’s fourth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. • Four 2010 NFL signees: DT John Fletcher (Baltimore), LB Weston Johnson (Atlanta), DE Mitch Unrein (Houston). • LB Ward Dobbs, a first-team all-Mountain West selection in 2008. • LB Mike Juergens, who signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. • DE Anthony Dunn, a first-team All-American that signed with the Tennessee Titans. • LB Scott Zimmerman, an All-American that signed with the Carolina Panthers.

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1981 NCAA Division I-AA first round Rhode Island (player at Idaho State) 1981 NCAA Division I-AA semifinals South Carolina State (player at Idaho State) 1981 NCAA Division I-AA nat. champ. Eastern Washington (player at Idaho State) 1990 NCAA Division II first round Eastern Illinois (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1991 NCAA Division II first round Portland State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1995 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburgh State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1996 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburgh State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1996 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1996 NCAA Division II semifinals Clarion (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1996 NCAA Division II nat. champ. Carson-Newman (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1997 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburgh State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1997 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NM Missouri State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1997 NCAA Division II semifinals Carson-Newman (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1997 NCAA Division II nat. champ. New Haven (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1998 NCAA Division II first round North Dakota (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1998 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1999 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburgh State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 1999 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 2002 NCAA Division II first round Central Missouri State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 2002 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 2002 NCAA Division II semifinals Grand Valley State (assistant coach at No. Colorado) 2004 Las Vegas Bowl UCLA (assistant coach at Wyoming) 2009 New Mexico Bowl Fresno State (assistant coach at Wyoming) 2011 New Mexico Bowl Temple (assistant coach at Wyoming)

He grew up in Lakewood, Colo., and earned all-state honors at Alameda High School. He and his wife, Suzie, have one daughter, Kelsey, and one son, Tyler. Kelsey is a student at the University of Wyoming, while Tyler is a sophomore linebacker at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Turner and Jared Lucero.

Al simmons

>> Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary >> 27th Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State Al Simmons enters his 27th season in the coaching profession, his first campaign at Colorado State. Head Coach Jim McElwain made Simmons part of his inaugural Rams staff on Feb. 16, 2012. Simmons came to Fort Collins from UTEP, where he’d served under Mike Price for one season (2011) as safeties coach. While still in the Mountain Time Zone, El Paso represented the Eastern-most stop in his impressive college coaching career. For all or parts of six seasons, has coached at the NFL level, including two years (2003-04) as a full-time assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Simmons also has assisted NFL staffs during training camp on four occasions, with the Los Angeles Raiders (1993), Arizona Cardinals (1996), San Diego Chargers (1999) and Dallas Cowboys (2000). Prior to his year in Conference USA, Simmons spent three seasons (200810) on Jeff Tedford’s staff at Cal, coaching the Golden Bears’ defensive backs. During that period, his second stint at Cal, Simmons helped Syd’Quan Thompson, Denver’s seventh-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, to AllAmerica recognition in both 2008 and ’09. The Bears, who picked off just 10 passes the year before Simmons’ arrival, improved their interception total to 24, which led the Pac-10 and ranked third in the nation. Cal in the season after adding Simmons also improved its total defense from 378.8 yards/ game in 2007 to 315.2, and its pass defense from 214.4 in 2007 to 193.0 in 2008. And in his last season on staff, 2010, Simmons helped Cal lead the conference in total defense, thanks in large part to the play of S Chris Conte, the Chicago Bears’ third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. In two seasons at Arizona State (2006-07), Simmons worked under two head coaches, Dirk Koetter and Dennis Erickson. His Sun Devil pupils included Justin Tryon, a first-team all-Pac-10 selection and fourth-round draft selection that played for the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants in 2011, and Freshman All-American Omar Bolden, a 2012 NFL Draft prospect. And as co-special teams coordinator, Simmons developed 2007 Lou Groza Award winner Thomas Weber. Simmons spent one season (2005) as Dick Tomey’s cornerbacks coach at San Jose State, after two years on Erickson’s 49ers staff in San Francisco, where Simmons coached the cornerbacks in 2003 and the overall secondary in 2004. He got back into the NFL after two years (2001-02) as Oregon State’s defensive backs coach, where he coached All-American Dennis Weathersby, the victim of a random act of violence days before the 2003 NFL Draft, but still selected by Cincinnati in the fourth round. Weathersby left the Beavers as the program’s all-time leader in passes defensed. Simmons’ first term with Cal, and first experience in the Pac-10, was 1998-2000, when he served as the Golden Bears’ cornerbacks coach. His top protégé at Cal was Deltha O’Neal, the No. 1 cornerback selected in the 2000 NFL Draft, 15th overall in 2000, by the Denver Broncos. He also tutored All-American punter Nick Harris, Denver’s fourth-round choice in the 2001 draft, and a longtime NFL veteran. He earned the jump to Cal after serving as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Idaho State in 1997. Before that, Simmons coached for two years (1995-96) under Cliff Hysell at Montana State, as defensive backs coach. With the Bobcats, he first coached with McElwain, at the time the offensive coordinator, and coached a pair of all-conference players, Omar

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Including one campaign (1994) as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at San Francisco State, Simmons launched his coaching career where he grew up, in the Bay Area. Tim Tierney gave Simmons his first job, at Cal State Hayward as the defensive backs coach, a role he held for two seasons (1986-87). He earned additional duties as Hayward’s defensive coordinator, and held the reins of the defense from 1988-93. An all-conference linebacker at Laney College (1981-82) and an all-league safety at Cal State Hayward (1983-84), Simons grew up about 10 miles from the Oakland Coliseum, and graduated from Oakland High School. Simmons owns two degrees, a bachelor’s in business (’87) and a master’s in athletic administration and sensory motor skills (’91), both from Cal State Hayward. He is single.

SIMMONS at a glance...

• Named to Jim McElwain’s inaugural staff on Feb. 16, 2012. • For all or parts of six seasons, has coached at the NFL level, including two years (2003-04) as a full-time assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Also has assisted NFL staffs during training camp on four occasions, with the Los Angeles Raiders (1993), Arizona Cardinals (1996), San Diego Chargers (1999) and Dallas Cowboys (2000). • Coached three future Denver Broncos draft selections, Deltha O’Neal, Nick Harris and Syd’Quan Thompson, all at Cal. • Enters his 27th season in coaching, with all 26 years of prior experience tutoring defensive backs in some capacity. • First met Sonny Lubick during a spring visit to Fort Collins in 1996, as a Montana State assistant. Wound up coaching Lubick’s son, Marc, with the Bobcats, and later coached with his other son, Matt Lubick, splitting the defensive-backs duties at Arizona State in 2007. • Owns 10 years of experience coaching in the former Pac-10. Also has eight overall years as a defensive coordinator during his career. • Has spent 18 years of his career coaching in the Bay Area, near his hometown, Oakland. In fact, the Mountain and Pacific time zones have encompassed all of his college resume. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1986-87 Cal State Hayward Defensive Backs 1988-93 Cal State Hayward Def. Coord./Defensive Backs 1993(Summer) Los Angeles Raiders Defensive secondary assistant 1994 San Francisco State Def. Coord./Defensive Backs 1995-96 Montana State Defensive Backs 1996(Summer) Arizona Cardinals Defensive secondary assistant 1997 Idaho State Def. Coord./Defensive Backs 1998-00 California Cornerbacks 1999(Summer) San Diego Chargers Linebackers assistant 2000(Summer) Dallas Cowboys Defensive secondary assistant 2001-02 Oregon State Defensive Backs 2003 San Francisco 49ers Cornerbacks 2004 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Backs 2005 San Jose State Cornerbacks 2006 Arizona State Cornerbacks 2007 Arizona State Co-Special Teams Coord./Cornerbacks 2008-10 California Defensive Backs 2011 UTEP Safeties

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 2002 Insight Bowl Pittsburgh (assistant coach at Oregon State) 2006 Hawaii Bowl Hawaii (assistant coach at Arizona State) 2007 Holiday Bowl Texas (assistant coach at Arizona State) 2008 Emerald Bowl Miami (assistant coach at California) 2009 Poinsettia Bowl Utah (assistant coach at California

Prominent players coached • The top CB selected in the 2000 NFL Draft, Deltha O’Neal (15th overall, Denver). • Two-time All-American Syd’Quan Thompson, the Broncos’ seventh-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. • CB Justin Tryon, the Redskins’ fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, who played most recently for the Super Bowlchampion New York Giants in 2011. • S Chris Conte, the Bears’ third-round choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. • K Thomas Weber, 2007 Lou Groza Award winner. • P Nick Harris, Denver’s fourth-round choice in the 2001 draft, and an 11-year NFL vet. • All-American CB Dennis Weathersby, selected by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. • First-team all-Pac-10 choice Terrell Roberts, who played two years with the Cincinnati Bengals. • CB Omar Bolden, a Freshman All-American at Arizona State and a 2012 NFL Draft prospect. • Seven-year NFL veteran Chidi Iwuoma. • Darian Hagan Jr., son of the former CU cornerback; the younger Hagan signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2011. • A pair of all-conference players, Omar Turner and Jared Lucero, at Montana State.

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Billy NAPIER

>> Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks >> Ninth Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State After nine seasons as an assistant coach and a playing career in the south, Billy Napier heads west to begin his first season as an assistant coach at CSU. He was officially hired to the Rams’ staff on Jan. 11, 2012. Napier, 32, who spent this past season on the Alabama staff, will have some sort of role on the offensive side of the ball at CSU. With the defending BCS national champions, Napier was the offensive quality control assistant. The Tide ranked 16th in scoring offense, 30th in total offense and 17th in rushing offense in 2011. Prior to Alabama, Napier spent seven of the last eight years at Clemson. During Napier’s final two seasons at Clemson, he earned an elevated position as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. At the age of 29, he became the youngest coordinator in Clemson history. He may have been young, but in no way was he inexperienced. In his first season as Clemson’s OC (2009), the Tigers scored a school-record 436 points. Additionally, Clemson scored 54 touchdowns (third-most in school annals), averaged 5.73 yards per play (fourth-best) and finished the year as the ACC Atlantic Division champions. Quarterback Kyle Parker was named a Freshman All-American, and six players Napier coached from 2009-10 went on to careers in the NFL. From 2006-08, the assistant coach split his time as the team’s recruiting coordinator. In those three seasons, he compiled two top-25 recruiting classes, according to Rivals.com, and in 2008, his class was tabbed as the second-best in the nation by ESPN. com. Known to his peers as a top recruiter, Napier has signed several players that went on to the NFL, including Kavell Conner, Crezdon Butler and Marcus Gilchrist. Fourteen players from Clemson’s 2011 two-deep were signed by Napier, including five who earned all-ACC honors. Napier was the tight ends coach at Clemson for two seasons, helping lead the Tigers to two bowl games and a prolific offense. The 2007 season featured a 9-4 record and the ACC’s highest scoring offense. In his first year back with Clemson, 2006, Napier worked primarily with the Tigers’ tight ends, but was also responsible for the punt team, and assisted in several special-teams capacities. The Tigers led the ACC in total offense, rushing and scoring offense in 2006, advancing to the Music City Bowl. Clemson averaged 410.9 yards per game, in addition to 32.7 points, more than doubling its opponents totals. Tight end Hunter Thomas started all 11 games for the Tigers, averaging 19.1 yards per reception, and Michael Palmer, who Napier coached for three seasons, went on to the NFL. Also working with the special teams, he helped to develop one of the most talented players in Clemson history, C.J. Spiller. In 2005, Napier spent one season as the quarterbacks coach at South Carolina State. The Bulldogs finished the year 9-2, and ranked among the nation’s best in several offensive categories, including: rushing (12th), passing efficiency (15th) and scoring offense (17th). S.C. State also had the country’s fourth-best turnover margin, committing just 11 turnovers, roughly one-third of the total from the previous season (32). Napier developed Cleve McCoy, S.C. State’s first-year quarterback, and molded him into the MEAC Player of the Year. He also recruited OT Johnny Culbreath, who became a unanimous All-America selection, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Napier was offered the position of offensive coordinator after the 2005 season, but declined, instead taking over as the tight ends coach at Clemson. Napier began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Clemson, from 2003-04. In 2003, the new coach worked with video coordinating. The Tigers won nine games, including the Peach Bowl against Tennessee. The following season, Napier was the onfield graduate assistant on defense, and off the field, got his first experience with recruiting. As a player, Napier was a four-year letterwinner and two-time all-Southern Conference selection as the starting quarterback at Furman. The Paladins won two conference championships and in 2001, Napier’s junior year, advanced to the Division I-AA national championship, where they lost to Montana, 13-6. The gunslinger completed 64.8 percent of his career passes, which still stands as a school record. As the team captain during a

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record-setting senior season, Napier recorded 2,475 passing yards, also a Furman record, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding offensive player. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health & exercise science from Furman in 2002.

Born July 21, 1979, in Cookeville, Tenn., Napier grew up in Chatsworth, Ga., and graduated from Murray County High School in 1998. His father, Bill, and two brothers, Matt and Kurt, are high-school coaches in Georgia. Napier is married to the former Ali Gunn. The couple’s first child was born in June.

napier at a glance...

• Hired by Jim McElwain Jan. 11, 2012 • Last name pronounced NAPE-ee-er • Was a four-year letterwinner as quarterback at Furman (1999-02), earning two conference championships and two all-conference selections. As a junior, Furman finished as the national runner-up, and during his senior season, was team captain and set several school record records that still stand today. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding offensive player. • Spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Clemson, including 2003, when the Tigers won nine games, including the Peach Bowl against Tennessee. • Worked as the quarterbacks coach at South Carolina State in 2005, helping the Bulldogs to the fourth-best turnover margin in the country, as the team committed just 11 turnovers, compared to 33 in 2004. S.C. State went 9-2 in Napier’s one season, ranking 12th in the nation in rushing, 15th in passing efficiency and 17th in scoring. He was offered the offensive coordinator position after the season, but instead was hired as an assistant at Clemson. • Spent five seasons (2006-10) in Death Valley, serving a variety of offensive duties, including offensive coordinator from 2009-10. • As a tight ends coach in 2006, helped the Tigers to lead the ACC in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense. • Is known by his peers as a top recruiter. Served as Clemson’s recruiting coordinator from 2006-08, and signing several future AllAmericans. Clemson’s 2008 signing class ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN.com, and was ranked in the top-25 by Rivals.com in two of Napier’s three seasons as coordinator. • Became Clemson’s youngest ever coordinator, taking over the offense in 2009, at age 29. • In his first year as offensive coordinator, guided a Clemson offense that scored 436 points, most in school history. The Tigers, winners of the 2009 ACC Atlantic Division, scored 54 touchdowns in 2009 (third-most in school history) and averaged 5.73 yards per play (fourth). • In his five full seasons with Clemson, the Tigers went to a bowl game each year and finished in the top-25 twice. • Hired by Alabama as the offensive quality control assistant, worked under McElwain and head coach Nick Saban for the 2011 national champions. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 2003-04 Clemson Graduate Assistant 2005 South Carolina State Quarterbacks 2006 Clemson Tight Ends 2007-08 Clemson Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 2009-10 Clemson Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2011 Alabama Offensive Quality Control Assistant Prominent players coached • RB C.J. Spiller (2006-09), one of the most prolific All-Americans in Clemson history; 2009 offensive player of the year; currently plays for the Buffalo Bills. • WR Jacoby Ford (2006-09), OG Thomas Austin (2006-09), OT Chris Hairston (2007-10), RB Jamie Harper (2008-10) and TE Michael Palmer (2006-08), all Clemson players who play or have played in the NFL. • Kyle Parker, Clemson QB under Napier who earned 2009 Freshman All-America status. • Dwayne Allen (2009-10), 2011 John Mackey Award winner, as the nation’s best tight end. • OL Johnny Culbreath, a unanimous All-American and NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions.

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 2000 NCAA Division I-AA first round Hofstra (player at Furman) 2001 NCAA Division I-AA first round W. Kentucky (player at Furman) 2001 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinal Lehigh (player at Furman) 2001 NCAA Division I-AA semifinal Georgia Southern (player at Furman) 2001 NCAA Division I-AA nat. championship Montana (player at Furman) 2002 NCAA Division I-AA first round Villanova (player at Furman) 2003 Peach Bowl Tennessee (assistant coach at Clemson) 2006 Music City Bowl Kentucky (assistant coach at Clemson) 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl Auburn (assistant coach at Clemson) 2008 Gator Bowl Nebraska (assistant coach at Clemson) 2009 Music City Bowl Kentucky (assistant coach at Clemson) 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl South Florida (assistant coach at Clemson) 2011 BCS National Championship LSU (assistant coach at Alabama)

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Buffalo. That year, the Fresno State rushing offense was ranked No. 16 (180.0 ypg.) in the nation, while the offense ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in scoring and was one of the nation’s most efficient in third-down conversions and red-zone efficiency. Plus, Fresno State ranked No. 15 in the NCAA in rushing offense with 228.0 yards per game.

Derek Frazier

While at Fresno State, he helped develop All-American Logan Mankins and Freshman All-Americans Ryan Wendell, Kyle Young and Cole Popovich .

>> Offensive Line >> 14th Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State Derek Frazier returns to his hometown to begin his 14th season in coaching, his first at CSU. He joined Jim McElwain’s staff officially on Feb. 7, 2012. Frazier spent the previous six seasons (2006-11) as offensive line coach at Fresno State, including three years (2009-11) as run-game coordinator. In 2011, his senior left tackle Bryce Harris was named first-team all-WAC (second-team selection in 2010), in addition Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 firstteam honors. Harris started in 39 straight games to close out his career at Fresno State. Senior Leslie Cooper was named second-team All-WAC by Phil Steele, helping Fresno State’s offense average 411.8 yards per game. Additionally, running back Robbie Rouse had 1,549 yards rushing, a total that led the WAC and was the third most in a year in school history. Rouse’s 2,678 yards from 2010-11 are the most ever by a Bulldog running back in back-to-back seasons. Fresno State averaged 4.1 yards per rush, 12.7 yards per completion and 6.0 yards per play on the year behind the offensive line. In 2010, Frazier coached Andrew Jackson, who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft. Under Frazier’s guidance Rouse became the first true sophomore in program history to rush for over a 1,000 yards in a single season.

in the NCAA in rushing and 17th in total offense in 2009.

He also directed one of the nation’s top running attacks in 2009, led by AllAmerican and NCAA rushing leader Ryan Mathews, who went on to be the No. 12 pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft. Fresno State was eighth

Frazier has developed six players that have earned first-team all-WAC honors, all in consecutive seasons (Kenny Wiggins, Andrew Jackson, Bobby Lepori, Ryan Wendell, Chris Denman and Harris). Jackson became Fresno State’s first-ever first-team Academic All-American. In 2007, Frazier juggled an offensive line hit hard by injuries, but saw the improvement of several young players including center Joe Bernardi and guard Jackson, both redshirt-freshman starters. And because of the blocking of the offensive line in the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl, the Bulldog offense was able to rack up 571 yards of total offense against ACC foe Georgia Tech. In 2006 under Frazier, offensive lineman Chris Denman was selected first-team all-WAC and drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of four Fresno State players drafted that year, helping the `Dogs dominate the line of scrimmage in consecutive bowl game victories, over UCLA and No. 18 Virginia. In 2006, the offensive line set a school record by allowing only 12 quarterback sacks, and was also part of a group that opened holes for Dwayne Wright, the nation’s sixth-best rusher and a fourth-round draft pick by

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Frazier returned to Fresno State on Feb. 21, 2006, after one season as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona. From 2003-2004, he spent time as a graduate assistant at Fresno State, where he worked with the offensive line. The Bulldog line paved the way to a single-game record 503 rushing yards vs. Hawaii in 2004. Before moving to Fresno State, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Adams State College for two seasons (2001-02). Off the gridiron, he served as the weight throws coach on the Adams State track & field team. During the 2000 season, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Nichols College (Dudley, Mass.) and led his team to a 7-3 record and first-ever postseason appearance. Prior to that, he spent one season as an assistant offensive line coach at Juneau (Alaska) Douglas High School. Frazier was a center at Northern Colorado, where he lettered for four years, helping the Bears win their first national championship in 1996. He was selected the team’s most inspirational player as a senior. Frazier earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern Colorado in 1997 and an MBA from Nichols College in 2000. A native of Fort Collins, Colo., he is a 1992 Rocky Mountain High School graduate. His father, Tom Frazier, was a standout football player at the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Taryn, recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Katelyn.

Frazier at a glance...

• Named to Jim McElwain’s inaugural staff on Feb. 7, 2012. • Coached All-American Logan Mankins, who has helped the New England Patriots to several Super Bowls. • Served as the starting center on Northern Colorado’s 1996 national championship team. • Returns home to Fort Collins, where he starred at Rocky Mountain High School. His father, Tom, played football at Wyoming. • Has coached three Freshman All-Americans. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1999 Juneau-Douglas (Alaska) H.S. Offensive Line 2000 Nichols College Offensive Coord./Offensive Line 2001-02 Adams State College Offensive Line 2003-04 Fresno State Graduate Assistant 2005 Northern Arizona Offensive Line/Recruiting Coord. 2006-08 Fresno State Offensive Line 2009-11 Fresno State Offensive Line/Run-Game Coord.

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 2003 Silicon Valley Football Classic UCLA (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2004 MPC Computers Bowl Virginia (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2007 Humanitarian Bowl Georgia Tech (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2008 New Mexico Bowl Colorado State (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2009 New Mexico Bowl Wyoming (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2010 Humanitarian Bowl Northern Illinois (assistant coach at Fresno State)

Prominent players coached • Logan Mankins, an All-American and first-round selection who has helped the New England Patriots to several Super Bowls. • First-team all-WAC selection Bryce Harris. • First-team all-WAC selection Kenny Wiggins, a San Francisco 49ers signee. • First-team all-WAC guard Andrew Jackson, Atlanta’s seventh-round selection in the NFL Draft. • Bobby Lepori, a first-team all-conference choice signed by the Minnesota Vikings. • Chris Denman, a first-team all-league tackle, drafted in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. • Ryan Wendell, a Freshman All-American, first-team all-conference choice, and a free agent signed by New England. • Freshman All-American Kyle Young.

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Jeff HAMMERSCHMIDT

>> Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs >> 21st Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State Jeff Hammerschmidt enters his first season on the CSU coaching staff. Hired by Jim McElwain Feb. 7, 2012, he begins his 21st season in the profession. Hammerschmidt comes to Colorado State from Arizona, where he’d served as special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach for four seasons (2008-11), helping the Wildcats to the Las Vegas, Holiday and Alamo bowls. A standout defensive back for the Wildcats in his playing days, his players during his second stint at Arizona totaled eight all-conference selections: PK John Bonano in 2011, DE Brooks Reed and DE Ricky Elmore in 2010, Elmore in 2009, PK Jason Bondzio and P Keenyn Crier in 2009, and Reed and PR Mike Thomas in 2008. Two of his defensive ends, Reed and Elmore, were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. Elmore led the Pac-10 with 11 sacks in 2010, while Reed compiled 8½ to help the Wildcats finish third in the league. Hammerschmidt also coached the Pac-12’s leading punter in 2011, Kyle Dugandzic. Hammerschmidt had returned to Arizona after a trio of one-year stops, at San Jose State (linebackers in 2007), Stanford (special teams/outside LBs in 2006) and Cal Poly (linebackers in 2005). At SJSU, he coached first-team all-WAC selection Matt Castelo. The San Diego-area product caught the attention of many observers during a two-year term (2003-04) at Montana, where he guided the Grizzlies to a berth in the 2004 Division I-AA national championship on the strength of 38 takeaways, tied for second in the country. The year before, Montana owned the nation’s fifth-best rushing defense. Hammerschmidt made the jump to Montana after three seasons (2000-03) as defensive coordinator at St. Mary’s, which disbanded football in 2003. Prior to that, he served two seasons (1998-99) in the Big Ten, as Cam Cameron `s special team coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Indiana. With the Hoosiers, he coached three future NFL starters, Adewale Ogunleye, Kris Dielman and, on special teams, Antwaan Randle El. Hammerschmidt had left his alma mater to become a first-time coordinator, taking the defensive reins at Southern Utah from 1996-97, while also coaching the Thunderbirds’ defensive line and linebackers. Recruited to Arizona by Tomey in the mid-1980s, Hammerschmidt launched his coaching career under his mentor at Arizona as a graduate assistant in 1992. Promoted to safeties coach the following season, he helped the Desert Swarm defense vault to No. 9 in the final 1993 rankings after a 29-0 Fiesta Bowl triumph over Miami (Fla.). He coached the team’s entire secondary from 1994-95. During his first stint as an Arizona coach, his star pupil was consensus All-America safety Tony Bouie. Another safety, Brandon Sanders, was a two-time all-Pac-10 performer. A four-year letterman, three-year starting safety and first-team all-Pac-10 selection at Arizona, Hammerschmidt was semifinalist for the 1989 Jim Thorpe Award. After beginning his career as an occasional option quarterback in 1987, he garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 1989 after helping the Wildcats to a 6-3 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma. Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, he played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League in 1992 before kicking off his coaching career. A product of San Diego’s Helix High School, which later produced both the No. 1 and No. 2 overall selections in the NFL Draft, he followed in the footsteps of Chuck Cecil in signing with Arizona. The brother of former CSU safety and longtime assistant coach Dan Hammerschmidt, Jeff and his wife, Felicity, have two children, Bryn and Bode. He owns a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Arizona (‘91).

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HAMMERSCHMIDT at a glance...

• Named to Jim McElwain’s staff Feb. 7, 2012. • Owns seven years of experience coaching special teams, all in the Pac-10, Pac-12 and Big Ten. • Has seven years of experience as a defensive coordinator, having coached every defensive position. • Coached a consensus All-American, Tony Bouie, and a host of future NFL players, including Antwaan Randle El and Adewale Ogunleye. • Has a host of postseason experience, including the Fiesta Bowl and Division I-AA national championship. • Brother of former CSU player and longtime assistant coach Dan Hammerschmidt. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1992 Arizona Graduate Assistant 1993 Arizona Safeties 1994-95 Arizona Defensive Backs 1996-97 Southern Utah Def. Coord. /Linebackers/ Defensive Line 1998-99 Indiana Special Teams Coord./Outside Linebackers 2000-02 Saint Mary’s Defensive Coordinator 2003-04 Montana Defensive Coordinator 2005 Cal Poly Linebackers 2006 Stanford Special Teams/Outside Linebackers 2007 San Jose State Linebackers 2008-11 Arizona Special Teams Coord./Defensive Ends Prominent players coached • DE Brooks Reed, a second-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Houston Texans), who replaced an injured Mario Williams in the lineup halfway through Reed’s rookie season. • DE Ricky Elmore, the Pac-10’s 2010 leader in sacks and a sixth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Green Bay Packers). • DE D’Aundre Reed, Minnesota’s seventh-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. • PR Mike Thomas, a first-team all-Pac 10 choice and Jacksonville’s fourth-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. • Kris Dielman, a seven-year starter for the San Diego Chargers. • Adewale Ogunleye, a Pro Bowler that played 10 years in the NFL. • Antwaan Randle El, Pittsburgh’s second-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, and an All-Pro punt returner. • Consensus All-America safety Tony Bouie, a four-year NFL veteran. • Brandon Sanders, a two-time all-Pac-10 performer and three-year NFL player.

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1986 Aloha Bowl North Carolina (player at Arizona) 1989 Copper Bowl N.C. State (player at Arizona) 1990 Aloha Bowl Syracuse (player at Arizona) 1992 Sun Bowl Baylor (assistant coach at Arizona) 1994 Freedom Bowl Utah (assistant coach at Arizona) 1995 Fiesta Bowl Miami (assistant coach at Arizona) 2003 Division I-AA first round Western Illinois (assistant coach at Montana) 2004 Division I-AA first round Northwestern State (assistant coach at Montana) 2004 Division I-AA quarterfinal New Hampshire (assistant coach at Montana) 2004 Division I-AA semifinal Sam Houston State (assistant coach at Montana) 2004 Division I-AA nat. champ. James Madison (assistant coach at Montana) 2005 Division I-AA first round Cal Poly (assistant coach at Montana) 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl BYU (assistant coach at Arizona) 2009 Holiday Bowl Nebraska (assistant coach at Arizona) 2010 Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State (assistant coach at Arizona)

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Greg LUPFER

Before that stop, he coached for 12 seasons (1995-2006) at Portland State, his alma mater, finishing his long stint there as the Vikings’ interim head coach during the winter of 2006-07. At the reins of some of the top-rated defenses in the Big Sky Conference, his units produced a pair of NFL players. Colorado State transfer Adam Hayward was the conference player of the year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the country. Lupfer also tutored future Carolina Panthers starting linebacker Jordan Senn.

>> Defensive Line >> 18th Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State

Portland State in 2006 allowed only 12.4 points per game in conference games, easily the top mark in the league, and the team’s 18.4 overall points per game marked the program’s lowest mark since it joined the Division I-AA level in 1996. What’s more, only one other team in the country had more than Portland State’s 31 takeaways. Lupfer’s unit also excelled in 2004, when the Vikings led the league in every significant category, including scoring defense (20.3), rushing defense (110.1) and total defense (346.3). And in 2000, the Vikings knocked off No. 23-ranked Hawaii, a Division I-A team.

Greg Lupfer enters his first season at Colorado State, hired by Jim McElwain on March 20, 2012.

From 1995-99, prior to his appointment as Portland State defensive coordinator, Lupfer coached the program’s outside linebackers (1995) and secondary (1996-99), while coordinating special teams from 1996-99. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant, working with outside linebackers, for one season at Boise State in 1994. That year, the Broncos advanced to the Division I-AA national championship.

Now in his 18th season as a coach, Lupfer has 11 years of experience as a defensive coordinator, including the previous three seasons (2009-11) at Division I FCS Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he also coached the linebackers and secondary. At Cal-Poly, Lupfer coached a pair of standout defenders. CB Asa Jackson, a first-team all-conference selection for three straight years, was an FCS All-American who is eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft. He also coached 2010 Great West Defensive Player of the Year Marty Mohamed, who signed with the CFL’s Hamilton TigerCats during the NFL lockout of 2011. Lupfer spent one season in the Mid-American Conference, coaching the safeties and outside linebackers at Toledo, in 2008.

A standout linebacker at Portland State, Lupfer earned All-Western League honors in 1991, leading the team in tackles and helping the Vikings (11-3) to the NCAA Division II semifinals. An injury sidelined him during the 1992 campaign, but he rebounded in 1993 to lead the Vikings back to the postseason. Lupfer finished with 177 career tackles at PSU, after beginning his playing days at Walla Walla Community College, near his hometown of Dayton, Wash. A 1994 graduate of Portland State, Lupfer owns a degree in social science. He and his wife, Tina, have three children, Taylor (11), Colby (9) and Demi (1).

lupfer at a glance...

• Officially joined the CSU staff on March 20, 2012. • Last name is pronounced LOOP-fer. • Owns 11 years of experience as a defensive coordinator. • Served as Portland State’s interim head coach in the winter of 2006-07. • Helped Portland State defeat two Division I-A opponents, including then-No. 23 Hawaii in 2000. • Coached former CSU player Adam Hayward, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Portland State. • Led the Vikings to the top-ranked defense in the Big Sky Conference, in 2004. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1994 Boise State Graduate Assistant/Outside Linebackers 1995 Portland State Outside Linebackers 1996-98 Portland State Special Teams Coord./Secondary 1999-2006 Portland State Defensive Coord./Linebackers 2007 Portland State Interim Head Coach 2008 Toledo Safeties/Outside Linebackers 2009-11 Cal Poly Defensive Coord./Linebackers/Secondary Prominent players coached • Adam Hayward, who lettered at Colorado State in 2003 before transferring to Portland State, where he became the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in Division I-AA; a sixth-year NFL veteran, Tampa Bay selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. • Portland State’s Jordan Senn, now a starting linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. • Cal Poly’s Asa Jackson, an All-American, three-time firstteam all-conference selection and Senior Bowl player eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft. • Cal Poly’s Marty Mohamed, the 2010 Great West Defensive Player of the Year, now with the CFL’s Hamilton TigerCats.

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Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1991 NCAA Division II first round Northern Colorado (player at Portland State) 1991 NCAA Division II quarterfinal Mankato State (player at Portland State) 1991 NCAA Division II semifinal Pittsburg State (player at Portland State) 1993 NCAA Division II first round Texas A&M-Kingsville (player at Portland State) 1994 NCAA Division I-AA first round North Texas (assistant at Boise State) 1994 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinal Appalachian State (assistant at Boise State) 1994 NCAA Division I-AA semifinal Marshall (assistant at Boise State) 1994 NCAA Division I-AA nat. champ. Youngstown State 1995 NCAA Division II first round East Texas State (assistant at Portland State) 1995 NCAA Division II quarterfinal Texas A&M-Kingsville (assistant at Portland State) 2000 NCAA Division I-AA first round Delaware (assistant at Portland State)

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Tim SKIPPER

the nation’s top linebacker. A two-year defensive captain and three-time all-WAC selection, he still ranks second in school annals with 418 career tackles, including 117 in his first campaign, when he earned freshman All-America recognition. Voted the team’s most inspirational player as a senior in 2000, he guided the Bulldogs to a dramatic Silicon Valley Football Classic, where they barely lost to Air Force. In 1999, he helped Fresno State to a share of the WAC championship and a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Tim Skipper begins his first season on the Colorado State coaching staff. He joined the Rams on Jan. 5, 2012.

Born April 15, 1978, in New Orleans, La., Skipper graduated from Bonnabel High School in Kenner, La. He comes from a family of coaches. His father, Jim, has coached for four decades, including several NFL years with current Broncos head coach John Fox and time in the USFL, XFL and NCAA; he currently serves as the Tennessee Titans running backs coach. Tim’s brother, Kelly, has been in the profession since 1989 and currently coaches running backs for the Oakland Raiders. Kelly was an All-America RB at Fresno State.

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A versatile teacher, Skipper has coached on both sides of the ball and has served for all or parts of four seasons as a defensive coordinator. Skipper, 33, comes to Fort Collins from Fresno State, where he spent six seasons. His first three years (2006-08) on Pat Hill’s staff were as running backs coach; he served his final three campaigns (2009-11) as linebackers coach. Skipper was the team’s interim defensive coordinator for the final three games in 2011, and also coordinated the Bulldogs’ run defense from 2009-11. With Skipper at the reins of the defense during that three-game stretch in 2011, the Bulldogs allowed 9.7 fewer points per game than they had over the first 10 games, 70.1 fewer rushing yards, and 25.3 fewer total yards. The Bulldogs advanced to four bowl games in Skipper’s six seasons, largely due to his development of all-conference linebackers Ben Jacobs and Travis Brown, and explosive running backs Ryan Matthews, Dwayne Wright, Lonyae Miller and Clifton Smith. Jacobs, after garnering first-team all-WAC honors in consecutive seasons, signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2011. Likely a 2013 draft selection, Brown earned all-league accolades in both 2010 and ‘11 in only his sophomore and junior years, respectively. In 2008, Skipper’s final season as the Bulldogs’ running backs coach, three of his players turned in games of 150-plus yards, including Mathews, who had ranked 10th in the country at the time of his October injury. The year before, Skipper molded Mathews into a freshman All-American in the player’s first collegiate season, when he paced his class nationally in touchdowns (14). Mathews went on to garner All-America honors as a junior in 2009 before declaring himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, in which the Chargers selected him in the first round, 12th overall. He topped the 1,000-yard barrier in 2011. Including Mathews, an impressive five of Skipper’s Fresno State backs advanced to the NFL, Lonyae Miller (Dallas Cowboys free agent, 2010), Dwayne Wright (fourth-round selection, Buffalo, 2007), Clifton Smith (Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agent, 2008) and FB Roshon Vercher (Arizona Cardinals free agent, 2008). Smith used his exceptional return skills to earn second-team All-Pro honors and a trip to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2008. With McElwain as offensive coordinator in 2007, Skipper’s players averaged 4.7 yards per carry and, with 204.67 rushing yards per game, ranked No. 16 in the nation, helping the Bulldogs advance to the Humanitarian Bowl opposite Georgia Tech. During the stretch run, over the season’s final four contests, Fresno State averaged 227.0 rushing yards, including 286 in a decisive 40-28 triumph over the ACC’s Yellow Jackets. Four of his players that year, Miller, Smith, Mathews and Anthony Harding, had 100-yard games. In his first season on Fresno State’s staff, his top player in 2006 was Wright, who finished as the nation’s sixth-best rusher, with 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns. Vercher paved the way. Before returning to his alma mater, Skipper spent the previous three seasons (2003-05) at Sacramento State. The Hornets’ defensive coordinator in 2004 and ‘05, he also guided the team’s secondary all three seasons. In 2004, his initial campaign at the reins of the defense, Sac State produced the Big Sky Conference leaders in tackles (Jimmy Ellingson), sacks (Jacob Houston) and interceptions (Ramon Payne), as well as Matt Logue, an All-American who finished his career as the school’s career leader with 47 tackles for loss. Skipper followed his father’s footsteps and entered the coaching profession in 2001, as the secondary coach at Division II Western New Mexico. After his first year with the Mustangs, he earned defensive-coordinator responsibilities prior to the 2002 campaign. A four-year starter for Hill and Fresno State at middle linebacker from 1997-2000, he excelled despite playing as one of the smallest at his position, earning an appearance on both the 1999 and 2000 watch lists of the Butkus Award, presented annually to

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A Dean’s List student and WAC Scholar Athlete, Tim graduated from Fresno State in 2001 with a degree in communications. He is single.

skipper at a glance...

• Hired by Jim McElwain Jan. 5, 2012. • Helped RB Ryan Mathews develop into an All-American and 12th overall selection in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. • Has groomed six players that advanced to the NFL, five running backs and a linebacker. • Coached a pair of two-time all-conference linebackers at Fresno State, Ben Jacobs and Travis Brown. • Father, Jim Skipper, is currently the Tennessee Titans’ running backs coach and enters his 39th year in coaching in 2012. • Brother, Kelly Skipper, launched a coaching career in 1989 and currently serves as the Oakland Raiders’ running backs coach. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 2001 Western New Mexico Secondary 2002 Western New Mexico Defensive Coord./Secondary 2003 Sacramento State Secondary 2004-05 Sacramento State Defensive Coord./Secondary 2006-08 Fresno State Running Backs 2009-11 Fresno State *Linebackers/Run Defense Coord. *served as interim defensive coordinator for the final three games of 2011

Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1999 Las Vegas Bowl Utah (player at Fresno State) 2000 Silicon Valley Football Classic Air Force (player at Fresno State) 2007 Humanitarian Bowl Georgia Tech (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2008 New Mexico Bowl Colorado State (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2009 New Mexico Bowl Wyoming (assistant coach at Fresno State) 2010 Humanitarian Bowl Northern Illinois (assistant coach at Fresno State)

Prominent players coached • All-American RB Ryan Mathews at Fresno State, San Diego’s first-round selection (12th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. • Matt Logue, a 2005 FCS All-American who established Sacramento State’s record with 47 career tackles for loss. • Two-time all-WAC LB Ben Jacobs, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as a 2011 free agent. • Two-time all-WAC LB Travis Brown at Fresno State. • RB Clifton Smith, a 2008 Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro selection as a return specialist with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. • RB Dwayne Wright, the nation’s No. 6 rusher (1,462 yards) in 2006, the Buffalo Bills’ fourth-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. • RB Lonyae Miller, who signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. • FB Roshon Vercher, a non-drafted free agent signed by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. • The Big Sky Conference’s 2004 leaders in interceptions (Ramon Payne), tackles (Jimmy Ellingson) and sacks (Jacob Houston).

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mater, Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C., from 2008-09.

Alvis WHITTED

>> Wide Receivers >> Fifth Season in Coaching >> First Season at Colorado State Alvis Whitted, a nine-year NFL veteran, enters his first season as a Division I FBS position coach. Hired by Jim McElwain to serve as part of his inaugural CSU staff, Whitted officially joined the Rams on Feb. 7, 2012. Whitted (pronounced WHITT-id) came to Fort Collins after a brief stay at Appalachian State in early 2012, after spending the 2011 season on Rick Neuheisel’s staff at UCLA, as offensive quality-control assistant. At UCLA, Whitted worked with wide receivers and special teams, and helped prepare the offense for games by heading the defensive scout team.

Selected by Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft, Whitted played for three teams, including the Atlanta Falcons (2001) and Oakland Raiders (2002-06). In addition to Coughlin, who would go on to win two Super Bowls, Whitted’s NFL head coaches were Dan Reeves, Norv Turner and Art Shell, among others. He played under coaching staffs that included Dom Capers, Wade Phillips, Jim Harbaugh, Bobby Petrino, Frank Gansz and Dick Jauron. Over a nine-year NFL career, he played in 122 games with 24 starts, and caught 74 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. He also picked up 118 yards on 14 rushing attempts. As an occasional kickoff returner, he had 388 yards on 21 returns, including a 98-yard touchdown in 1999. A special-teams standout, he recorded 20 career coverage tackles. Whitted played in a pair of AFC championship games, with Jacksonville in 2000 and Oakland in 2002, and helped the Raiders to a berth in Super Bowl XXXVII following the ’02 season. His finest season was his last, 2006, when he started 13 games and established career highs with 27 receptions and 299 receiving yards. A dominant return specialist at N.C. State (1994-97), he totaled 1,929 kickoff-return yards, No. 2 in school history at the time of his graduation, and currently third all-time. He owns two of the top 10 kickoff returns in Wolfpack annals, a 97yard TD vs. Maryland in 1994 and a 96-yard score vs. Florida State in 1996. Whitted’s N.C. State athletic contributions on the track in the spring were just as valuable. A world-class sprinter as a four-time All-American, he holds the school records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. At the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, he finished sixth in the 200. On two occasions, the Atlantic Coast Conference named him its most valuable performer, and seven times he won an individual conference title. After being drafted into the NFL, he graduated with the H.C. Kennett Award, the most prestigious honor given to an N.C. State athlete each year.

Before moving to Pasadena, Whitted spent the 2010 season at Division III Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., as wide receivers coach. There, he began to launch recruiting ties throughout the Southeastern U.S., and coached senior Michael Galatas, a first-team all-conference selection and the league Special Teams Player of the Year.

A native of Durham, N.C., Whitted competed in football and track at Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C. He won the 100 and 200 meters at the North Carolina state championship.

Following an impressive NFL playing tenure, Whitted began his coaching career as a high-school assistant at his alma

Whitted graduated from N.C. State in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business management/finance. He is single.

WHITTED at a glance...

• Officially joined the CSU staff on Feb. 7, 2012. • Last name is pronounced WHITT-id. • A nine-year NFL veteran sleeted in the 1998 draft by Jacksonville and then-head coach Tom Coughlin, played for the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders, where he spent his final season, with McElwain on staff. • Played in two AFC championship games as well as Super bowl XXXVII. • A former world-class sprinter at N.C. State, joined the Rams after a season as an offensive quality-control assistant at UCLA. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 2008-09 Orange H.S. (North Carolina) Assistant coach 2010 Millsap College Wide Receivers 2011 UCLA Offensive Assistant

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Postseason experience Season Appearance Opponent 1994 Peach Bowl Mississippi (player at N.C. State) 1998 Wild Card Playoffs New England Patriots (player for Jacksonville Jaguars) 1998 AFC Divisional Playoffs New York Jets (player for Jacksonville Jaguars) 1999 AFC Divisional Playoffs Miami Dolphins (player for Jacksonville Jaguars) 1999 AFC Championship Tennessee Titans (player for Jacksonville Jaguars) 2002 AFC Divisional Playoffs New York Jets (player for Oakland Raiders) 2002 AFC Championship Tennessee Titans (player for Oakland Raiders) 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers (player for Oakland Raiders) 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Illinois (assistant coach at UCLA)

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Tom EHLERS

>> Director of Operations >> 32nd Season in Athletics >> 28th Season at Colorado State One of Colorado State’s most passionate individuals, Tom Ehlers enters his 28th overall season in the Rams athletic department, and his 32nd year overall in college athletics. After a long career as a Rams student-athlete and assistant football coach, Ehlers took on a new role prior to the 2005 season, assuming supervision over the football program’s logistics, administration and overall operations. Originally a competitor on the gridiron as a four-year starter on the Rams’ offensive and defensive lines, following his career he channeled his gregarious enthusiasm into the coaching profession. And now, including his chapter as director of operations, his tenure as a member of the football staff is the longest by an assistant in school history. During his coaching career, he tutored 12 all-conference performers, including Bryan Save (2003), Peter Hogan (2001, ‘02), Clark Haggans (1999), Joey Porter (1998), Adrian Ross (1997), Brady Smith (1994, ‘95), Sean Moran (1994, ‘95), Steve Norton (1993), and Steve Hodge (1993). Six of the players he formerly coached ranked in the top 10 in quarterback sacks, including Haggans (first), Smith (second), Porter (fourth), Hodge (tie, seventh), Ross (tie, seventh), and Moran (ninth). In 2003, defensive tackles Bryan Save, Lavell Mann and Chris Kiffin all ranked among the conference leaders in quarterback sacks. In 2002, Peter Hogan was a first-team all-conference selection. Porter, a former NFL star, was a first-team all-conference performer in 1998 and played in two postseason all-star games. He now plays for the Arizona Cardinals after having earned all-star honors as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was also a member of a Super Bowl champion squad, and Miami Dolphins. Ross was a two-time first-team all-conference selection in 1996 and ‘97 and played in the Hula Bowl following his senior season. He later played six years in the NFL as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith and Moran each earned first-team honors in 1994 and ‘95. Smith was the conference’s defensive player of the year in 1995. Both played extensively NFL. Haggans initially played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was a member of the team’s Super Bowl championship team, before signing with Arizona, who went to the Super Bowl in his first season there. Ehlers also was responsible for recruiting Gartrell Johnson, who finished his CSU career with the second-most prolific rushing season in program annals. Ehlers formerly served as a defensive line coach at Oregon State (1985-86) as a graduate assistant for the Beavers. In 1987 he was a graduate assistant working with the defensive line at the University of Arizona. As a player at Colorado State (1980-84), he was a four-year starter and letterwinner. Ehlers played offensive line and defensive line and was a WAC Scholar-Athlete Award Winner in 1984. On three occasions, he earned academic all-WAC honors. Born July 10, 1962, in Riverside, Calif., he and his wife Laurie have three children, Annie, Christine and Timothy, and make their home in Fort Collins. He graduated from Colorado State in 1985 with a bachelor’s in business administration, before earning an MBA from Oregon State (`86).

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• Began his long relationship with the university as a studnet-athlete for the Rams in 1980. • Started four years for the Rams on both offensive and defensive lines, and won the WAC Scholar-Athlete Award in 1984. • His 16 seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado State (1989-2004) was the longest tenure by an assistant in school history. During that time, he tutored 12 all-conference performers, including Joey Porter, Bryan Save, Clark Haggans, Adrian Ross, Brady Smith, Sean Moran and Steve Hodge. • Began a new role as director of football operations, overseeing the logistics and administration of the football program, prior to the 2005 season. • Played for, or has been on staff with each of the Rams’ last seven head coaches: Sark Arslanian, Chester Caddas (interim), Leon Fuller, Earle Bruce, Sonny Lubick, Steve Fairchild and Jim McElwain. Career background Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached 1985-87 Oregon State Graduate Assistant Coach 1987 Arizona Graduate Assistant Coach 1987-88 Brown Defensive Line Coach 1989-04 Colorado State Defensive Line Coach 2005- Colorado State Director of Football Operations

Prominent players coached • During his coaching career, tutored 12 all-conference performers at CSU, including Bryan Save (2003), Peter Hogan (2001, ‘02), Clark Haggans (1999), Joey Porter (1998), Adrian Ross (1997), Brady Smith (1994, ‘95), Sean Moran (1994, ‘95), Steve Norton (1993) and Steve Hodge (1993).

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Mike KENT

Rashad HARRIS

Mike Kent begins his first season as the head football strength and conditioning coach at Colorado State. Hired by Jim McElwain, he joined the Rams staff on Jan. 19, 2012.

Rashad Harris begins his first season as the assistant strenght & conditioning coach for CSU football in 2012.

>> Head Football Strength & Conditioning >> First Season at Colorado State

Kent, who trained Darrelle Revis, Josh Freeman and Deion Branch during their college careers, enters his 32nd season as a coach of football student-athletes, a career that includes 29 years as a respected strength and conditioning instructor. Kent joins the Rams from Appalachian State, where he’d served two stints (2009-11 and 1990-99) as head of the Mountaineers’ strength and conditioning program for all student-athletes. Including a school-record three Appalachian State players selected in a single draft (three in 2011) and eight total drafted players - counting five during his first stint at App State - Kent has physically and mentally conditioned more than three dozen future NFL athletes. Included on that list: • DB Mark LeGree, OL Daniel Kilgore and LB D.J. Smith, all 2011 draft selections (worked with Kent at App State, 2009-10). • QB Josh Freeman, Pro Bowler/first-round draft selection, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (K-State, 2007-08). • WR Jordy Nelson, second-round selection, Super Bowl champion, Green Bay Packers (K-State, 2007). • DB Joshua Moore, fifth-round selection, Chicago Bears (K-State, 2007-09). • WR/KR Brandon Banks, two-year starter, Washington Redskins (K-State, 2007-09). • CB Darrelle Revis, three-time first-team All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowler, first-round selection, N.Y. Jets (Pitt, 2004-06). • OT Jeff Otah, first-round selection, Carolina Panthers (Pitt, 2004-06). • LB Clint Session, fourth-round selection, Indianapolis Colts (Pitt, 2004-06). • QB Dave Ragone, third-round selection, Houston Texans (Louisville, 2000-02). • WR Deion Branch, Super Bowl MVP, second-round selection, New England Patriots (Louisville, 2000-01). • DE Dewayne White, second-round selection, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Louisville, 2000-02). • LB Dexter Coakley, three-time Pro Bowler, third-round selection, Dallas Cowboys (App State, 1993-96). • QB Jeff Blake, Pro Bowler, eight-year starter, several teams (East Carolina, 1989-90). • LB George Koonce, eight-year starter, Super Bowl champion, Green Bay Packers (East Carolina, 1988-90). • WR Haywood Jeffires, three-time Pro Bowler, first-round selection, Houston Oilers (N.C. State, 1985-86). The 1995 Southern Conference Strength Coach of the Year, Kent in between his tenures at Appalachian State headed the football team’s strength and conditioning program at four Division I universities. He spent three seasons (2007-09) at Kansas State, three years (2004-06) at Pitt, four campaigns (2000-03) at Louisville, and one year (1999) at Eastern Kentucky. Before overseeing the power and speed performances of all student-athletes at Appalachian State (1990-99), he served as assistant director of strength and conditioning at East Carolina from 1998-90.

>> Assistant Football Strength & Conditioning >> First Season at Colorado State

At Colorado State, Harris is reunited with Head Coach Jim McElwain and Football Strength & Conditioning Coach MIke Kent for the first time since the three were on the Louisville sideline at the 2000 Liberty Bowl against the Rams. A four-year starter (1997-2000) for the Cardinals, Harris was the program’s defensive MVP as a senior. He joins the Rams from powerhouse Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky., where he had served as an assistant football coach, strength coach, and P.E. teacher since the 2006 season. Before that, Harris was a football graduate assistant at Michigan State, where he worked with McElwain and CSU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin. He made the transition into coaching after retiring as a professional player, following two seasons with the Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe) from 2002-03, and time on the rosters of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2002) and Cincinnati Bengals (2001). A second-team all-Conference USA linebacker at Louisville, he also garnered third-team honors from Phil Steele and all-freshman recognition in 1997, his first of four years as a starter. Harris, who ranks 10th all-time on the program’s career tackles list, led the Cardinals to three bowl games and a 2000 league championship. A scholarathlete, he also earned his teammates’ vote as a captain in each of his final two seasons. Recruited to Louisville by Ron Cooper, now an assistant at LSU, Harris starred at Athens (Ala.) High School near Huntsville, Ala., a school that also produced QB Philip Rivers. Harris graduated in 2001 from Louisville with a degree in physical education. He also owns a master’s in sports administration from Michigan State (’05) and has nearly completed his requirements for a second master’s, in special education, from Georgetown (Ky.) College. Harris and his wife, Rebecca, have a daughter, Soleil.

The head strength coach at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.V. from 1987-88, Kent also coached defensive line for that program. Before that, he laid much of his foundation in the field at North Carolina State, where from 1985-87 he served as graduate assistant, strength coach and assistant defensive line coach. Kent invested four years into high-school athletes, as a strength coach, offensive line coach and social studies teach at Miramar (Fla.) High School from 1984-85, and as the head wrestling coach, assistant football and track coach, and weight-room assistant at East Fairmont (W.V.) High School from 1982-84. He launched his coaching career as a student-assistant working with defensive ends, and assisting in the weight room, at Fairmont (W.V.) from 1981-82. A former outside linebacker, Kent played from 1978-79 at Potomac State College in West Virginia, and in 1980 at Fairmont State. A 1982 graduate of Fairmont State, he owns a bachelor’s in education and social studies. He also earned a master’s in recreation resource administration from N.C. State in 1987. Kent and his wife, Deena, are relocating to Fort Collins. A member of the National Hot Rod Association, he hails from Parkersburg, W.V.

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Drew HILL

Tim LeROY

Drew Hill enters his first season on staff at Colorado State, where he will fill the role of Director of Player Personnel on Head Coach Jim McElwain’s inaugural staff.

Tim LeRoy is in his first year at Colorado State, joining the Rams’ program after spending the last two years at Washington State.

>> Director of Player Personnel >> First Season at Colorado State

Hill comes to Colorado State from new Mountain West foe Fresno State, where he spent eight seasons as the Bulldogs’ football operations coordinator (2004-12). While in Fresno, Hill worked alongside McElwain for one seasons (2007) and spent five years (2006-11) on staff with CSU’s new linebackers coach Tim Skipper. Hill will play a key role CSU’s recruiting efforts, coordinating several aspects of the recruiting process. He will act as a link between the coaching and support staff that will develop student-athletes on and off the field, including strength and conditioning coaches and academic coordinators. In addition, Hill will act as the liaison between CSU and NFL scouts for pro-day events, and assists with camps, clinic and other football-related events. During his tenure at Fresno State, the Bulldogs made six bowl appearances, including the 2008 New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State, and captured bowl victories over two opponents, Virginia (37-34 in the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl) and Georgia Tech (40-28 in the 2007 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl), from BCS-automatic-qualifying conferences. Hill, a 14-year veteran with collegiate and NFL experience, came to Fresno State from Southern Mississippi, where for three years he served as the assistant director of football operations. While with the Golden Eagles, he was a part of a team that won the 2003 Conference USA championship and played in the Liberty Bowl. USM also participated in the 2002 Houston Bowl in Hill’s tenure.

>> Director of Recruiting Operations >> First Season at Colorado State

prepared practice schedules.

A veteran coach and recruiter with more than 17 years of experience in the business, LeRoy was director of player personnel at Washington State, where he evaluated prospective student-athletes, provided defensive quality control and

LeRoy’s previous college stints included Carroll College (defensive assistant; 2007), where he helped the program to a national championship, Weber State (defensive assistant; 2004), Nebraska Wesleyan (defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator; 2002-03), Houston (recruiting coordinator/assistant director of football operations; 200002), Wyoming (graduate assistant; 1999) and Nebraska (graduate assistant, defensive assistant; 1995-99). While at Houston, LeRoy began as a graduate assistant and also was both an offensive and defensive assistant. As recruiting coordinator for the Cougars he brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in Conference USA for three years. He was a part of two national championship teams at Nebraska (1995, ’97), winning the Orange and Fiesta Bowls. LeRoy’s experience also includes prep coaching experience at Sheridan (Wyo.) High School (head coach, 200406) and Tongue River High School in Dayton, Wyo. (quarterbacks, defensive backs; 2008-09). LeRoy holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Seattle University (’91) and a master’s degree in education from Nebraska (’99). He played college football as a defensive back at Eastern Washington University and Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College.

Prior to Southern Mississippi, the Atlanta native worked for three years as the college scouting assistant for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was a part of the 1998 team that played the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. Hill graduated from Southern Mississippi in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and a minor in business administration. He married Kristi Moak in the spring of 2005 and they have one daughter, Madison Elizabeth.

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Rob Ezell

Miles KOCHEVAR

Rob Ezell is one of three members to leave the Southeastern Athletic Conference to join the Rams as they forge into the Bold New Era.

MIles Kochevar enters his first season as a graduate assistant at Colorado State. He will work on the defensive side of the ball. Kochevar returns to Colorado State where he starred on the gridiron for the Rams.

>> Offensive Graduate Assistant >> First Season at Colorado State

He will be an offensive graduate assistant while in Fort Collins. Ezell was an all-state quarterback at Athens High School in Athens, Ala. His senior season, 2006, he was named the Class 5A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,345 yards and 20 touchdowns. He then went to Alabama where he walked-on as a quarterback. In 2008 he switched to wide receiver and played in a handful of games under current Rams Head Coach Jim McElwain.

Joe morris

>> Defensive Graduate Assistant >> Second Season at Colorado State Morris continues his second full season with the Rams, and his first as a defensive graduate assistant, after joining the program as a quality-control defensive assistant before 2011 spring practice, and working as that same capacity throughout the 2011 fall season. Morris returned to Colorado from Division II New Mexico Highlands, where he served as interim head coach for a brief period following the 2010 campaign, after coordinating the team’s defense during the regular season. Morris spent three seasons (2007-09) as defensive coordinator and one year (2006) as defensive line coach at his alma mater, Fort Lewis College. A four-year starting linebacker (2002-05) at Fort Lewis, Morris served as a captain every season and earned allconference honors his final two years. Born in Boulder, Colo., Morris, 29, lettered in football and wrestling at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colo. Honorable-mention all-state in football, he also placed twice at the state wrestling tournament and helped the Warriors win the 1999 state wrestling championship.

>> Defensive Graduate Assistant >> First Season at Colorado State

Prior ot his return to Fort Collins, Kochevar spent four seasons on the Colorado Mesa University football coaching staff. Kochevar mentored the secondary and was the Mavericks Special Teams unit coordinator. Thanks to Kochevar’s expertise, in 2010 Colorado Mesa ranked fourth overall in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in total defense. Inside linebacker Bennett Newton ranked 12th overall in Division II and led the conference in tackles per game (11.0). Defensive back Aaron Silverthorn ranked third in the league in tackles. Five defensive players earned RMAC All-Conference honors including Newton’s selection to the National Football Foundation All- Colorado Team. In 2008 CMU’s secondary placed two players on the All Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Team and three players on the All-RMAC Special Teams. All-American kicker Jared Keating was named RMAC Special Teams Player of the Year and invited to play in the Cactus Bowl. A local standout at Fruita Monument High School, Kochevar was a three sport athlete for the Wildcats excelling in football, basketball and baseball. He was a three-time all-conference and two-time all-state defensive player. Kochevar was named to the All-Colorado Team and named Rocky Mountain Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season. Kochevar was a three-year varsity letterwinner at CSU. As Team Captain his senior year he anchored the Rams defensive unit, leading the team in tackles. He was voted Most Valuable Player by the Rocky Mountain Collegian. Miles Kochevar is a 2005 graduate of Colorado State. As a two-year letter winner, he was on the 2002 Mountain West championship team. His best season in the green and gold came in 2005, his senior year, as he recorded 91 tackles and a sack.

Phil SERCHIA

>> Offensive Graduate Assistant >> Fourth Season at Colorado State Phil Serchia begins his fourth season working with the CSU coaching staff, his first as an offensive graduate assistant. Serchia worked the previous two seasons as the team’s technical intern, primarily assistingthe Rams’ former offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Pat

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Meyer. After concluding his eligibility in 2008, Serchia spent a season as an intern in the Rams’ weight room. A former CSU lineman (2007-08), Serchia backed up future NFL signee Tim Walter at center. The team advanced to win the New Mexico Bowl to cap his senior season. A California native, Serchia played his first two collegiate seasons (2005-06) as a center/guard at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. He began his college playing career by redshirting as a true freshman at the University of Wyoming.

Tyler McDERMOTT >> Offensive Intern

A product of Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School, he earned secondteam all-conference honors as a senior captain, and also lettered three years in wrestling, finishing first in his league as a senior, and earned four letters in track, throwing the shot put and discus. Serchia, 26, graduated from CSU in 2009 with a degree in health and exercise science. He’s pursuing a master’s in educational leadership. His last name is pronounced SERSH-uh.

Sandy Steele

>> Program Coordinator >> First Season at Colorado State

Drew Pappas

>> Defensive Intern

Dane Anderson

>> Operations Intern

Cole Pemberton >> Offensive Intern

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Heath Pulver

The medical support staff at Colorado State University is second to none. The experienced staff that works with CSU student-athletes is charged with evaluating, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating athletes in each of the Rams’ 16 varsity programs. Along with the Colorado State athletic training staff, CSU’s medical team enjoys state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that give Ram athletes the ability to be successful.

>> Special Teams Intern

Mike KAWULOK

>> Student Assistant Coach

Dr. Sean Gray

Dr. Rocci Trumper

Dr. Steve Yemm

Johnny SQUARE

>> Team Advisor >> Second Decade at Colorado State Johnny Square has been mentoring CSU student-athletes for nearly two decades.

Cameron moss

>> Student Assistant Coach

A student-athlete attending Colorado State receives an education from one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning. But the education a student-athlete receives at Colorado State extends far beyond the classroom and the football field. Rams Head Coach Jim McElwain and his staff painstakingly work individually and collectively with student-athletes to provide cultural, social and economic guidance as part of the overall educational experience available at Colorado State. Square, a former football player at Colorado State that lettered four years from 1972-75 and played alongside former director of athletics Mark Driscoll, provides valuable leadership and guidance to various student-athletes in the Rams’ program.

legiate level, and faced many of the same personal challenges present in the lives of student-athletes in today’s world. He provides that guidance individually and to various groups in the Rams’ program as part of the educational experience available at Colorado State. He also adds another unique perspective: Not only did he compete as a collegian and later play in the NFL, Johnny and his wife, Vicki, are the parents of two former CSU student-athletes. Daughter Justine was a women’s basketball player for the Rams, while son Alex was a running back on Colorado State’s football team from 2005-09. In 1989, Square founded Iasis Christ Fellowship, launching the church in 1994 with a heart for serving the Fort Collins community. Also a leader in the city, Square has helped organize a Pastor’s Prayer Fellowship, which has been meeting monthly for nearly 20 years. He also serves as a chaplain with the Fort Collins Police Department. Johnny and Vicki have lived in the Fort Collins community for more than a quarter century.

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John MORRIS

Dr. Jim FRANCIS

John Morris joined the Colorado State staff in June of 2012 as the athletic department’s first deputy athletic director. As deputy athletic director, Morris will run all day-to-day operations of the athletic department.

G. James Francis, Ph.D., is in the third year of his second turn as Colorado State’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA.

>> Deputy Director of Athletics >> First Year at Colorado State

Prior to coming to Colorado State, Morris served as the senior associate athletic director for the Washington Huskies for eight years. In Seattle, Morris managed several sports programs, in addition to overseeing the athletic department’s NCAA rules compliance program and the student-athlete academic support unit. Morris also spent two-and-a-half years as the assistant athletic director for compliance and student services at Sacramento State and three years with the NCAA. In Sacramento, he supervised the operation of the athletics advising office and life skills office, and oversaw the operation of four sports. While with the NCAA, Morris spent two years as the associate director of membership services/coordinator of interpretations, where he was the primary NCAA interpretations contact for various Division-I conferences. He began his professional career in intercollegiate athletics at Vanderbilt, working as a compliance assistant during the 1997-98 academic year. Away from athletics, he was also an attorney for the firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Rered in Orlando. Morris earned his bachelor of arts degrees in French and political science from Vanderbilt in 1990, and his law degree from Vanderbilt’s School of Law in 1993. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Morris lives with his wife, Taylor, and son, Oliver.

>> Faculty Athletics Representative >> 42nd Year at Colorado State

Designated by President Tony Frank, Francis represents Colorado State and its faculty in its relationships with the NCAA and Mountain West. He is one of five recognized individuals authorized to make contact with the NCAA membership services staff, and plays an important role in the well-being of student-athletes. He also serves as the senior faculty advisor to the President, and as a vital communications link between the athletics department and faculty. A professor and director of the Center for Professional Development and Business Research in CSU’s College of Business, Francis during his first tenure as FAR (1985-95) was a member of the NCAA Council, the secretary/ treasurer and member of the board of directors of the College Football Association, and president of the MountainPacific Sports Federation. Involved in athletics in some capacity for most of his life, Francis lettered in four sports as a college athlete. He also has coached baseball and basketball at all levels from grade school to high school. Today, he serves on the Colorado Senior Sports Development Council and coaches track for Special Olympics and Masters Athletes, and remains competitive in track with the Masters organization, having earned All-America honors in the outdoor pentathlon and 400 meters. Francis has taught management classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels, has been an owner/operator of two small businesses, and has worked for a Fortune 100 firm in organization development. As a management consultant to clients in the private and public sectors, he has worked with a wide variety of businesses and organizations and has served on boards of directors and advisory councils for corporations, public institutions and notfor-profit organizations. Currently, he holds the national reins of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the professional and student honorary of the Academy of Management. Jim and his wife, Saundra, live in Fort Collins and have two grown children. A native of Yale, Iowa, he holds two degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, diplomas in management/organizational behavior (Ph.D.) and industrial relations (M.A.). He completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in economics from Central College of Iowa. The author or co-author of three books, he has written more than 50 articles and professional papers, and has been the principal investigator on research grants eclipsing $5 million.

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Doug MAX

>> Senior Associate A.D./Facilities Management >> 33rd Year at Colorado State Doug Max enters his 33rd year at Colorado State. Then-AD Fum McGraw named him to the CSU staff as head track and field coach on Aug. 23, 1980. Max is responsible for all athletic facilities, including the McGraw Athletic Center, Moby Arena, Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium and the Jack Christiansen Track, where he spent 19 seasons (1980-99) as head coach. He also works with the university’s concessions and game management staffs. In addition, he oversees the athletic video office as well as CSU’s equipment room and its staff. During his tenure in the Rams’ athletic administration, he also has coordinated football team travel. Max has been instrumental in nearly $50 million of athletic facilities enhancements, including the building of the McGraw Center and major renovations of the Rams’ football stadium and home track. In 2006, Max and then AD Paul Kowalczyk worked to turn CSU’s new athletic facilities, buildings critical to future success, from conception to reality. Max oversaw the construction of the two buildings, a $7 million academic and training center, and $13 million indoor practice facility, both of which opened in the fall of 2009. In 1997, Max served as Colorado State’s interim athletic director. Max joined the administration in May of 1999, when CSU named him assistant AD for facilities and operations. He became an associate AD in 2004. In nearly two decades as head coach at Colorado State, he earned a reputation as one of the country’s finest track and field mentors, producing an extensive list of All-Americans, including Shelly Greathouse-Borrman, Bryan Berryhill and Casey Malone. Greathouse-Borrman won five All-America certificates. Berryhill, now head coach of CSU’s cross country program, won the 2001 NCAA indoor mile and recorded the nation’s fastest outdoor time in the 1,500 meters. Malone won the 1998 NCAA discus title, the program’s first men’s track crown since 1952, then went on to compete in the 2006 Athens Olympics. He also recruited the program’s successful current coach, Brian Bedard. Prior to returning to his alma mater before the 1980-81 academic year, Max was an assistant at Western Kentucky (1979). He also served four years (1975-78, `80) as the head coach at Estes Park (Colo.) High School. A Colorado State hurdler from 1971-75, he earned four letters and missed qualifying for the 1972 Olympic trials. In 2003, Max was inducted into the CSU Hall of Fame for his contributions to the athletic department. He also won Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. Max owns both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (CSU ‘75) and a master’s in education (Western Kentucky ‘80). A native of Sioux City, Iowa, he graduated from Greeley (Colo.) West High School. He and his wife Cindy make their home in Fort Collins and have three children, daughters Jordan and Rachael, and son Joel.

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>> Senior Associate A.D./Media & Communications >> 35th Year at Colorado State Gary Ozzello enters his 35th year in the Colorado State athletic department. He became a full-time employee on June 1, 1978. Promoted to senior associate athletic director for external operations in the summer of 2003, Ozzello oversees the Rams’ marketing, promotions, licensing and media relations efforts, as well as the ticket office. He also serves as the chief liaison to Nelligan Sports Marketing and works closely with the athletic development, donor relations and special events offices. Ozzello, 56, had directed the day-to-day operations of Colorado State’s media relations office for 28 years, until that wing was reorganized in the summer of 2007, allowing Ozzello to focus on supervising all of the athletic department’s external affairs. In April of 2000, then-President Albert C. Yates presented Ozzello with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. During nearly three decades directing media relations, including a tenure as an assistant athletic director (19862003), Ozzello publicized hundreds of outstanding CSU accomplishments. In addition, he served as the media coordinator for the 1999 NCAA men’s basketball regional, and the 2004 tournament’s first and second rounds, both in Denver. He also was a member of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival media staff and has volunteered at three men’s basketball Final Fours, and more than a dozen regional and first- and second-round events. Shortly after earning his degree, Ozzello joined the media relations office as its first-ever assistant director, in the summer of 1978. After his supervisor, Mike Mills, resigned in October 1979, Ozzello assumed acting sports information director duties for eight months before then-athletic director Fum McGraw removed the interim label from his title on June 27, 1980. One of Ozzello’s first responsibilities was to promote the football team. While earning his degree, he worked four years as a student assistant, originally hired by then-SID Tim Simmons. Sold on Fort Collins and Colorado State as a junior in high school, Ozzello made his college choice after attending a summer basketball camp run by the late legendary Rams coach Jim Williams. A 1978 graduate, he owns a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism, with a concentration in public relations. One of his fellow Class of ‘78 graduates at CSU was Bill Ritter, now Colorado’s governor. Born in Trinidad, Colo., Ozzello graduated in 1974 from La Junta (Colo.) High School, where was a standout athlete in both baseball and basketball. Gary has two children, D.J., who graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State in May of 2010, and daughter Angie, who is a junior at CSU majoring health and exercise science with a concentration in health promotion. D.J. was married to the former Kelsey Thornton in 2010, and is enrolled in medical school.

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Christine SUSEMIHL

Mike Laplante

Christine Susemihl enters her 39th year in the Colorado State athletic department.

Mike LaPlante kicks off his ninth year at Colorado State. He joined the athletic department on April 1, 2004.

Susemihl is Colorado State’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations and the department’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

LaPlante, 41, is charged with coordinating development efforts and the cultivation of major gifts in support of the university’s 16 sports. His experience in athletics in general and with donor cultivation and development has played a critical role in the growth of Colorado

>> Senior Associate A.D./Internal Operations >> 39th Year at Colorado State

Susemihl oversees academic student services, compliance, business operations, the training room, the weight room and 13 of the department’s 16 intercollegiate sports. In recognition of her administrative contributions to the athletics department, she was inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Honor in 2008. She is a certified peer-reviewer for the NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Program and served two elected terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC). She also is a member of the Joint Council of the Mountain West. Susemihl serves as the department’s equal employment opportunity coordinator and is a member of both the university’s Operations Team for Diversity, and Grievance Panel. She has served two terms as a university mediation officer and two terms as a member of the Administrative Professional Council. She also serves on the Campus Community Coalition. Susemihl joined the staff in 1973. In addition to a myriad of administrative responsibilities over the years, she served as the school’s interim Director of Athletics during searches that led to Mark Driscoll’s appointment in August of 2003 and Paul Kowalczyk’s appointment in May of 2006. When then-President Albert C. Yates initially named her to this position in 2003, she became the first woman in university history to hold the title of Director of Athletics. She also instituted the department’s first-ever NCAA compliance program and headed CSU’s day-to-day compliance efforts from 1993 until accepting her internal operations duties in 2007. After attending The Colorado College and Colorado State University, Susemihl received a degree in business administration from Regis University. A native of Grand Junction, Colo., she has lived in Fort Collins since 1970.

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>> Associate A.D./Development >> Ninth Year at Colorado State

State’s athletic program.

Leading five staff members in the areas of development, special events, donor relations and the Ram Club, CSU’s annual fund, his group’s collective focus is on expanding the department’s efforts to provide student-athletes and coaches the resources necessary to compete at the highest levels nationally. LaPlante has led numerous fundraising efforts, most recently leading athletics fundraising initiatives as part of the university’s Campaign for Colorado State, a seven-year, $500 million effort. Thus far, the athletics department has raised $27.5 million toward this effort, including the department’s newest buildings, a spectacular indoor practice facility and an academic and training center, both of which opened in Fall 2009. Previously, he has led efforts to enhance athletic facilities such as the Jack Christiansen Track facility, the Joey Porter Locker Room and the building of an indoor golf practice facility, the Harmony Center. In addition to the facility improvements, LaPlante has directed vast improvements for the department ,including significant growth in the Ram Legacy of Champions scholarship program, the Junior Ram Club and the Varsity Athletes Club. LaPlante has also led an effort to increase the number of scholarship endowments and estate gifts to athletics. Additionally, LaPlante has played a key role in expanding CSU’s reach into the Denver market, home to more than 43,000 alumni, by adding a full-time staff member to operate a Denver development effort. In Spring 2010, LaPlante led the implementation of the Ram Point System to reward fans for their loyal support of CSU Athletics. LaPlante was promoted to associate athletic director in the fall of 2007. He came to Colorado State after having held a similar position at Cal Poly, where he was associate athletic director for advancement (2000-04). In that role, he oversaw marketing, sponsorship sales and fundraising, and directed a university-wide campaign for athletics that eventually surpassed a goal of $12 million. Prior to his time at Cal Poly, LaPlante served as assistant director of the Aztec Athletic Foundation at San Diego State University. He began his athletic administration career at SDSU in 1993 as an intern in the marketing and development area. A 1993 graduate of Bowling Green State University, he owns a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he graduated from the city’s St. John’s High School. LaPlante and his wife Korin have three children, sons Will and Griffin, and daughter Georgia.

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Kristi BOHLENDER

Steve McDONNELL

Kristi Bohlender begins her 18th year in the CSU athletic department. Promoted to assistant athletic director in June 2010, she is in charge of fundraising for the athletic department, including major gifts and annual support.

Steve McDonnell enters his fifth year overall at Colorado State and begins his second as the Rams’ Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services.

>> Assistant A.D./Development >> 18th Year at Colorado State

A Fort Collins native, Bohlender supervises the development office, including the Ram Club, special events and donor relations, as well as premium seating at Hughes Stadium, Invesco Field and Moby Arena. Bohlender began working full-time in the athletic department in May 1995 and has served in the development office ever since. Initially hired by then-AD Corey Johnson as an intern funded through the NCAA’s Women in Athletic Administration initiative, she got her start in athletic development as a CSU student in 1992. She also volunteered as an undergraduate for the media relations office, working in the press box, while simultaneously working for the office of student affairs. One of the most genuine people on campus, Bohlender has never worked anywhere else professionally. She graduated from CSU’s School of Business in 1993 with a finance degree, then earned her MBA with concentrations in management and marketing in 1995. During graduate school, she headed the campus’ student orientation efforts, hiring and supervising the staff.

>> Assistant A.D./Academic Services >> Fifth Year at Colorado State

McDonnell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Ball State University. Over the past 35 years he has worked in higher education, both at the community college and university levels. He began a long career at the university level as an Assistant Dean of Students at Iowa State University from 1982 to 1987. McDonnell has more than 25 years experience as an assistant and associate athletic director for academic services at Iowa State (1987-99) and Texas A&M (1999-2008). He was the compliance coordinator at Iowa State for seven years (1987-94) and served as a board member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) for 14 years (1993-2007). In 2004 McDonnell served as N4A President.

A Fort Collins High School graduate, she lettered in basketball and served as student body president.

Steve McDonnell served as a member of the Division 1A Athletic Directors CHAMPS Advisory Board for six years (2002-08). Some of his awards include Division lA Program of Excellence Award (2003), Division 1A CHAMPS Administrator of the Year (2004), N4A Distinguished Service Award (2007), N4A Lan Hewlett Award (2009) and Texas A&M University Award of Excellence (2008). In 2007 McDonnell was appointed to the NCAA Working Group to review Services for At-Risk Student-Athletes. He also co-authored the NCAA Academic Support Services Evaluation Guide 2008.

Kristi and her husband, Troy, and their three children, Bailey, Brooke and Blake, make their home in Fort Collins. Kristi’s father, Don, is the former superintendent of the Poudre School District. In her spare time, she volunteers at Dunn Elementary and serves on the public relations committee of the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation.

In November, 2008 McDonnell started working part-time as the Learning Specialist at Colorado State University. He was hired fulltime in this position at CSU in June, 2009. In September 2011 McDonnell was promoted to his current post of Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services. Steve has two adult sons (Tim and Christopher) and two grandchildren (Cormac and Winnifred).

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Shalini SHANKER

Terry deZEEUW

Shalini Shanker enters her fourth year in the Colorado State athletic department. She originally joined the Rams on June 10, 2009, as assistant director of compliance.

DeZeeuw, who owns experience in four top Division I athletic training rooms, oversees the sports medicine program for all 16 varsity sports at CSU, as well as the strength and conditioning programs for the Rams’ olympic sports programs, in an effort to maintain the health and well-being of every Rams student-athlete.

>> Assistant A.D./Compliance >> Fourth Year at Colorado State

In December of 2010, she was promoted to assistant athletic director/compliance. Shanker, 31, works with every area of the department in overseeing CSU’s compliance with NCAA and Mountain West rules and regulations. Shalini and her staff educate the coaches and administrators on new NCAA legislation and rules interpretations, in addition to assisting the registrar’s office in certifying student-athletes each term. Working with student-athletes before and after they first arrive on campus, Shanker coordinates official visits, evaluates their transcripts, verifies official national letter of intent documents, and assists with the admission process. Once student-athletes are in Fort Collins, she oversees their daily eligibility and, when necessary, creates applications for NCAA and Mountain West petitions, such as medical hardship waivers. Shanker came to Fort Collins from the University of Florida Athletic Association, where she served as a compliance assistant from 2006-08, when the Gators won two national championships in football and another in men’s basketball. Prior to that, she worked as a graduate assistant in the compliance office at Kansas, her alma mater, from 2004-06. Owner of two degrees from the University of Kansas, she earned a bachelor’s in psychology (‘03) and a Juris Doctor (‘06) from the institution’s School of Law. Previously affiliated with the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association, she is licensed to practice law in the Federal District Court in the District of Kansas and in the state of Kansas. She also works with the Minority Opportunity Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, and the National Association for Athletics Compliance. Born Dec. 17, 1980, in Jefferson City, Mo., she is a graduate of Paola (Kan.) High School. Shalini is single and makes her home in Fort Collins.

>> Director of Sports Performance >> Seventh Year at Colorado State

He works closely with the sport of football and supervises an athletic-training staff of five full-time assistants, and three graduate assistants, and four strength and conditioning coaches. DeZeeuw (pronounced duh-ZAY-oh) came to Colorado State from Purdue University, where he spent eight years (1998-2006) as an assistant athletic trainer. With the Boilermakers, he worked primarily with football while supervising the athletic training needs of tennis, wrestling, and swimming and diving. In addition to his hands-on athletic training duties with the Big Ten school, DeZeeuw also served as a clinical instructor for Purdue’s undergraduate athletic training program, as well as a classroom instructor for the therapeutic exercise course within the athletic training curriculum. While at Ohio State from 1996-98 as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, DeZeeuw supported the Buckeyes’ fulltime certified athletic trainers with daily football operations, working with some of the nation’s top football players. He also worked as Ohio State’s supervising trainer for men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s crew, while assisting with wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, and fencing. In four years as a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa, he worked primarily with football but also gained clinical experience with men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestiling. A 1996 graduate of the University of Iowa, DeZeeuw received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training. He then earned a master’s in allied medical professions with an emphasis in health care management from Ohio State in 1998. He is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. A native of Hawarden, Iowa, DeZeeuw graduated from West Sioux High School in Hawarden. He and his wife, Elaine, reside in Fort Collins with their two children, Nadia and Elliot.

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Athletics Department Staff

Jeff DOTSON

Paul KIRK

Jeff Dotson enters his 17th overall year in the Rams’ athletic department. He rejoined Colorado State on July 17, 2006.

Paul Kirk enters his first season as the Director of Media Relations for Colorado State Athletics. He officially joined the university staff on July 31, 2012.

A vital cog in the Rams’ support staff, Dotson coordinates all aspects of video production for CSU athletics, utilizing a non-linear network to produce video for sports analysis applications and productions. He supplies CSU coaches and student-athletes with footage of their practices and competitions, allowing them to evaluate their performances and reach the height of their potential.

Kirk directs the Rams’ overall athletic media relations strategies, and manages the staff of three full-time assistants and several student-assistants. He is the primary media contact for Colorado State’s football program, as well as women’s tennis.

>> Associate A.D./Development >> 17th Year at Colorado State

He also works with professional scouts, including those from the NFL, NBA and WNBA, in supplying game film of Rams student-athletes prior to each draft in the respective leagues, and provides CSU coaches with important film of their upcoming opponents, as well as footage of potential National Letter of Intent signees. What’s more, Dotson and his staff have produced several creative video feature packages, including the annual film spotlighting the Rams’ recently signed football recruits, and the annual football highlight video. In April of 2008, his conference peers voted him as the Mountain West Video Coordinator of the Year. The award, sponsored by the Collegiate Sports Video Association, made Dotson one of 12 eligible candidates for the Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year. Dotson rejoined Colorado State in 2006 after two previous stints with the university. From 1991-98, and from 2000-01, Dotson also headed up the Rams’ video department. He returned to Fort Collins after working for several companies in the sports technology marketplace, including GridIron Technologies, Daktronics, Inc., and Pinnacle Systems, Inc. In addition, he directed the University of Nebraska’s video department from 2004-05. A former television production assistant, Dotson also has worked at KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and WMURTV in Manchester, N.H. Dotson owns a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa. Born in Boone, Iowa, Dotson graduated from Londonderry (N.H.) High School. He and his wife, the former Kathy Ralfs, have two children, Katie and Nathan, and make their home in Fort Collins.

>> Director of Media Relations >> First Year at Colorado State

He returns to Colorado where he spent 13 seasons with the NFL’s Denver Broncos before three years as a partner in Denver-based ProLink Sports, a full-service public relations and sports marketing firm. Most recently, Kirk has spent 17 months as the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he managed the Bulldogs’ overall athletic communications strategies and handled publicity for the men’s basketball and football teams, while serving as media coordinator for the annual Drake Relays. During his time at Drake, Kirk also managed media relations for the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and led Drake’s initiatives to extend the reach of its social media efforts and expand its use of video across all of its digital media platforms. Kirk spent the previous three years as a partner with ProLink Sports, where his expertise centered on connecting professional athletes and organizations with community and charitable opportunities, as well as image management, public relations, fan communication, speaking opportunities and appearances. ProLink’s clients included Denver Broncos players Brian Dawkins and Lonie Paxton; former Broncos Ed McCaffrey, Rod Smith, Jake Plummer and John Lynch; the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse and the United Football League. Prior to launching ProLink Sports in 2008, Kirk was instrumental in directing the media operations of the Denver Broncos, including the back-to-back World Championship seasons of 1997 and 1998. Kirk joined the Broncos in 1995 as a media relations assistant, was media relations manager from 1999-2002 and director of media relations from 2002-08. He was involved in all aspects of the team’s public relations operation and produced the team’s media guide for the majority of his time with the club. Kirk began his career as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, working as a student assistant for Husky athletics in the sports information office. There his opportunities included game support for men’s basketball, football and variety of other sports, as well as day-to-day media relations operations for the Huskies’ men’s and women’s tennis and softball teams. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington, Kirk accepted a graduate assistant position at Arizona State University. Between 1993-95 he handled the sports information duties for the Sun Devils’ men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross-country, baseball, wrestling, volleyball and softball teams. Kirk also served internships with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals and has provided game-day assistance to the Seattle Sonics and Phoenix Suns. A Seattle native, Kirk is a graduate of Skagway (Alaska) High School. He has three children, Samuel, Wilson and Grace.

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Sharon Rady

Kris Young

Sharon Rady is in her 25th year working in the Colorado State athletic department. A former volleyball student-athlete at CSU, she began her employment on Sept. 1, 1988.

Kris Young begins his 13th year in the Colorado State athletic department. He originally joined the staff on July 17, 2000.

>> Athletics Ticket Manager >> 25th Year at Colorado State

Rady has overseen the Rams’ ticket office for more than two decades. She and her staff are responsible for all aspects of ticket sales at all football, basketball and volleyball contests. Her team manages the 1-800/491-RAMS phone line, the online CSURams.com software, the mid-week sales at the McGraw Center box office and the walk-up sales and will call offices at both Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena. She also travels to road football contests and the annual Mountain West Conference basketball tournament, to handle the Rams’ ticket distribution. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Rady worked as an executive assistant for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce (1983-88), as a program director for the Fort Collins Tennis and Sports Center (1982-84), and as a field supervisor for the City of Greeley (Colo.) Parks and Recreation Department (1981-82). In addition, she spent the fall of 1982 as the head volleyball coach at Greeley West High School. A scholarship student-athlete, Rady lettered four consecutive years from 1977-80 for the Colorado State volleyball team. Rady contributed to the team’s success in 1980 when the Rams finished second in their respected conference. She was also named first-team all-conference in both her sophomore and junior years. The highlight of Rady’s volleyball career came her senior year when she was recognized as an All-America nominee. Her volleyball background continued to diversify as she also trained with Team USA during the summer of 1979, and was a competitive player on one of the U.S. Volleyball Association teams. Rady was born and raised in Northern Colorado, growing up in Greeley. Rady spent most of her time playing and competing in several athletic venues. Rady graduated from Greeley (Colo.) West High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Colorado State (‘83). She resides with her pet toy poodle, Ginger, in Fort Collins.

>> Equipment Manager >> 13th Year at Colorado State

In the spring of 2011, the Athletic Equipment Managers Association honored Young with the Glenn Sharp Award as the best in his field, and the honor’s regional prerequisite, the Knight-Pickard Award. Young administers Colorado State’s athletic equipment needs for each of its 16 intercollegiate sports. He works primarily with football and golf, and oversees one full-time staff member, a graduate intern, and several studentassistants. From bidding and ordering to outfitting, cleaning, repair, inventory and maintenance, he and his staff are accountable for the attire, footwear, protective gear, on-field practice equipment, and customized accessories for CSU’s 500 combined student-athletes and coaches. He also supervises the transportation of the Rams’ football equipment to and from road trips. Young and his staff work tirelessly to provide student-athletes equipment designed for ultimate protection and safety during practice and competition. In hot weather, he utilizes various moisture-wicking clothing to help prevent heat-related health issues, and during winter periods he’s ready with cold-weather gear. All of Young’s efforts are focused on providing student-athletes an opportunity to compete at the highest level possible, while utilizing the finest equipment available. Promoted to head equipment manager in the summer of 2005, Young initially came to Fort Collins as the Rams’ assistant equipment manager prior the 2000-01 academic year. His sport responsibilities in that role were men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, track and field, tennis, swimming and diving, softball, and men’s and women’s golf. Before his CSU tenure, Young was interim head equipment manager at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (2000). As an undergraduate at UTC, he was a student assistant in the Mocs’ equipment room, sports information office and athletic training room, where he also assisted with team travel. During his time in Chattanooga, Young played an important postseason role in several NCAA and conference events, such as the 2000 softball regional, the 2000 women’s NIT and the 1997-99 Division I-AA national football championship games. He also assisted with football team travel. A 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Young owns a bachelor’s degree in sports administration. Certified by the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA), he also is the organization’s District VII director and a member of the board. Born in Gadsden, Ala., he graduated from Hokes Bluff (Ala.) High School. Young is single and lives in Fort Collins.

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Atheltics Department Staff

Karim Abdel Wahab Assistant Coach Track & Field

Kim Austin Mbadinga-Nzamba Brandon Bailey Assistant Coach Assistant Business Women’s Basketball Manager

Dave Baldwin Offensive Coordinator

Steve Barnes Director of Personnel Men’s Basketball

Tiffany Beckham Director of Operations Men’s Basketball

Brian Bedard Head Coach Track and Field

Kristi Bohlender Assistant Athletic Director Development

Matt Botsford Assistant Coach Volleyball

Cameron Boyer Assistant Ticket Manager

Rob Brackett Ovations concessions

Mary Jo Brito Executive Assistant to the Athletic Director

Tim Brogdon Ram Ruckus Coordinator Marketing

Jeremy Bulen Assistant Business Manager

Dawn Burton Spirit Club Coordinator

Cathleen Campbell Assistant Coach Track & Field

Tim Cawley Assistant Coach Track & Field

Deidra Church Assistant Director Athletics & Alumni Events

Jenny Coe Nelligan Sports Marketing

Brook Coulter Assitant Coach Volleyball

Mark Devine Nelligan Sports Marketing

Terry DeZeeuw Head Athletic Trainer

Jeff Dotson Video Coordinator

Chase Eckerdt Tom Ehlers Game Pageantry Coordinator Director of Operations Marketing Football

Marty English Assistant Coach Football

Larry Eustachy Head Coach Men’s Basketball

Crystal Finn Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jen Fisher Head Coach Softball

Jim Francis Faculty Athletic Representative

Derek Frazier Assistant Coach Football

Jack Graham Athletics Director

Bret Guetz Assistant Coach Men’s Golf

Nic Hallisey Assistant Director of Media Relations

Jeff Hammerschmidt Assistant Coach Football

Erin Hammersley Assistant Academic Coodinator

Rashad Harris Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tom Hilbert Head Coach Volleyball

Drew Hill Director of Player Personnel Football

Ross Hodge Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball

Susan Jennings Interm Head Coach Women’s Golf

Marcie Johnston Sports Program Coodinator

Mike Kent Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Paul Kirk Director of Athletic Media Relations

Kyle Kotrous Assistant Equipment Manager

Mandy Koupal Director of Operations Women’s Basketball

Patrick Krza Ticket Sales Team Manager Marketing

Adam Kuehl Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Mike LaPlante Associate Athletic Director Development

Chad Lavin Assistant Coach Women’s Basketball

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Tim LeRoy Director Recruiting Operations Football

Tracy Ljone Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Annie Lopez Assistant Athletic Trainer

Ben Lorenzen Nelligan Sports Marketing

Greg Lupfer Assistant Coach Football

Danielle Marshall Assistant Director of Media Relations

Danny Mattie Assistant Director of Media Relations

Doug Max Associate Athletic Director Facilities & Scheduling

Kelley McCallum Assistant Coach Swimming & Diving

Mackenzie McDonald Assistant Athletic Trainer

Steve McDonnell Assistant Athletic Director Academic Services

Jim McElwain Head Coach Football

Niko Medved Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball

Jon Messick Head Coach Tennis

Ryan Miles Nelligan Sports Marketing

Mike Moody Associate Head Coach Water Polo

John Morris Deputy Athletics Director

Tim Moser Assistant Coach Women’s Basketball

Ryan Murphy Assistant Equipment Manager

Billy Napier Assistant Coach Football

Catlin O’Leary Ticket Sales Associate

Bri Olmstead Director of Operations Volleyball

Becky Orr Academic Coordinator

Gary Ozzello Senior Associate AD Media and Communications

Mark Paquette Assistant Facilities Director

Doug Patmore Annual Fund Director Development

Dedeann Pendleton Assistant Coach Softball

Melissa Perea Assistant Coach Softball

Leonard Perry Associate Head Coach Men’s Basketball

Jason Phillips Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sharon Rady Ticket Manager

Nick Rogers Ticket Sales Team Assistant Manager

Rachel Sachs Donor Relations Coordinator Development

Shalini Shanker Assistant Athletic Director Compliance

Art Siemers Head Coach Cross Country

Carissa Sigward Assistant to Administration

Al Simmons Assistant Coach Football

Tim Skipper Assistant Coach Football

Sandy Steele Christine Susemihl Sports Program Coordinator Senior Associate AD Football Internal Operations

Johnny Square Team Advisor Football

Karen Taylor Sam Waniewski Sports Program Coordinator Video Coodinator Men’s Basketball

Kevin Witt Diving Coach

Danielle Weddle Ticket Sales Associate

Ryun Williams Head Coach Women’s Basketball

Alvis Whitted Assistant Coach Football

Chris Woodard Head Coach Swimming & Diving

Kris Young Equipment Manager

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Brian Bedard Track & Field

Larry Eustachy Men’s Basketball

Jen Fisher Softball

Tom Hilbert Volleyball

Susan Jennings Women’s Golf (Interim)

Jim McElwain Football

Jon Messick Tennis

Art Siemers Cross Country

Ryun Williams Women’s Basketball

Chris Woodard Swimming & Diving | Water Polo

TBA Men’s Golf

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While former starter Ray Carter, who contributed 30 percent of CSU’s 2011 rushing total, graduated, sufficient depth resides behind Nwoke on the depth chart. Donnell Alexander, son of late Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas, redshirted in 2011 but found himself second on the spring depth chart. Although he is listed at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds he packs a big punch, capable of running over the biggest defenders, which was evident in spring ball. Alexander cumulated over 7,000 yards rushing in four seasons in high school. Davon Riddick, another redshirt freshman who will be looking to get some touches in 2012, brings speed to the Rams backfield. A football and track athlete from Abilene, Texas brings his 4.4 second speed in the 40-yard dash to CSU. Chris Nwoke

True Freshman Tommey Morris, from Odessa, Texas and senior Mark Woodbury round out the depth chart. Tight End/Fullback: The Jim McElwain one-back offense renders the returning fullbacks as more hybrid H-backs or tight ends. Crockett Gillmore entered the 2011 season fresh off a move from defensive end to tight end just nine days before the spring game. He went on to start all 12 games and led the team in all major receiving categories with 45 receptions for 468 yards (10.4) and four touchdowns. That performance prompted him to be named to numerous preseason all-MW teams for 2012 and to the John Mackey Award watch list.

Head Coach Jim McElwain

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n Dec. 12, 2011 newly-appointed Athletic Director Jack Graham made his first big hire, Jim McElwain the offensive coordinator from Alabama. And, thus, the “Bold New Era” was born.

From the get-go McElwain made it clear he was here for the long haul. “This is a long-term commitment,” McElwain said. “I am not looking here to bounce; I’m not looking for that. We were looking for a place that we really thought we could build. This is one—because of the vision, because of the drive, because of the commitment and because of the bold new era—we are really excited to be a part of it.” The offseason was a rollercoaster ride, filled with ups and downs. The depth chart was wiped clean and all jobs are up for grabs. This will give all the studentathletes a chance to prove themselves to the new coaching staff. McElwain made it clear before spring practices what he was looking for, but also emphasized that the returning upperclassmen would be given a chance to make it “their team,” out of respect for the work they’ve put in. McElwain wanted energy and accountability, both prominent traits he carries; traits that the coaching staff and players demonstrated throughout spring practices. The Rams enter the 2012 season under new leadership, but with returning players who were difference-makers on the field last season, and renewed energy of a new beginning. [ 58 ]

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POSITION CHANGES

During the offseason the Rams shifted a few players around in order to get the best athletes on the field. Senior Dominique Vinson will move from cornerback to the offensive side of the ball and line up as a wide receiver, his natural position. With the Rams set to run a multiple-front defense, Broderick Sargent and Davis Burl will move from the defensive line to linebacker. This will provide the defense with even more experience at linebacker.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: The Rams starting quarterback for the past two seasons, Pete Thomas, transferred after the 2011 campaign but the cupboard wasn’t left completely bare. Garrett Grayson, who was rated the No. 22 all-purpose quarterback in the nation out of high school, started the final three games for the Rams after Thomas went down with a knee injury. Grayson offers CSU more mobility than the other quarterbacks on the depth chart. Two other returning quarterbacks are M.J. McPeek and Conner Smith. McPeek, a 6-foot-4 pocket passer, has been a varsity reserve since transfer to CSU from Kansas State. Smith, another pocket passer, redshirted in 2011. New to the squad in fall camp was Fort Collins native Craig Leonard, a Fort Collins native. Running back: Chris Nwoke, a versatile junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., made a huge splash onto the Mountain West scene in 2011, running for 1,030 yards and nine touchdowns. His rushing total was the most by a Ram since Gartrell Johnson in 2008. It was also the 16th-best single-season rushing mark in CSU history. Nwoke, who played in all 12 games, is a power back capable of leaping over defenders.

Backing up Gillmore is a combination of last year’s returning reserves and the corps of converted fullbacks. Blake Jones, who is coming off a knee injury, and Kivon Cartwright are the most experience returning tight ends. When Jones went down, Cartwright saw an increase in playing time and caught three passes for 63 yards (21.0), including a 45-yard reception, catching all passes thrown his way for an average of 21 yards per reception. Cartwright is a fast and athletic hybrid back, a lot like former tight end Kory Sperry was. Among the former fullbacks, Austin Gillmore returns to full strength after tearing his ACL against Northern Colorado. Gillmore had already made a big move from linebacker to fullback, and was named the starter entering the season. Jake Levin played in all 12 games last year, including seven starts at fullback. He stepped up in the absence of Gillmore and hauled in nine passes for 100 yards. Levin was key in propelling Nwoke to a Hughes Stadium-record 269 rushing yards vs. Air Force, third-most in CSU history and third-most by an individual at the FBS level in 2011. Joe Brown was one of CSU’s most complete players in 2011. Listed as a fullback he was able to open up big holes for the running back and also line up in the slot and make plays with his hands. A sure-handed, athletic target, Brown caught at least one pass in in 11 of 12 contests and finished with 25 for 197 (7.9) and a touchdown. Wide receiver: Speed will be the strongest attribute of this year’s receiving corps. The position lost Matt Yemm and T.J. Borcky to graduation, but returns big-play threats Lou Greenwood and Thomas Coffman. Greenwood, a 6-foot, 181-pound senior, led all receivers with 26 catches for 396 yards and two touchdowns. Since being moved from running back he has been A Bold New Era

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Personnel Returning Offense Rushing yardage: ..................................................66 percent Passing yardage: ...................................................28 percent Receiving yardage: ................................................76 percent Overall touchdowns: .............................................68 percent Defense Tackles: ..................................................................60 percent Tackles for loss: . ...................................................41 percent Sacks: ....................................................................35 percent Interceptions: . .......................................................63 percent Pass defensed: ......................................................71 percent Forced fumbles: ....................................................44 percent Fumble recoveries: ................................................79 percent Special Teams Field Goals: .................................................................. (none) Extra Points: ................................................................ (none) Punting: .............................................................. 100 percent Kickoff-return yards: .............................................38 percent Punt return yards: .............................................. 100 percent Returning statistical leaders Passing:.........................Garrett Grayson (43-77, 542, 2 TD) Rushing:.............................*Chris Nwoke (200-1130, 9 TD) Receiving:........................*Crockett Gillmore (45-468, 4 TD) Scoring: ........................................*Chris Nwoke (56 points) Punting: ................................*Pete Kontodiakos (43.6 avg.) Kicking:......................................................................... (none) Tackles:................................................. *Shaquil Barrett (99) Tackles for loss:......................................Shaquil Barrett (4.5) Sacks:.....................................................Shaquil Barrett (2.5) Interceptions:..........................................*Momo Thomas (2) Kickoff returns:.................................. *Lee Clubb (26.0 avg.) Punt returns:............................. *Momo Thomas (10.0 avg.) * - led team in 2011 A Bold New Era

2012 Season Outlook

CSU’s most dangerous weapon with the ability to line up in the slot or split wide. The Rams have another speed threat in Coffman. Although only pulling in eight receptions, he had the team’s highest average per reception (26.2). He best demonstrated his speed and athletic ability when he made a highlight-reel, diving catch against Boise State. This 46-yard gain was nominated for GEICO Play of the Year and made No. 3 on ESPN’s Top Plays of the Weekend. Marquise Law and Dominique Vinson also will be receivers to watch in 2012. Law has flashed potential, and seeks to put it all together in final season as a Ram. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound senior capitalized on an opportunity to start in 2011. Vinson is the best off-the-radar candidate for 2012. After playing cornerback for the Rams since his transfer from Saddleback College he will be moved to the offensive side of the ball. Wide receiver was his high school position, where he exceled. As a senior in high school Vinson caught 78 passes for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns. At the collegiate level he has been able to show off his speed and versatility, including a 25-yard interception return while breaking tackles and side-stepping opponents. Offensive line: From last year’s starting offensive line the Rams will return three of the starters, losing Jake Gdowski and Paul Madsen to graduation. This group will be one of the most experienced lines in the Mountain West. Not only do the Rams return Weston Richburg, Jordan Gragert and Ty Sambrailo—a group with more than 43 combined starts—but also will add Joe Caprioglio. Caprioglio, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior, was moved to tackle, his natural postion, last season but a knee injury sidelined him after three games at weakside tackle. He has notched 12 career starts. Offensive linemen will tell you that it is a bad thing if the media or fans know their name but that isn’t the case for Richburg. He is a household name for Ram fans. Richburg, who hasn’t missed a game in his career, has earned first-team Freshman All-America honors (2010), a second-team all-MW nod (2011), and back-to-back years on the Rimington Trophy watch list. He became a fan favorite late in the 2011 season after demonstrating his toughness. Richburg broke a bone in his snapping hand but played next week at tackle. After two weeks at tackle he returned to center and snapped with his left hand in the season finale against Wyoming. Ram fans should expect consistently strong pass protection and wide holes for Nwoke and his fellow backfield mates.

DEFENSE

Defensive line: This will be a new-look unit for CSU fans after a great deal of change in the offseason. Co-defensive coordinators Al Simmons and Marty English will run a multiple front defense, catering to the unit’s strength at linebacker, but talent does return, and several new faces will bolster the position. Among the returnees, Curtis Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior, played in 12 games last season and recorded 12 tackles. He should see significant time on the line along with Te’Jay Brown. Brown, also a junior who played in 12 games and also flashed potential.

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John Froland, who received 2012 preseason all-MW honors by Phil Steele, is the most promising of the returning defensive linemen. He has a nice balance of speed and strength that can make him tough to block. As a freshman he was able to accumulate 34 tackles, the second-most by a CSU defensive lineman in 2011. At 6-foot-5 he also has length to get his hands on the ball and deflect it at the line. New to the unit is defensive end Lanston Tanyi, a late transfer from Appalachian State. The former all-conference player has one season of eligibility remaining, and is cleared to play immediately after graduating from Appalachian State in the spring. Linebacker: The strength of this year’s defense lies in the linebacking unit with the addition of Davis Burl and Broderick Sargent to an already strong core. The top returnee is preseason All-MW selection Shaquil Barrett, who led the Rams with 99 tackles in his first year with CSU after transferring from NebraskaOmaha. Barrett produced one of the best seasons by a CSU defensive player in many years, highlighted by two return touchdowns to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. The 2012 defensive formation will feature more linebackers than seen previously so the roles of James Skelton, Max Morgan and Aaron Davis will be greater this year. [ 59 ]

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2012 Season Outlook 2012 PERSONNEL CAPSULE Starters Returning (14) Offensive Starters Returning (8) OL Weston Richburg, OL Ty Sambrailo , OL Jordan Gragert , TE Crockett Gillmore, WR Lou Greenwood, RB Chris Nwoke, TE Jake Levin, WR Thomas Coffman James Skelton

Skelton was very consistent last season, finishing second on the team with 91 tackles, and will be a big factor this year, complementing Barrett. Morgan, who registered a safety in his first collegiate game, and Davis have played in a combined 21 games. Secondary: The secondary took the biggest hit after the 2011 season. The Rams’ most experienced players, Ivory Herd and Elijah-Blu Smith, graduated. They will, however, have some veteran experience in the secondary in Momo Thomas and Austin Gray. Another familiar name will be Shaq Bell. He will play everything from safety to nickel corner.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt has to be pleased with what he has inherited in his first year in Fort Collins. He will be working with a four-year punter in Pete Kontodiakos, a long snapper that he can trust and experienced kick and punt returners. Kontodiakos averaged a career-best 38.7 net yards per punt and also recorded a 43.6 gross average which was in the top 20 in the nation. He also blasted 20 of his 57 punts for 50 or more yards, while pinning opponents inside their own 20 on 13 occasions. Tanner Hedstrom has two of the most important traits for a long snapper: confidence and a short memory. Hedstrom has the confidence that makes him one of the best long snappers in the country. Hedstrom, who learned from Scott Albritton, an NFL prospect, earned Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honors after the Utah State double-overtime victory. He recovered two muffed punts, which put the Rams in position for the game-tying score. Momo Thomas, who returned 21 punts, averaged 10 yards a return, the thirdbest average in the Mountain West. Lee Clubb finished the 2011 season ranked second in the conference averaging 26 yards per return. This also placed him in the top-25 nationally. The Rams lost a kicker with big-game experience in Ben DeLine. Competition to replace DeLine will take place between sophomore Jared Roberts and true freshman Keenan Adams. Roberts was slotted as the No. 1 kicker during the spring game and connected on 41- and 45-yard field goals. [ 60 ]

Defensive Starters Returning (6) DT John Froland, LB James Skelton, LB Shaquil Barrett, CB Momo Thomas, CB Shaq Bell, FS Austin Gray STARTERS Lost (14) Offensive Starters Lost (3) QB Pete Thomas, OL Jake Gdowski, OL Paul Madsen Defensive Starters Lost (5) DL Nuku Latu, SS Ivory Herd, DE Nordly Capi, DE C.J. James, LB Mike Orakpo Specialists Lost (2) K Ben DeLine, K Chad VanderMolen Others returning with significant experience (11) Offense (3) QB Garrett Grayson, TE Joe Brown, OL Joe Caprioglio Defense (3) DL Curtis Wilson, DL Te’Jay Brown, LB Aaron Davis Specialists (4) P Pete Kontodiakos, LS Tanner Hedstrom, KR Lee Clubb, PR Momo Thomas Others lost with significant experience (5) Offense (4) RB Raymond Carter, RB Derek Good, WR Byron Steele, WR Matt Yemm

Lettermen returning (39) Offense (21) TE Joe Brown, OL Joe Caprioglio, TE Kivon Cartwright, WR Lee Clubb, WR Thomas Coffman, TE Crockett Gillmore, OL Jordan Gragert, QB Garrett Grayson, WR Lou Greenwood, OL Mason Hathaway, OL Brandon Haynes, TE Blake Jones, WR Marquise Law, TE Jake Levin, WR Charles Lovett, TE Joe McKay, OL Mason Myers, RB Chris Nwoke, OL Weston Richburg, OL Ty Sambrailo, WR Dominique Vinson Defense (15) LB Shaquil Barrett, DB Shap Bell, CB Bernard Blake, DL Te’Jay Brown, LB Davis Burl, LB Aaron Davis, LB Charles Favors, DL John Froland, DB Austin Gray, LB Max Morgan, CB Marcus Shaw, LB James Skelton, CB Momo Thomas, DL Zach Tiedgen, DL Curtis Wilson Lettermen lost Offense (13) WR T.J. Borcky, RB Raymond Carter, TE Scott Carter, OL Jake Gdowski, RB Derek Good, OL Paul Madsen, OL Tyler McDermott, TE Joe McKay, WR Byron Steele, OL Josh Tashiro, TE Ben Tedford, QB Pete Thomas, WR Matt Yemm. Defense (11) DE Nordly Capi, DB Ivory Herd, DE C.J. James, DL Nuku Latu, LB Jordan Murphy, LB Eric Niederberger, LB Mike Orakpo, DL Colton Paulhus, DB Drew Reilly, LB Mychal Sisson, CB Elijah-Blu Smith Specialists(4) K Ben DeLine, K Chad VanderMolen, LS Tanner Hedstrom, P Pete Kontodiakos

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No. 95 7 95 56 3 78 23 11 9 34 94 18 76 77 71 86 60 13 46 2 37 33 99 19 87 45 8 92 55 57 39 10 22 64 12 18 1 68 25 74 75 53 42 63 47 31 20 84 35 90 41 9 8 30

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous College) Keenan Adams...................... K.............5-10............185............ FR............. HS.......................................................Bainbridge, Ga. (Bainbridge) Donnell Alexander............... RB............5-11............205............ FR............. RS..................................... Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South) Cole Allenbrand................... DL.............6-2.............260............ SO..............JC.................................... Fort Collins, Colo. (Adams State College) Shaquil Barrett..................... LB.............6-2.............250............ JR..............1L..............................................Baltimore, Md. (Nebraska-Omaha) Shaq Bell............................. DB............5-11............195............ JR..............2L...........................................................Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Jared Biard.......................... OL.............6-7.............315............ JR............. VR................................................. League City, Texas (Clear Creek) Bernard Blake...................... DB.............6-0.............175............ SO..............1L.............................................................Bastrop, Texas (Bastrop) Bobby Borcky......................WR.............6-1.............180............ JR..............1L............................................. Orlando, Fla. (Lake Highland Prep) Josh Bowman...................... DB.............6-0.............182............ FR............. HS.............................................................. Abilene, Texas (Cooper) Joe Brown............................TE.............6-3.............225............ JR..............2L.....................................................Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll) Te’Jay Brown....................... DT.............6-2.............265............ JR..............1L........................................... St. Petersburg, Fla. (St. Petersburg) Davis Burl............................ LB.............6-2.............220............ SR..............3L.......................................................... Aurora, Colo. (Grandview) Nick Callender..................... OL.............6-5.............315............ FR............. HS...................................... Hayward, Calif. (St. Mary’s College HS) Joe Caprioglio..................... OL.............6-6.............315............ SR..............2L................................ Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch) Sam Carlson........................ OL.............6-4.............270............ FR............. RS..........................................................Wellington, Colo. (Poudre) Kivon Cartwright...................TE.............6-4.............237............ SO..............1L......................................................Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo South) Trey Cassidy........................ OL.............6-3.............290............ FR............. RS......................................................... Angleton, Texas (Angleton) Lee Clubb............................WR............5-10............190............ SO..............1L......................................................Iowa Park, Texas (Iowa Park) Chase Cochran.................... DB.............6-2.............215............ FR..............1L..................................................Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley) Thomas Coffman.................WR............5-10............180............ SO..............1L................................................Austin, Texas (Stephen F. Austin) Aaron Davis......................... LB.............6-0.............215............ SO..............1L.............................................Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos) Kevin Davis.......................... LB.............6-3.............226............ FR............. HS....................................... Fountain, Colo. (Fountain-Fort Carson) Eli Edwards.......................... DE.............6-1.............245............ JR..............JC.............................................American Somoa (Cerritos College) DeAndre Elliott..................... DB.............6-1.............180............ FR............. RS.................................................................. Dallas, Texas (Carter) Brett Etherton...................... LS.............6-3.............221............ SO............. VR....................................................... La Mesa, Calif. (Grossmont) Nu’uvali Fa’apito.................. LB.............6-0.............221............ FR............. RS........................................................ La Quinta, Calif. (La Quinta) Charles Favors..................... LB.............6-1.............220............ JR..............2L........................................................... Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips) Mitch Frentescu................... DL.............6-4.............270............ FR............. HS................................................Walnut Creek, Calif. (Las Lomas) A.J. Frieler........................... OL.............6-5.............285............ FR............. RS.................................................... Greeley, Colo. (Air Force prep) John Froland....................... DL.............6-5.............260............ SO..............1L...............................................Snohomish, Wash. (Glacier Peak) Austin Gillmore.....................TE.............6-0.............220............ SR..............1L............................................Bushland, Texas (West Texas A&M) Crockett Gillmore..................TE.............6-6.............253............ JR..............2L........................................................Bushland, Texas (Bushland) C.J. Glenn............................ CB.............6-0.............191............ SO............. TR..................................... Windsor, Colo. (Windsor) (N. Colorado) Jordan Gragert.................... OL.............6-4.............300............ JR..............2L....................................................................Libby, Mont. (Libby) Austin Gray.......................... DB.............6-3.............208............ SO..............1L.................................................................Abilene, Texas (Wylie) Garrett Grayson................... QB.............6-2.............215............ SO..............1L.......................................................Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage) Lou Greenwood...................WR.............6-0.............181............ SR..............3L.............................................................. Conroe, Texas (Conroe) Justin Hansen...................... OL.............6-5.............310............ FR............. HS..................................................... Longmont, Colo. (Longmont) Joe Hansley.........................WR............5-10............170............ FR............. HS................................ Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch) Mason Hathaway................. OL.............6-5.............280............ SO..............1L........................................................... Southlake, Texas (Carroll) Brandon Haynes.................. OL.............6-3.............300............ JR..............1L.................................................. Cedar Hill, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Tanner Hedstrom................. LS.............6-1.............227............ JR..............2L.................................................. Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins) Ken Hulbert......................... LB............5-11............215............ SO............. VR.....................................Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge) Tanner Humphrey................ DL.............6-3.............225............ FR............. HS............................................... Colorado Springs, Colo. (Palmer) Hayden Hunt......................... P.............5-11............196............ FR............. HS......................................... Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly) Cory James......................... LB.............6-0.............235............ FR............. RS.............................................................. Del Rio, Texas (Del Rio) Nick Januska....................... DB.............6-2.............210............ FR............. HS..............................................................Ventura, Calif. (Ventura) Blake Jones..........................TE.............6-5.............235............ SO..............1L.....................................................................Tulsa, Okla. (Union) Casey Joy............................ DB............5-10............189............ SO............. VR.......................... Castle Rock, Colo. (Colorado School of Mines) Joe Kawulok........................ DL.............6-6.............250............ FR............. RS............................................................Boulder, Colo. (Monarch) Pete Kontodiakos.................. P..............6-3.............225............ SR..............3L............................................. Tarpon Springs, Fla. (Countryside) Marquise Law......................WR.............6-4.............215............ SR..............2L................................................................Miami, Fla. (American) Craig Leonard...................... QB.............6-4.............220............ FR............. HS....................................................Fort Collins, Colo. (Jireh Prep) Jake Levin............................TE.............6-2.............212............ JR..............2L............................................................. Brighton, Colo. (Legacy)

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No. 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 9 9 10 11 12 13 13 14 15 15 16 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 27 28 28 29 30 31 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

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Name Pos. Lou Greenwood...................WR Thomas Coffman.................WR Shaq Bell............................. DB Charles Lovett.....................WR Steven Michel...................... LB Momo Thomas.................... CB Chris Nwoke........................ RB Donnell Alexander............... RB Charles Favors..................... LB Craig Leonard...................... QB Josh Bowman...................... DB Marquise Law......................WR Crockett Gillmore..................TE Bobby Borcky......................WR Austin Gray.......................... DB Lee Clubb............................WR Immanuel Mitchell............... DB M.J. McPeek........................ QB Marcus Shaw....................... CB Conner Smith...................... QB Trent Matthews.................... DB Jasen Oden.......................... CB Davis Burl............................ LB Garrett Grayson................... QB DeAndre Elliott..................... DB Jordon Vaden......................WR Nick Januska....................... DB Tommey Morris................... RB C.J. Glenn............................ CB Bernard Blake...................... DB Dominique Vinson...............WR Joe Hansley.........................WR Kevin Pierre-Louis............... DB Tyler Sandt..........................WR Mark Woodbury................... RB Davon Riddick..................... RB Conner Roggy..................... DB Broderick Sargent................ DE Jake Levin............................TE Cory James......................... LB Kevin Davis.......................... LB Joe Brown............................TE Casey Joy............................ DB Bryan Ohene........................ LB Aaron Davis......................... LB Danny Nwosu...................... LB Austin Gillmore.....................TE Max Morgan........................ LB Pete Kontodiakos.................. P Ken Hulbert......................... LB James Skelton..................... LB Joe McKay............................TE Nu’uvali Fa’apito.................. LB Chase Cochran.................... DB [ 61 ]

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No. 4 16 61 52 44 14 4 13 40 20 50 6 38 72 17 36 59 26 88 62 70 28 73 94 83 28 89 51 27 29 80 15 43 15 91 58 5 47 65 19 24 98 81 93 96 82 27 54

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp...................... Hometown (High School/Previous College) Charles Lovett.....................WR.............5-8.............182............ SO..............1L..........................................................Tampa, Fla. (Hillsborough) Trent Matthews.................... DB.............6-3.............210............ FR............. RS...........................................................Converse, Texas (Judson) George Maumau.................. DL............5-11............255............ FR............. RS....................................................Denver, Colo. (Valor Christian) Richard Mbugua.................. LB.............6-0.............200............ FR............. HS................................ Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch) Joe McKay............................TE.............6-1.............235............ JR..............1L................................................................... Akron, Colo. (Akron) M.J. McPeek........................ QB.............6-4.............236............ SR............. VR.......................................................Aurora, Colo. (Kansas State) Steven Michel...................... LB.............6-1.............225............ FR............. RS...................................................................Orlando, Fla. (Jones) Immanuel Mitchell............... DB............5-11............175............ JR..............1L.............................................. Corona, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt) Max Morgan........................ LB.............6-1.............225............ SO..............1L......................................................Greeley, Colo. (Greeley West) Tommey Morris................... RB.............6-0.............225............ FR............. HS............................................................ Odessa, Texas (Permian) Mason Myers....................... OL.............6-3.............300............ SO..............1L............................................Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southmoore) Chris Nwoke........................ RB.............6-0.............216............ JR..............2L.....................................Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge) Danny Nwosu...................... LB.............6-2.............217............ FR............. HS.........................................................Washington, D.C. (Dunbar) Kevin O’Brien....................... OL.............6-3.............274............ FR............. TR........................... Katy, Texas (University of the Incarnate Word) Jasen Oden.......................... CB............5-11............201............ FR............. HS............................................... Buffalo, NY (North Carolina Tech) Bryan Ohene........................ LB.............6-1.............208............ FR............. HS..........................................Arlington, Texas (Mansfield Summit) Nolan Peralta....................... LB.............6-3.............222............ FR............. HS............................................................ Murrieta, Calif. (Elsinore) Kevin Pierre-Louis............... DB.............6-1.............212............ FR............. RS.............................................................. Del Rio, Texas (Del Rio) Richard Pixley.....................WR.............6-4.............185............ FR............. HS.......................................... Fort Collins, Colo. (Rocky Mountain) Blake Rains.......................... DL.............6-3.............234............ FR............. HS..............................................Colorado Springs, Colo. (Doherty) Weston Richburg................. OL.............6-4.............297............ JR..............2L........................................................Bushland, Texas (Bushland) Davon Riddick..................... RB.............6-0.............204............ FR............. RS.............................................................. Abilene, Texas (Cooper) Tomas Rivera....................... OL.............6-6.............315............ FR............. HS......................................... Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly) Jared Roberts....................... K..............6-1.............196............ SO............. RS.............................................................. Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) Chris Robinson....................WR.............6-4.............170............ JR............. VR.................................. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Stoneman Douglas) Conner Roggy..................... DB.............6-0.............195............ SO............. VR......................................................Greeley, Colo. (Greeley West) Robert Ruiz.........................WR.............5-9.............163............ FR............. HS............................................................. El Cajon, Calif. (Valhalla) Ty Sambrailo....................... OL.............6-5.............305............ SO..............1L......................................Watsonville, Calif. (St. Francis Catholic) Tyler Sandt.......................... CB............5-11............180............ FR............. RS........................................................... Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa) Broderick Sargent................ DE.............6-2.............240............ SR..............2L............................................Chesterfield, Mo. (Parkway Central) Johnny Schupp....................TE.............6-5.............240............ FR............. HS...........................................................Vacaville, Calif. (Vacaville) Marcus Shaw....................... CB.............5-8.............180............ SR..............3L......................................................... Dallas, Texas (Duncanville) James Skelton..................... LB.............6-2.............230............ SR..............3L........................................................... Littleton, Colo. (Chatfield) Conner Smith...................... QB.............6-5.............220............ FR............. RS............................................................Richmond, Texas (Travis) Lanston Tanyi...................... DL.............6-2.............250............ SR............. TR.................................................Shelby, N.C. (Appalachian State) Jedidiah Teofilo.................... LB............5-10............244............ JR............. TR....................... American Samoa (New Mexico Military Institute) Momo Thomas.................... CB.............5-9.............185............ SR..............3L...........................................................Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Zach Tiedgen....................... DL.............6-4.............265............ SR..............2L.....................................Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge) Alex Tucci............................ DL.............6-3.............300............ SO............. VR......................................................... Weston, Fla. (Cypress Bay) Jordon Vaden......................WR.............6-3.............180............ FR............. HS..................................................Henderson, Colo. (Prairie View) Dominique Vinson...............WR.............6-0.............175............ SR..............2L........................... Huntington Beach, Calif. (Saddleback College) Shaq Walker........................ DL.............6-2.............320............ FR............. HS................................................. Barnesville, Ga. (Lamar County) Jordan White.......................WR.............6-3.............207............ FR............. HS............................................Palm Springs, Calif. (Palm Springs) Brent Williams..................... LB.............6-4.............205............ FR............. RS............................................................. Los Angeles, Calif. (Taft) Curtis Wilson....................... DL.............6-4.............265............ JR..............1L....................................................... Orlando, Fla. (Timber Creek) Efrem Woldu........................WR............5-10............185............ JR............. VR...............................................Denver, Colo. (Thomas Jefferson) Mark Woodbury................... RB.............6-1.............200............ SR............. VR......................................................Chico, Calif. (Pleasant Valley) Fred Zerblis......................... OL.............6-3.............295............ FR............. HS.............................................................. Grayson, Ga. (Grayson)

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No. 47 47 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 68 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 80 81 82 83 84 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 94 95 95 96 98 99

Name Pos. Hayden Hunt......................... P Zach Tiedgen....................... DL Mason Myers....................... OL Ty Sambrailo....................... OL Richard Mbugua.................. LB Tanner Hedstrom................. LS Fred Zerblis......................... OL A.J. Frieler........................... OL Shaquil Barrett..................... LB John Froland....................... DL Jedidiah Teofilo.................... LB Nolan Peralta....................... LB Trey Cassidy........................ OL George Maumau.................. DL Blake Rains.......................... DL Tanner Humphrey................ DL Jordan Gragert.................... OL Alex Tucci............................ DL Justin Hansen...................... OL Weston Richburg................. OL Sam Carlson........................ OL Kevin O’Brien....................... OL Tomas Rivera....................... OL Mason Hathaway................. OL Brandon Haynes.................. OL Nick Callender..................... OL Joe Caprioglio..................... OL Jared Biard.......................... OL Johnny Schupp....................TE Jordan White.......................WR Efrem Woldu........................WR Chris Robinson....................WR Blake Jones..........................TE Kivon Cartwright...................TE Brett Etherton...................... LS Richard Pixley.....................WR Robert Ruiz.........................WR Joe Kawulok........................ DL Lanston Tanyi...................... LB Mitch Frentescu................... DL Brent Williams..................... LB Te’Jay Brown....................... DT Jared Roberts....................... K Keenan Adams...................... K Cole Allenbrand................... DL Curtis Wilson....................... DL Shaq Walker........................ DL Eli Edwards.......................... DE

Head Coach — Jim McElwain (first season) Assistant coaches — Billy Napier (assistant head coach/quarterbacks), Dave Baldwin (offensive coordinator/tight ends), Marty English (co-defensive coordinator/linebackers), Al Simmons (co-defensive coordinator/secondary), Jeff Hammerschmidt (special teams coordinator/running backs), Derek Frazier (offensive line), Greg Lupfer (defensive line), Tim Skipper (linebackers), Alvis Whitted (wide receivers), Phil Serchia (graduate assistant/offense), Joe Morris (graduate assistant/defense). [ 62 ]

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Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous College) Garrett Grayson..........................6-2.............215............ SO..............1L.......................................................Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage) M.J. McPeek...............................6-4.............236............ SR............. VR.......................................................Aurora, Colo. (Kansas State)

6 7

Chris Nwoke...............................6-0.............216............ JR..............2L.....................................Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge) Donnell Alexander.....................5-11............205............ FR............. RS..................................... Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South)

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Marquise Law.............................6-4.............215............ SR..............2L................................................................Miami, Fla. (American) Jordon Vaden.............................6-3.............180............ FR............. HS..................................................Henderson, Colo. (Prairie View)

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Dominique Vinson......................6-0.............175............ SR..............2L........................... Huntington Beach, Calif. (Saddleback College) Lou Greenwood..........................6-0.............181............ SR..............3L.............................................................. Conroe, Texas (Conroe)

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Thomas Coffman.......................5-10............180............ SO..............1L................................................Austin, Texas (Stephen F. Austin) Charles Lovett............................5-8.............182............ SO..............1L..........................................................Tampa, Fla. (Hillsborough)

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Jared Biard.................................6-7.............315............ JR............. VR................................................. League City, Texas (Clear Creek) Mason Hathaway........................6-5.............280............ SO..............1L........................................................... Southlake, Texas (Carroll)

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Jordan Gragert...........................6-4.............300............ JR..............2L....................................................................Libby, Mont. (Libby) Justin Hansen.............................6-5.............310............ FR............. HS..................................................... Longmont, Colo. (Longmont)

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Weston Richburg........................6-4.............297............ JR..............2L........................................................Bushland, Texas (Bushland) Fred Zerblis................................6-3.............295............ FR............. HS.............................................................. Grayson, Ga. (Grayson)

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Brandon Haynes.........................6-3.............300............ JR..............1L.................................................. Cedar Hill, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Mason Myers..............................6-3.............300............ SO..............1L............................................Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southmoore)

77 51

Joe Caprioglio............................6-6.............315............ SR..............2L................................ Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch) Ty Sambrailo..............................6-5.............305............ SO..............1L......................................Watsonville, Calif. (St. Francis Catholic)

10 86

Crockett Gillmore........................6-6.............253............ JR..............2L........................................................Bushland, Texas (Bushland) Kivon Cartwright.........................6-4.............237............ SO..............1L......................................................Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo South)

30 39

Jake Levin..................................6-2.............212............ JR..............2L............................................................. Brighton, Colo. (Legacy) Austin Gillmore...........................6-0.............220............ SR..............1L............................................Bushland, Texas (West Texas A&M)

Weston Richburg

Crockett Gillmore

pronunciation guide Name...................................Pronunciation

Name...................................Pronunciation

Name...................................Pronunciation

Shaquil Barrett.........................shuh-KEEL BARE-it

Joe Kawulok.......................................kuh-WALL-ik

Ty Sambrailo........................................sam-BRY-lo

Jared Biard.................................................. BEARD

Pete Kontodiakos..............cunn-DOH-DEE-aw-kiss

Lanston Tanyi............................................ TAN-yee

Joe Caprioglio.......................... KAP-ree-OH-lee-oh

Marquise Law.......................................mar-KEESE

Jedidiah Teofilo................................ TAY-oh-FEE-lo

Kivon Cartwright...................................... kee-vonn

Jake Levin.................................................... LEV-in

Zach Tiedgen............................................... TEE-jin

Elisara Edwards................................ ell-uh-SAR-uh

George Maumau.....................................mou-mou

Alex Tucci................................................TOO-chee

Brett Etherton........................................ ETH-er-ton

Steven Michel..............................................MY-kel

Fred Zerblis............................................. ZER-bliss

Nu’uvali Fa’apito.......noo-oo-VALL-ee FAH-ah-PEE-toe

Chris Nwoke.............................................WOH-kay

Mitch Frentescu.................................. fren-TESS-q

Danny Nwosu.......................................... WOH-soo

COACHES

A.J. Frieler.................................................FREE-ler

Bryan Ohene......................................... oh-HEN-ee

Jim McElwain................................. MACK-ul-WAIN

John Froland......................................... FROH-lund

Davon Riddick.......................................... duh-VON

Greg Lupfer..............................................LOOP-fer

Jordan Gragert.......................................GRAY-gurt

Tomas Rivera......................................... toe-MOSS

Billy Napier............................................NAY-pee-er

Nick Januska...................................... juh-NOO-ska

Conner Roggy.............................................RO-gee

Tom Ehlers..................................................... L-ers Marquise Law

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defense Pos. DE

No. 99 57

Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous College) Eli Edwards.................................6-1.............245............ JR..............JC.............................................American Somoa (Cerritos College) John Froland..............................6-5.............260............ SO..............1L...............................................Snohomish, Wash. (Glacier Peak)

NG

65 98

Alex Tucci...................................6-3.............300............ SO............. VR......................................................... Weston, Fla. (Cypress Bay) Shaq Walker...............................6-2.............320............ FR............. HS................................................. Barnesville, Ga. (Lamar County)

DT

47 91

Zach Tiedgen..............................6-4.............265............ SR..............2L.....................................Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge) Lanston Tanyi.............................6-2.............250............ SR............. TR.................................................Shelby, N.C. (Appalachian State)

SLB

56 18

Shaquil Barrett............................6-2.............250............ JR..............1L..............................................Baltimore, Md. (Nebraska-Omaha) Davis Burl...................................6-2.............220............ SR..............3L.......................................................... Aurora, Colo. (Grandview)

MLB

43 40

James Skelton............................6-2.............230............ SR..............3L........................................................... Littleton, Colo. (Chatfield) Max Morgan...............................6-1.............225............ SO..............1L......................................................Greeley, Colo. (Greeley West)

WLB

37 45

Aaron Davis................................6-0.............215............ SO..............1L.............................................Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos) Nu’uvali Fa’apito.........................6-0.............221............ FR............. RS........................................................ La Quinta, Calif. (La Quinta)

BLB

31 29

Cory James................................6-0.............235............ FR............. RS.............................................................. Del Rio, Texas (Del Rio) Broderick Sargent.......................6-2.............240............ SR..............2L............................................Chesterfield, Mo. (Parkway Central)

CB

19 15

DeAndre Elliott............................6-1.............180............ FR............. RS.................................................................. Dallas, Texas (Carter) Marcus Shaw..............................5-8.............180............ SR..............3L......................................................... Dallas, Texas (Duncanville)

SS

16 3

Trent Matthews...........................6-3.............210............ FR............. RS...........................................................Converse, Texas (Judson) Shaq Bell...................................5-11............195............ JR..............2L...........................................................Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola)

FS

12 26

Austin Gray.................................6-3.............208............ SO..............1L.................................................................Abilene, Texas (Wylie) Kevin Pierre-Louis......................6-1.............212............ FR............. RS.............................................................. Del Rio, Texas (Del Rio)

CB

5 23

Momo Thomas...........................5-9.............185............ SR..............3L...........................................................Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Bernard Blake.............................6-0.............175............ SO..............1L.............................................................Bastrop, Texas (Bastrop)

NICKEL

3 17

Shaq Bell...................................5-11............195............ JR..............2L...........................................................Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Jasen Oden................................5-11............201............ FR............. HS............................................... Buffalo, NY (North Carolina Tech)

Momo Thomas

Austin Gray

Specialists

Pos. P

No. 41 47

Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous College) Pete Kontodiakos........................6-3.............225............ SR..............3L............................................. Tarpon Springs, Fla. (Countryside) Hayden Hunt..............................5-11............196............ FR............. HS......................................... Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)

PK

94 95

Jared Roberts.............................6-1.............196............ SO............. RS.............................................................. Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) Keenan Adams...........................5-10............185............ FR............. HS.......................................................Bainbridge, Ga. (Bainbridge)

LS

53 87

Tanner Hedstrom........................6-1.............227............ JR..............2L.................................................. Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins) Brett Etherton.............................6-3.............221............ SO............. VR....................................................... La Mesa, Calif. (Grossmont)

H

14 11

M.J. McPeek...............................6-4.............236............ SR............. VR.......................................................Aurora, Colo. (Kansas State) Bobby Borcky.............................6-1.............180............ JR..............1L............................................. Orlando, Fla. (Lake Highland Prep)

KR

13 2

Lee Clubb..................................5-10............190............ SO..............1L......................................................Iowa Park, Texas (Iowa Park) Thomas Coffman.......................5-10............180............ SO..............1L................................................Austin, Texas (Stephen F. Austin)

PR

5 4

Momo Thomas...........................5-9.............185............ SR..............3L...........................................................Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola) Charles Lovett............................5-8.............182............ SO..............1L..........................................................Tampa, Fla. (Hillsborough)

Lee Clubb

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third in the conference with 8.2 tackles per game...Led the team with 99 tackles (45 solo), capital-

making a push for the state title...As a senior in 2009, topped 70 tackles, including 12 sacks, and

izing on an opportunity when All-America candidate Mychal Sisson broke his ankle in Week 2; also

added five blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown...

recorded 4½ tackles for loss, 2½ sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and an interception

Head football coach was Kevin Kush...The Athlete of the Year as a senior at Boys Town, followed

and fumble recovery, both of which he returned for touchdowns...Became the first CSU player to

his all-state honors on the gridiron with an individual 215-pound championship at the Class B state

score twice on defense in a season since Luke Adkins, who returned two INTs for touchdowns, in

wrestling tournament... Played his first two prep seasons at Baltimore (Md.) City College, one of the

2004...Made his Division I debut in the opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3), entering late in the first

nation’s oldest high schools, before moving to Boys Town.

>> Running Back >> 5-11 | 205 | FR | RS >> Blue Springs, Mo. >> Blue Springs South

quarter; with just over four minutes left in the game, and CSU protecting a 14-10 lead, combined with C.J. James to sack Tarean Austin on fourth-and-14...A week later in a big win vs. Northern

Personal: Given name Shaquil Akeem Barrett...Born Nov. 17, 1992, in Baltimore, Md. ...Parents are

Colorado (Sept. 10), earned his first major-college start, as the Rams’ middle linebacker...Broke up

Steven Barrett and Donyetta Hawkins...Has three older brothers, one older sister and one younger

a UNC pass on the second play from scrimmage, then forced a third-quarter incompletion, hurrying

brother...Older brother Kevin wrestled at Nebraska-Omaha and now competes at Nebraska-Kear-

the pass by launching himself at the quarterback...Started again at MLB in Denver loss vs. Colorado

ney...Another older brother, DeShawn, also wrestled in college and played semi-pro football in the

High School: A four-year letterman that played for three schools in the Kansas City area, combined

(Sept. 17), making a key play on a first-quarter drive to flush QB Tyler Hansen out of the pocket and

Baltimore area...Was a member of National Honor Society in high school...Undecided on a major

to rush for more than 7,000 yards, average 8.8 yards per carry, and score 95 touchdowns...Garnered

into the arms of teammate C.J. James; also played defensive end during several snaps in the second

at CSU, but plans to pursue medical school after his playing career...Majored in nursing at UNO...

first-team all-conference honors three consecutive seasons, from 2007-09, and second-team hon-

half...Paramount in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), earned Mountain West Defensive Player

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

ors as a senior ...Also earned all-state accolades after his sophomore and junior campaigns...Moved

of the Week honors after helping the Rams pull back into the contest in the second half, then win it in

to Blue Springs South prior to his senior year and served as the Jaguars’ No. 2 tailback, behind a

double-overtime, 35-34...Gave life to the Rams with USU up 14-3 in the third quarter, scooping up a

Career Statistics

first-team all-state performer, but still scored 18 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in

Michael Smith fumble in the backfield and returning it 15 yards for his first career touchdown, then

Year School

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

only nine games; also played fullback and strong safety for a team that lost in the first round of the

on the next series sacked QB Chuckie Keeton, rushing from a DE position, to force a punt...Earlier

2011 CSU

12-11 45-54--99

playoffs to the eventual state champion...Earned the HyVee Athlete of the Week from KSHB-TV after

against Aggies, made a leaping pass deflection to prevent a possible TD and finished with a team-

rushing for 209 yards and two TDs in a Week 5 victory...Led Grandview (Mo.) High School to the

leading 14 tackles...Made another game-changing play in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), with

state semifinals in 2009, when he found the end zone 30 times, rushed for better than 1,500 yards

the Spartans driving into CSU territory in a 31-31 game and eight minutes remaining in the fourth

and topped 2,000 yards from scrimmage...As a sophomore, played for two schools, Grandview and

quarter; sacked QB Matt Faulkner and launched a fumble high in the air, before teammate Davis Burl

Olathe (Kan.) East, and combined for 2,700 rushing yards and 21 TDs, helping GHS to an 8-4 record

recovered to set up the Rams at the Spartans’ 45; replay officials reviewed the play and upheld the

and a berth in the state semifinals... Key in Grandview’s 9-3 season as a freshman in 2008, when

call...In first quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), slipped into backfield and stopped RB

he piled up 1,876 rushing yards and 26 TDs, helped the team to the state semifinals...A three-year

Doug Martin for no gain on fourth-and-3 from the CSU 17...On one first-quarter drive in loss at UNLV

captain...Had a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, a 355-pound bench press and 38-inch vertical leap...Also

(Oct. 29), posted a tackle for loss on each of the first two snaps, then on the third play picked off QB

played basketball and ran track, lettering in basketball as a freshman and sophomore at Grandview...

Sean Reilly and returned the INT, the first of his career, 52 yards for a go-ahead touchdown...Had

An honor-roll student, had a 3.2 GPA at the time of his signing...Head football coaches were Greg

14 tackles in windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), helping to limit the nation’s second-

Oder (BSSHS) and Ron Freeman (GHS)...Also recruited by Arkansas, Nebraska, Miami (Fla.), Utah,

leading rusher, Ronnie Hillman, to just 80 yards; nearly intercepted a pass in the end zone in the first

Kansas State, Iowa and North Dakota State.

quarter...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), alertly pounced on a loose ball in the first quarter, but after

7

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

4.5-19

2.5-14

FF-FR-Yds 1-2-15

Int-Yds PBU 1-52

3

his recovery, officials ruled the pass incomplete...In season finale, vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), personally Personal: Given name Donnell Joseph Alexander... Born Jan. 24, 1993, in Kansas City, Mo. ...Son

ended three Cowboys drives, all in the first half...First, forced an incompletion with a third-down

of Kim Alexander and the late Derrick Thomas...Has one older sister ...Father, who still holds the

hurry to end the initial series, then dropped QB Brett Smith for loss on a second-quarter run to force

NFL’s single-game record with seven sacks, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009

a punt, and finally recovered a Smith fumble with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter.

after an 11-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, who made him the fourth overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft, out of Alabama...Interested in a career in sports medicine after his playing days...

2010 (Freshman): Joined the Rams in summer 2011 from Nebraska-Omaha, which decided to drop

Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo.

football...Because his school disbanded his sport, does not have to sit out a year, and is immediately eligible to play...Played as a true freshman at UNO in 2010, so has three years of eligibility and a

Shaquil BARRETT

redshirt year remaining...The Mavericks’ middle linebacker for head coach Pat Behrns, played in

honorable-mention all-conference honors, standing out in a win at Truman State in the season finale

>> Linebacker >> 6-2 | 250 | JR | 1L >> Baltimore, Md. >> Nebraska-Omaha

56 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

• First Team: Athlon, Blue Ribbon, MW media, Phil Steele • Second Team: Lindy’s

11 games and started the final 10, posting 82 tackles (51 solo), 11½ tackles for loss, 8½ sacks, three forced fumbles and four blocked kicks (two punts, two field goals)...On a 5-6 team, earned (two forced fumbles) and an earlier victory at Pittsburg State (two sacks)...Also registered a pair of sacks at Washburn...Drew recruiting interest from Miami (Fla.), where his CSU position coach Bernard Clark won two national championships in the 1980s...Top speed in the 40-yard dash entering CSU was 4.72. High School: An all-state defensive lineman at Boys Town (Neb.) High School, a private, co-ed boarding school near Omaha with students from across the nation, played two seasons (2008-09) for the Cowboys...Earned defensive MVP honors of the 2009 Shrine Bowl, a state all-star game, with 11 tackles, three sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble...Saw action at both defensive end

2011 (Sophomore): Immediately eligible because Nebraska-Omaha disbanded its football program,

and defensive tackle, as well as offensive line...Helped the 12-1 Cowboys a berth in the 2008 state

quickly adapted to the CSU defensive scheme and played in all 12 games with 11 starts...A first-year

championship, where they sustained their season’s only loss...Became a full-time starter toward the

starter as a true sophomore, garnered second-team all-conference honors (Phil Steele), finishing

end of his junior season, when coaches shifted him from offense to defense as the Cowboys were

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Shaq BELL

Jared BIARD

>> Corner Back >> 5-11 | 195 | JR | 2L >> Kissimmee, Fla. >> Osceola

78

>> Offensive Line >> 6-7 | 320 | JR | VR >> League City, Texas >> Clear Creek

2011 (Sophomore): A true sophomore, played in all 12 games, with six starts, compiling 47 tackles

2011 (Sophomore): After a promising spring and summer, entered the fall second on the depth chart

(30 solo), five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick...A true sophomore that

at tackle, but sustained a season-ending knee injury during camp practice Aug. 16.Career Division I

started nine games in 2010, had opened the year in a key reserve role after Elijah-Blu Smith moved

games played/started: 4/0 in 2010.

from safety to cornerback, then replaced Smith (shoulder) in the lineup over the second half of the season...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), played most of the game, including action

2010 (Freshman): A reserve offensive lineman, played in five games...In season-opening loss vs.

on the first series; late in the contest, with CSU protecting a 14-10 lead, drew a key holding penalty

Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, made his college debut, playing one series at tackle in the sec-

to negate a first down, then one play later blanketed Deon Long in the corner of the end zone...In

ond half...Also played tackle in the fourth quarter of big win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), in triumph vs. New

38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), pounced on a Chandler Jones fumble at the Spartans’ 33-yard

Mexico (Oct. 30), and in loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13).

line late in the first half, setting up a CSU touchdown that cut the Rams’ deficit to 24-14...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), broke up a third-down pass to force a punt early in the second half...

2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), made his first start of the season, in place of Elijah-Blu Smith (shoulder) and posted a team-leading seven tackles; midway through the first quarter, recovered his second

High School: Served as a team captain as a senior...The Wildcats were 4-6 during his senior year,

fumble of the season, pouncing on a loose ball at the UTEP 48, punched out of the arms of RB Joe

advancing to the Texas 5A postseason for a fourth consecutive season, before losing to state runner-

Banyard by DE Nordly Capi...Later in Miners contest, broke up a fourth-quarter pass in the end zone, making a nice play in one-on-one coverage...Also started in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29) and with 4:13

up Hightower in the first round... On the season, earned an 84 percent grade with 52 pancake blocks

Shaq Bell

and 76 knockdown blocks, while not giving up a single sack...A first-team all-District 24-5A choice,

remaining in game and CSU trailing 31-28, blocked a field goal deep in Rebels territory, which after

High School: A three-year letterman at Kissimmee-Osceola High School south of Orlando, helped

also was a first-team all-Galveston County selection by the Galveston County Daily News...Won

a 61-yard Austin Gray return set up a go-ahead Rams touchdown; became the first CSU player to

the Kowboys to a 30-10 record over his final three seasons...Played in a senior class that included

the 2008 Trench Award and Most Valuable Lineman for Clear Creek...As a junior, had 72 combined

block a FG since Darryl Williams in a 31-27 CSU win at UNLV, Nov. 19, 2005...In windy, 18-15 loss

three D-I signees, including two defensive teammates, a DB expected to sign with Georgia, and DE

knockdown and pancake blocks and was named honorable-mention all-District 24-5A...Head coach

vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), broke up two Ryan Lindley passes, one on fourth down to end a third-

expected to sign with Louisville... Rated by the Orlando Sentinel the No. 21 overall prospect and No.

was Darrell Warden...Benched 335 pounds and squatted 500 pounds...Also received interest from

quarter possession with the Rams trailing, 15-7, the other on third-and-8 with just under six minutes

6 DB in the Central Florida region...Helped guide his team to the second round of the state playoffs

UTEP, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Houston, Nebraska, Texas State and Arizona...Also a captain of his

remaining in the game, a 15-15 tie...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), provided blanket coverage on an

each of his final two years, after a District 4 title and berth in the Florida Class 5A state champion-

high school wrestling squad, helped the team to the 2008 District 24 championship...His basketball

incomplete pass into the end zone to force the Falcons to settle for a second-quarter field goal...In

ship as a sophomore...Replaced his former prep teammate, CSU CB Momo Thomas, as Osceola’s

team won the 2004 TAAF regional tournament and finished third at the UIL Final Four High School

season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), wasn’t fooled by a razzle-dazzle play and nearly intercepted Trey

do-everything playmaker from 2008-09...A two-year starter, played primarily cornerback and run-

Basketball Championship...Had a 3.6 GPA.

Norman’s fourth-quarter pass on what could’ve been a touchdown return.

ning back...Earned consecutive all-district honors in 2008 and 2009, and all-county recognition as a senior...Started every game in 2009, totaling 39 tackles, one for a Kowboys safety, and six passes

Personal: Given name Marshal Jared Biard...Last name is pronounced BEARD...Born June 8, 1991,

2010 (Freshman): Just out of high school, earned a spot in the Rams’ cornerback rotation out of

broken up, as well as one blocked punt...Also started every contest as a junior, when the Kowboys

in Mobile, Ala. ...Parents are Joe and Sue Biard...Has an older sister, Marial...Nickname is Bear...

fall camp and played in all 12 games, with nine starts (the season’s final nine contests)...Posted 39

were 8-4; had 53 tackles, one interception and six PBUs...Head football coach was Jeff Rolson...Also

Father, Joe, played at Murray State Junior College in Tishomingo, Okla. ...Is a descendent of gold

tackles (27 solo) and shared one stop for loss...One of seven true freshmen to play for CSU in the

ran track for the Kowboys...Owned a 3.14 GPA...Had 4.51-second speed in the 40-yard dash.

medalist and football pioneer Jim Thorpe...Plans to major in construction management or educa-

season-opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4), picked up early experience in the secondary...Saw extensive

tion...Involved with the youth ministry at Clear Creek Community Church...Gained recognition in

playing time at cornerback at Nevada (Sept. 11), playing most of the game in place of Momo Thomas

Personal: Given name Shaquille C. Bell...Nicknamed Shaq and Kisti...Born Aug. 27, 1992, in Kis-

the National Society of High School Scholars for two years...Also spent one year in the Clear Creek

(shoulder); wound up leading the team with the first 10 tackles of his career...The performance

simmee, Fla. ...Mother is Bertia Williams... Has an older sister ...Older brother, T’Sharvan, is a DB

Symphonic Choir...Has spent several hours visiting with developmentally disabled patients at Re-

earned him his first career start one week later, at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), in place of Thomas...In

at Auburn, helping the Tigers capture the BCS national championship after the ‘10 season...Momo

spite Care of Fort Collins, prior to 2010 and 2011 spring practice, as well as summer 2011...For a

loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), again made the start, replacing an injured Thomas (shoulder surgery),

Thomas, his teammate again at Colorado State, also considers him a brother, having grown up with

month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local

and contributed to an impressive defensive effort...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), made a nice play

him...All three contributed to a district title and berth in the Florida Class 5A state championship in

clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard

to combine with Alex Williams after a first-quarter completion, throwing RB Tim Cornett for a 5-yard

2007...Cousin, Bobby Sippio, played at Western Kentucky, in the Arena League, and with the Kansas

church...Majoring in history...Hometown: League City, Texas.

loss...On consecutive third-quarter plays in 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), nearly intercepted

City Chiefs and Detroit Lions...Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting

a pass, then shot through a blocker on an option pitch to take out the legs of Kasey Carrier for

with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort

no gain...Demonstrated strong run-support skills at SDSU (Nov. 6), dropping the MWC’s leading

Collins’ Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...

rusher, Ronnie Hillman, for no gain in the first quarter; also helped limit the MWC’s leading passer,

Undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.

Ryan Lindley, to a season-low 171 yards, as the Rams blanked the league’s leading two receivers, DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown, over the game’s first two quarters...Missed practice time

Career Statistics

with a sprained ankle, but still started vs. BYU (Nov. 13)...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), combined with

Year School

Mike Orakpo on a first-quarter completion to hold Alvester Alexander to no gain on fourth-and-1,

2010 CSU

12-9

27-12--39

0.5-3

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

giving the Rams possession at their own 34; later in the quarter, his blanket coverage in the end

2011 CSU

12-6

30-17--47

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-2-0

0-0

5

zone prevented an early TD pass.

Career Totals

24-15 57-29--86

0.5-3

0.0-0

0-2-0

0-0

5

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FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

CSU’s 15 Conference Championships Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (8).................... 1915-16, 1919-20, 1925, 1927, 1933-34 *Mountain States (1)......................................................................................................... 1955 Western Athletic Conference (3).........................................................................1994-95, 1997 Mountain West Conference (3).......................................................................1999-2000, 2002 *—Also known as the Skyline Athletic Conference and Big 7 Conference

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Bernard BLAKE

Bobby BORCKY

>> Defensive Back >> 6-0 | 175 | SO | 1L >> Bastrop, Texas >> Bastrop

11

>> Wide Receiver >> 6-1 | 180 | JR | 1L >> Orlando, Fla. >> Lake Highland Prep

2011 (Freshman): A speedy reserve corner, played in 11 games...Made his college debut in season-

2010 (Sophomore): One of several weapons in the CSU receiving corps, played in the season’s

opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...Saw defensive action in home-opening win over Northern Colorado

first two games, but aggravated a thigh injury first sustained during fall camp and did not play the

(Sept. 10) and several other games during the year...Had a tackle for loss vs. San Diego State (Nov.

remainder of the year...Did not catch a pass.

Borcky, played basketball and volleyball at Wilmington...Before the 2011 season, made multiple appearances at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs and summer programs...Majoring in business at Colorado State...Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Career Statistics Year School

GP-GS

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

2010 CSU

6-0

1

10

10.0

0

10

1.7

2011 CSU

2-0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

Career Totals

8-0

1

10

10.0

0

10

1.3

Joe BROWN

12)...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), broke up a third-down pass to force a three-and-out punt in the first quarter...Did not play in season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), with a concussion.

2010 (Freshman): A versatile athlete like his older brother, worked his way into the wide-receiver rotation and played in six games...Caught one pass on the year, for 10 yards...A true freshman, made

>> Tight End >> 6-3 | 225 | JR | 2L >> Wichita, Kan. >> Bishop Carroll

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of college eligibility...Sustained a leg injury

his college debut at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9)...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), made his first career recep-

during fall camp.

tion, his only 2010 catch, a 10-yard grab in the fourth quarter from Pete Thomas.

High School: A four-year letterman at Bastrop (Texas) High School, east of Austin, played exclu-

High School: The No. 4 quarterback and No. 34 overall prospect on the Orlando Sentinel’s Central

sively on defense his final two years...A first-team all-district and all-CenTex DB as a senior, garnered

Florida Top 100, also played running back, wide receiver and cornerback as a four-year letterman...

2011 (Sophomore): A sure-handed, athletic target, played in all 12 games, with five starts...Had at

Bastrop County Defensive Player of the Year honors, leading the Bears to a 9-2 mark and the state

Accounted for 60 touchdowns and 5,301 yards from scrimmage in his career at Lake Highland Prep

least one catch over the season’s first 10 games, and finished with a grab in 11 of 12 contests...

playoffs, turning around a program that had combined to go 6-24 over the previous three seasons...

in Orlando, a program that produced NFL player Max Starks (Steelers)...A two-year team captain,

Caught a pass on the season’s first offensive snap, at New Mexico (Sept. 3), and went on to record

Also in 2009 received all-state recognition from Rivals.com (second-team) and the Associated Press

earned consecutive all-state and all-district selections as a junior and senior...Threw for 2,313 yards

a team-high seven receptions in an important CSU win, after entering the season with just one

(honorable mention), in Texas’ highest classification, 5A; was listed next to a prospect expected to

and 25 touchdowns in three years as a passer, and finished his career with 34 TDs and 2,565 yards

career grab...Also in Lobos contest, converted a pair of third-downs with timely catches, including

sign with the University of Texas on the Rivals team...Blocked three kicks in 2009, along with 49

on the ground...As a senior, led the Highlanders to a 10-2 record and the second round of the Florida

a 7-yard catch to the UNM 3-yard line, setting up Chris Nwoke’s game-winning go-ahead TD; on

tackles (one for a safety), 12 passes broken up, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two

2B playoffs, where they lost to the eventual state runner-up...Earned 2009 all-state, all-county and

his final catch, late in the game, alertly downed himself inbounds to keep the clock running...In

INTs...Served as a team captain his junior year, when he was honorable mention on the all-district

all-district recognition, in addition to a spot in the Orlando Sentinel’s top 25 quarterbacks in all of

Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), started again as a slot receiver, and threw a key block to spring

team, with 41 stops, nine PBUs, two INTs and one forced fumble ...Also lettered two years in track

Florida...Passed for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns, and ran for 560 yards and 11 more scores as

Chris Nwoke on a 5-yard run on third-and-1, setting up a TD that cut the Buffs’ lead to 21-14...

entering his senior campaign, and played basketball...Head football coaches were Gerald Perry, Da-

LHP finished second in its loaded district...As a junior, garnered all-state and all-district honors after

Started again as a slot receiver in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), and recorded several

vid Halbrook and Ron Schroeder...Earned academic all-district honors with a 3.52 GPA...Has 4.51

averaging better than 11 yards per carry (1,130 yards) and scoring 14 rushing touchdowns; also

key blocks, including a third-and-1 conversion in the opening quarter; also converted a third-and-3

speed in the 40-yard dash...Also recruited by TCU, Colorado, UTEP, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas

completed 61 percent of his passes for 762 yards and nine scores in 2008...Neared 1,000 yards on

with a 6-yard reception on a second-quarter FG drive that put CSU on the board...In second quarter

and Air Force.

the ground as a sophomore, racking up 875, and ran for nine TDS, while throwing for 457 yards

of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), snuck into the flat and was wide-open to register his first

and four TDs...Lettered as a freshman wide receiver in 2006, with 423 receiving yards and one TD...

career TD reception, a 27-yard pass from TE Crockett Gillmore, who’d caught a lateral...Late in loss

Personal: Given name Bernard Maurice Blake Jr. ...Born Feb. 28, 1992, in Austin, Texas...Son of

Also lettered in track and weight lifting...Head football coach was Tim Borcky, his father...Owned a

at UTEP (Oct. 22), converted a fourth down with a clutch reception...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26),

Charlotte Garrett and Bernard Blake Sr. ...Has two older sisters and a younger brother...Cousin,

3.1 GPA...Had 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Also recruited by Air Force, Navy, Rutgers,

saw his 10-game reception streak end...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), picked up 23 yards

Raymond Long, played football at Trinity Valley CC and Tarleton State...Made a couple Saturday

Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Army, Mississippi State and Memphis.

on a first-quarter screen.

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appearances at the Centre Avenue Health & Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, working social events with patients, in February 2011...Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting

Personal: Given name Robert Tyler Borcky...Nicknamed Bobby...Born Dec. 11, 1991, in Memphis,

with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Majoring in sociology...Hometown:

Tenn. ...Parents are Tim and Marie Anne Borcky...Has one older brother, T.J., his teammate again

Bastrop, Texas.

at Colorado State...Father, Tim, was an offensive tackle at Memphis State who was drafted in the seventh round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills...Three uncles also played college football,

Career Statistics Year School 2011 CSU

Dennis Borcky (Memphis State), Kevin Borcky (Memphis State) and Paul Borcky (Syracuse)...DenGP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS 11-0

8-7--15

1.0-3

0.0-0

FF-FR-Yds 0-0-0

Int-Yds PBU 0-0

1

nis also played in the NFL, for the New York Giants...Another uncle, Rich Borcky, played basketball at Millersville College...Aunt, Anne Borcky, played basketball at Holy Cross, and another aunt, Patty

Retired Numbers 21 | Eddie Hanna: A star Colorado A&M running back, his promising career ended after he passed away due to heart failure following the first game of the ‘49 season. His sudden tragic death shocked the campus. Colorado A&M class president Roy Romer, who later served as governor of the state, collected money for an Eddie Hanna memorial scholarship that still is available today. Hanna came to Fort Collins after serving in World War II. A 5-foot-6, 165-pound athlete from Dodge City, Kan., Hanna also played basketball and ran track for the Aggies. He helped the school to its first bowl, the Raisin Bowl following the ‘48 season, and nearly won the game with touchdown runs of 71 and 79 yards.

48 | Thurman “Fum” McGraw: Fum McGraw is the most recognized athlete in university history. He was the first player to earn consensus All-America honors in football in 1948 and ‘49, and later played professionally for the Detroit Lions. McGraw also was a coach and atheltic administrator at his alma mater. He was the school’s director of athletics from 1976-86.

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2010 (Freshman): A reserve fullback, tight end and occasional wide receiver, played in nine games,

Te’Jay BROWN

primarily on special teams, but saw reserve action on offense late in the year...Caught one pass on the year, for 2 yards...In season-opening loss to Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, made his college debut, playing on special teams...Played on offense at Nevada (Sept. 11)...Returned to action in 38-

14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), playing on special teams and seeing fourth-quarter action at tight end...In first quarter of loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), made his first career reception. 2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

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>> Defensive Tackle >> 6-2 | 260 | JR | 1L >> St. Petersburg, Fla. >> St. Petersburg

High School: As a senior, made 78 catches for 1,004 yards...Also added 107 rushing yards and

2011 (Sophomore): CSU’s young, promising interior lineman, played in 12 games, with three starts,

scored 15 touchdowns as the Golden Eagles finished 9-2, reaching the second round of the state

and totaled 14 stops (six solo), including ½ tackle for loss...Made his 2011 debut in first quarter

playoffs...Named to the Kansas Football Coaches all-state team...Called by the Wichita Eagle one

of season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), playing much of the game...Saw several defensive

of the top 33 players in all of Kansas...Ranked by Rivals.com as the 12th-best senior prospect in

snaps in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17)...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), stepped

Kansas...Caught nine passes for 131 yards in a 26-19 win over Salina Central in the first round

up to fill a major void in the middle of the Rams’ defense, making his first career start, in place of

of the playoffs...Head coach was Alan Shuckman...Selected to play in Kansas Shrine Bowl...As a

ironman Nuku Latu (knee); played much of the game, helping the Rams hold off the Aggies, 35-34,

junior, totaled 782 receiving yards and 269 yards rushing, helping the team to an 11-2 record and

with a double-overtime stand to prevent a game-winning conversion...Also started in 38-31 loss vs.

a state runner-up finish...Earned all-state honors as a junior...Was a first-team Greater Wichita all-

San Jose State (Oct. 1)...In fourth quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), left with an injury

city selection in both his junior and senior years, and honorable mention as a sophomore...Ran the

and did not return; earlier, combined with Nordly Capi on a tackle for loss.

Davis Burl

40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds, squatted 465 pounds and had a 35-inch vertical leap...A 2008-09 McDonald’s Preseason All-American in basketball, led BCHS to the state finals as a junior, when he

2010 (Freshman): Played in three games as a reserve...Made his college debut in Week 2 at Nevada

was a first-team all-state selection as a point guard...Also received interest from Missouri, Kansas

(Sept. 11)...Also played the following week at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18) and in team’s 38-14 triumph

State and Louisville.

vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30).

Personal: Given name Joseph Scot Brown...Born July 3, 1990, in Wichita, Kan. ...Nicknamed The

2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

Davis BURL

Judge, after the TV show Judge Joe Brown...Son of Scot and Linda Brown...Has two brothers,

>> Linebacker >> 6-2 | 236 | SR | 3L >> Aurora, Colo. >> Grandview

one older and one younger, and two sisters, one older, one younger...Dad, Scot, played baseball at

High School: As a senior at St. Petersburg (Fla.) High School, made 90 tackles and nine sacks to

Wichita State...His high school also produced CSU and NFL player Mark Bell and Mark’s brother,

help lead the Green Devils to their first playoff win since 1984...A third-team 5A all-state selection as

CSU All-American Mike Bell, the second overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft...Also played AAU

a senior, also was named defensive line MVP of the Pinellas County All-Star Game...A first-team all-

basketball with four players that signed FBS Letters of Intent, including the nation’s No. 1 over-

Pinellas County Athletic Conference selection as a senior, was ranked as the seventh-best prospect

all prospect according to Rivals.com, RB Bryce Brown (no relation)...Before 2011 spring practice,

in the Tampa Bay area and named to the all-Sun Coast team by the St. Petersburg Times...Rated by

spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school pro-

Rivals.com as the 75th-best defensive tackle in the nation...Clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.9 sec-

grams...Prior to the 2011 season, helped with Fort Collins kids’ summer programs at Before and

onds, bench pressed 350 pounds and squatted 550 pounds...Had a 3.0 GPA...Also received offers

After School Enrichment (BASE) Camp...In February before the ‘10 season, interacted with clients at

from Louisville, Cincinnati, UAB, Connecticut and Grambling...Head coach was Joe Fabrizio.

Gongbay inches from the plane of the goal line, before Ivory Herd recovered in the end zone...Also

social well-being for people with special needs, through equine-assisted therapy...For a week during

Personal: Given name Te’Jay Brown...Born Jan. 30, 1990, in Tampa, Fla. ...Mother is Vetoza Dan-

opener vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), made his first start since Oct. 23, 2010, pressed into the

the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...

zey...Has a sister, Te’Keja...Visited Foothills Gateway adult-care services to play video games such as

Majoring in construction management...Hometown: Wichita, Kan.

Wii, put puzzles together, and get to know some of the members and their families in February before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at

Year School

Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Prior to 2011 fall practice, interacted with teenagers at the Boys GP-GS

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

and Girls Club in Loveland, Colo. ...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elemen-

2010 CSU

9-0

1

2

2.0

0

2

0.2

tary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Undeclared, interested

2011 CSU

12-5

25

197

7.9

1

27

16.4

in criminal justice as a major at CSU...Had not seen snow until his recruiting visit to Fort Collins...

9.5

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Career Totals

21-5

26

199

7.7

1

27

Aggies to Rams In 1992 for the Silver Spruce, the CSU yearbook, John Hirn began researching Colorado State’s football history for a story about the 100th anniversary of CSU football. Going back through records, he noticed that there was an abundance of tradition and history that seemed to be forgotten or unnoticed. Over the next 17 years, Hirn had the dream of putting together a comprehensive book on CSU’s football history. Now, his dream has become a reality, and Hirn’s book, Aggies to Rams: The History of Football at Colorado State University, is now available through the CSU Bookstore.

at New Mexico (Sept. 3), replaced an injured Broderick Sargent on the second series and played most of the game; made a critical play late in first quarter, poking the ball from the hands of Crusoe

lineup after the season-ending injury to Sargent...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), forced a second-quarter incompletion that nearly went down as a sack and forced fumble; officials initially ruled the QB’s arm was moving forward, then upheld it after a replay review...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), dropped RB Robert Turbin short of the sticks on third-and-3 to force a firstquarter punt... In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), with the Spartans driving into CSU territory in a 31-31 game and eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter; recovered a Matt Faulkner fumble at the SJSU 45-yard line after Shaquil Barrett sacked the QB and launched the ball high in the air... Sustained a foot injury in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22) and played in pain at UNLV (Oct. 29)...Started in windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12)...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), made a pivotal play with CSU down 14-12 in the third quarter, nearly sacking QB Brett Smith and forcing an

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up a dozen tackles (six solo), recovered two fumbles and forced another...In season-opening win

in Lobos contest, recovered a fumble to snuff out UNM’s first series of the second half...In home

the Hearts and Horses therapeutic riding center, which promotes physical, cognitive, emotional and

Career Statistics

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2011 (Junior): A former defensive back and linebacker, played in 11 games with four starts...Picked

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

2010 CSU

3-0

0-0--0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

2011 CSU

12-3

6-8--14

0.5-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

Career Totals

15-3

6-8--14

0.5-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

incompletion on third-and-5 to force a punt; CSU scored a go-ahead TD on the ensuing drive. 2010 (Sophomore): Made the transition from LB to DE after 2010 spring practice and played in all 12 games (seven starts)...Posted 22 tackles (11 solo), one for loss, and coaches credited him with five QB hurries...After injuries depleted the position, spent all of fall camp as the starting left DE, and opened the season in the lineup vs. Colorado (Sept. 4)...Played but did not start at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18)...Early in dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), hurried QB Nathan Enderle on an incomplete pass, forcing the Vandals to settle for an eventual FG, then nearly made a game-changing INT on a Vandals drive in the fourth quarter...In win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), combined with Guy Miller on the

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first play to throw Deante Purvis for a 1-yard loss, then teamed with Mychal Sisson to blast Purvis

and high school sports over a distinguished career in Denver Public Schools; he played two years

in the backfield on a screen for a 7-yard loss, helping to force a third-quarter punt...Did not start

for the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals...Both his father, Gary, and two uncles, Farley and Gerald, played

38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), but played much of the game...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), forced a

football and ran track at Arizona State...Gary went on to play for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins...An

third-quarter punt with third-down pressure on the QB.

uncle, Darrell (tennis), and cousin, Gerett (football), competed at the University of Colorado...Made appearances at both the Fort Collins andLoveland Boys & Girls Clubs, helping kids with homework

2009 (Freshman): Saw action in all 12 games, (three starts)...Recorded 15 stops (five solo)...In his

and after-school activities, before the 2011 season...Interacted with youngsters at Fort Collins’ an-

first college game, a resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), made a huge special-teams tackle

nual Youth Sports Fundraiser and Football Bash, the day before the Super Bowl at The Edge Sports

early in the fourth quarter, dropping PR Jason Espinoza for a 1-yard loss inside the Buffs’ 10; the

Center in February before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling

CSU defense then forced a punt and the Rams kicked a FG on the ensuing series to take a 23-10

students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in communications studies...

lead...Made his first career start in loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), and posted six tackles...Pressed into

Hometown: Aurora, Colo.

action late in first quarter after Michael Kawulok’s knee injury, played balance of the game in loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24)...Started at SLB in loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31)...Sustained ankle injury in

Career Statistics

loss at UNLV (Nov. 7) and did not start, but played, in loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), on his birthday...

Year School

Moved to DE by coaches following 2010 spring practice.

2009 CSU

12-3

5-10--15

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

2010 CSU

12-7

11-11--22

1.0-4

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

2011 CSU

11-4

6-6--12

0.0-0

0.0-0

1-2-0

0-0

0

Career Totals

35-14 22-27--49

1.0-4

0.0-0

1-2-0

0-0

0

2008: Redshirted in his first season of eligibility. High School: Helped Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., win the 2007 Class 5A Colorado state RB for the Wolves...As a senior, rushed for 427 yards on 114 carries, with three TDs...Head coach was John Schultz...Prior to his junior year, transferred to Grandview from Cherry Creek and could

play only in the final six games due to transfer rules...In addition to his three letters in football, also lettered four years in track...Served as football captain in 2007, and a track captain as a junior...His track team’s MVP for three years, earned all-state and all-conference accolades in 2007...Specialized tended Cherry Creek in Englewood, Colo., earning the Bruins’ most valuable athlete award in track... Also drew interest from K-State, Arizona State, Louisville, Oregon and CU.

FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

Joe CAPRIOGLIO

championship, a thrilling 20-14 OT win over Douglas County at Invesco Field...Played safety and

in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, establishing school records in both events...As a freshman, at-

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

>> Offensive Line >> 6-6 | 315 | SR | 2L >> Highlands Ranch, Colo. >> Highlands Ranch

77 94 18 94 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

• Fourth Team: Phil Steele

Joe Caprioglio

Personal: Given name Davis A. Burl...Born Nov. 21, 1989, in Aurora, Colo. ...Parents are Gary and Judy Burl...Has an older brother...Grandfather, the late Alex Burl, is in CSU’s Hall of Fame for his ath-

2011 (Junior): Quietly one of the top players CSU’s offense, had started the first three games at

2009 (Freshman): Played in one game, making his college debut as a fourth-quarter reserve in the

letic accomplishments as a track and football student-athlete, as well as his contributions to youth

weakside tackle, essentially the Rams’ blind-side protector, until sustaining a season-ending knee

loss at TCU (Oct. 17).

injury...Helped CSU rush for 242 yards in home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10)...

the ram club

In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), sustained an ACL knee injury with three minutes left in the

Athletic excellence is a tradition at Colorado State University, a tradition alumni and friends alike want to see continue and flourish.

first quarter and did not return...Underwent season-ending surgery Oct. 6...Earned academic all-

That’s why CSU is inviting fans and supporters to be a member of the Rams athletic family — by joining the Ram Club. Whether an alumnus or a friend interested in supporting the state’s land-grant institution, belonging to the Ram Club enables members to: • Provide annual scholarship support for student-athletes who will contribute to the community; • Share the athletics vision to fully scholarship all sports to best represent the university; • Take pride in the achievement of athletic excellence; • Participate in the camaraderie and fellowship unique to Ram Club members; • Receive a tax deduction for financial contribution for scholarships; and • Enjoy access to great benefits, including priority seating at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium for football and Moby Arena for basketball, priority parking, and tickets to other events. For more information on how to join the Ram Club and make a difference in the lives of more than 400 young men and women, call 970/491-4666, or visit www.csuramclub.com.

conference honors following the season.

2008: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High School: After a stellar prep career at Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High School, was rated by Rivals. com as the state’s No. 2 offensive lineman and fifth-best overall prospect in Colorado; also rated

2010 (Sophomore): Entered the season as a reserve tackle, but played in all 12 games with nine

by the site as the 50th-best offensive tackle in the nation...First-team all-Continental League of-

starts, the season’s final nine games at strongside guard...In season-opening loss vs. Colorado

fensive lineman, and honorable mention all-state, as a senior...Voted team captain and top offensive

(Sept. 4), made his 2010 debut, playing one series as a tackle in the second half...Also saw action at

lineman...Was second-team all-conference as a junior in 2006...Head Coach was Darrel Gorham...

Nevada (Sept. 11), lining up as an extra tackle in the third quarter, and as a tackle late in the game...

Lettered three seasons in football, and once each in rugby and track...Recruited by several schools,

Also played at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), seeing brief second-quarter action at tackle before playing the

including Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa State, Wyoming, Kansas and Kansas State.

balance of the contest at guard...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), made his first career start, beginning at guard, then shifting to tackle when Mark Starr (head) left the contest in the first

Personal: Given name Joseph Robert Caprioglio...Last name is pronounced KAP-ree-OH-lee-oh...

half; also caught an accidental pass, a shovel toss from Pete Thomas on CSU’s initial drive of the

Born March 12, 1990, in Littleton, Colo. ...Parents are Rob and Ann Caprioglio...Has one older sis-

second half, even though he was flagged for an illegal touching (because the play was a third-and-34

ter and one younger sister...Both parents are former Northern Colorado athletes; dad, Rob, played

and lost 2 yards, Idaho declined it and preserved the lineman’s reception)...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU

football, and mom, Ann, ran track...Spent an afternoon visiting with patients and their families ser-

(Oct. 2), started for the first time as a tackle, replacing an injured Mark Starr (concussion)...Moved

viced by Respite Care in February before the ‘10 season...For a month during the summer of 2010,

back to guard to start at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), and also played tackle during the game; helped

interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the

the Rams pile up more rushing yards (285) than the Falcons’ nation-leading rushing offense (248),

Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Made a couple Saturday

including Leonard Mason’s career-high 139...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), helped Mason to 121

appearances at the Centre Avenue Health & Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, working social events with

more on the ground, and 259 team rushing yards; started at guard but played tackle in the fourth

patients, in February 2011...Before the 2011 season, spent a day with developmentally disabled

quarter of Rebels contest...In 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), helped lead the Rams to 328

kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins...Majoring in business administration...Hometown: Highlands

rushing yards, their most since the 2008 New Mexico Bowl; also lined up in the backfield before

Ranch, Colo.

shifting on several snaps later in the game.

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Sam CARLSON

Personal: Given name George Henry Cassidy III...Nicknamed Trey, because he is the third genera-

the winter, and fishing during the spring and summer...Cousin, Larry Boyette, played football at

tion of his family named George Henry...Born May 23, 1993, in Angleton, Texas...Parents are George and Beth Cassidy... The oldest of three children, has two younger brothers ...Enjoys hunting during

>> Offensive Line >> 6-4 | 265 | FR | RS >> Wellington, Colo. >> Poudre

Oklahoma State...Is an Eagle Scout and has assisted with many projects in his community...Began scuba diving with his dad in 2004...Interested in health and exercise science as a CSU major... Hometown: Angleton, Texas.

Lee CLUBB

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High School: Did not miss a start in three years as an anchor on the offensive line at Poudre High

School, less than three miles west of the CSU campus...A first-team all-Front Range League lineman as a senior, served as a team captain for the Impalas...In consecutive seasons as a junior and senior, voted Most Valuable Offensive Lineman by his coaches and teammates...Picked up second-team all-conference accolades as a junior in 2009...In his first year as a starter, 2008, helped PHS to the state semifinals, where the team lost to finish 10-3...With a 3.6 GPA, was honorable-mention academic all-state in 2010...Head football coaches were Steve Bradley and Rich Yonker...Also lettered in basketball...Earned December Student Athlete of the Month awards from CHAMP and Farmers Insurance as a senior...Chose CSU over offers from Wyoming and San Diego State, and recruiting interest from Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. Personal: Given name Samuel Charles Kauffman Carlson...Born April 30, 1993, in Longmont, Colo. ...Son of Rick and Julie Carlson...Has three older sisters...Interested in majoring in health promotion at Colorado State...Hometown: Wellington, Colo.

Kivon Cartwright dash...Owned a 3.65 GPA...Also recruited by Wyoming and Air Force. Personal: Given name Kivon DeAnte Cartwright...Nicknamed Kiki...First name is pronounced KEEvonn...Born March 3, 1992, in Oahu, Hawaii...Son of Pam Cartwright...Has two older brothers and two younger sisters...Both brothers, John and DaQuan (a current wide receiver), played football

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games...Caught three passes for 63 yards (21.0 avg.)...Missed the first six games due to a suspension for violation of team rules...Made his college debut in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), entering as an edge blocker on a first-quarter FG attempt...In loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), made the first catch of his career, a 45-yard grab down the middle to set up a go-ahead TD early in the second half...Earned academic all-conference honors following the season. 2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of eligibility. High School: A three-sport athlete, played football and basketball, and also ran track at Pueblo (Colo.) South High School, a program that also produced CSU All-American and NFL Draft selection Anthony Cesario...Follows in the footsteps of another CSU TE from Pueblo, Kory Sperry, who now plays in the NFL; Pueblo also produced Earl (Dutch) Clark, a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame...Limited by a knee injury and an offense that rarely used its tight end strategically, did not play most of his senior season...An all-city and first-team all-conference selection, combined with his brother to help PSHS to consecutive undefeated regular seasons (2007-08) and back-to-back Foothills Conference championships, before the Colts bowed out in the early rounds of the Class 4A playoffs each season...As a linebacker in 2008, topped 100 tackles and earned honorable-mention all-state recognition...Also lettered three years in basketball...Had 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard

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• Fourth Team: Phil Steele (KR)

youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Prior to the 2011 season, helped with Fort

2011 (Freshman): Another former high-school QB turned into a WR by the Rams, having excited

Collins kids’ summer programs at Before and After School Enrichment (BASE) Camp...Interested in

coaches since his first college practice in the fall, led then-Head Coach Steve Fairchild on Aug. 10

civil engineering as a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Pueblo, Colo.

to declare he would play as a true freshman...Played in 12 games, with one start, catching nine passes for 65 yards (7.2 avg.), in addition to three carries for 33 yards (11.0 avg.)...Also led team

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

with a 26.0-yard average on kickoff returns (15-390), which ranked second in the conference behind TCU All-American Greg McCoy, and tied for 22nd in the nation... KR mark was seventh-best in CSU

Trey CASSIDY

>> Tight End >> 6-4 | 235 | SO | 1L >> Pueblo, Colo. >> Pueblo South

2011 (Freshman): A fast and athletic hybrid back, similar to former Ram Kory Sperry, played in six

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at CSU-Pueblo...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elementary, working with

Kivon CARTWRIGHT

>> Wide Receiver >> 5-10 | 190 | SO | 1L >> Iowa Park, Texas >> Iowa Park

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>> Offensive Line >> 6-3 | 290 | FR | RS >> Angleton, Texas >> Angleton

annals...Made his college debut in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), back deep for the game-opening kickoff; later, registered his initial career catch, a 1-yard loss on the Rams’ first drive...In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), posted his first career kickoff return, a 28-yard runback in the third quarter, and tied for the team lead with four receptions...Had a 39-yard kickoff return in exhilarating double overtime win at Utah State (Sept. 24) to vault himself into the nation’s top 40 returners...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), made his first career start... Showed explosiveness in a pair of kickoff returns at UTEP (Oct. 22), with a 44-yard burst to answer a UTEP TD late in the third quarter; then ripped off a 43-yard return in the fourth quarter, setting up a TD...Picked up 34 yards on his first career carry, at UNLV (Oct. 29), setting up a go-ahead field goal in the second quarter...In season-ending loss vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), bobbled the game-opening

High School: A three-year letterman and three-year starter at Angleton High School, just south

kickoff but kept his poise and ripped off a 65-yard return to the Cowboys’ 27-yard line, setting up a

of Houston, anchored the line on an offense powered by a dominating run game...Was a Houston

CSU field goal; the runback was the Rams’ longest kickoff return of the season; also, sent back to

Chronicle Top 100 selection after his senior season...Helped the Wildcats advance to the third round

return a first-quarter punt, alertly blocked the coverage on a touchback.

of the Texas state playoffs each season after consecutive District 24 championships and Region III runner-up finishes (2008-09)...A first-team all-district, all-county and honorable-mention Class 4A

High School: A four-sport athlete, was an offensive warhead in three years as a starter at Iowa Park,

all-state selection for a 7-4 team as a senior, blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and an offense

near Wichita Falls just south of the Texas-Oklahoma border...Garnered consecutive District 6-3A

that piled up more than 30 rushing TDs and nearly 3,000 total rushing yards...Was expected to be

MVP honors, as a junior and senior, and landed on the Wichita Falls Times Record News’ Red River

one of two Division I signees from his class, which included a DB headed for Texas...After playing

22 in both 2009 and `10...During a three-year career, ran for 3,734 yards and 42 touchdowns...A

exclusively as an interior lineman since seventh grade, played every position on his offensive front as

two-way starter as a sophomore and junior, rarely came off the field, playing both cornerback and

a versatile senior, always facing off with the opposition’s best defensive lineman, most of whom had

safety on defense...Started all 32 games after launching his varsity career as a sophomore starting

committed to Division I programs...High school program has produced several NFL players, includ-

QB in a spread offense, before IPHS returned to a Wing-T for the last half of that season; remained

ing Quentin Jammer...As a junior in 2009, paved the road for two more 1,000-yard ball-carriers on

at wing back in the same offense as a junior but wound up playing three games in place of an injured

an offense that put up outrageous rushing numbers (4,210 yards, 48 touchdowns) as AHS finished

QB at season’s end...Then, received 2010 Offensive MVP honors on the Red River 22 after a stellar

11-2...Started four games for the Wildcats as a sophomore...Voted team captain for two seasons...

senior campaign in which he served as the Hawks’ quarterback in a newly implemented spread of-

Head football coach was Finis Vanover...Also lettered two years in powerlifting for his school...Was

fense...Led the Hawks to an 8-3 record, resurrecting a team that was 1-9 in 2008 and 5-6 in 2009...

among the top 20 percent of his class, with a 3.1 GPA...Had 5.1-second speed in the 40-yard dash

Paced IPHS to the bi-district playoffs in 2010, becoming the first QB in school history to top 1,000

and benched 385 pounds...Also recruited by Missouri, Texas, Texas Tech, Okla. State, Stanford,

rushing and passing yards in the same season...Passed for 1,588 yards and 12 touchdowns as a

Baylor, Iowa State, Purdue, TCU, Rice, Tulsa, North Texas, Louisiana Tech and others.

senior, while rushing for an area-leading 1,704 yards and 24 scores, averaging better than 300 yards

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>> Wide Receiver >> 5-10 | 180 | SO | 1L >> Austin, Texas >> Stephen F. Austin

2011 (Freshman): A lightning-fast sprinter, played in 12 games with three starts, all in the final four

Longest win streaks in program history Streak Began 11 Oct. 9, 1915; W, 25-6 at Colorado 10 Nov. 29, 1924; W, 19-0 at Denver 10 Oct. 30, 1993; W, 21-20 vs. New Mexico 10 Oct. 4, 1997; W, 63-0 vs. Hawaii 9 Oct. 8, 1949; W, 27-12 vs. Montana 7 Sept. 27, 1919; W, 28-0 at Wyoming 7 Oct. 29, 1927; W, 12-0 vs. Utah

Ended Nov. 11, 1916; T, 0-0 at Colorado Mines Dec. 12, 1925; L, 41-0 at Hawaii Oct. 22, 1994; L, 45-31 vs. Utah Sept. 5, 1998; L, 42-14 vs. Colorado* Oct. 7, 1950; L, 34-0 at Wyoming Nov. 27, 1919; L, 13-0 Colorado College Oct. 20, 1928; L, 6-0 loss at Utah *—Denver Mile High Stadium

contests...Led the team with a 26.2-yard average per reception (8-210), with one touchdown...Also carried once for no gain, returned one punt for 17 yards and averaged 15.5 yards on four kickoff

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility...Was enjoying a strong

returns (62 yards)...Saw his first collegiate action in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3);

fall camp and likely would’ve played but sustained a knee injury midway through August.

on a deep pass over the middle midway through the first quarter, almost made an acrobatic catch, maintaining focus on a tipped ball to nearly secure a completion on his back, but the ball grazed the

High School: Compared by many analysts to New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, was a

ground...In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), alertly recovered a fumble near

dangerous playmaker at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, playing wide receiver and

the Bears’ goal line to preserve a drive that ended with a TD run two plays later, just before halftime;

defensive back, in addition to returning punts and kickoffs...A four-sport athlete, excelled in football,

of total offense every week...In 2009, earned league MVP honors with 1,065 rushing yards and 11

then, drew a pass-interference flag to preserve a third-quarter FG drive; also caught a 45-yard bomb

where he was a first-team all-district 5A-25, third-team all-state (5ATexasFootball.com), third-team

touchdowns; played most of the season as a wing back in a Wing-T offense, but wound up playing

from Pete Thomas...Drew another pass-interference penalty in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17)...

all-Central Texas and honorable mention all-state selection as a senior captain...In 2009, caught 82

all or most of three games in place of the Hawks’ injured starting QB...Just missed 1,000 rushing

In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), combined with Pete Thomas to register at that point in the

passes for 1,098 yards and 10 TDs...Had four multi-TD games, including six grabs for 193 yards and

yards as a first-time varsity player in 2008, racking up 965 with seven touchdowns...Caught very

season the team’s longest two plays of the season, 45- and 47-yard receptions; made a nice adjust-

a pair of scores in a 34-31 win over Harker Heights...Also returned four punts (17.3 avg.), including

few passes during his three years, as the Hawks picked up the majority of their yards on the ground;

ment on an underthrown ball to haul in the 45-yarder early in the second quarter, then scored his first

a 60-yarder against rival Anderson, and averaged 26.1 yards on nine kickoff returns during the ‘09

his senior campaign, when he started at QB, featured the most passing attempts by an IPHS offense

NCAA touchdown on a 47-yard bomb late in the third quarter, bringing CSU within one score at 31-

season...Caught just more than 30 passes for nearly 400 yards as a junior...Played one game at QB

in recent memory...Head football coaches were Scott Ponder and Chris Ellis...Also graduated with

24...In second quarter of loss to No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), set up the Rams’ first touchdown with a

in 2008 and completed 16 of 27 passes for 199 yards, all against rival Connally, in a 25-21 win...

four letters in basketball (four-year starting point guard), four in baseball (three-year starting center-

highlight-reel, diving catch, stretching out to snag a Pete Thomas pass over the middle for 46 yards

Also lettered in basketball, wrestling and track, playing each sport since his freshman season...As a

fielder) and four in track (mile relay, 100, 200, triple jump)...In baseball, earned district Newcomer of

(nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year, and the No. 3 play of that weekend according to ESPN

sophomore wrestler, was the District 25 champion and qualified for regionals...As a junior, served

the Year honors in addition to consecutive all-district accolades as a sophomore and junior, prior to

SportsCenter); CSU scored on the next snap...Also lined up as a kickoff returner in Broncos game...

as a wrestling captain and qualified for state...Has 4.53 speed in the 40-yard dash...Owns a 3.0

signing his national letter of intent (was selected in the 2011 June draft by the Kansas City Royals)...

Registered his first career kickoff return in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), then caught a 17-yard pass and

GPA...Football coaches were Larry Don Williams and Rodney Vincent...Lined up opposite fellow

Had 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Also recruited by TCU, Texas Tech, SMU, Angelo State,

drew a 15-yard personal foul to help set up a TD as CSU clawed back from a 31-20 fourth-quarter

CSU signee and 2009 all-district DB Bernard Blake (Bastrop HS) during high school...High school

Midwestern State, Sam Houston State and West Texas A&M.

deficit...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), made his first career start...In loss at No.

also produced former Colorado Rockies manager and AL MVP Don Baylor, as well as broadcaster

19 TCU (Nov. 19), was used for the first time as a primary kickoff returner, returning two...Returned

Verne Lundquist and former first daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush...Also recruited by Baylor, Rice,

Personal: Given name Lee Michael Clubb...Born March 27, 1993, in Wichita Falls, Texas...Son of

punts during the second half of season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), including a 17-yarder that set

SMU, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech.

John and LaDonna Clubb...Grew up in a family of five boys, with four older brothers (is the first in

up the Rams’ go-ahead TD in the third quarter.

Lee Clubb

his family to compete in collegiate athletics)...Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 26th round

Personal: Given name Thomas Coffman...Born April 4, 1991, in Austin, Texas...Son of Tom and Rox-

of the 2011 Major League June Draft...Interested in health and exercise science as a Colorado State

an Coffman...Older brother, Chuck, played at Texas Tech in the late 1980s...Father graduated from

major...Hometown: Iowa Park, Texas.

Texas Tech and mother from Texas...Interested in studying real estate at CSU, and already is close to earning his real-estate license...Family friend and advisor is former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini...Also has worked as a ranch hand and lifeguard...Hometown: Austin, Texas.

Career Receiving Statistics Year School

GP-GS

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

12-1

9

65

7.2

0

24

5.4

2011 CSU

Career Receiving Statistics

Year School

Career Rushing Statistics

2011 CSU

Year School 2011 CSU

RUSH

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

3

35

11.6

0

34

2.9

Year School

2011 CSU

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

15

390

26.0

0

65

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Year School 2011 CSU Result L, 25-22 L, 31-28 W, 35-34

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

210

26.2

1

47

17.5

RUSH

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

1

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

Career Kickoff Return Statistics

All-time overtime games (1-2) Dae Oct. 13, 2001 Sept. 1, 2007 Sept. 24, 2011

YDS

8

Career Rushing Statistics 2011 CSU

RET

REC

12-3

Career Kickoff Return Statistics Year School

GP-GS

OT Periods 1 1 2

RET

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

4

62

15.5

0

19

Career Punt Return Statistics Year School Thomas Coffman

2011 CSU

RET

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

1

17

17.0

0

17

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Aaron DAVIS

Brett ETHERTON

>> Linebacker >> 6-0 | 210 | SO | 1L >> Los Alamitos, Calif. >> Los Alamitos

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2011 (Freshman): After working his way up the depth chart during fall camp, played in 11 games as

>> Long Snapper >> 6-3 | 221 | SO | VR >> La Mesa, Calif. >> Grossmont

2011 (Freshman): Did not play; spent season as a varsity reserve.

a true freshman...Compiled 23 tackles (13 solo)...Helped convince coaches they could move Austin Gillmore from LB to FB in August... Earned a seat on the conference-opening charter flight to New

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

Mexico (Sept. 3), but didn’t play...Instead, made his college debut the following week in home opener vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), entering in the fourth quarter...Saw several defensive snaps in

High School: Lettered in football and baseball at Grossmont High School, about 15 miles from San

Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), and in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24)...Left in third

Diego State University...A first-team all-Grossmont North League wide receiver in 2008 and 2009,

quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 5) with a knee injury and did not return...In third quarter of

also in 2008 and 2009 earned first-team all-East County honors...Holds four GHS records: Most

loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), made a nice play on punt coverage to drop return man Ed Wesley at the

receptions in a game with 13, most receptions in a season with 60, most career receptions with 111

Frogs’ 12...One week later, in second quarter vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), dropped Jon Davis for a 2-yard

and most career receiving yards with 1,550...Was selected first-team all-academic by the San Diego

loss on a 42-yard punt...Earned academic all-conference honors following the season.

Union-Tribune... Head coach was Ron Murphy... Played against current CSU players Pete Thomas and Cameron Moss.

High School: A two-year starter, was his team’s Defensive Player of the Year on back-to-back 8-3 teams at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School, south of Los Angeles in Orange County...Played exclu-

Personal: Given name Brett Alexander Etherton...Born July 23, 1992, in La Mesa, Calif. ...Parents are

sively as a linebacker, garnering first-team all-Sunset League recognition after both his junior and

Bruce and Kim Etherton...Has one older brother, Chase, who played D-III football at Rose-Hulman In-

senior seasons...Helped his team to the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs as a senior, when he totaled

stitute of Technology...Invested time in kids’ lives on two occasions, before and after 2011 spring prac-

68 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles...Awarded by his coaches and teammates with

tice, at the Fort Collins Boys & Girls Club...Undecided on a major at CSU...Hometown: La Mesa, Calif.

the Hit of the Year, a game-changing, highlight-reel play against Huntington Beach...Was limited as a senior captain by multiple lacerations on his head, requiring stitches that sidelined him several

Aaron Davis

times, and cost him one start...Helped LAHS to a Sunset League championship in 2010...As a junior

DeAndre ELLIOTT

in 2009, collected 93 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles for an 8-3 team that advanced to the first round of the playoffs...Made his first career start in the 2008 playoffs, the last game of the Griffins’ season his sophomore year...Head football coach was John Barnes...An honor-roll studentathlete, had a 3.17 GPA on signing day...Took up track as a senior, and ran in the 200...Also recruited by Washington, Northwestern, Nevada, UCLA and Arizona. Personal: Given name Aaron Titus Davis...Born Aug. 24, 1993, in Bellflower, Calif. ...Son of Darryl Davis and Ace Tuiasosopo...Has one older brother and one younger brother...Mother’s cousin is Manu Tuiasosopo, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and won a Super Bowl with the San Fran-

Starting QB W-l recored since 1993

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>> Defensive Back >> 6-1 | 180 | FR | RS >> Dallas, Texas >> Carter

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

cisco 49ers...Other Tuiasosopo cousins include Ashley (softball player at Arizona), Leslie (volleyball player and assistant coach at Washington), Marques (QB at Washington and for the Oakland Raid-

High School: Played cornerback, wide receiver and running back as a three-year letterman at Carter

ers), Matt (third baseman for the Seattle Mariners) and Zach (defensive end at Washington and in the

High School in southern Dallas...Had nine career interceptions, helping the Cowboys to consecutive

NFL)...Plans to major in business at Colorado State...Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.

appearances in the Texas 4A area playoffs...A first-team all-District 11 cornerback as a senior in 2010, had 33 tackles and picked off five passes, one of which he returned for a 42-yard touchdown in a 48-8 win over Pinkston...Out of the offensive backfield, also had three rushing TDs and

Career Statistics Year School 2011 CSU

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS 11-0

13-10--23

0.0-0

0.0-0

FF-FR-Yds 0-0-0

Int-Yds PBU 0-0

0

two receiving scores...Intercepted four passes as a second-team all-district corner in 2009, helping Carter to a 12-1 season and a district championship; also played wide receiver in ‘09 and caught 13 passes for 326 yards (25.1 avg.) and six TDs...Head football coach was Allen Wilson...A small forward, played basketball for three seasons, averaging 10 points and six rebounds per contest... Also graduated with four letters in track, contributing to Carter’s relay teams in addition to the high jump and long jump...Had 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Also recruited by Utah, Louisiana Tech and North Texas. Personal: Given name DeAndre Christopher Elliott...Born Nov. 21, 1992, in Oak Cliff, Texas...Son of Elizabeth Elliott...Has one older brother, one younger brother and two younger sisters...Interested in a business major at CSU...Hometown: Dallas, Texas.

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Matt Newton 1998 1999 2000 Three years

GS W-L 1 1-0 12 8-4 12 10-2 25 19-6

Pct 1.000 .667 .833 .760

Bowl -Liberty Liberty

Justin Holland 2003 2004 2005 Three years

GS W-L 1 0-1 6 2-4 11 5-5 19 8-11

Pct .000 .333 .545 .421

Bowl --Poinsettia

Moses Moreno 1995 1996 1997 Three years

GS W-L 5 3-2 12 7-5 13 11-2 30 21-9

Pct .600 .583 .846 .700

Bowl Holiday -Holiday

D.J. Busch 2001

GS W-L Pct 3 1-2 .333

Bowl --

Anthoney Hill 1993 1994 Two years

GS W-L 9 4-5 12 10-2 21 14-7

Pct .444 .833 .667

Bowl -Holiday

Caleb Hanie GS W-L Pct Bowl 2004 5 2-3 .400 2005 0 0-0 .000 2006 12 4-8 .333 2007 12 3-9 .250 Four years 29 9-20 .310

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Bradlee Van Pelt GS W-L Pct Bowl 2001 9 6-3 .667 New Orleans 2002 14 10-4 .714 Liberty 2003 12 7-5 .583 San Francisco Three years 35 23-12 .657 Ryan Eslinger 1998

GS W-L Pct 11 7-4 .636

Bowl --

Billy Farris 2008

GS W-L Pct Bowl 13 7-6 .538 New Mexico

Erich Prahl 1993

GS W-L Pct 2 1-1 .500

Grant Stucker 2009

GS W-L Pct Bowl 11 3-8 .272

Pete Thomas 2010 2011 Two Years

GS W-L 12 3-9 9 3-6 21 6-15

Pct .250 .333 .286

Bowl ---

Jon Eastman 2009

GS W-L Pct 1 0-1 .000

Bowl --

Garrett Grayson GS W-L Pct 2011 3 0-3 .000

Bowl --

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Bowl --

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Nu’uvali FA’APITO

High School: The No. 2-ranked linebacker in Central Florida (Orlando Sentinel) behind only a five-

regardless of position...A two-time all-state selection at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, estab-

>> Linebacker >> 6-0 | 221 | FR | RS >> La Quinta, Calif. >> La Quinta

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

A.J. FRIELER

star recruit (the No. 2 LB in the nation according to Rivals.com)...Was called the 11th-best overall prospect in the region, the No. 13 linebacker in all of Florida and the state’s No. 86 overall prospect

lished the Panthers’ record for career tackles early in his senior season, playing for a program that has sent more than 75 players to the next level since its inception in 1987...Voted by teammates the DPHS Defensive MVP in both 2008 and ‘09, and earned MVP honors at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game...A middle linebacker, helped the Panthers to three straight berths in the second round of the state playoffs, and consecutive district and conference

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>> Offensive Line >> 6-5 | 285 | FR | RS >> Greeley, Colo. >> Air Force Prep

titles (2008-09)...Team combined to go 21-3 over his final two seasons...Earned all-Orange County

2011: Did not play as a walk-on; practiced occasionally with the second- and third teams due to

honors as a senior, when the 11-1 Panthers registered a school record in wins before bowing out

injuries across the offensive line...Redshirted in his first official season of college football.

High School: An all-CIF Southern Section and all-Desert Sun linebacker as a senior at La Quinta High

in the second round of the Florida 6A playoffs in a 58-52, five-overtime loss to Apopka ...In 2009,

School, about 40 miles southeast of Palm Springs, Calif., lettered three years for the Blackhawks

broke the school’s career tackles mark in Week 2 against Kissimmee Osceola and new CSU team-

2010: Transferred to CSU from the Air Force prep school in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he spent

...Played fullback and linebacker as a senior captain in 2010, finishing with 116 tackles, nearly 20

mate Shaq Bell, en route to 132 stops, seven behind the line of scrimmage, two passes broken up,

the 2010-11 academic year and saw limited playing time due to injury.

stops behind the line of scrimmage, and six sacks...Also forced two fumbles and recovered another,

three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...As a junior all-state player, had a single-season

playing in every game for a 10-3 team that advanced to the CIF state semifinals...As a fullback, had

school-record151 tackles, including a single-game school mark 22 in a playoff contest...Played with

High School: As a senior at Greeley (Colo.) West High School, just 31 miles southeast of the CSU

four carries for 36 yards and one touchdown, and caught five passes for 68 yards and another TD...

new CSU teammate Nico Ranieri in 2008, contributing three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble

campus, garnered Denver Post All-Colorado honors, given to the state’s top players by position

Voted Most Valuable Linebacker by his coaches and teammates...As a junior in 2009, helped the

recoveries and a pair of blocked field goals in helping to lead DPHS to a 10-2 record and the second

regardless of classification, as a senior in 2009...Helped GWHS to a second straight Northern Con-

Blackhawks to an 8-4 record and a berth in the second round of the playoffs, playing defensive

round of the 6A state playoffs...Lettered three years, playing fullback and defensive line in addition

ference title as a senior offensive tackle, blocking for a 1,797-yard rusher as the Spartans spent

end and fullback...Also earned recognition on the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar

to his linebacking duties... Also lettered in track and weightlifting...Head football coaches were Dale

much of that season ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A polls, before falling to Wheat Ridge in the state

Athlete Team of Riverside County, for his athletic, academic and community-service achievements...

Salapa and Kevin Pettis...Had 4.84-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Also recruited by Michigan,

playoffs...A year earlier, when Wheat Ridge denied Greeley West in the state championship game at

Head football coach was Dan Armstrong...Also played rugby at LQHS, as a club athlete in 2009-10

Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Missis-

Invesco Field, earned his first of two consecutive all-state selections... A two-way starter for three

before helping to inaugurate the program as a varsity sport in 2010-11...Owned a 3.0 GPA...Had

sippi State, South Florida, Eastern Michigan and Western Kentucky.

years, also lined up at nose guard on defense, earning all-state recognition as both an offensive

4.71-second speed in the 40-yard dash and bench pressed 300 pounds...Also recruited by San Diego State, Boise State, Nevada and San Jose State.

tackle and defensive lineman in 2008 and 2009, in addition to all-conference honors at both posiPersonal: Given name Charles Edward Favors III...Born March 28, 1992, in Orlando, Fla. ...Son of

tions...Additionally received the Tyler MacKenzie Memorial Award, given to the athlete that best

Charles II and Egeria Meus...Has two older brothers and one younger brother...Uncle, Phillip Hales,

demonstrates the attributes of the U.S. Army soldier, a former West football player, killed in Iraq...

Personal: Given name Nu’uvali Daniel Fa’apito Jr. ...Name is pronounced new-OO-vall-ee fah-ah-

played at Alabama A&M...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elementary, work-

An All-American in track, was his team’s field MVP, throwing the discus a school-record 179 feet, 3

PEE-toh...Born Dec. 26, 1992, in Long Beach, Calif. ...Son of Nu’uvali Fa’apito Sr. and Christy Vande-

ing with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...In the summer of 2011, devoted a

inches...Lettered four years in track, and three years as a heavyweight wrestler, in addition to three

ver...Has two younger brothers and one younger sister...First name translates to painted village in

day to meeting and playing with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Wellington, Colo. ...Undeclared,

years in football... Academic all-state in both football and track as a junior and senior, graduated on

Samoan...Both his dad Nu’uvaliand two uncles, Pete and Fafi, played football at Cerritos Junior

interested in a business major at Colorado State...Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

the high honor roll with a 3.81 grade-point average...Joined former prep teammates Max Morgan

College...Undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: La Quinta, Calif.

and Connor Roggy on the CSU roster...High school football coach was his uncle, Mark Roggy. Career Statistics

2011 (Sophomore): A reserve middle linebacker, played in 10 games, posting 10 tackles (six solo)

Year School

and a pass breakup...In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), saw action at line-

2010 CSU

10-0

0-1--1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

pronounced FREE-ler...Son of Glenn and Jana Frieler...Has one older brother...Uncle, Mitch Roggy,

backer in the fourth quarter, breaking up a pass...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), made a

2011 CSU

10-0

6-4--10

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

1

played football at Colorado State, signing an NLI in 1976 before injuries shortened his career...

big tackle on a third-quarter punt...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), played several series

Career Totals

20-0

6-5--11

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

1

Another uncle, Mark Roggy, played football at Northern Colorado and served as his high school

as the Rams’ MLB.

FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

Personal: Given name Alex Jordan Frieler...Born Dec. 5, 1991, in Greeley, Colo. ...Last name is

coach...Cousin, Connor Roggy, also plays for the Rams...Majoring in business at Colorado State... Hometown: Greeley, Colo.

Charles FAVORS

8 37 94

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

Turnover ratio since 1993 Year 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

>> Linebacker >> 6-1 | 227 | JR | 2L >> Orlando, Fla. >> Dr. Phillips

2010 (Freshman): A linebacker with prototype size, played in 10 games, primarily on CSU’s kickoffcoverage unit, with one assisted tackle...One of seven true freshmen to play in CSU’s season-opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, made his college debut on the Rams’ kickoff team to open the second half...Did not travel at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9)...Returned to the kickoff coverage team

Give Take 26 22 22 14 19 19 20 22 22 22 19 12 22 27 27 15 33 19 23 31

+/-4 -8 Even +2 Even -7 +5 -12 -14 +8

Year 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995

Give Take 29 29 25 27 25 23 23 30 13 39 28 28 26 31

1994 1993 Totals

22 19 382

25 26 406

+/Even +2 -2 +7 *+26 Even +5 +3 +7 +24

*—ranked No. 1 in nation

at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23) and also played middle linebacker in the final defensive series...Also played LB in the final series vs. BYU (Nov. 13). Charles Favors

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injured his ankle on a Spartans TD run with 5:43 left in the second quarter and did not return...Did

down pass and force a field-goal attempt late in the first half, then hurried the passer in the end

>> Defensive Line >> 6-5 | 260 | SO | 1L >> Snohomish, Wash. >> Glacier Peak

57 94 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

• First Team: Athlon, Phil Steele

2011 (Freshman): Captured the starting role at defensive tackle early in spring practice and never

Austin GILLMORE

not play in loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15)...Didn’t start but returned to action in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), entering in first quarter and playing most of game; made a solid effort to deflect a third-

zone to disrupt a screen, nearly sacking the QB for a safety on the first play of the fourth quarter... Later in fourth quarter of Miners contest, shared in the first sack of his career, assisting Nuku Latu in dropping QB Nick Lamaison at the UTEP 6-yard line to force a punt...Early in second quarter at UNLV (Oct. 29), busted through the belly of the Rebels line to drop QB Caleb Herring for a loss on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, ending the threat with CSU trailing by a FG; later in quarter,

39 94

>> Tight End >> 6-0 | 200 | SR | 1L >> Bushland, Texas >> Bushland

injured his neck but returned to play in second half...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov.

2011 (Junior): After shifting from linebacker to fullback on Aug. 18, little more than two weeks

12), hurried Ryan Lindley on a first-quarter incompletion...Earned academic all-conference honors

before the opener, played in the first two games, with one start, but sustained a season-ending knee

following the season.

injury in Week 2...Wound up with one reception for 4 yards...Coaches saw enough in him over his first few practices to dub him the starting fullback entering the opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...

relinquished it, playing in 11 games, with 10 starts...Had 34 tackles (eight solo), 3½ stops behind the line of scrimmage, ½ sack, one pass broken up and one forced fumble...Made his college debut in a

Returner Biographies

Made his offensive debut in Lobos contest, entering the game on the second play; caught his first

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

career pass, in the third quarter...A week later vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), made his first major-

start at New Mexico (Sept. 3), recording a tackle for loss on the Lobos’ first series...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), made an important first-quarter play with the Aggies driving, immedi-

High School: Rated by Rivals.com the No. 9 overall prospect in Washington, and the No. 60 de-

college start, in the CSU backfield, but on the Rams’ first offensive play, a 31-yard Raymond Carter

ately penetrating the backfield to force a Chuckie Keeton fumble on third-and-7; teammate Austin

fensive tackle in the nation...Earned first-team all-state selections on both offensive and defensive

run that set up a quick TD, sustained a knee injury and did not return...In Denver loss vs. Colorado

Gray recovered at the Rams’ 30...Later helped CSU hold off the Aggies, 35-34, in double overtime,

lines as a senior, and first-team all-state honors on defense as a junior, playing his final two seasons

(Sept. 17), his first game out of action, was the first player to congratulate his brother after a key,

denying USU of a game-winning two-point conversion...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1),

at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Wash., about 30 miles northeast of Seattle...Helped

34-yard reception that set up a first-quarter TD.

inaugurate the football program at a school that opened in 2008...A two-year starter on both lines of scrimmage, played offensive tackle, defensive end and defensive tackle ...As a blind-side offensive

2010 (Sophomore): A January transfer from Division II West Texas A&M, earned playing time for

tackle, allowed just two sacks in two years as a starter, protecting a QB that threw for 3,322 yards

CSU during spring practice and played in seven games...Had four total stops (three solo), with one

and 34 TDs in `09...Was among the oldest on his team for two seasons (the school did not have a

tackle for loss...Made his CSU debut in season-opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, on

senior class in its first year; member of GPHS’ first graduating class)...The North Puget Sound Area

special teams...Battled injury but worked his way back into the special-teams coverage units and

Defensive Player of the Year (Everett Herald) as a senior, was all-state on both sides of the ball, help-

returned to action in win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16)...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), saw fourth-quarter action at

ing the second-year Grizzlies to the Class 3A state quarterfinals and a 9-3 record...In 2009, finished

linebacker...Saw extensive snaps at SDSU (Nov. 6).

second on the team and ranked among Washington state leaders at his position with 42 tackles; also had 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage, three forced fumbles and three passes batted down, but

Junior College: Did not play in two seasons, including a redshirt year, at Division II West Texas A&M

only one sack as opponents double- and triple-teamed him all season...An occasional power back,

of the Lone Star Conference...Tranferred to Colorado State to enroll in January 2010 and practiced

also had two carries for 5 yards and one TD...During the playoffs, made critical plays in helping

the entire spring with the Rams.

GPHS win a double-OT contest one week, then defeat a previously unbeaten team the next before bowing out to the state’s top-ranked program, Bellevue...Also invited to the state’s all-star game...As

High School: A three-sport athlete at Bushland High School in Bushland, Texas, lettered in football

a junior, started on both sides of the ball and led the 5-5 Grizzlies to a playoff berth in their first sea-

(1), basketball (2) and track (4)...Teammates were fellow Rams Weston Richburg and Crockett Gill-

son, earning first-team all-state honors as a defender, and first-team all-Wesco Conference recogni-

more, his brother...High school football coach was David Flowers.

tion as both an offensive and defensive lineman...Spent his sophomore season at Snohomish High School, lettering for a team that went 9-2 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs...

Personal: Given name Austin Gillmore...Born Oct. 8, 1989, in Amarillo, Texas...Parents are Phillip

Began high school as a freshman at Seattle O’Dea, where he played football and lettered in track...

and Rose Gillmore...Has two older brothers, a younger brother, Crockett (his teammate at CSU), and

Also earned all-state and all-area honors in track...With his 3.96 GPA, was academic all-conference

a younger sister...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at

in both football and track, in addition to several other academic honors...Ran the 40-yard dash in

Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...Made a couple Saturday appearances at the Centre Avenue Health

5.0 seconds...Head football coaches were Rory Rosenbach (GPHS), Mark Perry (Snohomish) and

& Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, working social events with patients, in February 2011...In the sum-

Monte Kohler (O’Dea)...Also recruited by Northwestern, New Mexico and Air Force, but not highly

mer of 2011, devoted a day to meeting and playing with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Wellington,

recruited because 2-year-old GPHS was not yet in most college databases, according to coaches.

Colo. ...A health and exercise science major...Hometown: Bushland, Texas.

Personal: Given name John Michael Froland...Nicknamed J-Fro...Born Oct. 6, 1991, in Seattle,

Career Rushing Statistics

Wash. ...Parents are Curtis Froland and Kristie Buchanan...Has a younger sister...Cousin, Garth

Year School

GP-GS

RUSH

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Enger, was an offensive lineman at Montana...Another cousin, Grant Enger, is an offensive lineman

2010 CSU

7-0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

.

0

at Oregon State...Enjoys several types of hunting, including bear, in addition to fishing, skiing and

2011 CSU

2-1

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

.

0

snowboarding in his spare time; built his own boat as a teenager...Invested time in kids’ lives at the

Career Totals

9-1

0

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

Boys & Girls Clubs, in both Fort Collins and Loveland, before and after 2011 spring practice...Major-

ing in construction management...Hometown: Snohomish, Wash.

Career Receiving Statistics REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

Career Statistics

2010 CSU

0

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

2011 CSU

1

4

4.0

0

4

2.0

Career Totals

1

4

4.0

0

4

0.4

Year School

John Froland

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Year School

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

2011 CSU

11-10

8-26--34

3.5-5

0.5-2

FF-FR-Yds 1-0-0

Int-Yds PBU 0-0

1

Avg/Gm

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Returner Biographies Crockett GILLMORE

with two stops for loss, including a big sack in his first college game...Also recovered a fumble,

end only three weeks earlier, saw plenty of playing time in Buffs contest and threw QB Tyler Hansen

>> Tight End >> 6-6 | 245 | JR | 2L >> Bushland, Texas >> Bushland

10 94 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

• Second Team: Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele

>> Award Watch Lists

• John Mackey Award - Top Tight End • CFPA Tight End Award - Top Tight End

broke up a pass, and had one QB hurry...Made his college debut, one of seven true freshmen to do so for CSU, in season-opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field...Despite moving to defensive for a 16-yard loss, his first career sack, to thwart a fourth-quarter drive nearing field-goal position and force a punt...Missed most of the week’s practice (respiratory illness) and played just one series at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18)...Saw several series in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2) and played most of the game at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9); threw QB Tim Jefferson for a 3-yard loss on a third-and-5 run, forcing a fourth-quarter punt...In fourth quarter of 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), recovered a fumble by QB Caleb Herring at midfield, setting up a CSU field goal...Did not play at SDSU (Nov. 6)...Converted back to tight end nine days before the 2011 spring game, again filling an injury void. High School: Garnered first-team all-district honors as both a wide receiver and defensive end, in multiple years at both positions, at Bushland (Texas) High School, near Amarillo in the Texas panhandle...Was a four-year starter for a program that began in his freshman year; helped team win 34

2011 (Sophomore): Having shifted from defensive end to tight end just nine days before the spring

of its 38 games over his final three seasons...The first 1,000-yard receiver in school history, caught

game, and heading into fall camp as the Rams’ No. 1 tight end, started all 12 games...A second-team

a BHS record 22 TD passes as a senior, and also racked up 26 career sacks on the defensive front...

all-conference selection (MW coaches/media, Phil Steele), finished 10th in the Mountain West with

Caught at least one TD in 13 consecutive games, from 2008-09...A team captain in 2009, guided

3.75 receptions per game...Led the team in receptions (45), receiving yards (468) and TD catches

the Falcons to the Texas Class 2A Division II state championship game, where BHS sustained its

(4), averaging 10.4 yards per grab, posting at least three catches in 11 of 12 games...Also threw a

season’s only loss to finish 15-1...Had 45 catches for 1,142 yards (25.4 avg.) and 22 scores - one

27-yard TD pass...Became the first tight end to lead the Rams in receiving since All-American Keli

TD for every two receptions - to earn 2009 honorable-mention all-state, first-team all-district, the

McGregor in 1984...Earned a spot on the midseason watch list of the John Mackey Award, Oct. 17...

Golden Spread 2A-3A Player of the Year, and the Amarillo Globe-News Offensive Player of the Year...

Selected first-team midseason all-conference by CollegeFootballNews.com on Oct. 21...Made his of-

Defensively, picked up Class 1-2A Defensive MVP honors (Rivals.com), first-team all-district, and

fensive debut at New Mexico (Sept. 3), making his first career catch in the second quarter, followed

first-team all-Golden Spread honors, collecting 88 tackles, nine sacks, three passes broken up, four

by a leaping 33-yard touchdown, CSU’s first of 2010 and the initial score of his career, late in the first

fumble recoveries and one interception...In 2008, again earned first-team all-district and all-Golden

half...In home-opening win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), helped open a hole for Chris Nwoke on

Spread honors as a wide receiver, helping BHS to a 10-1 record with 35 receptions for 644 yards and

a second-quarter TD run...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), caught five passes for 84 yards,

14 TDs...Also secured first-team all-state, first-team all-district and all-Golden Spread recognition

including a 23-yard fourth-quarter touchdown from WR Charles Lovett, off a Pete Thomas lateral;

as a defensive end, where he had 81 tackles, nine sacks, eight passes batted down, three fumble

on first CSU drive in Buffs contest, took a screen 34 yards to set up the Rams’ first touchdown,

recoveries and five forced fumbles...As a sophomore in 2007, received first-team all-district and

and later, in the third quarter, converted a third-and-11 with a 12-yard reception, setting up his TD

all-Golden Spread honors on defense, sparking the Falcons to a 9-2 mark with 67 tackles, five

reception from Lovett... Played a lead role in helping CSU to exhilarating, 35-34 triumph in double

sacks, one INT and five forced fumbles...Saw limited offensive action as a freshman and sophomore,

overtime at Utah State (Sept. 24)...First, with 42 seconds left after CSU had just pulled to 21-19 with

picking up 12 combined catches and six TD...Had three sacks, six interceptions and three fumble

a Chris Nwoke TD run, even after the Rams committed a 5-yard false-start penalty, essentially caught

recoveries as a freshman...A four-sport athlete, also lettered three times in basketball, twice in track

an 8-yard pass from Thomas for a two-point conversion that sent the game to OT; then, in the first

and twice in wrestling (had planned to continue participation in wrestling and track as a senior)...

overtime period, caught a 7-yard TD in the back of the end zone that knotted the score again...On

The district high-jump champion in 2009, took home first-team all-district honors in 2009, and

Nwoke’s TD at the end of regulation, somehow blocked two Utah State defenders at the point of at-

second-team all-district in 2008...Head football coach was David Flowers...Had 4.72 speed in the

tack...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), caught a pass in a fifth-straight game...In loss vs. No.

40-yard dash...Gained 25 pounds after his junior season...Also recruited by Missouri, New Mexico,

5 Boise State (Oct. 15), caught a lateral from Pete Thomas, then lofted a 27-yard touchdown pass to

TCU, UTEP, Oklahoma State and Utah.

FB Joe Brown to put the Rams on the scoreboard in the second quarter; on next possession, caught two passes for 30 yards, including a 25-yarder, on another touchdown drive...Drew a facemask

Personal: Given name Crockett Allen Gillmore...Born Nov. 16, 1991, in Amarillo, Texas...Son of Phil

penalty in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), putting the Rams on the Miners’ doorstep early in second quarter,

and Rose Gillmore...Has three older brothers, including his CSU teammate Austin,and one younger

then set up a fourth-quarter TD with a 9-yard reception on fourth-and-8... Registered an early career

sister... Followed Colorado State teammate Weston Richburg from Bushland to the Rams...In June

high in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29) with six catches, several in clutch fashion, including a go-ahead 1-yard

before the ‘11 season, assisted at a youth football clinic in Windsor, Colo., for kids ages 8-12...Before

TD early in the second half; the score increased his TD total to four, most by a CSU player since WR

2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids

Dion Morton had four in 2009, and the most by a CSU tight end since Kory Sperry had six in 2008...

with after-school programs...Had worked construction during the summer months...Interested in

In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), extended his season-long streak of games with

business and education as areas of study at Colorado State...Hometown: Bushland, Texas.

a catch to nine, including a 14-yard play on third-and-6 to extend an eventual game-tying TD drive in the fourth quarter; also delivered a key block on Chris Nwoke’s 63-yard TD run in the first quarter...

Career Statistics

In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), saw his 10-game reception streak end...In season finale vs. Wyoming

Year School

GP-GS

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

(Dec. 3), left with an injury midway through the fourth quarter.

2010 CSU

11-0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

2011 CSU

12-12

45

468

10.4

4

34

3 9 . 0

2010 (Freshman): Began August practice as a tight end but converted to defensive end shortly

Career Totals

23-12

45

468

10.4

4

34

2 0 . 3

before the season opener, filling an injury void...Played in 11 games...Totaled 11 tackles (eight solo),

*Recorded 11 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass broken up and 1 fumble recovery as DE in 2010.

* Additional statistics: Threw 27-yard TD pass vs. Boise State (10/15/11)

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Returner Biographies

Colorado State’s 17 sets of Brothers since 1993 Name, Pos Years T.J. Borcky, QB/WR/FB 2007-11 Bobby Borcky, WR 2010-

Hometown Orlando, Fla.

High School Lake Highland Prep

Mack Craft, CB Jason Craft, CB

1992-95 1997-98

Denver, Colo.

East

Justin Gallimore, CB Jason Gallimore, CB

1999-01 1999-01

Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Wheat Ridge

Austin Gillmore, LB Crockett Gillmore, DE/TE

2010- 2010-

Bushland, Texas

2004-08 1998-99

Atwood, Kan.

Chris Kawulok, TE Michael Kawulok, LB Joe Kawulok, DL

2004-08 20082011-

Boulder, Colo.

Klint Kubiak, DB Klay Kubiak, QB

2005-09 2007-10

Englewood, Colo.

Wade Landers, DE Jake Landers, DL

2005-08 2008

Durango, Colo.

Kevin McDougal, RB Matt McDougal, K/P

1994-96 1996-99

Arvada, Colo.

2004-07 2005-09

vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), played in the fourth quarter at guard after Weston Richburg’s ejection; made

>> Offensive Line >> 6-4 | 291 | JR | 2L >> Libby, Mont. >> Libby

• Second Team: Phil Steele

Atwood

Monarch

Regis

worked his way into the rotation at guard and played in 10 games as a reserve...Made his college debut late in loss at Nevada (Sept. 11), playing guard on CSU’s final drive...In dramatic 36-35 win a key lead block on T.J. Borcky’s TD reception in the fourth quarter...Also played several series at guard in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), initially entering in the second quarter, and saw fourth-quarter action at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), and several series during the first and second halves of big win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16)...Played the last series at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23)...In 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), played virtually the entire second half at guard, helping the Rams to 328 rushing yards, their most since the 2008 New Mexico Bowl...At SDSU (Nov. 6), played several series, beginning in the second quarter.

2011 (Sophomore): Entrenched as the starter at guard since the beginning of spring ball, started all 12 games...As a sophomore first-year starter, garnered second-team all-conference honors (Phil

Jeff Horinek, LB Deone Horinek, P

Damon Morton, WR Dion Morton, DB

64 94 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

Bushland

Jordan GRAGERT

2010 (Freshman): After enrolling as a grayshirt signee in January 2009 and redshirting last year,

2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

Steele)...Made his first career start in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), making a lead block on Chris Nwoke’s game-winning touchdown run in the fourth quarter...One week later, in win

High School: A grayshirt, enrolled at CSU for the spring 2009 semester and began practice in the

vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), made another lead block on a Nwoke touchdown, as well as an im-

spring...In 2007, earned first-team all-state honors as an offensive lineman...Also was voted his

portant block on Raymond Carter’s short TD run, helping CSU rush for 242 yards...Quietly helped the

conference’s defensive MVP...As a senior, was first-team all-conference on both sides of the ball, as

Rams to exhilarating, 35-34 win in double overtime at Utah State (Sept. 24), helping RB Chris Nwoke

an offensive and defensive tackle...Was an all-conference offensive lineman as a junior...Helped his

(11 carries, 47 yards, two TD on final three possessions) earn MW Offensive Player of the Week as

team to three straight conference titles, and consecutive appearances in the state semifinals, in 2006

CSU erased a 21-13 deficit in the final minute of regulation...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15),

and 2007...The Loggers were 25-2 over his final two seasons...Served as team captain in 2007...

awarded by coaches as the Rams’ offensive player of the game for his efforts against the Broncos’

Head coach was Neil Fuller...Also lettered in basketball and track.

stout front...In losing cause at UNLV (Oct. 29), helped the Rams to 250 rushing yards, including 156

Riverside, Calif.

Durango

Arvada West

North

from Chris Nwoke...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), helped RB Chris Nwoke to

Personal: Given name Jordan Charles David Gragert...Last name is pronounced GRAY-gurt...Born

232 rushing yards, most by an FBS player in Week 11, and then the most by a CSU player ever at

Nov. 20, 1989, in Libby, Mont. ...Parents are Pat and Cheri Gragert...Has an older brother, Hunter...

Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged 7.83 yards per carry, sixth-best in program annals; made key

Spent an afternoon visiting with developmentally disabled kids serviced by Respite Care in both

blocks on each of Nwoke’s big runs in the first half, a 63-yard TD and a 67-yard burst...In loss vs.

February 2010 and July 2011...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls

Air Force (Nov. 26), made a lead block to help spring Chris Nwoke on a 62-yard TD run in the third

Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...For a month during the summer

quarter, assisting the RB to a Hughes Stadium record 269 rushing yards, third most in CSU history

of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunc-

and third most by an individual at the FBS level in 2011...Helped Nwoke become first player in Rams

tion with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Majoring in

history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in the same season...Early in loss vs. Wyoming (Dec.

sociology...Hometown: Libby, Mont.

3), threw a block to help push the pile on QB Garrett Grayson’s 20-yard run, setting up a first-quarter

Most Bowl Appearances by MW Teams since 1994

Nathan Pauly, LB Eric Pauly, LB

2003-07 2000-03

Conway Springs., Kan. Conway Springs

Morgan Pears, OL Erik Pears, OL

1999-02 2000-04

Denver, Colo.

Drew Reilly, DB Beau Reilly, QB

2011 2011-

Valley Center, Calif.

Valley Center

Brady Schneider, DB Brian Schneider, LB

1993-96 1990-93

Arvada, Colo.

Pomona

Aaron Sprague, DB Russell Sprague, WR

1998-01 2000-03

Holyoke, Colo.

Holyoke

Colorado State (10): 2008-New Mexico, 2005-Poinsettia, 2003-San Francisco, 2002-Liberty, 2001-New Orleans, 2000-Liberty, 1999-Liberty, 1997-Holiday, 1995-Holiday, 1994Holiday

Ben Stratton, DB Dane Stratton, OL Alex Stratton, S

2002-06 2004-08 2008-09

Cheyenne, Wyo.

East

Hawai’i (7): 2010-Hawai’i, 2009-Hawai’i, 2006-Hawai’i, 2004-Hawai’i, 2003-Hawai’i, 2001Hawai’i, 1999-O’Ahu

Bob Vomhof, DE Mike Vomhof, DE

2003-07 2001-05

Gillette, Wyo.

FG; also helped Raymond Carter to 158 yards and two TDs on the ground. Career Division I games played/started: 22/12 (12/12 in 2011; 10/0 in 2010).

Kennedy

Boise State (12): 2011-Las Vegas, 2010-Las Vegas, 2009-Fiesta, 2008-Poinsettia, 2007Hawaii, 2006-Fiesta, 2005-MPC Computers, 2004-Liberty, 2003-Fort Worth, 2002Humanitarian, 2000-Humanitarian, 1999-Humanitarian Fresno State (11): 2010-Humanitarium, 2009-New Mexico, 2008-New Mexico, 2007-Humanitarium, 2005-Liberty, 2004-MPC Computers, 2003-Silicon Valley, 2002-Silicon Valley, 2001-Silicon Valley, 2001-Silicon Valley, 1999-Las Vegas Air Force (10): 2011-Military, 2010-Independence, 2009-Armed Forces, 2008-Armed Forces, 2007-Armed Forces, 2002-San Francisco, 2000-Silicon Valley, 1998-O’Ahu, 1998-Liberty, 1997-Las Vegas

Nevada (7): 2011-Hawai’i, 2010-Kraft Fight Hunger, 2009-Hawai’i, 2008-Humanitarium, 2007-New Mexico, 2006-MPC Computers, 2005-Hawai’i Campbell Cty.

New Mexico (6): 2007-New Mexico, 2006-New Mexico, 2004-Emerald, 2003-Las Vegas, 2002-Las Vegas, 1997-Insight.com San Diego State (3): 2011-New Orleans, 2010-Poinsettia, 1998-Las Vegas Wyoming (3): 2011-New Mexico, 2009-New Mexico, 2004-Las Vegas Jordan Gragert

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Austin GRAY

Garrett GRAYSON

>> Defensive Back >> 6-3 | 208 | SO | 1L >> Abilene, Texas >> Wylie

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>> Quarterback >> 6-2 | 215 | SO | 1L >> Vancouver, Wash. >> Heritage

2011 (Freshman): A former wide receiver, earned the starting role out of spring practice and started

2011 (Freshman): A grayshirt, enrolled in January 2011 and began practice with the Rams in the

all 12 games...Finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles (33 solo), posting one tackle for loss,

spring...Wound up playing in four games as a true freshman, with three starts - all over the final third

five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, an interception, and an electrifying blocked-FG return...

of the season...Connected on 55.8 percent of his passes (43-for-77) with two touchdowns and six

Made his college debut and first career start in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3)... In

interceptions...Did his most damage on the ground, with 193 yards on 47 carries (4.1 avg.) and one

exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), made an important first-quarter play with the Aggies driv-

TD...The No. 22-ranked all-purpose quarterback in the nation and No. 17 overall prospect from the

ing, pouncing on a Chuckie Keeton fumble on third-and-7, at the Rams’ 30...Later helped CSU hold

state of Washington (Rivals.com), showed remarkable poise in making his college debut in windy,

off the Aggies, 35-34, in double overtime, denying USU of a game-winning two-point conversion...

18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12)...Replaced injured starter Pete Thomas (knee) to begin the

In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), stepped up in a secondary with only three safeties and nearly intercepted

second series of the second quarter, with the Rams trailing 15-7, and on his first snap, completed

two passes, one of which, in the third quarter, prevented a Miners TD...Gave CSU late life in loss at

a 5-yard pass over the middle to T.J. Borcky; after Chris Nwoke’s 67-yard run on the next play,

UNLV (Oct. 29), returning a FG blocked by Shaq Bell 61 yards to the Rebels’ 4-yard line, setting up

scrambled up the middle and fumbled on the carry to end the drive...Overcame another turnover on

a go-ahead touchdown; earlier, made a TD-saving tackle, taking a nice angle...In windy, 18-15 loss

his second drive, a tipped interception, to rally the Rams on a dramatic, 14-play, 71-yard drive to

vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), nearly picked off Ryan Lindley late in the second quarter...In loss at

tie the game, 15-15, in the fourth quarter; completed 3-of-4 passes on the march, and picked up 7

No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), broke up a second-quarter pass and established an early career high with a

yards on three carries, including consecutive carries to end the possession, a 4-yard run to convert

game-best 10 tackles...One week later, vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), blasted into the backfield to drop RB

a third-down, and a 1-yard sneak to make the score 15-13...Then, on the ensuing two-point attempt,

Asher Clark for a 3-yard loss on first-and-goal, helping the Falcons eventually have to settle for a

dropped back to pass, then found a hole in the middle and dove into the end zone for the game-tying

field goal...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), made a touchdown-saving tackle late in the first

tallies...One week later, made first career start, at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), which had upset then-No. 5

half on a drive that ended in a CSU takeaway, then registered his first career interception, picking off

Boise State the week before, and played remarkably well, considering he was the 17th true freshman

Brett Smith at the Rams’ 5-yard line with 3:19 remaining and CSU trailing 20-19...Earned academic

in the nation to start at QB in 2011...On a designed rollout on his first snap of TCU contest, found

all-conference honors following the season.

Matt Yemm for 34 yards to pierce Frogs territory, en route to connecting on nine of his first 11 passes; then, late in the third quarter, eluded a blitz and used exceptional vision to spot a wide-open

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

Raymond Carter for a 66-yard score, the first TD pass of his career...Also in Frogs contest became the first CSU quarterback without a sack in 23 games, while rushing for five first downs and 53 yards

High School: Signed with the Rams during the summer of 2010...Started not only at wide receiver

on eight carries...One week later in loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), guided the Rams on a game-opening,

and free safety, but also handled kicking and punting duties as a senior at Wylie High School in

87-yard TD drive, matching the team’s longest in terms of yards in 2011, capping the march with a

Abilene, Texas, helping the Bulldogs to the Texas state title game...A first-team all-state selection

4-yard strike to Byron Steele to give CSU a 7-0 lead...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), led the

(Rivals.com), caught 52 passes for 828 yards and five touchdowns in 2009 as WHS advanced to the

Rams on a pair of second-half TD drives to erase a 14-6 deficit and, with 91 rushing yards, nearly

Class 3A Division I state championship, where the Bulldogs lost to Gilmer...Second-team all-state

became the first CSU QB since Bradlee Van Pelt in 2003 with a 100-yard rushing game...In Cowboys

as a kicker (Associated Press, Texas Sportswriters), he connected on 10 of 13 field-goal attempts,

contest, had carries of 20, 15, 14 and 16 yards; also converted key first downs with his legs on each

including a 49-yarder, and racked up 30 touchbacks on kickoffs...At both wide receiver and kicker,

second-half TD drive, extending the first with a pass to T.J. Borcky on fourth-and-4.

also earned a spot on Rivals’ All-West Texas squad and the All Big Country Super Team...Additionally

Austin Gray

as a senior, was a first-team all-district safety, accounting for three career interceptions...A three-

High School: A grayshirt, enrolled in January 2011 and began practice with the Rams in the spring...

year letterman and two-year starter, helped the team to three consecutive district titles and a pair

Personal: Given name Austin Riley Gray...Born Aug. 8, 1991, in Abilene, Texas...Parents are Stephen

The No. 22-ranked all-purpose quarterback in the nation and No. 17 overall prospect from the state

of appearances in the state semifinals, in addition to the 2009 state championship...In 2008, WHS

and Jana Gray, both graduates of Texas A&M...Has a younger brother and younger sister...Dad,

of Washington (Rivals.com)...Appeared three times as both the first-team quarterback in his confer-

saw its season end in double-overtime, a one-point loss to the eventual Texas champion; saw limited

Stephen, ran track at McMurry University...Participated in National Honor Society, Fellowship of

ence and the first-team quarterback in his region, at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Wash., just

action that season, but still caught 28 passes for 479 yards and six scores...Owns 4.56-second

Christian Athletes, Young Life and Peer Assisted Leadership; also volunteered on Thanksgiving at

across the Oregon border from Portland...Broke most of Washington’s Class 4A state passing re-

speed in the 40-yard dash and graduated with a 3.78 core grade-point average, which earned him

his local mission and played guitar as a worship leader at his church...Also enjoys mountain biking,

cords, and had the nation’s highest completion percentage as a senior, 73.2 percent...Topped 10,000

academic all-state accolades...Head football coach Hugh Sandifer, whose staff also honored Gray

snowboarding and wakeboarding...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elemen-

yards in total offense during his prep career...Garnered consecutive Greater St. Helens League MVP

with the 2009 Don Mouser Award, given to an outstanding senior that displayed true dedication,

tary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Before the 2011 season,

honors, in 2008 and ‘09...A three-year starting quarterback and three-year letterwinner, also played

desire and determination...Earned four letters in track, and chose CSU over scholarship offers in that

spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home

free safety, cornerback and wide receiver, and served two seasons as a team captain...Guided the

sport to Texas A&M and Texas Tech...In spring 2010, qualified for state in the high jump (personal

Park...Majoring in agricultural business...Hometown: Abilene, Texas.

Timberwolves to three straight Class 4A playoff berths and a GSHL championship in 2008...His con-

best 6 feet, 8 inches), 110-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay...As a junior, qualified for state in

ference’s Player of the Year in 2009, completed 73.2 percent of his passes (238-for-325), for 2,720

the long jump...A forward in basketball, also earned all-district honors as a junior, lettering twice...

Career Statistics

Played soccer as a freshman...Also recruited as a football player by Colorado, Kentucky, Montana,

Year School

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

San Diego State, Rice and TCU.

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yards, with 18 TD and only five INT...Also as a senior, averaged 8.2 yards on 117 carries (958 yards), 1.0-3

0.0-0

*Returned a blocked field goal 61 yards at UNLV (10/29/11)

FF-FR-Yds 0-1-0

Int-Yds PBU 1-0

5

with nine TDs, and caught two passes for 22 yards and a 20-yard TD...Among his top games in 2009, led the Timberwolves to a critical 30-29 conference win over Kelso with 361 yards, among national leaders that weekend, on 32-of-41 passing, with three TDs...Three of his team’s losses as a senior

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were by a combined 12 points...As a junior, received his first GSHL MVP and guided HHS to a league

Lou GREENWOOD

title by throwing for 3,129 yards, connecting on 69.2 percent of his passes (236-for-341), with 18 TD and 11 INT...Also in 2008, had 541 yards on 75 carries (7.2 avg.), with three TDs...Threw to a Division I receiver and was protected by a Division I offensive lineman in 2008...Went 7-3 in his first year as a starter, 2007, completing 72.9 percent of his passes (186-for-255) with 23 TDs and eight INTs, in addition to 318 yards on 38 carries (8.4 avg.), with three TDs...Also played basketball (three letters), serving as a team captain and averaging 6.7 points per game, and ran track (four), winning district titles in both the 300- and 110-meter hurdles...Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds... Earned academic all-conference honors in all three sports, with a 3.1 GPA...Head football coach was

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Nate Becksted...Also recruited by Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Idaho

2011 (Junior): A second-year starter and former running back, played in 11 games with six starts...

State and Eastern Washington.

Finished second on the team in both receptions (26) and receiving yards (396), averaging 15.2 yards per catch, with two touchdowns...Also carried six times for -3 net yards...Started the season-

Personal: Given name Garrett Bradley Grayson...Nicknamed G-Man...Born May 29, 1991, in Van-

opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), and made a pivotal, 27-yard reception late in the first half,

couver, Wash. ...Parents are Brad and Jody Grayson...Has an older sister...Uncle, Danny Grayson,

getting his feet down barely in bounds; one play later, CSU took the lead with a TD pass to Crockett

was an All-American linebacker at Washington State, selected in the seventh round of the 1990

Gillmore; also had a first-down run on the game-winning TD drive in the fourth quarter...In home-

NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers...Took part in a goodwill party at Respite Care of Fort Collins,

opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), converted a third-down play with a 15-yard catch

working with disabled youngsters, in February 2011...Invested time in kids’ lives at the Fort Collins

in the second quarter...Led the Rams with four catches in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24),

Boys & Girls Club prior to the 2011 season...Undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown:

including an 18-yard reception to set up a late-second-half FG that put CSU on the board; one play

Vancouver, Wash.

before the catch, had lost 15 yards on an end-around carry...Had a career day in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), with 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns, both personal bests; fought off defenders to haul in a 41-yard TD to put CSU on the board in the first quarter, then caught a 25-yard

Career Passing Statistics Year School

GP-GS

Effic

Cmp Att Int

Pct

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/G

strike in the second quarter...In second quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), drew an

4-3

107.96

43 77 6

55.8

542

2

66

1 3 5 . 5

important pass-interference penalty on a touchdown drive...Late in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), sustained

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a blow to the head after making a catch...Converted an early third down in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), then got open to catch a key 31-yard pass on the Rams’ final drive...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San

Career Rushing Statistics Year School

Yds

Avg TD Lg

Diego State (Nov. 12), caught a first-drive pass and broke a tackle for 17 yards, one play before the

-- his first career attempt -- overshooting QB Pete Thomas for a sure TD on the Rams’ first drive;

47

193

4.1 1 20

Rams’ first TD...Late in the first half of loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), hauled in a 29-yard catch to

converted a third-and-8 with a key second-quarter reception...Against BYU (Nov. 13), caught five

set up a field goal.

passes for 54 yards, including a 12-yard grab to convert a third-and-4 on the Rams’ lone TD drive,

2011 CSU

Lou Greenwood

RUSH

*Additional statistics

in the fourth quarter. 2010 (Sophomore): A gifted playmaker in a deep offensive backfield, was permanently moved to WR

Garrett Grayson

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after spring practice and played in all 12 games, with nine starts...Led the team with 474 receiving

2009 (Freshman): Played in 11 games as a RB and kickoff-return man...Had 147 yards on 42 carries

yards, on 34 catches (13.9 avg.), with two TDs...Also had 61 yards on 16 carries (3.8 avg.), with

(3.5 avg.), scoring twice, and caught 13 passes for 221 yards and another two TDs...Also returned

one TD, and returned one kickoff for 19 yards...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), made his first career start;

15 kickoffs for 288 yards (19.2 avg.), an extra dimension that helped persuade coaches to use

nearly scored on a key fourth-down reception in the third quarter with the Rams fighting to climb

him as a true freshman...Sat out the opener at Colorado (Sept. 6), then made his college debut in

back in the game, but a penalty wiped out the 36-yard play...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept.

24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), seeing significant snaps...First entered contest during initial

25), made a second straight start and converted an early third down with a 12-yard catch; then,

period, and actually caught a pass on his first play, but a holding penalty wiped out the yardage...In

with the Rams down 13-0 late in the first half, hauled in a 16-yard catch to pierce Vandals territory

conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), returned kickoffs during the second half, includ-

despite a pass-interference call (declined), giving the Rams important yards en route to their first

ing a 25-yarder late in the game...Broke out in bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho, with four catches for 74

TD; also had an 11-yard catch wiped out by penalty...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), had 55

yards, including his first career TD, a gorgeous, 39-yard screen pass in which he broke a tackle then

yards of combined offense, including a pair of reverse runs for 31 yards; scored on the first reverse,

raced most of the yards after the catch, bringing the Rams to within two points in the final 2 minutes;

a 13-yard sweep around left end to put the Rams on the board...Later in Falcons contest, his 18-yard

two plays earlier, made a one-handed catch to gain critical yards and move the chains...Earlier in

run, longest of his career, set up another CSU TD...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), caught just two

Vandals contest, broke a tackle on a 20-yard gain during a first-quarter TD march, moved the chains

passes but they were the longest pair of receptions in his career; first, beat his man down the middle

on another TD drive late in the first half, and provided a spark with a 38-yard kickoff return, setting

on a 55-yard reception late in the first quarter, setting up a TD, then in the second quarter used his

up a third-quarter FG...Scored his first career rushing TD late in 34-16 loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31),

speed to separate from a CB and snag Pete Thomas’ perfectly placed ball down the right sideline for

a 2-yard blast; set up the score with a 10-yard run to the Falcons’ 2...In loss at UNLV (Nov. 7), had

a 73-yard score...The last reception was the longest pass by a CSU team in two years and completed

122 all-purpose yards, including 65 rushing; set up a game-tying TD with a 7-yard run off a Statue

a two-play, 94-yard drive in 40 seconds, giving him his first 100-yard receiving day...His 64.0 yards

of Liberty play in the second quarter, then on a third-quarter FG drive, had three carries for 22 yards,

per catch vs. UNLV was the best single-game effort by an MWC player in 2010...At No. 9 Utah (Oct.

including a third-and-1 conversion, and a physical 13-yard effort in which he broke a tackle at first

23), made a diving 19-yard reception and drew a late-hit flag to help set up a second-quarter FG...

contact...Also had a 14-yard run, dragging several tacklers with him over the final few yards...In last-

In 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), put the Rams on the board with a game-tying, 43-yard TD

second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), led all players with 76 receiving yards, including a go-ahead

catch in the first quarter, beating his man to the ball, then dragging him the last 8 yards into the end

50-yard TD late in the third quarter; earlier, had a 13-yard carry on the Rams’ game-tying TD drive

zone...Later in the same quarter, his 20-yard end-around run helped to set up another CSU TD...

in the first quarter, and made a nice move to break a tackle and gain 20 receiving yards to convert

At SDSU (Nov. 6), caught a career-best seven passes, two in the fourth quarter, one of which went

a third-and-8 on a long third-quarter drive...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), gave the Rams a

for 19 yards on the Rams’ TD drive that brought CSU to within one score, 24-19; also threw a pass

6-0 lead with an 8-yard TD run.

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High School: Rushed for 734 yards in seven games and scored 12 touchdowns on just 102 carries

nailed down a spot on the Denver Post’s All-Colorado team, the state’s best 31 players regardless

High School: A unanimous first-team all-district selection, also earned Team Texas (TexasHSFoot-

as a senior at Conroe (Texas) High School, helping the Tigers to a 6-4 record and a playoff berth...

of classification...A first-team all-Northern Conference selection for three consecutive years (2008-

ball.com) and third-team all-state(Texas Sportswriters) recognition, ranking him among the top

Named second-team District 14-5A and the 10th-best running back in Texas by Recruiting Insider...A

10), also garnered first-team all-area recognition from the Longmont Times-Call (2009 and ‘10),

six offensive tacklesin Texas’ largest classification...Helped lead Carroll High School, in the DFW

team captain, in the first half alone against Westside, rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns...

and first-team all-region honors from the Boulder Daily Camera (2009 and ‘10)...Was his team’s

Metroplex, to a district title and the third round of the Class 5A Region I state playoffs...Awarded

Had 172 yards and a touchdown vs. Seven Lakes...Rivals.com ranked him as the 44th-best running

Offensive Lineman of the Year as a team captain in 2010...Began his starting streak in 2007, drawing

three stars by Rivals.com, who ranked him the No. 80 offensive tackle in the nation...Was the only of-

back in the country and the No. 94 overall player in the state of Texas...As a junior, rushed for 812

his initial career nod as a freshman in the first round of the state playoffs, the only year in which his

fensive lineman from his 2009 CHS team to earn an FBS scholarship, joining teammates that signed

yards and 13 touchdowns as Conroe made the playoffs for the first time since 1999...Earned first-

team didn’t advance at least to the quarterfinals of the postseason...An honorable-mention all-state

with Alabama, Texas Tech, Houston, Miami (Fla.) and Tulsa...Joins a group of Carroll football alumni

team all-district honors as a junior, and was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year in 2006...

selection as a junior in 2009, helped the Trojans to a berth in the 4A state championship game...

that includes Chase Daniel (Missouri/New Orleans Saints), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Scott Chandler

Head coach was Roger Holtkamp...As a sophomore, rushed for 627 yards and eight TDs...Chose

Had 55 tackles and five sacks as a defensive lineman in 2009 as the 11-3 Trojans rocketed through

(Iowa/New York Giants), Garrett Hartley (Oklahoma/New Orleans Saints), Kris Brown (Nebraska/

Colorado State over offers from Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Houston, Iowa State, Ole Miss and Baylor,

the playoffs before falling to Heritage at Invesco Field...The anchor of the LHS line, blocked for a

Houston Texans) and McKay Jacobson (BYU)...Started only one season, backing up all-state selec-

and drew interest from several other schools.

2009 offense that rushed for 3,031 yards with 40 TDs...In his first year as a starter, playing primarily

tion Matt Boyles as an underclassman...However, in that senior campaign, also garnered first-team

on defense, helped the Trojans to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the 2008 state quarterfinals,

all-area recognition (Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Super Team), and mention in the Star-Telegram

Personal: Given name Lorenzo Gene Greenwood...Born April 14, 1991, in Conroe, Texas...Parents

picking up first-team all-Northern Conference accolades...Head football coach was Doug Johnson...

Top 50, the Dallas Morning News Metroplex Top 100, and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football/maxpreps.

are Lorenzo (Lou) Greenwood and the late Brenda Gillaspie...Has two older sisters, one younger

Also appeared on the rosters of the Trojans’ basketball, track and wrestling teams...Threw the shot

com Top 300 in Texas...Additionally, ESPN Rise selected him as one of 26 all-combine players among

sister and one younger brother...In February before the ‘10 season, devoted a night to prepare food

and discus as an all-conference track athlete, earning sixth at state in 2010...Battled at the state

900 in attendance at the 2009 Nike Dallas Combine...Led the Dragons’ offensive line in overall point

and serve dinner to homeless individuals at the Open Door Mission in Old Town Fort Collins...Helped

wrestling championship after signing his CSU letter of intent...Had a 3.2 GPA and remarkable speed

production, including all three playoff contests...Did not allow a sack during the 13-game season

with organized sports for low-income students at a 2010 summer camp at Lincoln Middle School in

(4.88 seconds) for a lineman...Max bench press in high school was 345 pounds...Also recruited by

(more than 400 passing plays) for an offense that threw for 3,675 yards and 29 TDs, protecting a QB

Fort Collins...Undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Conroe, Texas.

San Diego State, Washington, Colorado, Kansas State, Utah, UCLA and Michigan.

that could eventually replace Case Keenum at Houston...Helped lead Carroll to a double-overtime win

Career Receiving Statistics

Personal: Given name Justin Alexander Reedy Hansen...Born April 28, 1992, in Seattle, Wash.

Also served as team captain and offseason training program captain...Lettered twice in football and

...Parents are Tom and Kara Hansen...Has two younger brothers...Diagnosed in second grade with

also threw the shot in track...Recognized on the Texas All-Scholastic Team in 2009 (Randy Rodgers

over Allen in the second round of the playoffs at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in front of 45,000 fans... Year School

GP-GS

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

2009 CSU

11-0

13

221

17.0

2

50

2 0 . 1

Asperger’s Syndrome, a hidden disability on the Autism spectrum that affects three in every 10,000

Recruiting) with a 3.5 GPA...Top time in the 40-yard dash is 5.07... Head football coach was Hal Was-

2010 CSU

12-9

34

474

13.9

2

73

3 9 . 5

people; has overcome the symptoms, which include physical awkwardness, difficulty in social situ-

son...Recruited by Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma State,

2011 CSU

11-6

26

396

15.2

2

41

3 6 . 0

ations and ability to grasp some things mentally, to make himself a better person and earn a major-

Purdue, San Diego State, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP, Rice, Mississippi State and Wyoming.

Career Totals

34-15

73

1091

14.9

6

73

32.1

college football scholarship...Will major in either business or computer science at Colorado State...

Hometown: Longmont, Colo.

Personal: Given name Mason L. Hathaway...Born Jan. 29, 1992, in Germantown, Wis. ...Parents are

Career Rushing Statistics Year School

Craig and Dawn Hathahway...Has an older sister...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at

RUSH

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

2009 CSU

42

147

3.5

2

14

1

2010 CSU

16

61

3.8

1

20

5

2011 CSU

6

-3

-0.5

0

6

-

Career Totals

64

205

3.2

3

20

6

Mason HATHAWAY

Avg/Gm 3

. .

0

1 .

.

3 2 0

Career Kickoff Return Statistics Year School 2009 CSU

RET

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

15

288

19.2

0

3

8 9

2010 CSU

1

19

19.0

0

1

Career Totals

16

307

19.2

0

38

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the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Before the 2011 season, spent a day with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins...Majoring in construction management...Hometown: Southlake, Texas.

>> Offensive Line >> 6-5 | 274 | SO | 1L >> Southlake, Texas >> Carroll

2011 (Freshman): A developing lineman with great potential, played in 11 games with one start... Missed several fall practices after an Aug. 16 ankle sprain, but returned to action in time to travel to Albuquerque, where he made his college debut as a reserve in season-opening win at New Mexico

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Justin HANSEN

(Sept. 3), as a substitute tackle for a few snaps in the second quarter...Played most of the Denver

on the first series in the Rams’ heavy package, and seeing several other snaps as the team’s strong-

>> Offensive Line >> 6-5 | 315 | FR | RS >> Longmont, Colo. >> Longmont

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), replacing injured T Joe Caprioglio (knee) with three minutes left in the first quarter...Played much of the following week in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), entering side tackle; made point-of-attack blocks on both Chris Nwoke touchdown runs, the game-tying score at the end of regulation, and the game-winning run in the second overtime...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), saw plenty of reserve snaps on the offensive line...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), entered as an extra tackle on the first series, then replaced an injured Paul Madsen early in the second quarter and played the balance of the game at tackle...In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), made his first career start, replacing Madsen (knee) at tackle...Did not start in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29) but saw several snaps, including a key TD drive early in the third quarter, briefly replacing Ty Sambrailo

High School: A four-year letterman and three-year starter - including 2009 and ‘10 on both sides

(elbow). Career Division I games played/started: 11/1 in 2011.

of the ball - helped control the line of scrimmage at Longmont High School, a notable factory for Division I and NFL offensive linemen just 45 minutes south of Fort Collins...Rated the state’s 11thbest overall prospect by Rivals.com...Received first-team Class 4A all-state honors as a senior, and

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Brandon HAYNES

High School: As a senior at Dallas (Texas) Jesuit College Prep, was a second-team all-district 8-5A

and tackle on the offensive line...Selected as the team’s co-offensive MVP...An all-District 7-5A first-

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selection...As a captain, led the Rangers into battle in a very tough district that featured the 5A Division I state champion, Allen High School, and the Division II runner-up, Wylie...Played both guard team selection as a junior, was named outstanding lineman for Jesuit...To start off his senior season in track and field, set his school record in the shot put with a throw of 56 feet, 3 inches, at the Arkansas High School Indoor Invitational...Had a 29-inch vertical leap, a 5.1-second time in the 40-yard dash, and bench pressed 300 pounds...Also holds the Jesuit school records for the dead lift (525 pounds), the power clean (275 pounds), and the squat (620 pounds)...Had a personal-best throw of

2011 (Sophomore): A key reserve interior lineman, overcame a knee sprain during fall camp and

169 feet, 11.5 inches, in the discus, and was a two-time district champion in both the shot put and

played in eight games...Took first-team reps at guard in place of an injured Jake Gdowski for nearly

the discus...A two-time regional qualifier (2007, 2008) in track and field, also was a state qualifier in

two weeks until sustaining his own knee injury Aug. 18...Worked his way back and played in his

2008...Head football coach was Bob Wunderlick...Chose Colorado State over interest from Kansas,

first 2011 game as a reserve in win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), helping CSU rush for 242

Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Southern Miss, UNLV, Northwestern State and Duke.

yards...Saw several offensive snaps in loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15)...Entered loss at UTEP (Oct. 22) as an extra tackle, occasionally lining up as a fullback...Also saw short-yardage snaps in

Personal: Given name Brandon Matthew Haynes...Born Jan. 25, 1991, in Dallas, Texas...Son of

losses at UNLV (Oct. 29), vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12) and at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19)...In loss vs. Air

Don and Anne Haynes...Has one older brother...Both parents are graduates of Grambling State...

Force (Nov. 26), saw several plays as an extra tackle, playing a small role in Chris Nwoke’s Hughes

Spent an afternoon visiting with patients and their families serviced by Respite Care in February

Stadium-record 269 rushing yards...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), entered as CSU’s main

before the ‘10 season...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Lin-

tackle for the second series, his first of several snaps in that role. Career Division I games played/

ton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank,

started: 11/0 (8/0 in 2011; 3/0 in 2010).

Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Before the 2011

2010 (Freshman): Played in three games as a reserve, all in consecuitve fashion...Made his college

season, spent a day with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins...Majoring in

debut late in big win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), then saw late action at Utah (Oct. 23) and vs. New Mexico

history...Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas.

(Oct. 30).

Tanner HEDSTROM

2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility...Participated on the CSU track & field team in the spring.

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Tanner Hedstrom High School: A first-team all-Front Range League selection at Fort Collins High School as a 2007 senior, was one of the top linebackers in the state of Colorado....A team captain, was named defensive MVP while leading the Lambkins to the playoffs...A four-year varsity letterwinner, was on two Lambkins conference championship teams and helped FCHS make the playoffs all four years of high

2011 (Sophomore): CSU’s primary long-snapper for punts and placements since Game 5 of his

school, advancing to the state semifinals two times...An academic all-conference selection, was

2010 freshman season, when he replaced an injured Scott Albritton, played in all 12 games...Life-

honored as the best player of his class every season...Head coach was Eric Rice...Was a teammate

saving in CSU’s exhilarating 35-34 win at Utah State (Sept. 24), recovered not one but two muffed

of current and former CSU players Matt Yemm, Scott Zick and Zach Donaldson.

punts, one late in the fourth quarter; with the Rams trailing 21-13 and only 2:06 left in regulation, pounced on an Eric Moats muff at the USU 15, setting up a game-tying TD and two-point conversion

Personal: Given name: Tanner Hedstrom...Born Feb. 28, 1990, in Fort Collins, Colo. ...Son of Dan

in the final minute that sent the game to overtime...Earlier, recovered another muffed punt to give

and Amie Hedstrom...Has two older sisters...Grandfather, Jerry Brumit, played college football in

CSU possession at the USU 35, and made a tackle on a previous punt...Earned MW Special Teams

Iowa, and father, Dan, played football at Mesa State...Aunt, Geri Brumit, played softball at Colorado

Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Aggies...In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), sustained a leg

State...Sister, Danni, currently plays softball at CSU-Pueblo, following in the footsteps of older sister

injury covering a punt late in the third quarter, but returned to snap the balance of the game...Earned

Breanna, who graduated in 2007...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys &

academic all-conference honors following the season. Career Division I games played/started: 20/0

Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...In June before the ‘11 sea-

(12/0 in 2011; 8/0 in 2010).

son, assisted at a youth football clinic in Windsor, Colo., for kids ages 8-12...Brought smiles and a good time to elderly patients struggling to overcome surgeries and other health issues, at the Lemay

2010 (Freshman): Pressed into service by the season-ending Week 5 knee injury to Scott Albritton,

Health and Rehab Facility in February before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010,

played in eight games, handling every snap over the final 75 percent of the season...Did not record a

helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in health and

tackle...Made his college debut in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), snapping for a punt late in the first half

exercise science...Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.

and the entire second half...Earned academic all-conference following the season. 2011 (Freshman): Played in four games, primarily in a special-teams role...Made his college debut

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2009: After enrolling at CSU in January, redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college

against No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15)...Also played at UTEP (Oct. 22), vs. Air Force (Nov. 26) and vs.

eligibility.

Wyoming (Dec. 3). 2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

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Blake JONES

Joe KAWULOK

>> Linebacker >> 5-11 | 215 | SO | VR >> Highlands Ranch, Colo. >> ThunderRidge

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High School: Was a three-sport athlete at ThunderRidge High School (football, track, and

2011 (Freshman): An intelligent and gifted true freshman, played in 10 games, with one start...Did

wrestling)...A four-year letterman in track and a two-year letterman in football...A first-team all-

not catch a pass as a true freshman...Not only took advantage of injuries during fall camp to ascend

Southern Conference linebacker in 2009...Head coach was Joe Johnson...Played with current CSU

the depth chart, but also impressed coaches enough to move him into key packages in the Rams’ of-

High School: A four-year letterman, played defensive line and tight end for Monarch High School,

running back Chris Nwoke.

fense...Earned a spot on the 64-man travel roster for season-opening contest at New Mexico (Sept.

near Boulder, Colo. ...Rated the No. 64 overall prospect in the Midlands region by SuperPrep and

3), but did not play...Made his college debut, as a starter and second tight end, in home-opening

the 10th-best player, regardless of position, in Colorado by the Denver Post...Guided his team to

Personal: Given name Kenneth Ryan Hulbert...Born March 11, 1992, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10)...In first minute of second quarter vs. Air Force (Nov. 26),

consecutive conference championships to close a stellar prep career...Earned first-team All-North

...Has one younger brother, Casey, who runs track at Metro State College of Denver...In February

sustained a serious knee injury blocking on a kickoff return and did not return...Earned academic

Metro Conference honors on both sides of the ball as both a senior in 2010 and a junior in 2009,

before 2011 spring practice, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to

all-conference honors following the season.

in addition to first-team all-state accolades as a senior defensive lineman...Also garnered first-team

the homeless...Undecided on a major at CSU...Hometown: Littleton, Colo.

Cory JAMES

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2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

2011: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

all-region honors as a senior defensive end...A team captain, also received the Coyotes’ Iron Man High School: Started his final 28 games, playing both tight end and offensive tackle, helping Tulsa

award for making the most plays on defense...Helped MHS to a 9-2 record in 2010, before an upset

Union - one of Oklahoma’s most dominant programs - win three consecutive Class 6A state cham-

in the first-round of the state playoffs...Posted 11 sacks as a senior, in addition to three touchdown

pionships...In his three years as a letterman (2008-10), the Redskins were 39-3, going 13-1 each

receptions on offense...As a junior in 2009, was a first-team all region and first-team all-conference

season...Primarily a tight end until the beginning of his senior season, demonstrated versatility and

tight end as his team advanced to the Colorado Class 4A state semifinals, where they lost their

unselfishness by starting all 14 games at left tackle in 2010...In fact, played so well at his new posi-

season’s only game (12-1)...As a junior, totaled 46 tackles, 16 stops for loss and seven sacks, and

tion, earned the District 4-6A Offensive Lineman of the Year award...Also picked up second-team

in a run-oriented offense, caught only four passes in 2009, but all four were touchdowns...Monarch

all-metro and honorable-mention all-state recognition as a senior...As a junior in 2009, started all 14

finished 8-3 in 2008...Owned 4.74-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Head football coach was Phil

games at tight end and had five catches for 59 yards...As a sophomore in 2008, started five games

Bravo...Also competed in track (throws) and played basketball for the Coyotes...Drew six scholarship

and two of his three receptions on the year were for touchdowns...An academic all-conference

offers before his senior season, from San Diego State, Utah, New Mexico, CSU, UNLV and SMU; also

choice, owned a 3.83 cumulative GPA and a 4.76 weighted GPA, and registered a 30 on the ACT...

drew significant recruiting interest from Notre Dame, Kansas State, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming,

Had 4.9-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Head football coach was Kirk Fridrich...Also played

Arizona and Arizona State.

basketball as a freshman...Drew recruiting interest from Kansas, Duke, Missouri, Harvard, Rice, High School: Lettered two years in football for the Rams of Del Rio, Texas, a city of 37,000 on the

Dartmouth, Columbia and Drake.

U.S.-Mexico border about three hours due west of San Antonio...Started 21 consecutive games at

Personal: Given name Joseph Christian Kawulok...Last name is pronounced kuh-WALL-ik...Born Aug. 25, 1992, in Boulder, Colo. ...Son of Ted and Kim Kawulok...Has three older brothers and one

linebacker until sustaining a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, ending his prep career in the eighth

Personal: Given name Blake Conner Jones...Born July 28, 1992, in Tulsa, Okla. ...Son of Bobby and

younger sister...Father, Ted, played football at Northern Arizona in the late 1970s and serves as an

game of his senior season...Before the injury, combined as a junior and senior for 116 tackles

Kamelle Jones...The youngest of three boys, has two older brothers, one of which, Bryan, plays soc-

assistant coach at Monarch High School...Is the fourth of four brothers to play Division I football,

(67 solo), 26 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble

cer at Rogers State...Will pursue a mechanical engineering degree at Colorado State...Hometown:

the third to do so at Colorado State...Older brothers Chris (tight end, 2004-08) and Michael (senior

recovery... Despite the injury, still voted by fellow coaches the District 29-5A Co-Linebacker of the

Tulsa, Okla.

linebacker in 2011) preceded him in the CSU program, while another brother, Matt, played tight

Year after his senior campaign, when he also garnered first-team all-district honors for the second

end at San Diego State...Is taller than all three of his older brothers...Younger sister, Lia, competes

straight year...Also received the Hit Stick Award... Helped DRHS to bi-district and area champion-

in gymnastics and track...Cousin, Ryan Kawulok, is a soccer player at the University of Portland...

ships on a team that finished 8-3 in 2010 and 10-3 in 2009, when the Rams advanced to the third

Interested in either history or construction management as a Colorado State major...Hometown:

round of the Texas Class 5A state playoffs...Started all 13 games as a junior in 2009...Top prep speed

Louisville, Colo.

in the 40-yard dash was 4.8 seconds...Owned a 3.1 GPA...Head football coach was Steve Hoffman... Also played baseball for the Rams...Drew recruiting interest from TCU, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas

Name and mascot history

State, Louisiana Tech and East Carolina.

The land-grant institution established in Fort Collins in 1870 has held five names: 1870 1877 1935 1944 1957

Personal: Given name Cory Miguel James...Born May 22, 1993, in Del Rio, Texas...Son of Clarence and Sheila James...Has one older brother...Dad, Clarence, played football at Chowan Junior College...Interested in a physical therapy degree at Colorado State...Hometown: Del Rio, Texas.

Agricultural College of Colorado State Agricultural College or Colorado Agricultural College Colorado State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical Arts College Colorado State University

The institution’s nickname officially became Rams in 1959. Previously, the mascot was primarily Aggies since the inception of its football program, although the team was known as Rams, Farmers and CACs during that time.

Blake Jones

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CSU’s All-Conference Punters Tim Luke .........................................................................................................................................*1989 Deone Horinek . ....................................................................................................................1998, *1999 Joey Huber ...........................................................................................................................*2001, 2002 Jimmie Kaylor........................................................................................................................*2005, 2006 Anthony Hartz.................................................................................................................................... 2008 Pete Kontodiakos.....................................................................................................................2010, 2011 *—first-team selection

>> Punter >> 6-3 | 220 | SR | 3L >> Tarpon Springs, Fla. >> Countryside

41 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

in CSU history, and take away his 20-yard punt late in the first half, unsuccessfully trying to corner the Wolf Pack in its own territory, and the true freshman averaged 52.6 yards on five of his punts;

• First Team: Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy’s, MW media, Phil Steele

earned conference special teams Player of the Week honors for his efforts...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), pinned a pair of punts inside the Cougars’ 20...Averaged 49.0 yards

>> Award Watch Lists

on three punts in loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), including a 53-yarder and a pair inside the 20...In loss vs. SDSU (Oct. 24), twice pinned the Aztecs inside their 20 on fair catches, both into the wind...In loss

• Ray Guy Award - Top Punter • CFPA Punter Award - Top Punter

at UNLV (Nov. 7), nailed a 67-yarder just before half, downed at the Rebels’ 5...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), hit a 53-yarder without a return.

2011 (Junior): A Ray Guy Award candidate, played in all 12 games and earned second-team all-conference honors (MW coaches/media, Phil Steele)...Averaged a career-best 38.7 net yards per punt,

High School: The first-team punter on USA Today’s All-America team, also received first-team All-

and his 43.6 gross average was second in the Mountain West and 20th in the nation... Posted just

America honors from EA Sports/ESPN.com and Maxpreps.com, and was honored as the best punter

four touchbacks, fewest by a CSU punter since 2004, when Jeff Babcock also had four (Kontodiakos

in the country by Ray Guy’s prokicker.com after his senior season at Countryside High School in

had nine fewer punts)...Also blasted 20 total punts at least 50 yards, the most such punts by a Ram

Clearwater, Fla. ...His punting helped the Cougars’ defense hold their opponents to seven points

since Joey Huber had 23 in 2003...At New Mexico (Sept. 3) in season-opening win, pinned the Lobos

five times in 2008...Helped CHS to a 7-4 record and a 5A District 9 championship, before it lost

inside their own 10 with a 44-yard punt...In home-opening win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10),

in the first round...Tied a school record with a 65-yard punt...On one 2008 punt, his 4.78-second

nearly saw the end of his consecutive-games streak, but did finally enter the game in the fourth quar-

hangtime was the best recorded in the state of Florida...Also played DB...Was named to the Pinellas

ter to deliver a 50-yard punt with a 3-yard loss on the return, netting 53...In exhilarating win at Utah

all-star team...Had offers from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Purdue and New Mexico...Head coach

State (Sept. 24), placed several punts deep in Aggies territory to keep the Rams in the game and

was John Davis.

quietly help CSU to a 35-34 triumph in double OT...Pinned USU inside the 20 three times, including a first-quarter punt downed at the 2, and a 54-yard third-quarter punt downed at the 4, just before

Personal: Given name Pantelis John Kontodiakos...Nicknamed Pete...Born Feb. 3, 1991, in Clearwa-

Shaquil Barrett cut a 14-3 deficit by returning a fumble 15 yards for a TD...Also had punts of 53 and

ter, Fla. ...Parents are John and Argie Kontodiakos...Has two older brothers...Father, John, punted

59 yards against the Aggies...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), pinned the Spartans inside

for Miami (Fla.) from 1979-82...Dove for and retrieved the holy cross at the annual Tarpon Springs

their own 20 on three occasions, including 50- and 59-yard punts...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), averaged 48.5 yards on eight punts, including four punts over 50, and no touchbacks...Enjoyed one of the finest days of his career in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), averaging 51.4 yards on five punts, with

Epiphany Celebration, Jan. 6, 2009, following in the footsteps of his father, who had achieved the Pete Kontodiakos

two inside the 20 and two that traveled 64 yards, one of which pinned the Miners at their 3-yard line

returner, Shaky Smithson, averaged 46.6 yards on five punts, with a career-high four inside the 20;

late in the first half...Battled overwhelming winds in 18-15 loss vs. UNLV, managing a 40-yarder into

also posted an outstanding 45.6 net average...Pinned the Utes at their own 12 in the first quarter,

the teeth of one gust in the third quarter; averaged an impressive 41.8 yards (37.8 net)...Averaged

then had 59- and 57-yarders in the second half...At SDSU (Nov. 6), compiled a 42.0 net punting

47.2 yards on five punts in loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), including a 61-yarder in the second quarter

average, and averaged 45.0 gross yards on three punts...In loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), pinned his op-

and a 57-yarder, with no return, in the fourth...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), had three

ponent two more times inside the 20 and compiled a 39.7 net average...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), hit

punts, one for 51 yards and another that pinned the Cowboys at their own 1-yard line.

a 69-yard punt in the third quarter, his longest of the season and second-longest of his career and sixth punt of at least 60 yards over his first two seasons; earlier in Cowboys contest, hit a 45-yarder

2010 (Sophomore): CSU’s primary punter since taking over the job before his first practice as a

into a stiff wind, a fair catch.

true freshman in 2009, improved dramatically and garnered second-team all-conference honors from the league’s coaches and media, as well as Phil Steele...Played in all 12 games...Finished

2009 (Freshman): The punter for all 12 games, averaged 40.9 yards on 42 punts, with 12 inside the

with a 37.6-yard net punting average, up from 32.3 as a true freshman in 2009...Also improved his

20, 10 of 50-plus yards, and nine touchbacks...Named the Rams’ No. 1 punter three days before fall

gross average from 40.9 in 2009 to 43.7 in 2010, and his 17 punts inside the 20 were the most by

camp began, made college debut at Colorado (Sept. 6), playing a key role in the field-position battle,

a CSU punter since all-conference selection Jimmie Kaylor had 19 in 2007....Booted his first 2010

averaging 42.2 net yards on five punts (44.2 gross); first college punt was a line drive of 41 yards,

punt 56 yards, in loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) in Denver, his 11th career of 50-plus yards...In tight,

but good Rams coverage held CU to only a 2-yard return, then gave the Buffs a long field on three

36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), averaged 51.5 yards on two punts, including a 57-yarder and one

straight second-half punts, getting excellent hang time on a 43-yarder (fair catch) and 51-yarder

inside the 20; that gross average was the second-best performance by an MWC punter in 2010...

(0-yard return)...In third quarter of 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), with the Rams trailing

Enjoyed outstanding afternoon in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2); facing one of nation’s most dangerous

23-17, punted 49 yards to pin the Wildcats at their own 8; CSU then forced an end-zone punt...

return men, Jeremy Kerley, compiled a net average of 40.4, and a gross of 49.8, on eight punts,

Instrumental in Rams’ 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), averaged 47.2 yards on six punts, with two

limiting Kerley to just 35 yards on three returns...Nearly pinned TCU on its own 1-yard line before

inside the 20; boomed a 67-yarder in the first quarter, just prior to DeAngelo Wilkinson’s fumble

a 53-yard, first-quarter punt slipped past the Rams’ cover man and into the end zone, then hit 67

recovery that set up a TD, CSU’s longest punt since Jeff Babcock hit an 89-yarder, the school record,

and 51-yarders and placed two inside the 20...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23) and the nation’s No. 3 punt

vs. New Mexico, Oct. 30, 2004...His 76-yard encore in the second quarter was the sixth-longest punt

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prestigious honor 30 years before; became the fifth member of his family to retrieve the cross, at the nation’s largest Ephiphany celebration...Also follows Countryside alumni Harrison Beck (N.C. State QB), Sarver Brown (South Carolina OL), Jon Peattie (Miami, Fla., K), and Jeff Mitchell, the starting center in Super Bowl XXXV for the Baltimore Ravens...In June before the ‘11 season, assisted at a youth football clinic in Windsor, Colo., for kids ages 8-12...In February before 2011 spring practice, spoke to students at Olander School about good sportsmanship, working together and being motivated..Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Brought smiles and a good time to elderly patients struggling to overcome surgeries and other health issues, at the Lemay Health and Rehab Facility in February before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Undecided on a major at CSU... Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Fla. Career Punting Statistics Year School GP

No Yds

I20

50+ Blkd

2009 CSU

12

52 2129 40.9 76 9

Avg

Lg TB FC 12

12

10

1

2010 CSU

12

51 2231

43.7

69

8

17

17

16

1

2011 CSU

12

57 2487

43.6

64

4

12

13

20

1

Career Totals

36

160 6847

42.8

76 21

29

42

46

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2009 (Freshman): Played in three games; did not catch a pass...Made his 2009 debut in 23-17 win

Marquise LAW

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Jake LEVIN

at Colorado (Sept. 6), on the Rams’ hands-team unit, which recovered CU’s onside kick attempt late in the contest...Saw brief action in loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21).

>> Wide Receiver >> 6-4 | 212 | SR | 2L >> Miami, Fla. >> American

2008 (Freshman): Played in the season’s first two contests as a true freshman, lining up in both at WR...Did not catch a pass before a knee injury ended his initial college campaign...Made his college debut in season opener, vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), entering in the second quarter as a reserve WR... Also played vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6)...Granted a medical hardship waiver by the Mountain West Conference.

2011 (Junior): Capitalized on an open door at wide receiver during fall camp and emerged as a

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2011 (Sophomore): Bounced back from a knee injury that truncated his true freshman season to

starter...Played in seven games, with three starts, but caught only three passes for 9 yards...Made

High School: Drew attention at American High School in Miami, Fla., from the Miami Herald, which

earn a significant role in the CSU backfield; played in all 12 games, with seven starts...Caught nine

his first career start in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3)... In Denver loss vs. Colorado

ranked him No. 25 on its list of top Dade County prospects...A first-team all-county, and Class 6A

passes for 110 yards (12.2 avg.), with one touchdown...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept.

(Sept. 17), made a lead block on a 34-yard Crockett Gillmore reception that set up the game’s first

honorable mention all-state wide receiver...An offensive MVP and team captain, caught a school-

3), made what coaches voted the special-teams play of the week, launching himself through a wedge

touchdown...Did not play in losses at UNLV (Oct. 29) and vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12).

record 10 TDs in 2007, along with 27 catches for 470 yards...As a senior, caught four passes for 96

during a fourth-quarter kickoff to drop returner Lamaar Thomas...In first quarter of home-opening

yards against conference rival Miami Northwestern -- USA Today’s No. 1 team in its final rankings...

win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), caught a play-action pass for his first career touchdown,

2010 (Sophomore): Enjoyed a solid fall camp and played in all 12 games...Caught his career’s first

Also led the Patriots in kickoff returns, returning two for TDs as a junior...Played in the North-South

giving CSU an early 14-0 lead; also made a kickout block on Chris Nwoke’s second-quarter TD run,

16 passes for 173 yards (10.8 avg.)...In season opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, made

Florida All-State Game, and the Dade-Broward All-Star Game...Head coach was Ben Arstead...Owned

before leaving with a knee injury in the third quarter...Shrugged off the injury to play one week later

his first career receptions, a 2-yarder and a 16-yard grab late in the first quarter, both from Pete

a 3.3 GPA, with several advanced-placement courses...Additionally lettered in track and basketball...

in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17)...In exhilarating, 35-34 win at Utah State (Sept. 24), made

Thomas...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), converted a third-and-10 in the second quarter with a 12-yard

Also received interest from Western Michigan, Baylor, Minnesota, Rutgers, Mississippi, Iowa State,

several important blocks as the Rams clawed back with touchdowns on their final three possessions,

grab...In the rain at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), made a sliding, 19-yard catch on a slant pattern to convert

Louisville, Boston College, Wisconsin and South Florida.

including two in overtime; supplied the lead block on both Chris Nwoke TDs, the game-tying run

an early third down...In 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), caught consecutive passes to move the

at the end of regulation and the game-winning points in the extra period...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise

Rams from the shadow of their goal line on a two-minute drill late in the first half, launching CSU on

Personal: Given name Marquise L. Law...First name is pronounced mar-KEECE...Born Nov. 8, 1989,

State (Oct. 15), made his first career start...In second quarter of loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), set up the

an 83-yard field goal drive; later in Lobos contest, hauled in what officials ruled a complete 40-yard

in Miami, Fla. ...Parents are Henry Scott and Renee Davis...Has a younger sister...Made separate ap-

Rams’ first points by finding a hole in the belly of the Miners defense and taking a short pass for

reception with a UNM defender draped all over him, but replay review ruled the pass incomplete...

pearances at the Fort Collins Boys & Girls Club before and after 2011 spring practices...Participated

32 yards...Nearly scored on a 12-yard catch at UNLV (Oct. 29), but stepped out of bounds on the

Hauled in a 14-yard pass at SDSU (Nov. 6), in the first quarter, then sparked a second-quarter FG

in the Lakeview Commons Assisted Living social hour, meeting with the elderly residents and their

third-quarter reception...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), helped RB Chris Nwoke

drive with a 16-yard grab...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), drew a pass-interference penalty to sustain a

families in February before the ‘10 season...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted

to 232 rushing yards, most by an FBS player in Week 11, and then the most by a CSU player ever

second-quarter drive, the caught a key third-down pass late in the first half as the Rams fought

with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer

at Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged 7.83 yards per carry, sixth-best in program annals; also

for points.

County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...A liberal arts major...Hometown:

delivered a key block on Nwoke’s 63-yard TD run in the first quarter...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26),

Miami, Fla.

caught another 32-yard pass, to the AFA 4-yard line to set up a TD pass on the next play, giving CSU a 7-0 first-quarter lead...Also in Falcons contest, made a lead block to help spring Chris Nwoke on a 62-yard TD run in the third quarter, assisting the RB to a Hughes Stadium record 269 rushing yards,

Career Receiving Statistics Year School

third most in CSU history and third most by an individual at the FBS level in 2011; helped Nwoke

GP-GS

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

2008 CSU

2-0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

.

0

become first player in Rams history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in the same season...In

2009 CSU

3-0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

.

0

season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), kept the Rams in the game during the fourth quarter by breaking

2010 CSU

12-0

16

173

10.8

0

19

1 4 . 4

2011 CSU

6-3

3

9

3.0

0

5

7

Career Totals

23-3

19

182

9.6

0

19

7.9

.

up a would-be interception.

9 2010 (Freshman): Joined the Rams in fall drills and shared a spot in the two deep, behind Zac Pauga, at the end of camp; had played in six games until sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 8...Made his college debut, the eighth true freshman to see the field for CSU, at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18); on his first play, CSU’s first-quarter kickoff, made a special-teams tackle...Late in loss at

Near-bowl berths 1950 Salad Bowl — After a 9-1 regular season in 1949 and second-place finish in the Skyline Conference, Colorado A&M received an invitation to the Jan. 1, 1950, Salad Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. However, the players took a vote and decided not to attend their second bowl game in a row. Some of the players’ reasons were that many of them were family men and did not want to spend another holiday season away from their wives and children. Another reason was that they had Arizona State, their opponents in the Salad Bowl, on their 1950 regular-season schedule and did not want to play them in games so close together. It is the only time in school history that the team was officially invited to a bowl game and turned it down. 1956 Sun Bowl — Although never officially invited to the Jan. 2, 1956, Sun Bowl, the 1955 Skyline Conference champion Colorado A&M football team received a verbal invitation to the contest in El Paso, Texas, to be played against Texas Tech. School officials refused to attend despite their championship, so an official invitation was never extended to the team and second-place Wyoming was instead allowed to receive the invitation.

1966 Bluebonnet Bowl — With their best season in over a decade, the CSU football team was on pace to receive an invitation to the Dec. 17, 1966, Bluebonnet Bowl. Following their Nov. 12 win over West Texas State, along with the national attention of their triumph over No. 10 Wyoming, all the Rams needed to do was beat Wichita State and Iowa State and complete the season with an 8-2 record to receive an invitation the the Houston bowl game. But CSU’s embarrassing loss to Wichita State, a 1-8 team, ended the Rams’ chance for the bowl bid. 1977 Fiesta Bowl — With their greatest season since 1949, the Rams were in control of the WAC in 1977. Despite a loss to BYU, the CSU team remained in the top position for the Fiesta Bowl as the WAC representative, since BYU would not play on Christmas Day for religious reasons. But a loss to Wyoming made the difference, and although the Rams beat both Arizona and Arizona State in the regular season, CSU finished the year in third place and did not receive an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl; instead, ASU went to the bowl as the WAC representative. With only 13 bowl games in the 1977 season, CSU did not receive an invitation to another bowl game despite an impressive 9-2-1 record.

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>> Wide Receiver >> 5-8 | 179 | SO | 1L >> Tampa, Fla. >> Hillsborough

2011 (Freshman): Having excited coaches since his first college practice in the fall, Aug. 10 declared he would play as a true freshman, and played in 10 games, with one start...Registered five catches for 25 yards (5.0 avg.), ran three times for 3 yards and completed both pass attempts - both touchdowns -- for 43 total yards...Also returned a punt 12 yards...Saw his first collegiate action in seasonopening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), entering in the second quarter; made his first career punt return early in the fourth quarter, a 12-yard runback to the Lobos’ 40, giving the Rams a short field en route to their game-winning touchdown drive...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), threw his first career pass, a 23-yard touchdown to Crockett Gillmore after catching a lateral from Pete Thomas; the play vaulted the Rams back in the game, cutting the CU lead to 21-14 with 14:20 remaining in the contest...Earlier in Buffs contest, had two third-down receptions to extend separate drives, including the game-opening TD march...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), got his first career carry, a 4-yard run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to set up a FG that pulled the Rams to within a point at 14-13...In second quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), threw his season’s second touchdown pass, a 20-yard strike to Matt Yemm on another trick play...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), made his first career start...In practice prior to Week 13 contest vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), sustained a concussion and did not dress for Falcons game. High School: A four-year starter at historic Hillsborough High School in the Seminole Heights section of Tampa, Fla., played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback, in addition to returning punts and kickoffs ...Left as Hillsborough’s all-time leader in receiving yards, with nearly

Charles Lovett

2,300...Scored 33 touchdowns as a prep...Earned three straight all-county selections (2008-10)...

Personal: Given name Charles Lovett...Born March 13, 1992, in Gainesville, Fla. ...Son of Mon-

Split his time as an all-around offensive threat as a senior in 2010, on a Terriers team that finished

nette Fayson and Charles Lovett Jr. ...Has one younger sister... High school has produced several

runner-up in District 9-4A...Replaced graduated Tarean Austin at QB to begin his senior year, starting

Major League Baseball standouts, including Gary Sheffield, Dwight Gooden, Mike Heath and Carl

the first six games, and completed 6-of-15 passes for 84 yards, with one TD and one INT...Caught

Everett, as well as an impressive list of NFL players...Drinks a glass of vinegar before every game, to

25 passes for 249 yards, with three scores, and 47 carries for 159 yards and three more TDs...

help with muscle cramps...Quarterback for most of his prep career was Tarean Austin, now at New

Intercepted three passes in 2010, returned 17 punts for 286 yards, including a 65-yarder, and took

Mexico...Interested in health and exercise science as a major at CSU...Hometown: Tampa, Fla

back 14 kickoffs for 308 yards...Was a second-team all-state wide receiver as a junior in 2009... Topped 1,000 yards receiving that year, on 43 catches, with 10 touchdowns...Compiled 33 catches

Career Rushing Statistics

for 703 yards and nine TDs as a sophomore in 2008...Had 15 catches for more than 300 yards and

Year School

No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), saw his most extensive offensive playing time, all on CSU’s fourth-quarter

two touchdowns as a freshman in 2007...Voted his team’s top receiver in 2008 and ‘09, before

2011 CSU

TD drive; registered his first career catch on the march, a 1-yard reception from Pete Thomas...

coaches and teammates honored him with the MVP award his senior year...Served as a three-year

Sustained a season-ending knee injury at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23).

team captain (2008-10)...Hillsborough was 8-5 in 2010, 6-4 in 200, 6-4 in 2008 and 9-3 in 2007,

Career Receiving Statistics

Jake Levin

GP-GS

RUSH

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

10-1

3

3

1.0

0

4

0.3

advancing to the Class 4A playoffs each year...Had 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, and bench

Year School

High School: Lettered twice in basketball and four times for track and football for the Lightning of

pressed 285 pounds, impressive strength for an athlete of his size...Head football coach was Earl

2011 CSU

Legacy High School...Earned first-team all-Front Range League as a junior and senior...Captain of the

Garcia...Also lettered in track for the Terriers...Chose CSU over offers from South Florida, Cincinnati,

*Additional statistics: Threw 23-yard TD pass, vs. Colorado (09/17/11). Threw 20-yard TD pass, vs.

football team in 2009...Voted football team’s offensive player of the year his junior and senior sea-

Duke, Florida International, East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State and North

Boise state (10/15/11)

sons...Most importantly, was the recipient of the Jimmy Griffin Scholarship, in honor of the former

Texas, among several others.

Legacy football player tragically killed in 2003...Head coach was Wayne Voorhees. Personal: Given name Jacob Hunter Levin...Born Jan. 10, 1992, in Denver, Colo. ...Parents are Roger and Suzy Levin...Has an older sister and a younger brother...Father, Roger, played football at Adams State College, and uncle, Rob, played football for Wyoming...In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a day interacting with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care in Fort Collins... Prior to the 2011 season, helped with Fort Collins kids’ summer programs at Before and After School

Future Schedules 2013 Non-Conference Opponents Aug. 31 Colorado (Denver) Sept. 7 at Tulsa Sept. 14 Cal Poly Sept. 21 UTEP Sept. 28 TBA Conference games: TBA

2014 Non-Conference Opponents Aug. 30 Colorado (Denver) Sept. 6 Tulsa Sept. 13 TBA Sept. 20 at UTEP Sept. 27 TBA Conference games: TBA

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

5

25

5.0

0

7

2.5

2015 Non-Conference Opponents Sept. 5 TBA Sept. 12 Minnesota Sept. 19 Colorado (Denver) Sept. 26 TBA Oct. 3 at Texas-San Antonio Conference games: TBA

2016 Non-Conference Opponents Sept. 3 Colorado (Denver) Sept. 10 TBA Sept. 17 TBA Sept. 24 at Minnesota Oct. 1 Texas-San Antonio Conference games: TBA

Enrichment (BASE) Camp...Majoring in business marketing at CSU...Hometown: Broomfield, Colo.

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Trent MATTHEWS

yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground, and averaged 7.1 yards per carry in 2010, the program’s

title...Without him in their backfield, the Eagles (11-3) were just 3-3, losing three of their first four,

>> Defensive Back >> 6-3 | 210 | FR | RS >> Converse, Texas >> Judson

Joe McKAY

first in Class 4A...Sustained a broken fibula in Valor Christian’s 2010 opener, and missed the ensuing four games, before returning for the balance of the regular season and run to the Colorado state

then went 8-0 after his return...An excellent short-yardage ball-carrier, had 212 yards on 43 totes (4.9 avg.), with six TDs in 2010... Broke open a close Broomfield game to help propel VCHS into the state championship contest, scoring back-to-back touchdowns, a 3-yard run and an 8-yard reception, his only catch of the 2010 season...Also scored the first points of that state title game, against Wheat Ridge at Invesco Field in Denver, with a 4-yard run to snap a scoreless tie in the second

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>> Tight End >> 6-1 | 226 | JR | 1L >> Akron, Colo. >> Akron

2011: Traveled with the team ona few road trips and was available if needed, but did not play; red-

quarter...As a junior in 2009, started on both sides of the line and scored nine touchdowns, seven on

2011 (Sophomore): A reserve fullback, played in 11 games...Registered four tackles on special teams,

shirted in his first season of college eligibility.

the ground, one on a reception and one on defense...In his first year at VCHS (14-0), the Class 3A

as well as a forced fumble, and blocked a punt...Made his college debut in the home opener vs. North-

state champion, started the entire year at fullback and defensive line, where he garnered first-team

ern Colorado (Sept. 10), pressed into service after the team lost Austin Gillmore and Jake Levin...

High School: A three-sport star at Judson High School in Converse, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio,

all-Metro Conference honors...Had five sacks - second on a defense that exasperated the state in

Earned a role on special teams and, in second quarter of Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), blocked

was a first-team all-district and second-team all-area selection...Voted team captain in each of his

2009 -- and 45 tackles (20 solo)...Also flashed his speed as a junior, scoring on a 73-yard touchdown

CSU’s first punt since Sept. 16, 2006, but the punt bounced off a teammate and into the hands of the

last two seasons, called one of San Antonio’s top football prospects by TexasHSFootball.com...A

run, one of his 86 carries for 442 yards and seven scores...Caught two passes for 12 yards in 2009,

Buffs; earlier, on CSU’s kickoff after a first-quarter TD, launched himself through the wedge to drop KR

three-year letterman, helped the Rockets advance to the second round of the Texas 5A state playoffs

with one TD...Head football coach was Brent Vieselmeyer...Also lettered in track for the Eagles,

Kyle Washington...Earned special teams player of the game honors from coaches for his efforts against

each season...Racked up 108 tackles and two sacks as a senior, in addition to two forced fumbles...

throwing the shot and discus...A competitive weightlifter with exceptional strength, received first-

the Buffs...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), on a Broncos fake punt, showed great hustle in cover-

Sidelined most of the year by a broken leg in 2009, returned for the state playoffs, and wound up

team All-America honors in the sport from the National Collegiate Scouting Association...Top bench

ing nearly 40 yards to force a fumble, which rolled out of bounds at the end of the play.

with 20 tackles and one interception in his season’s only two games, both in the postseason...As

press as a prep was 330 pounds...Did not receive recruiting interest from other schools, primarily

a first-time varsity starter in 2008, totaled 60 tackles, six sacks and three fumble recoveries...Head

because true fullbacks generally don’t see serious attention until late in their senior years, and also

football coach was Jim Rackley...Also lettered three years in basketball and four in track...A shoot-

because of his broken leg.

ing guard on Judson’s top-5 basketball team, averaged better than 10 points per game; earning

2010 (Freshman): Did not play; spent season as a varsity reserve. 2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

tournament MVP honors as a senior after helping the Rockets win the South Padre Island Sweet 16

Personal: Full name is George Talanoa Maumau...Born Aug. 7, 1993, in Honolulu, Hawaii...Has taken

Invitational and knock off the state’s No. 1-ranked team...Specialized in the hurdles as a four-year

the surname of his uncle and aunt, the legal guardians that raised him, Vili and Michele Maumau...

High School: A four-year letterman in basketball, baseball and football at Akron High School in Ak-

letterman in track...Had a 3.4 GPA...Top speed as a prep in the 40-yard dash was 4.51 seconds...

Has two younger brothers and one younger sister...Uncle and guardian, Vili Maumau, played de-

ron, Colo., led his football team to three straight Class 1A football state championships from 2006-

Chose CSU after being recruited by Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, BYU, Kansas State, Texas-San

fensive tackle at Colorado in the mid-1990s, was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 1998

08...Garnered all-state honors for football and baseball in 2007, as well as being named the 2007 1A

Antonio, Houston and Rice.

NFL Draft, and spent two years in the NFL...Another uncle, Chris Maumalanga, played defensive

football offensive player of the year...Received all-conference honors in football three straight years

tackle at Kansas, was drafted in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and played for several

from 2006-08, in baseball from 2007-08 and in basketball from 2007-08...Was his high school’s

Personal: Given Trenton Leon Matthews...Born May 25, 1993, in San Antonio, Texas...Parents are

teams...Cousin, Sam Tai, is a defensive end at UCLA...Another cousin, Mario Fatafehi, was the Big

class valedictorian at his 2009 graduation...High school football coach was Brian Christensen.

Sheila Ruth and Vincent Matthews...Has an older brother and an older sister...Dad, Vincent, played

12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and a first-team all-conference defensive tackle at Kansas State,

basketball at Wisconsin-Stoudt...Is president of his local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter...

played in the NFL with the Cardinals, Panthers and Broncos, and finished his career in the CFL...

Personal: Given name Joseph James Lorenz McKay...Born July 24, 1990, in Puyallup, Wash. ...Par-

Also emceed his school’s talent show...Interested in health and exercise science as a major at CSU,

Spent time at Children’s Hospital in high school during a celebration of World Down Syndrome

ents are Jim and Pam McKay...Has an older sister...In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a

with long-term goals of entering the medical field...Hometown: Converse, Texas.

Day...Plans to major in sociology at Colorado State, with an eye on a career in law enforcement...

day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the homeless...Prior to the 2011 sea-

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

son, helped with Fort Collins kids’ summer programs at Before and After School Enrichment (BASE)

George MAUMAU

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>> Tight End >> 5-11 | 241 | FR | RS >> Denver, Colo. >> Valor Christian

2011: May have played as a true freshman, but injured his knee early in the year and wound up redshirting in his first season of college eligibility. High School: A true fullback expected to fit well in CSU’s NFL-style offense, served as a key component in helping Valor Christian, one of Colorado’s most dominant programs, to consecutive state championships in 2009 and ‘10...Played just one full season in south suburban Denver at VCHS, after overcoming a broken leg his senior year and state rules that forced him to sit out his sophomore campaign after transferring from Regis Jesuit High School, his home as a freshman...Was a first-team all-conference defensive lineman as a junior in 2009, before playing mostly on offense as a senior...A solid yet unsung lead blocker, helped pave the road for an offense that totaled 3,361

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Camp...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...A health and exercise science major...Hometown: Akron, Colo.

Future Schedules Games >>>>> 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993

1 1-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1

2 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1

3 2-1 0-3 3-0 2-1 0-3 2-1 1-2 0-3 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 2-1 3-0 1-2

4 3-1 1-3 3-1 2-2 0-4 3-1 2-2 1-3 2-2 3-1 2-2 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 2-2 4-0 1-3

5 3-2 1-4 3-2 3-2 0-5 4-1 3-2 1-4 2-3 4-1 2-3 4-1 3-2 3-2 3-2 2-3 3-2 5-0 1-4

6 3-3 1-5 3-3 3-3 0-6 4-2 3-3 2-4 3-3 4-2 2-4 5-1 3-3 4-2 4-2 3-3 4-2 6-0 2-4

7 3-4 2-5 3-4 3-4 1-6 4-3 4-3 3-4 4-3 5-2 3-4 6-1 4-3 5-2 5-2 3-4 4-3 7-0 2-5

7 3-5 2-6 3-5 4-4 1-7 4-4 5-3 3-5 5-3 6-2 4-4 7-1 5-3 6-2 6-2 4-4 5-3 7-1 2-6

9 3-6 3-6 3-6 4-5 1-8 4-5 5-4 3-6 5-4 7-2 4-5 8-1 6-3 7-2 7-2 5-4 6-3 8-1 3-6

10 3-7 3-7 3-7 4-6 1-9 4-6 5-5 4-6 5-5 8-2 5-5 8-2 7-3 7-3 8-2 6-4 7-3 9-1 4-6

11 3-8 3-8 3-8 5-6 2-9 4-7 6-5 4-7 6-5 9-2 6-5 9-2 8-3 7-4 9-2 7-4 8-3 10-1 5-6

12 3-9 3-9 3-9 6-6 3-9 4-8 6-6 - 7-5 10-2 7-5 10-2 8-4 8-4 10-2 7-5 8-4 10-2 -

13 - - - 7-6 - - - - 7-6 10-3 - - - - 11-2 - - - -

14 - - - - - - - - - 10-4 - - - - - - - - -

Final 3-9 3-9 3-9 7-6 3-9 4-8 6-6 4-7 7-6 10-4 7-5 10-2 8-4 8-4 11-2 7-5 8-4 10-2 5-6

Conf Finish 1-6 T6 2-6 T6 0-8 9th 4-4 5th 2-6 T8 1-7 T8 5-3 T3 3-4 T4 4-3 3rd 6-1 1st 5-2 2nd 6-1 1st 5-2 T1 5-3 3rd 7-1 1st 6-2 T2 6-2 T1 7-1 1st 5-3 T4

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>> Linebacker >> 6-1 | 225 | FR | RS >> Orlando, Fla. >> Jones

2011: Did not play; redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High School: Served as a key spark on a 10-2 team that vaulted into the regional semifinals of the Florida Class 2A state playoffs his senior year at Jones High School in Orlando, Fla., in the shadow

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of the Citrus Bowl Stadium...After he started the Jones spring game at running back, coaches determined he was a better fit, with his 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash and a 300-pound bench press, as an outside LB in the Tigers’ defense, a 3-4...Started nearly every game in 2010, garnering all-metro recognition and a spot on the Orlando Sentinel’s Super 60 (No. 49)...Had 46 tackles, five

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sacks and one fumble recovery as a senior, in addition to 17 carries for 124 yards (7.3 avg.) and Joe McKay

three touchdowns on offense...As a junior in 2009, started part-time at linebacker (two sacks, forced

M.J. McPEEK

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>> Quarterback >> 6-4 | 236 | SR | VR >> Aurora, Colo. >> Kansas State

2011 (Junior): Did not play...Split his time as a second-string and scout-team quarterback.

fumble) and started all but two games in the JHS backfield (250 yards, 7.1 avg., two TD)...Also had six catches for 38 yards and a TD as a junior...Played fullback as a sophomore...Head football coach, Kenard Lang, is a former University of Miami (Fla.) and Redskins, Browns and Broncos fullback... Also played for head coach Boris Jackson at Jones...Named top running back at the National Underclassman Football Combine...Lettered in weightlifting for the Tigers, advancing to sectionals and missing a trip to state by just one point...Additionally stood out for the Jones track squad, finishing fourth in his district in the 110-meter hurdles, advancing to the regionals...Had a 3.2 GPA...Also recruited by Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Savannah State and Jacksonville. Personal: Given name Steven Anthony Michel...Last name is pronounced MIKE-uhl...Born May 21, 1992, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ...Son of Elucia Michel...Is of Haitian descent...Wore No. 4 in high

2010 (Sophomore): Did not play...Spent the season as a scout-team quarterback...Sustained a

school, and continues to wear it at CSU,because his father passed away when Steven was 4...Has

shoulder injury at practice prior to the UNLV game (Oct. 16).

three brothers and four sisters...Interested in business management as a major at Colorado State... Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

2009 (Freshman): Did not play...Joined the Rams as a walk-on in August and spent the season as

Immanuel MITCHELL

a scout-team quarterback...Because he did not sign out of high school, was eligible to play despite transfering from Kansas State. 2008: Redshirted at Kansas State in his first season of college eligibility. High School: A two-time all-league football player at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo., was also an all-state baseball player in his senior season...A three-sport athlete, lettered in baseball (3), basketball (2) and football (3)...Named second-team all-state in football his senior year, as well as

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>> Defensive Back >> 5-11 | 175 | JR | 1L >> Corona, Calif. >> Eleanor Roosevelt

being named his school’s Wendy’s Heisman winner...MVP of the football and baseball team during

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Jack Christiansen

Jack Christiansen Jack Christiansen is the only former Colorado State player enshrined in the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and he didn’t even come to Fort Collins to play football. Discouraged by his size, the Kansas native began college — CSU was then known as Colorado A&M — figuring he would concentrate on track alone. But coaxed out onto the gridiron as a sophomore, Christiansen wound up starring for the Aggies from 1949-50, helping the team to a 9-1 record in his first season. One of the finest athletes in university history, he also lettered in track. CSU’s renovated varsity track and field facility — where Christiansen used to play football before Hughes Stadium was constructed — is named in his honor. Selected by Detroit in the sixth round (69th overall) of the 1951 NFL Draft, Christiansen in one pivotal game as a rookie scored twice on punt returns to help defeat the Los Angeles Rams. A five-time Pro Bowler who appeared on six consecutive all-NFL teams (1952-57), Christiansen helped the Detroit Lions to three world championships. A feared return man and defensive back, he intercepted 46 passes and returned three for touchdowns. During his distinguished career, he also averaged 12.8 yards per punt return, with eight TDs. He passed away in 1986. berth...Made 11 tackles (eight solo) in a 21-13 win over Norco...Also received first-team academic all-conference recognition...On the strength of his team-leading 42 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, garnered 2008 preseason first-team all-CIF Inland Empire (CalHiSports.com)...Earned an invitation to the 2008 USC Nike Camp...Also received positive reviews at the Under Armor/Scout Los Angeles combine...Spent his freshman year at Corona Centennial...Also lettered in track...Ran a 4.10 shuttle and broad jumped 9 feet, 9 inches...Also recruited by Maryland, San Diego State, Fresno State and Texas...Became the first ERHS football athlete to receive a college scholarship...

his junior and senior seasons...Was an honor-roll student all four years at Rangeview...High school

2011 (Sophomore): Played in one game, as a reserve and special-teams player in the season finale,

football coach was Dave Gonzales.

vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3).

Personal: Given name Milton Jon McPeek...Born Feb. 14, 1990, in Aurora, Colo...Parents are Milt

2010 (Freshman): A reserve cornerback, played in 11 games, primarily on special teams...Made his

Gwenn Church...Dad, Mario, played at San Diego State...Mom graduated from USC...Helped mem-

and Toni McPeek...Has a younger sister and a younger brother...Father, Milt, played baseball at Black

college debut in season opener, vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field.

bers of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated

Head coach was Bill Stacy. Personal: Given name Immanuel I. Mitchell...Born Dec. 12, 1991...Parents are Mario Mitchell and

Hills State College...In February before the `10 season, devoted a night to prepare food and serve dinner to homeless individuals at the Open Door Mission in Old Town Fort Collins...Helped with

in the club’s sports programs in March before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

organized sports for low-income students at a 2010 summer camp at Lincoln Middle School in Fort

2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters to help them learn

Collins...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins’ Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters

High School: As a senior at 3-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, Calif., earned

math, in February 2011...Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting

to help them learn math, in February 2011...Invested time in kids’ lives at the Fort Collins Boys &

second-team all-conference...In 2008, made 65 tackles and a pair of INTs, and served as team

with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Undecided on a major...Hometown:

Girls Club prior to the 2011 season...A business accounting major...Hometown: Aurora, Colo.

captain on a squad that finished 6-5 in its first season in the Big VIII Conference, secruing a playoff

Corona, Calif.

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Max MORGAN

2008-09, the Colorado Class 4A state championship game as a junior, and the state quarterfinals as

first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior, playing a key role in the team’s 29-6 record

Mason MYERS

a senior...A three-year letterman, and team captain and defensive MVP as a senior, had 305 career tackles and eight interceptions in three varsity seasons, playing linebacker and strong safety...Earned

>> Linebacker >> 6-1 | 221 | SO | 1L >> Greeley, Colo. >> Greeley West

over his three years as a starter...In 2009, garnered first-team all-state and All-Colorado recognition from the Denver Post, leading the Spartans on an 11-1 season, with 124 tackles, four interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery...Also was a first-team all-conference halfback as a senior, averaging 7.8 yards on 33 carries, with four TDs, and catching 29 passes for 483 yards and six scores...As a junior, led GWHS to an 11-2 record and a berth in the state championship at Invesco

50

>> Offensive Line >> 6-3 | 302 | SO | 1L >> Oklahoma City, Okla. >> Southmoore

2011 (Freshman): After enjoying arguably the best spring among CSU’s linebackers, entered fall No.

Field in Denver, picking up second-team all-state recognition on defense (97 tackles, two INTs)...As

2011 (Freshman): A reserve offensive lineman capable of playing either center or guard, played in all

2 on the depth chart at outside linebacker, and played in 10 games, with one start...Posted 28 total

a sophomore, totaled 84 stops and picked off two passes...An all-conference outfielder, also lettered

12 games, primarily on special teams...Served as a fullback on CSU’s punt-protection unit...Made his

stops (10 solo), three tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and a safety...In the season

four years in baseball...Garnered academic all-state honors in both football and baseball (3.6 GPA)...

college debut in season-opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...Saw late-game snaps at guard in windy,

opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3), played in his first college contest, making his debut on a second-

Head football coach was Mark Roggy...Had 4.68 speed in the 40-yard dash...Drew recruiting interest

18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12) ...Earned academic all-conference honors following the

quarter kickoff before playing defensively for a cramping Mike Orakpo in the third quarter...One week

from BYU, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

season. Career Division I games played/started: 12/0 in 2011.

sack of his career and first CSU safety since Blake Smith scored two points in an Oct. 28, 2005, win

Personal: Given name Maxwell Jaques Morgan...Born June 2, 1992, in Greeley, Colo. ...Parents are

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

at New Mexico...Injured a knee in UNC game and did not play ensuing contest vs. Colorado (Sept.

Mike and Natalie Morgan...Has two older brothers, two older sisters and one younger brother...Dad,

17) in Denver; traveled but did not play at Utah State (Sept. 24)...Returned to action, entering on the

Mike, was an all-WAC defensive tackle in 1982 at BYU, where he played with Jim McMahon, Steve

High School: Ranked as the No. 30 prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com, was a three-year cap-

second series, in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1)...Played much of the loss vs. No. 5 Boise

Young and Kyle Whittingham...Oldest brother, Blake, is a DB at BYU, while other brother Rex will be

tain and four-year football letterman, playing just one season at newly established Southmoore

State (Oct. 15), filling a void left by an injury to Mike Orakpo (head); forced one of only four incom-

a redshirt freshman DB for the Cougars when he returns from his mission...In February before 2011

High School in suburban Oklahoma City...Played his freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns

pletions thrown by Heisman candidate Kellen Moore with a third-quarter hurry...In second quarter of

spring practice, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the home-

at Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City...Played on four consecutive city championship teams

loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), blew up a screen to register a tackle for loss on third down and force a punt

less...In the summer of 2011, devoted a day to meeting and playing with kids at the Boys and Girls

(2006-09)...Started on both sides of the line, including every game as a senior center at SHS...As a

in a tie game...Made the first start of his career in loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), opening in the Rams’

Club in Wellington, Colo. ...Majoring in agricultural business...Hometown: Greeley, Colo.

junior in 2008, started at center, offensive tackle and defensive tackle on the WHS lines, after playing

later, in 33-14 win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), sacked QB Matt Baca in the end zone, the first

3-4 alignment as an inside linebacker, and recovered a Tim Jefferson fumble to snuff out the Falcons’

primarily as a defensive end the year prior, starting 10 of Westmoore’s 12 games as a sophomore...A

first drive, at the CSU 13-yard line; the Rams would capitalize on the takeaway to take a 7-0 lead...

Top 5 in final ncaa statistical rankings

Played much of the fourth quarter of season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3) at outside linebacker.

INDIVIDUAL Year Rk 1954 1 1986 1 2010 1 1956 2 1976 3 1977 3 1980 3 1986 3 1996 3 1970 4 1999 4 2005 4 1954 5 1982 5 1994 5 1997 5 2001 5 2002 5 2003 5

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High school: Rated by Rivals.com the No. 1 DB in Colorado and the No. 14 overall prospect in the state...Led Greeley (Colo.) West High School to consecutive Northern League championships in

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Team Year Rk 1948 1 1949 1 1949 1 1954 1 1974 1 1997 1 1956 2 1954 3 1999 3 1952 5 2001 5 2001 5

first-team all-state selection as a senior (Daily Oklahoman/Jim Thorpe Association), helped guide the Sabercats (11-1) in only their second season of play to city, district and regional championships,

Player Gary Glick Steve Bartalo Mychal Sisson Larry Barnes Mike Deutsch Cliff Featherstone Alvin Lewis Steve Bartalo Calvin Branch Lawrence McCutcheon Erik Olson Jimmie Kaylor Gary Glick Richie Hall Raymond Jackson Geoff Turner Dexter Wynn Jeff Babcock Dexter Wynn

Category Interceptions Scoring/gm. Forced fumbles Net punting avg. Gross punting avg. Interceptions All-purpose running/gm. Rushing yards/gm. Scoring/gm. All-purpose running/gm. Interceptions/gm. Gross punting avg. Total offense/gm. Punt return avg. Interceptions Punt return avg. Punt return avg. Field goals/gm. Kickoff return avg.

Stat 8 10.4 7 44.9 46.1 7 174.6 129.0 11.0 164.5 0.67 45.28 126.9 13.3 7 15.2 15.29 1.71 28.96

and the semifinals of the Oklahoma 6A playoffs...All told in the SHS senior class, 17 players received scholarship offers, including at least four FBS signees (he was the only member of the quartet not to sign with Oklahoma)...Also garnered first-team all-district and first-team all-Big City (Oklahoman) as a senior center, compiling 72 knockdown blocks while grading out at 85 percent or better in every game...As a junior at WHS, had 25 tackles as DT and 40 knockdowns as a center and offensive tackle, helping the Jaguars to an Oklahoma City title...Missed only two starts as a sophomore defensive end in 2007, compiling 38 tackles in helping WHS to a 9-3 record, a city crown and the second round of the playoffs...As a freshman, lettered as a reserve defensive lineman for a district championship team in 2006...A Masonic award winner in 2007, held a 4.2 GPA and graduated with honors...Fastest time in the 40-yard dash was 5.2 seconds...Also played baseball, as a first baseman...Head football coaches were Chris Jensen and Mike Whaley...Also recruited by Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas and North Texas. Personal: Given name Mason Montgomery Myers...Nicknamed Moose...Born April 30, 1991, in Oklahoma City, Okla. ...Son of Mike and Inge Myers...Has a younger sister...In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the homeless...Before the 2011 season, spent a day with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort

Category Punt returns Punt returns Fumble recoveries PAT pct. Passing offense/gm. Turnover margin/gm. Net punting avg. Fewest times penalized Punt return avg. Punt return avg. Net punting avg. Kickoff return avg.

Stat --30 92.3 261.8 +2.08 44.9 31 16.7 14.5 40.31 26.55

Collins...Majoring in construction management...Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.

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Chris NWOKE

punched in a go-ahead touchdown one play after Shaq Bell’s blocked FG and Austin Gray’s return...

in 2011, and tops among Mountain West competitors; within those top nine rushing performances,

>> Running Back >> 6-0 | 213 | JR | 1L >> Highlands Ranch, Colo. >> ThunderRidge

6 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

• First Team: Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy’s MW media, Phil Steele

>> Award Watch Lists • CFPA Running Back Award: Top Running Back 2011 (Sophomore): A power back capable of leaping over defenders, played in all 12 games, with five starts, earning the Fum McGraw team MVP as a sophomore, and second-team all-conference honors (MW coaches/media, Phil Steele), in addition to academic all-conference recognition...Finished third in the Mountain West and 32nd in the nation with 94.2 rushing yards per game, including the league’s top two single-game totals, 269 and 232 yards...Joined Oregon’s LaMichael James as one of just two backs in the country with multiple rushing games of 232-or-more yards...Led the team with 1,130 rushing yards (No. 10 in Rams history) on 200 attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, the highest figure by the Rams’ leading rusher in 14 years, since Damon Washington (6.1) in 1997...Scored nine touchdowns, all on the ground, to lead the team in scoring (56 points)...Also caught 23 passes for 143 yards (6.2 avg.), and finished with the team’s longest receptions streak, 13 games, a stretch that began with the 2010 season finale...From Oct. 22-Nov. 26, over a five-game stretch in the starting lineup, averaged 162.0 rushing yards per game, and 6.9 yards per carry (118 attempts, 810 yards, five touchdowns), the best five-game rushing stretch in the rich history of CSU football... In season-opening 14-10 win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), converted an third-and-1 in the first quarter, and a late fourth-and-1 to keep alive the game-winning march, which ended with his go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown TD plunge... In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), on a first-half scoring drive, had seven carries for 44 yards, including a 20-yard burst on the series’ first play and a 1-yard touchdown plunge; rested by coaches during the second half... In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), converted a third-and-1, setting up a fourth-quarter TD that cut the Buffs’ lead to 21-14...Principal in exhilarating, 35-34 doubleovertime win at Utah State (Sept. 24), picked up 47 hard-earned yards on 11 carries, including a career-best two touchdowns, on the Rams’ final three possessions...With 42 seconds left in regulation, helped CSU erase a 21-13 deficit with a 1-yard score (just before Pete Thomas hit Crockett Gillmore for a game-tying two-point conversion to send the game to OT)...Then in the extra periods, ran seven times for 32 yards, setting up Gillmore’s game-tying TD and scoring the eventual game-winning points with a 2-yard TD...Also converted a pair of third-and-1 attempts, one on an important second-quarter FG drive to put CSU on the board...For his efforts against Aggies, earned Mountain West Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, the first award of his career, sharing the award with UNM’s Deon Long...In 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), with four minutes remaining in the first quarter, left after taking a helmet on his leg, but returned to action in the second quarter; left with a leg cramp in the fourth quarter...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), had 74 yards on 15 carries (4.9 avg.), including an impressive 29-yard rumble late in the game, a nice second-effort to convert a fourth-and-short; also finished as CSU’s leading receiver, with four catches...In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), made his first 2011 start and finished just 7 yards shy of his first 100-yard game; converted a pair of third-and-short carries in the first half, the latter on a field-goal drive...Then, in fourth quarter of Miners contest, scored an important touchdown, weaving through defenders and following blocks on a 24-yard run...Got 14 yards on his first carry in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), en route to a career-best 156 on the ground, his first 100-yard rushing effort; set up a go-ahead field goal late in the first half with a career-long 38-yard gallop...In second half of Rebels contest, picked up 17 yards on one carry, then converted a third-down with a 14-yard reception; later in game, brought the Rams to within a FG with a run for a two-point conversion, then

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In 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), turned in the top individual rushing performance in all of major-college football during Week 11, a career-most 232 yards, the ninth-best total by an FBS player only three averaged more per carry than Nwoke (10.55, 22-232): Missouri’s Henry Josey (18.79, 14263 vs. Western Illinois Sept. 17); Oregon’s LaMichael James (12.52, 23-288 vs. Arizona Sept. 24); and UTEP’s Joe Banyard (10.91, 22-240, vs. Houston Sept. 29)...Also registered then the highest total by a CSU player in 226 all-time games at Hughes Stadium (a mark he surpassed two weeks later), breaking Brian Copeland’s standard, 228, vs. New Mexico, Nov. 16, 1991...His 232 yards ranked fifth all-time on CSU’s single-game rushing chart, most by a Rams player since Gartrell Johnson’s 285 in the New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 20, 2008, vs. Fresno State, and his 67-yard burst - on which he made a perfect cut and wound up breaking four tackles -- in the second quarter, and his 63-yard touchdown in the first, were the Rams’ two longest plays from scrimmage at that point in the season...In loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), against the conference’s No. 1 rushing defense, managed 60 yards on 21 carries, converting a pair of third downs, one on a first-quarter run, the other on a 14-yard reception in the third quarter... One week later in loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), had a Hughes Stadium-record 269 rushing yards, the third most in Rams history and third most by an FBS player in 2011, becoming CSU’s first 1,000-yard

Chris Nwoke

rusher since MW rushing champion Johnson (1,476) in 2008, and 19th overall, eclipsing the landmark

touchdowns on only 199 carries, earning all-Colorado and first-team all-state accolades from the

on his 62-yard TD run in the third quarter; also became just the seventh CSU player to break 1,000 as a

Denver Post...Powered the Grizzlies to a 10-0 regular-season record and a Southern Conference

sophomore or younger...Additionally against Falcons, became first player in CSU history with multiple

title...A first-team all-conference selection, helped the Grizzlies advance to the second round of the

200-yard rushing efforts in the same season, joining a group of four CSU players with multiple 200-

5A playoffs in their first season since moving up from 4A...Rushed for 210 yards on 29 carries and

yard rushing games in a career: Kevin McDougal (1997 and ‘99), Lawrence McCutcheon (1969, ‘70)

added four second-half touchdowns to open the 2008 season in an overtime win over top-ranked

and Steve Bartalo (1983, ‘85)...His 269 yards were the most ever by any player in 227 all-time games

Douglas County...Also scored four touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards against cross-town rival

at Hughes Stadium, which opened in 1968, breaking the 2007 record held by Air Force’s Chad Hall,

Highlands Ranch...As a junior, rushed for 934 yards and seven touchdowns and was named first-team

256...Plus, with 810 rushing yards over a five-game stretch from Oct. 22-Nov. 26, broke the program

all-Mountain Plains League, despite dealing with an ankle injury...As a sophomore, had 1,121 yards

record, held by Steve Bartalo over the last five games of his career in 1986, 759 yards...Slowed entering

and 16 touchdowns to garner second-team all-conference honors...Finished his career with 3,758

season finale, vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), by hip and foot injuries, did not start; slightly aggravated the foot

rushing yards and 57 touchdowns...Had 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash...Chose CSU over offers from

injury during the game and finished with limited carries.

Wyoming and New Mexico and interest from San Diego State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Boise State and Utah State...Also competed in track and ran the 100-meter dash in 10.9 seconds...Head football coach

2010 (Freshman): Enjoyed a solid spring after his redshirt year and played in nine games with three

was Joe Johnson.

starts...Averaged 4.8 yards on 74 carries, with one touchdown; his 357 rushing yards were the eighthmost ever by a Rams freshman, and most since Rashaan Sanders had 468 in 1999...Also caught 17

Personal: Given name Christian Chukwunenyem Nwoke Jr. ...Last name is pronounced WOH-kay...

passes for 75 yards (4.4 avg.)...Earned academic all-conference following the season...Did not play in

Born Dec. 29, 1990, in Omaha, Neb. ...Son of Chris and Dorothy Nwoke...Has an older sister...Was

season opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4), then made his college debut the next week at Nevada (Sept. 11),

a high school teammate of CSU players Zach Tiedgen and Justin Becker, and former CSU defensive

gaining 19 yards on four carries...In Wolf Pack contest, on his first NCAA snap, gained 17 yards on his

lineman James Morehead...Also follows in the ThunderRidge footsteps of former CSU standout Jesse

first-ever attempt, in the first quarter; the drive-starting run helped to set up CSU’s first points, a field

Nading, currently with the Houston Texans...In February before the ‘10 season, devoted a night to

goal...Played the last two quarters in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), both in the backfield and on kickoff

prepare food and serve dinner to homeless individuals at the Open Door Mission in Old Town Fort Col-

coverage; had four carries...Earned extensive playing time at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), with 42 yards on

lins...Helped with organized sports for low-income students at a 2010 summer camp at Lincoln Middle

12 carries, including his first career touchdown, a 2-yard run that capped a 16-play, 92-yard drive late

School in Fort Collins...Took part in a goodwill party at Respite Care of Fort Collins, working with dis-

in the game (had six carries for 24 yards on drive); also converted a pair of third downs in the second

abled youngsters, in February 2011...Prior to the 2011 season, helped with Fort Collins kids’ summer

quarter...Posted an early career-best in 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16) with 75 yards on eight carries (9.4

programs at Before and After School Enrichment (BASE) Camp...Majoring in business administration,

avg.), including a highlight-reel, 31-yard run in the fourth quarter in which he somehow leaped over

with an emphasis in finance and accounting...Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

several defenders, completed a 360-degree spin in the air, and then raced for the final 24 yards to the 9...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), made his first career start and played the entire game, leading the team with

Career Rushing Statistics

48 yards on 15 carries (3.2 avg.) and eight catches for 49 yards...Early in the second quarter of Utes

Year School

GP-GS

RUSH

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

contest, set up a field goal with a 7-yard run in which he broke four tackles...Made a second straight

2010 CSU

9-3

74

357

4.8

1

31

39.7

start in 38-14 win vs. New Mexico, picking up 98 yards on 19 carries (5.2 avg.)...With his second carry

2011 CSU

12-5

200

1130

5.7

9

67

94.2

in Lobos contest, eclipsed No. 10 Leonice Brown (1991) on the Rams’ all-time freshman rushing list,

Career Totals

21-8

274

1487

5.4

10

67

70.8

then later in the game, surpassed No. 9 Scott Whitehouse (261, 1984)...Sustained concussion-like

symptoms in a practice Nov. 11 and did not play in loss vs. BYU (Nov.13).

Career Receiving Statistics Avg/Gm

Year School 2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High School: As a senior at ThunderRidge High School, rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 34

REC

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

2010 CSU

17

75

4.4

0

16

8.3

2011 CSU

23

143

6.2

0

14

11.9

Career Totals

40

218

5.5

0

16

10.4

Avg/Gm

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Kevin PIERRE-LOUIS

ki)...Selected first-team midseason all-conference

fore his freshman season at CSU, and earned fresh-

>> Defensive Back >> 6-1 | 212 | FR | RS >> Del Rio, Texas >> Del Rio

2011: Did not play; redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

by CollegeFootballNews.com on Oct. 21...A former high-school quarterback, had not played center beman All-America honors...One of three offensive starters from tiny Bushland (Texas) High School... Showed his versatility during fall camp; with occasional reps at tackle on an injury-depleted line... Helped CSU rush for 242 yards in home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10)...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), made a lead block on

major college football awards Honor Bednarik Award Biletnikoff Award Broyles Award Butkus Award Walter Camp Award William V. Campbell Trophy Lou Groza Award Ray Guy Award Heisman Trophy Ted Hendricks Award Rotary Lombardi Award Mackey Award Maxwell Award MFC Coach of the Year Bronko Nagurski Trophy Davey O’Brien Award Outland Trophy Rimington Trophy Eddie Robinson Award Jim Thorpe Award Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Doak Walker Award

Awarded to College defensive player of the year Nation’s most outstanding receiver Nation’s top assistant coach Nation’s most outstanding linebacker Nation’s most outstanding player Nation’s outstanding student-athlete Nation’s top place-kicker Nation’s best punter Nation’s most outstanding player Nation’s most outstanding defensive end College lineman of the year Nation’s most outstanding tight end College player of the year Collegiate coach of the year Nation’s most outstanding defensive player Nation’s best quarterback Nation’s most outstanding interior lineman Nation’s premier center National coach of the year Nation’s best defensive back Nation’s most outstanding senior quarterback Nation’s premier running back

Est 1995 1994 1996 1985 1967 1990 1992 2000 1935 2002 1970 2000 1937 1989 1993 1977 1946 2000 1957 1986 1987 1990

2011 Recipient Tyrann Mathieu, LSU Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State John Chavis, LSU Luke Kuechly, Boston College Andrew Luck, Stanford Andrew Rodriguez, Army Randy Bullock, Texas A&M Ryan Allen, Louisana Tech Robert Griffin III, Baylor Whitney Mercilus, Illinois Luke Kuechly, Boston College Dwayne Allen, Clemson Andrew Luck, Stanford -Luke Kuechly, Boston College Robert Griffin III, Baylor Barrett Jones, Alabama David Molk, Michigan Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State Morris Claiborne, LSU Andrew Luck, Stanford Trent Richardson, Alabama

High School: A physical safety, quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Rams of Del

a 34-yard Crockett Gillmore screen that set up the

Rio, Texas, a city of 37,000 on the U.S.-Mexico border about three hours due west of San Antonio...

game’s first touchdown, then on a second-half TD

Earned District 5A-29 Outstanding Defensive Back honors after his senior campaign, and three con-

drive, threw a nice block to spring Raymond Carter

secutive first-team all-district selections as a safety...Also garnered team MVP recognition twice...

for 16 yards...Quietly helped the Rams to exhilarat-

Helped DRHS to bi-district and area championships on a team that finished 8-3 in 2010 and 10-3 in

ing, 35-34 win in double overtime at Utah State

2009, when the Rams advanced to the third round of the Texas Class 5A state playoffs...As a senior

(Sept. 24), helping RB Chris Nwoke (11 carries, 47

in 2010, posted 74 tackles and three interceptions, including a touchdown return, and compiled bet-

yards, two TD on final three possessions) earn MW

ter than 600 yards and 12 touchdowns as a running back, with 10 catches for almost 200 yards as a

Offensive Player of the Week as CSU erased a 21-

pass-catcher...As a junior in 2009, had 75 stops and three picks the year before...Voted team captain

13 deficit in the final minute of regulation...Earlier in

each of his last three years...Head football coaches were Steven Hoffman and Ryan Trevino...Also

Aggies contest, alertly snapped the ball with a USU

lettered in track...Owned a 3.2 GPA...Had 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash...Also recruited by

player in the neutral zone to give CSU 5 yards...Started at center, but saw fourth-quarter action in

played the entire second half at center...Earned the start at center the following week, a dramatic,

Florida, TCU, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Clemson, UTEP, Texas A&M and SMU...Chose CSU over

loss at UTEP (Oct. 22) at tackle, to fill a void created by injuries...In losing cause at UNLV (Oct. 29),

36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25); however, played guard in the second and third quarters after a Mark

offers from Colorado, New Mexico and UTEP...Patterns his play after the late Sean Taylor

helped the Rams to 250 rushing yards, including 156 from Chris Nwoke; also played tackle to spell

Starr injury forced the Rams to shuffle their line, then was ejected for fighting at the beginning of

an injured Paul Madsen in Rebels contest...With 12 minutes remaining in fourth quarter of windy,

the fourth quarter...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), helped the Rams pile up more rushing yards

Personal: Given name Kevin Pierre-Louis ...Born Nov. 3, 1993, in Brooklyn, N.Y. ...Son of Maries

18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), got his snapping hand caught on a defender’s jersey

(285) than the Falcons’ nation-leading rushing offense (248), including Leonard Mason’s career-best

Pierre-Louis...Mother and most of his family are natives of Haiti and survived the 2010 earthquake,

and broke a bone; went to the locker room to cast the injury and could’ve returned but sat out the

139, and recovered a first-quarter fumble...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), helped Mason to 121

although their home was destroyed...The youngest of four children, has three older brothers ...Older

remaining minutes; prior to the injury, helped RB Chris Nwoke to 232 rushing yards, most by an FBS

more on the ground, and 259 team rushing yards, including a key block on Mason’s first-quarter TD

brother Wondy Pierre-Louis won two national championships under former CSU assistant Urban

player in Week 11, and then the most by a CSU player ever at Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged

run; started at center but also played guard against Rebels...In 38-14 triumph vs. New Mexico (Oct.

Meyer at Florida...Another brother, Jayden Richards, played football at the University at Buffalo...

7.83 yards per carry, sixth-best in program annals; made key blocks on each of Nwoke’s big first-half

30), helped lead the Rams to 328 rushing yards, their most since the 2008 New Mexico Bowl... At

Undecided on a major at Colorado State...Hometown: Del Rio, Texas.

runs, a 63-yard TD and a 67-yard burst, on which he took out a defender at the point of attack...Spent

SDSU (Nov. 6), preserved a second-quarter drive by recovering a fumble.

Weston RICHBURG

>> Offensive Line >> 6-4 | 297 | JR | 2L >> Bushland, Texas >> Bushland

the week before CSU’s trip to No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19) snapping with his left hand while practicing at tackle, and made his first career start at tackle in Frogs contest, playing the entire game there, keep-

2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility...Participated on the CSU

ing alive a streak of consecutive starts...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), made a kick-out block to help

track & field team in the spring.

spring Chris Nwoke on a 62-yard TD run in the third quarter, assisting the RB to a Hughes Stadium record 269 rushing yards, third most in CSU history and third most by an individual at the FBS level

High School: Earned first-team all-district honors as a senior lineman...A team captain, helped the

in 2011...Helped Nwoke become first player in Rams history with multiple 200-yard rushing games

Falcons to a flawless 10-0 regular season and a district title...Recorded two sacks as a senior de-

in the same season...Returned to start at center in season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), snapping

fensive lineman...BHS lost in the first round of the 2A Division I playoffs to eventual state champ

with his left hand; sustained the first bad snap of his career, breaking a string of 1,179 successful

Muleshoe...Played quarterback and linebacker as a freshman before growing out of the positions...

snaps...In Cowboys contest, still managed to throw a key block to spring QB Garrett Grayson on

Holds a school record in the shot put with a throw of 60 feet, 1 inch, the fourth-best throw by a Texas

a 20-yard run that set up the game’s first points, a first-quarter FG, and help RB Raymond Carter

prep athlete in any classification and worthy of the Texas Class 2A gold medal...Also was a hurdler

to 158 yards and two TDs on the ground. Career Division I games played/started: 24/24 (12/12 in

on his track team earlier in high school...Also played basketball...Head football coach was David

2011; 12/12 in 2010).

Flowers...Chose CSU over an offer from TCU...Owned a 3.4 GPA.

2010 (Freshman): A first-team Freshman All-America center (Phil Steele, CollegeFootballNews.

Personal: Given name Weston Blaine Richburg...Born on July 9, 1991, in Louisville, Ky. ...Son

com) and honorable-mention all-Mountain West Conference, started all 12 games for the Rams, the

of Danny and Ruth Richburg...Has a younger brother and a younger sister...Two relatives played

first three at guard and the final nine at center...Did not have a bad snap all season and allowed only

football at Texas Tech, Nathan and Aubrey Richburg...A member of the National Honor Society...

one sack all year, and no other pressures...Posted a team-high 54 knockdown blocks and also led the

Helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and

team with 22 outstanding efforts and 12 “Meyer mauls,” the coveted game-film award distributed

also participated in the club’s sports programs in March before the ‘10 season...Hasmade several

2011 (Sophomore): A Rimington Trophy candidate, one of four sophomores on the preseason

by offensive coordinator/line coach Pat Meyer...Graded out at 85 percent or better in every contest,

appearances visiting with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins, in February

watchlist for the nation’s best center, was the anchor of the Rams’ offensive line and started all

and was the line’s most valuable player on eight occasions...Played his first college game in season

2010, February 2011 and July 2011...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-

12 games, 10 at center and two at offensive tackle... A second-team all-conference selection (MW

opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4), at Invesco Field, also his first career start...Talked to the Rams’ 2009

income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County

coaches/media, Phil Steele), ended the year with a share of the team’s longest streak of consecutive

team MVP, OT Cole Pemberton, prior to CU game in the locker room...At Nevada (Sept. 11), got

Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Major is animal science...Hometown:

starts, 24 (which becomes the team’s longest active stretch after the graduation of G Jake Gdows-

his first NCAA snaps at center on CSU’s final drive...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), started at guard but

Bushland, Texas.

70 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

• First Team: Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy’s MW media, Phil Steele

>> Award Watch Lists • Outland Trophy: Best Interior Lineman

• Rimington Trophy: Most Outstanding Center • Rotary Lombardi Award: Top Lineman or Linebacker

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Chris ROBINSON

Conner ROGGY

>> Wide Receiver >> 6-4 | 170 | JR | VR >> Fort Lauderdale, Fla. >> Stoneman Douglas

28

>> Defensive Back >> 6-0 | 195 | SO | VR >> Greeley, Colo. >> Greeley West

2011 (Sophomore): Did not play; spent the season as a varsity-reserve performer.

2011 (Freshman): Did not play; spent the season as a varsity-reserve performer.

2010: Was not a member of the CSU football program...Rejoined the team in January 2011 for the

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

offseason conditioning program. High School: Earned three letters in football and four in track at Greeley (Colo.) West High School, 2009: Redshirted in his first season of college eligibility.

about 35 minutes southeast of the CSU campus...All-Northern Conference as a defensive back, also earned all-conference recognition in track three consecutive seasons (2008-10)...Garnered

High School: A second-team all-Broward County wide receiver at Stoneman Douglas High School in

consensus all-state honors in track as a senior team MVP and captain, posting the second-best pole

Parkland, Fla., was captain of the football team in 2008...Lettered in three sports: football, basketball

vault in Colorado...Also voted a football captain as a senior...Maintained a 4.0 GPA all four years of

and track & field...Holds the SDHS record for most receptions in a single game with 15...High school

high school...Played with CSUlinebacker Max Morgan and offensive lineman A.J. Frieler at West,and

football coach was Mike Verdin.

against Dorian Brown (Thompson Valley)...Football head coach was his father, Mark Roggy.

Personal: Given name Christian Robinson...Born March 2, 1990, in Cincinnati, Ohio...Parents are

Personal: Given name Conner Steven Roggy...Last name is pronounced ROHG-ee...Born June 24,

Eugene and Lisa Robinson...Has three older brothers, two older sisters and a younger sister...

1991, in Greeley, Colo. ...Parents are Robyn and Mark Roggy...Father, Mark, who is now the head

Brother, Steve, participated in track for the University of Miami (Fla.) and father, Eugene, played

football coach at Greeley West, played football for two seasons at the University of Northern Colo-

basketball at Ohio State...Is the cousin of former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer...

rado...Uncle, Mitch, signed with CSU head coach Sark Arslanian during the 1970s but injuries cut

For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at

short his college career...Cousin, A.J. Frieler, is his CSU teammate...Helped the City of Fort Collins

a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and

host a Super Bowl party for kids before 2011 spring practice...Before the 2011 season, spent time

Vineyard church...Has yet to choose a major...Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

with less-fortunate kids, assisting with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park... Majoring in biomedical sciences...Hometown: Greeley, Colo.

West Richburg

Davon RIDDICK

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>> Running Back >> 6-0 | 204 | FR | RS >> Abilene, Texas >> Cooper

2011: Did not play; redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High School: Combined to rush for 2,446 yards and average 7.2 yards per carry in two seasons as a starter at Abilene (Texas) Cooper High School...A first-team All-West Texas selection (TheOldCoach. com) in 2010, as well as honorable-mention all-state and all-district, led the 11-2 Cougars to the regional round of the state playoffs...Ran for 1,537 yards on 183 carries (8.4 avg.) and 21 touchdowns as a senior...Second-team all-district as a junior, had 909 yards to help the Cougars finish 9-4 after a berth in the regional playoffs...Voted team captain as a senior...Head football coach was Mike Spradlin...Lettered twice in football and twice in track, in which he ran the 200 meters, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays...Has 4.41-second speed in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 315 pounds... Also recruited by Wyoming and Texas State. Personal: Given name Davon Riddick...First name is pronounced day-VONN...Son of Satanya Riddick...Has an older sister...Volunteered with his family at the Salvation Army...Undecided on a major

Sonny lubick field at hughes stadium individual records Rushing Attempts: Yards: TD:

47 256 4

Steve Bartalo vs. Air Force; Oct. 19, 1985 Chad Hall (AFA); Oct. 13, 2007 Todd Yert, vs. Fullerton St.; Sept. 16, 1989

Passing Attempts: Comp: Yards: TDs:

65 44 538 7

Jim McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981 Jim McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981 Jim McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981 Twice; last: J.McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981

Total Offense Plays: 68 Yards: 539 TDs Resp: 7

Jim McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981 Jim McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981 Jim McMahon (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981

Receiving Rec: Yards: TDs:

DeMarco Sampson (SDSU); Oct. 24, 2009 DeMarco Sampson (SDSU); Oct. 24, 2009 uke Ashworth (BYU); Nov. 13, 2010

Interceptions No: Ret. Yards:

15 257 4 L

4 68

Jim King, vs. Wyoming; Oct. 25, 1986 Mike Russell (BYU); Oct. 5, 1974

Punting No: Yards: Average:

12 496 55.6

Kevin Denny, vs. Ariz. St.; Oct. 18, 1975 Rod Blackford, vs. Arizona; Sept. 8, 1974 Jack Weil (Wyoming); Nov. 1, 1980

Punt Returns No: 7 Yards: 128 Average: 32.0

Rob Bunch, vs. Ariz. State; Oct. 18, 1975 Harry Washington, vs. UTEP; Oct. 23, 1976 Harry Washington, vs. UTEP; Oct. 23, 1976

Kick Returns No: 10 Average: 49.7

George Hill, vs. Minnesota; Sept.10, 2005 Gil Sanford, vs. UTEP; 1970

Scoring Points: 24 PAT-K: 9 FG Att: 5 FG Made: 5 Kick Points: 20

Steve Bartalo, vs. UTEP; Nov. 5, 1984 Steve Bartalo, vs. Northern Colorado; Sept. 20, 1986; Todd Yert, vs. Fullerton State; Sept. 16, 1989 Luke Ashworth, vs. BYU; Nov. 13, 2010 Clark Kemble, vs. Nevada-Reno; Oct. 19, 1974; Kurt Gunther (BYU); Nov. 7, 1981 Clark Kemble, vs. Air Force; Oct. 25, 1975 Clark Kemble, vs. Wyoming; Nov. 2, 1974 Tom Drake, vs. Wyoming; Oct. 30, 1976 Mickey Barilla, vs. West Virginia; Nov. 18, 1978 Jeff Babcock, vs. UNLV; Nov. 30, 2002 Mickey Barilla, vs. West Virginia; Nov. 18, 1978 Mickey Barilla, vs. West Virginia; Nov. 18, 197

at Colorado State...Hometown: Abilene, Texas.

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Ty SAMBRAILO

High School: The Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year and

tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and placekicker for the Sharks, who advanced to

>> Offensive Line >> 6-5 | 305 | SO | 1L >> Watsonville, Calif. >> St. Francis Catholic

Broderick SARGENT

a first-team all-state selection as a senior, lettered three years at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School in Watsonville, Calif., south of San Jose...A three-year team captain, played offensive the CIF north Division II playoffs in both 2008 and 2009...As a senior, garnered all-state recognition among small-school players from ESPN.com/CalHiSports.com and picked up second-team all-Northern California accolades from Scout.com/GoldenStatePreps.com, both for his efforts as an offensive lineman...Also earned first-team all-conference honors on both the offensive and defensive lines, as well as all-county recognition (Santa Cruz Sentinel) as an offensive tackle...Helped turn

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>> Linebacker >> 6-2 | 240 | SR | 2L >> Chesterfield, Mo. >> Parkway Central

2011 (Freshman): An agile big man who can perform freestyle tricks on skis, played in 11 games

around a program that had lost all 10 games in 2007, finish a combined 13-8-1 and qualify for the

2011 (Junior): CSU’s most promising defensive lineman out of fall camp, sustained a season-ending

with seven starts...Saw first-team reps during fall camp as the Rams adjusted their line due to

CIF postseason his junior and senior campaigns...A second-team all-conference kicker as a junior,

ACL injury less than five minutes into the season, on the Rams’ fourth defensive snap at New Mexico

injuries...Made his college debut in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...Saw several

led the Sharks to a 7-4 mark and added first-team all-conference honors on offense and second-

(Sept. 3)...Underwent surgery Sept. 29.

snaps in CSU’s heavy package in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17)...Made his first career start

team honors on defense...Received honorable-mention all-conference respect as a sophomore...

in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), at strongside tackle, filling a void left by Joe Caprioglio

Also played soccer (one letter), basketball (one letter), and baseball...Head football coach was Jo-

2010 (Sophomore): A former tight end, linebacker and fullback, entered fall camp as the Rams’

(knee), who was injured the week before; played much of the Aggies game, including the late-game

seph Gregorio...Had a 3.56 GPA...Drew recruiting interest from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,

starter at his new position, defensive end, and was nominated for all-conference recognition...Played

stretch when the Rams scored touchdowns on their final three possessions to win, 35-34, in double

Southern Utah, Cal Poly, Washington State, New Mexico State, Sacramento State and Weber State.

in 11 games (11 starts)...Had 37 tackles (18 solo), 6 ½ stops for loss, two sacks and one fumble

overtime, when he supplied a key block on Chris Nwoke’s game-winning run...In losing cause at

recovery, while coaches credited him with nine QB hurries...In season-opener, vs. Colorado (Sept.

UNLV (Oct. 29), helped the Rams to 250 rushing yards, including 156 from Chris Nwoke; kept alive

Personal: Given name Tyler William Sambrailo...Nicknamed Sambo...Last name is pronounced sam-

4) in Denver, made his first career start; playing opposite a projected first-round NFL draft choice,

a key TD drive early in second half by recovering a fumble in the Rams’ backfield; aggravated an

BRY-loh...Born March 10, 1992, in Watsonville, Calif. ...Parents are Mark and Karen Sambrailo...Has

CU’s Nate Solder, had a career-best five tackles...In the fourth quarter against the Buffs, read a pass

elbow injury on the play, but returned on the next possession...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego

an older brother and older sister...A versatile, athletic big man, can do back flips and freestyle skiing

and threw RB Brian Lockridge for a 2-yard loss, forcing the Buffs into a third-and-12; also had an

State (Nov. 12), helped RB Chris Nwoke to 232 rushing yards, most by an FBS player in Week 11,

flips and tricks, and won the USSA titles in the Far West Division for his age group in the slalom,

earlier hurry wiped out by a CU penalty...At Nevada (Sept. 11), picked up a hurry late in the first

and most by a CSU player ever at Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged 7.83 yards per carry, sixth-

giant slalom and super G...Dad, Mark, graduated from the University of Colorado, where he was

half, forcing a Colin Kaepernick incompletion...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), registered his first career

best in program annals; also delivered a key block on Nwoke’s 63-yard TD run in the first quarter...

a pole vaulter...Mom graduated from the University of Denver...Brother, Erik, also is a CU gradu-

sack, dropping Zac Dysert late in the third quarter, one of his 2½ tackles for loss; also combined to

Played but did not start in loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), as C Weston Richburg shifted over with a

ate and competed as a skier in the Junior Olympics...Sister, Kiersten, currently plays volleyball at

throw RB Tracy Woods for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter, then dropped the back for another

broken snapping hand to start at tackle...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), saw second-half action as

Oregon State...Grandfather, Bill Sambrailo, played football at Santa Clara, helping the team to a berth

loss in the second half...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), Keli McGregor Day, halted the

an extra tackle in the Rams’ heavy package...Started at tackle in season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec.

in the Orange Bowl...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of

Vandals’ second drive with a third-down sack, forcing Idaho to settle for a field goal; then, at the end

3), helping RB Raymond Carter to 158 rushing yards and two TDs. Career Division I games played/

Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Before the 2011 season, spent a day with

of the third quarter, on consecutive snaps, combined with Ricky Brewer to drop Deonte Jackson for

started: 11/7 in 2011.

developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins...Majoring in business administration...

a 2-yard loss, then chased down QB Nathan Enderle for a near sack, forcing a punt with CSU trailing

Hometown: Watsonville, Calif.

27-24...With 19 seconds left in the first half of Idaho contest, with the Rams trailing 13-7, pounced

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

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CSU’s Non-offensive scores since 1993 Year Opponent

Play

Year Opponent

Play

Year Opponent

1993

BYU

Andre Strode, 84-yd int.

1998

Air Force

Darran Hall, 77-yd punt

2003

BYU

New Mexico

Andre Strode, 44-yd int.

UNLV

Rick Crowell, 22-yd int.

San Diego State Ben Stratton, 35-yd int.

UTEP

Ray Jackson, 100-yd int.

Tulsa

Myron Terry, 24-yd int.

2004

Montana State

1994

Utah State

Kenya Ragsdale, 30-yd int.

SMU

Willie Taylor, fumble rec.

San Diego State Luke Adkins, 71-yd int.

BYU

Greg Myers, 30-yd int.

1999

Colorado

Rick Crowell, 54-yd int.

Wyoming

Luke Adkins, 35-yd int.

Arizona

Sean Moran, 77-yd fum.

New Mexico State Erik Olson, 35-yd int.

UNLV

Brandon Cathy, 26-yd fum.

Fresno State

Ray Jackson, 30-yd punt

Wyoming

Aaron Sprague, 41-yd int.

2005

Wyoming

Darryl Williams, 27-yd int.

1995

Montana St.

Steve Standifer, 14-yd int.

Utah

Dallas Davis, 89-yd punt

New Mexico

Blake Smith, safety

BYU

Jason Craft, 30-yd int.

Dallas Davis, 56-yd punt

2006

Nevada

Sedric Patterson, blk. punt

Utah State

Greg Myers, 82-yd punt

2000

Nevada

Pete Rebstock, 66-yd punt

UNLV

Jeff Horinek, 14-yd int.

UTEP

Greg Myers, 62-yd punt

Utah

Doug Heald, 48-yd int.

2007

Air Force

Matt Rupp, 48-yd fum.

San Diego State

Greg Myers, 84-yd punt

San Diego State Dexter Wynn, 100-yd kick

UNLV

Darryl Williams, 30-yd int.

1996

Colorado

Calvin Branch, 96-yd punt

Wyoming

Rick Crowell, 32-yd int.

Zac Bryson, 99-yd int.

1997

Hawaii

Erik Olson, 18-yd fum.

Justin Gallimore, 63-yd int.

BYU

Jesse Nading, 31-yd int.

Hawaii

Geoff Turner, 80-yd punt

2001

Wyoming

Dexter Wynn, 95-yd kick

2008

Colorado

John Mosure, 90-yd KO ret.

Hawaii

Darran Hall, 60-yd punt

UNLV

Ameer Lowe, 4-yd punt blk.

UNLV

John Mosure, 7-yd KO fum ret.

San Jose State

Nate Kvamme, 17-yd int.

BYU

Bryan Save, 28-yd fum.

2009

New Mexico

Nick Oppenneer, 97-yd int.

Nate Kvamme, 55-yd int.

North Texas

Jason Gallimore, 30-yd punt blk.

2010

San Diego State

Mychal Sisson, 88-yd fum.

UNLV

Myron Terry, 52-yd int.

Justin Gallimore, blk. punt

2011

Northern Colorado Max Morgan, safety

San Diego State

Jamie Bennett, 20-yd int.

2002

Louisville

Dexter Wynn, 66-yd punt

Utah State

Shaquil Barrett, 15-yd fum.

Missouri

Darran Hall, 85-yd punt

Air Force

Jeff Babcock, 29-yd fum.

UTEP

Momo Thomas, 45-yd int.

New Mexico

Rhett Nelson, 54-yd fum.

UNLV

Shaquil Barrett, 52-yd int.

Play Patrick Goodpaster, 16-yd fum. Jesse Nading, safety

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2008: Redshirted in his first season of college eligibility. High School: A first-team all-conference choice on both sides of the ball as a senior at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, played both tight end and linebacker... Also received all-metro and third-team all-state honors as a tight end in 2007, and second-team allconference honors on both offense and defense as a junior in 2006...Head football coach was Mark Goldenberg...Lettered two years in football and three in track, in which he was a captain for three years...Qualified for the state track meet and was voted MVP by his PCHS track teammates...A 2008 scholar-athlete, also received the U.S. Army National Scholar Athlete Award...Had a 4.0 weighted GPA. Personal: Given name Broderick Lawrence Sargent Jr. ...Born June 8, 1990, in St. Louis, Mo. ...Parents are Kenneth and Jacqueline Kelly...Has five sisters and four brothers...Mom, Jaqueline, is a teacher in the St. Louis area...Father, Broderick Sr., played football at Baylor, in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals, and in the Arena Football League...Half-brother, Roderick Wilmont, played football at Indiana...Stepfather, Kenneth, played football at Southwest Missouri State...An uncle, Richard, played football at Purdue, while a cousin, Chuck Beatty, played football at North Texas, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and also played for the St. Louis Cardinals... Recipient of the first Keli S. McGregor Memorial Scholarship, given to a worthy walk-on player... Helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club’s sports programs in March before the ‘10 season...Also made appearances at the Boys & Girls Club in both Fort Collins (February 2011) and Loveland (July 2011)...In May before the ‘11 season, spoke at a Tavelli Elementary assembly in Fort Collins about being a good student...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Lived only a block from now-CSU Head Coach Steve Fairchild in suburban St. Louis, when Fairchild was the NFL Rams’ offensive coordinator...Is a pre-med biological sciences major...Hometown: Chesterfield, Mo.

Marcus Shaw 2009 (Freshman): Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams...Had five stops (four solo)...Played on defense late in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19)... Played on defense during fourth quarter of loss at

Career Statistics Year School

Broderick Sargent on an Enderle fumble forced by Guy Miller, setting up a critical go-ahead TD just before intermis-

2009 CSU

12-0

2010 CSU

11-11 18-19--37

2011 CSU Career totals

sion...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), combined to hold electric WR Jeremy Kerley to a short gain on early in the second half...Had a pair of stops in 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), but sat out the final quarter and-a-half as a precaution with head and neck soreness; was injured in the third quarter after laying out in pursuit of Omar Clayton, who had escaped a collapsed pocket; was able to walk off on his own power...Traveled but did not play in ensuing game at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23)...Returned to the lineup in 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), combining with Guy Miller to drop QB Stump Godfrey kick...At SDSU (Nov. 6), combined to drop MWC leading rusher Ronnie Hillman for a loss early in

4-3--7

1-1

0-0--0

24-12 22-22--44

FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

6.5-18

2.0-10

0-1-0

0-0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

6.5-18

2.0-10

0-1-0

0-0

0

Marcus SHAW

a screen late in the first half...At No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), threw QB Tim Jefferson for a 2-yard loss

for a loss on the first play of the second half, after UNM had surprised CSU and recovered an onside

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

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>> Corner Back >> 5-8 | 180 | SR | 3L >> Dallas, Texas >> Duncanville

TCU (Oct. 17), and vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27)...Earned academic all-conference following the season. 2008: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility. High School: Lettered two years in football at Duncanville (Texas) High School in suburban Dallas... Played with current teammate Mychal Sisson...Voted best defensive back by his teammates...Also named a scholar-athlete as an honor roll student...Head football coach was Dan Schreiber...Also lettered three years in track. Personal: Given name Marcus Anthony Shaw...Born Oct. 19, 1988, in Arlington, Texas...Son of Larry and Carla Shaw...Has a younger sister...Cousin, Horace Shaw, and uncle, David Shaw, played football at Texas Tech...Serves on the leadership team of the local Athletes in Action chapter...Helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club’s sports programs in March before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Took part in a

the fourth quarter...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), tackled Alvester Alexander for no gain on third-and-1 on the Cowboys’ opening possession; CSU then forced a turnover on downs one play later; also picked

2011 (Junior): Saw plenty of playing time in the CSU secondary as a reserve cornerback, and played

goodwill party at Respite Care of Fort Collins, working with disabled youngsters, in February 2011...

up a QB hurry on a third-quarter incompletion.

in all 12 games, with one start...Wound up with 14 tackles (nine solo) and a forced fumble...In loss at

Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting with summer programs at the

No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), just 32 miles from where he played prep football, combined with high-school

Harmony Mobile Home Park...Majoring in business administration...Hometown: Dallas, Texas.

2009 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams...Had seven tackles (four

teammate Mychal Sisson on a key fourth-quarter takeaway, forcing an Ed Wesley fumble recovered

solo)...Made his college debut in season-opening win at Colorado (Sept. 6)...Returned to defense in

by Sisson...Started the season-ending loss vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), the first nod of his career...Earned

Career Statistics

Week 7, when injuries at linebacker spawned coaches to move him back to his original position to

academic all-conference honors following the season.

Year School

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

FF-FR-Yds

0-0

0

2010 (Sophomore): A reserve in the CSU secondary, played in eight games...Had six tackles (four

2010 CSU

8-0

4-2--6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

punt...Picked up a big block to help John Mosure into the end zone on a first-quarter play in last-

solo)...Matched a career high with three stops in season-opener, vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco

2011 CSU

12-1

9-5--14

0.0-0

0.0-0

1-0-0

0-0

0

second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21)...Earned academic all-conference following the season.

Field...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), saw first-half action in the secondary.

Career totals

31-1

17-8--25

0.0-0

0.0-0

1-0-0

0-0

0

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2009 CSU

11-0

4-1--5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

Int-Yds PBU

(Nov. 7), saw action in the offensive backfield, then came within inches of blocking a first-quarter

provide depth...Still played in the offensive backfield in loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17)...In loss at UNLV

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two forced fumbles...Entering Week 14, ranks third in the MW at 8.5 tackles per game...Named Nov.

2008: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility...Voted by coaches as the

16 one of 50 national candidates for the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring the best player in the country

defensive scout team Player of the Year.

West at midseason, by CollegeFootballNews.com... Selected first-team midseason all-conference

High School: A two-time first-team all-South Metro League running back, also picked up honorable

by CollegeFootballNews.com on Oct. 21...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), made

mention all-state honors as a senior at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo. ...Played for the

his first start since Sept. 11, 2010, and his first career as a middle linebacker...Did not dress for

Chargers with Andy Clements, who joined him at Colorado State...CHS’s offensive MVP and team

home-opening win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), for a violation of team rules...Returned to

captain in 2007, was an honor roll student all four years of high school...Head football coach was

starting lineup in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), replacing Sisson at SLB; also played middle

Bret McGatlin...Also lettered three years in track and played lacrosse.

>> Linebacker >> 6-2 | 235 | SR | 3L >> Littleton, Colo. >> Chatfield

43 >> Preseason all-MW Selection

that began his career as a walk-on...Named Oct. 21 the ninth-best overall player in the Mountain

linebacker in the second quarter...Turned in one of his best career games in exhilarating, 35-34 win at Utah State (Sept. 24), forcing two fumbles, including a third-quarter takeaway scooped up by

Personal: Given name James William Skelton...Born June 19, 1990, in Denver, Colo. ...Son of Jim

Shaquil Barrett and returned 15 yards for a critical TD to pull CSU to 14-10 in the third quarter, before

and Christine Skelton...Has an older brother...In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a day

2011 (Junior): After strong work in the Rams’ offseason conditioning program, earned the starting

the Rams preserved a double-overtime win by preventing a two-point conversion; earlier in quarter,

at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the homeless...In the summer of 2011,

role at middle linebacker in place of an injured Michael Kawulok, then replaced an injured Mychal

stripped QB Chuckie Keeton near the Rams’ goal line, but the ball flew out of bounds, then finished

devoted a day to meeting and playing with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Wellington, Colo.

Sisson on the outside three games into the year and played in 11 games, all starts...A third-team

the quarter, with the score tied 21-21, by dropping USU’s Chuck Jacobs 2 yards shy of the sticks to

...Interacted with youngsters at Fort Collins’ annual Youth Sports Fundraiser and Football Bash, the

all-conference selection (Phil Steele), finished fourth in the conference with 8.1 tackles per game...

force a punt and prevent any possible game-winning FG in the final seconds of regulation...In the

day before the Super Bowl at The Edge Sports Center in February before the ‘10 season...For a week

Also garnered academic all-conference recognition following the season...Ranked second on the

first half of Aggies contest, combined with Davis Burl to drop RB Robert Turbin short of the sticks

during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort

team with 91 tackles (41 solo), including two stops for loss and a sack, with one pass breakup and

on third-and-3 to force a punt, then blew up a screen pass on the next possession...In loss vs. No.

Collins...Majoring in business administration... Hometown: Littleton, Colo.

• Second team: Athlon, Phil Steele

5 Boise State (Oct. 15), registered a career-high 13 tackles...In loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), hurried Caleb Herring to force a first-quarter incompletion, then sacked him on third down to force a third-quarter

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punt after the Rams had just taken the lead; the play marked his first sack since Sept. 18, 2010, at

Year School

Miami-Ohio...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), broke up a pass late in the second quarter.

2009 CSU

12-3

17-25--42

1.5-3

0.5-2

0-0-0

1-18

0

2010 CSU

12-1

9-7--16

2.0-7

1.0-5

0-0-0

0-0

0

2010 (Sophomore): A primary backup LB and special-teams staple, played in all 12 games (one

2011 CSU

11-11 41-50--91

2.0-4

1.0-4

2-0-0

0-0

1

start)...Earned academic all-conference following the season...Had 16 tackles (nine solo), two stops

Career totals

35-15 67-82--149

5.5-14

2.5-11

2-0-0

1-18

1

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FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

for loss and one sack...At Nevada (Sept. 11), replaced an injured Mychal Sisson (knee) in the lineup

Conner SMITH

at strongside LB, his fourth career start...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), picked up his first career solo sack (had ½ career entering the day), flooring Zac Dysert late in the first half to force an eventual punt...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), alertly snuffed out a fake field goal by racing to the ballcarrier and dropping him shy of the first down marker late in the first half...In heartbreaking loss at SDSU (Nov. 6), saw significant action, mostly in the second half and combined to drop MWC leading rusher Ronnie Hillman for a pair of losses, first early in the final period, then again in the critical final seconds of a 24-19 game, helping to force a punt and give the Rams one last offensive opportunity. 2009 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games, with three starts...Had 42 tackles (17 solo), 1½ tackles for

15

>> Quarterback >> 6-5 | 220 | FR | RS >> Richmond, Texas >> Travis

2011: Did not play; redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

loss, ½ sack and an interception...Made college debut in resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6); played primarily on special teams, but did see action as a linebacker on CU’s final drive late in

High School: A two-sport star and two-year starting quarterback at Travis High School in Fort Bend,

fourth quarter...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), came up with a game-changing intercep-

a suburb southwest of Houston, was a Houston Chronicle Top 100 selection after his senior sea-

tion with just under 11 minutes left in the game, when he put brakes on his blitz to read a screen

son...Also was rated the 12th-best quarterback in Texas by ESPN Rise...A West Regional finalist for

and stepped in front of Cameron Higgins’ pass; the play and subsequent 18-yard return set up the

the Elite 11, was featured as a Next-Level Athlete by FOX Sports, and noted as a top quarterback

eventual game-winning touchdown...Made his first career start in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19),

in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preview...Additionally, was rated the top quarterback at the 2009

opening as a fourth linebacker in a 3-4 alignment...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept.

Army All-American Combine...Earned honorable-mention all-district honors as a senior after passing

26), saw significant playing time; during a fourth-quarter series, his pressure flushed QB Max Hall

for 1,039 yards and six TDs, starting every game for THS...Also ran for two TDs, as the Tigers won

into the arms of Chris Gipson...Early in second half of bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), made a nice

the District 23-5A title and earned a berth in the first round of the state playoffs...As a junior in 2009,

play to knock a pass out of the arms of intended receiver Peter Bjorvik...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct.

threw for 1,020 yards and seven TDs, with four INTs...Head football coach was Randy Cunningham...

10), shut down an option play on Utah’s first drive, dropping Shaky Smithson for no gain...Made

Lettered twice in football and is expected to graduate with two letters in baseball...Owned 4.9-second

his first start in the base defense in last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), replacing an injured

speed in the 40-yard dash and bench pressed 275 pounds...Had a 3.0 GPA...Also recruited by Ala-

SLB Davis Burl; made a TD-saving tackle early in the second quarter, then combined with Nuku Latu

bama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Texas A&M and UTEP.

early in the fourth quarter to sack Donovan Porterie, for his first career sack...On next series in fourth

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quarter, came up with a third-down tackle to force UNM to kick a FG with CSU protecting a 27-23

Personal: Given name Conner Robert Smith...Born June 1, 1992, in Houston, Texas...Son of Bobby

lead...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), ended a third-quarter drive with CSU protecting a 13-7

and Debbie Smith...Has one younger brother...Dad, Bobby, played football and baseball at Louisiana

lead, hurrying QB Austyn Carta-Samuels into an incompletion and eventual punt; then combined

Tech...Uncle, Tom Smith, played football and baseball at both Minnesota and Miami (Fla.), before

to hold the QB to no gain on a third-and-1 carry, forcing a field-goal attempt with 1:29 left...Earned

landing in the Chicago Cubs farm system...Plans to major in biomedical science or business...Home-

academic all-conference following the season.

town: Richmond, Texas.

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Momo THOMAS

at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), but played most of the game; early in the fourth quarter, broke three tack-

seasons (Thomas has one in each of his first three campaigns, 2008-10).

>> Cornerback >> 5-9 | 185 | SR | 3L >> Kissimmee, Fla. >> Osceola

Returner Biographies

les on a punt return that surpassed 40 yards, but a CSU penalty reduced it to only 22...In 2011, bids to become the first CSU player since Erik Olson (1996-99) with an interception in four consecutive

2009 (Sophomore): Played in 11 games, with eight starts at CB...Had 43 tackles (31 solo), one for loss, one INT and four PBU...Also returned seven punts for 46 yards (6.6 avg.)...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), helped to snuff out the Buffs’ first drive, defending on an incomplete pass that forced a punt; also in CU contest, dropped back to return kickoffs for the first time as a college

2011 (Junior): Back in the lineup after the conference granted him a medical hardship waiver for

player...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State, broke up a first-quarter pass that led to a missed FG; injured,

2010, played in 11 games, with 11 starts...A second-team all-conference punt returner (Phil Steele),

left the game late in the contest, but after receiving treatment on the sideline, walked to the locker

finished third in the Mountain West with a 10.0-yard average on punt returns...Led the team with

room on his own power...MRI revealed no significant damage; dressed but did not play following

a 10.0-yard average on punt returns (21-210), joining Billy Gonzales (1989-91) and a pair of All-

week in win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19)...Returned to action in conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU

Americans, Greg Myers (1992-95) and Dexter Wynn (2001-03), as one of four CSU players to lead

(Sept. 26); didn’t start, but played most of game, and returned punts...Back in starting lineup for

the team in three straight years...Also paced the team with two interceptions (tied for sixth in the

bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), made an athletic play to break up a second-quarter pass intended

league with 0.18 per game), one of which he returned for a TD...Returned one kickoff for 21 yards...

for 6-foot-6 Eric Greenwood, forcing a 47-yard FG attempt...In first quarter of loss at No. 8 TCU

In addition to the two picks, registered 31 tackles (15 solo), one for loss, seven pass breakups (sixth

(Oct. 17), broke up a third-down Andy Dalton pass to force a punt...Filled the role of nickel back

scored three TDs, including an offensive fumble return on the game’s first play, and totaled 222

in the conference), one fumble recovery and a forced fumble...Enters Week 14 ranked second in

in place of primary NB DeAngelo Wilkinson over the last quarter of the year...In last-second loss at

receiving yards as the Kowboys clinched a playoff berth...Head coach was Jeff Rolson...Also earned

the MW and 24th in the nation with 10.0 yards per punt return; also tied for fourth in the MW with

New Mexico (Nov. 21), utilized good closing speed to register his second career INT...In 17-16 loss

all-conference honors as a basketball player, playing point guard...Lettered three years in football

two interceptions... Selected first-team midseason all-conference at punt returner by CollegeFoot-

vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), diagnosed a hook-and-ladder play to throw the Cowboys for a 1-yard loss

and four in basketball, after playing as a freshman...Earned the area’s basketball Player of the Year

ballNews.com on Oct. 21...In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), ripped off a

on the game’s final drive.

award as a junior...Averaged more than 25.0 points and nearly 10.0 assists as a senior...Was a three-

career-long 26-yard punt return...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), prevented a completion

Momo Thomas

year captain in both football and basketball...Chose CSU over interest from Toledo, Kansas State,

intended for the nation’s leader in receiving yards entering the game, Paul Richardson; also had five

2008 (Freshman): Saw defensive action in each of the Rams’ 13 games, with 10 starts, including the

punt returns for 62 yards (12.4 avg.)...Critical in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), made the

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20)...Posted 54 tackles (38 solo), three stops for loss, three passes broken

game-winning tackle on a two-point conversion, driving RB Robert Turbin out of bounds to preserve

up and one INT, in which he returned for a TD before a penalty nullified the score...Also returned

Personal: Given name Gerard Santwan Thomas...Nicknamed Momo...Born April 14, 1990, in Kis-

a 35-34 triumph in double overtime...In third quarter of Aggies contest, nearly intercepted Chuckie

five punts for 16 yards (3.2 avg.)...One of five true freshmen to play for CSU, and one of two to start

simmee, Fla. ...Parents are Barry Thomas and Alousa Chappell...Has 11 siblings...Cousin Bobby

Keeton, but the intended receiver batted the pass in the air; then in the fourth quarter, with USU up

(including Michael Kawulok), made his collegiate debut in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31),

Sippio played for the Detroit Lions...Has known close family friend Amare Stoudemire, since his

14-13, broke up a third-down pass to force a key punt...Garnered both defensive and special-teams

entering as a DB late in the third quarter...Saw extensive action in win vs. Houston (Sept. 20) and the

youth...In 2010, devoted time to the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, and helped struggling

player of the week honors from CSU coaches in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), breaking up

nation’s No. 2 passing offense, replacing an injured Brandon Owens (ankle) in the first quarter and

students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...In 2011, participated in a youth Super

two passes and becoming the first CSU player with interceptions in four straight seasons since Erik

playing the balance of the game at cornerback; broke up a pass in the end zone late in the first half,

Bowl party and assisted with summer kids programs at Harmony Mobile Home Park...A liberal arts

Olson (1996-99)...As a cornerback against Spartans, made a pair of significant plays on consecutive

forcing a FG attempt...Made his first career start the following week, at Cal (Sept. 27); separated the

major...Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.

drives late in the third quarter of a 31-17 game, first picking off Matt Faulkner to set up a CSU TD,

Bears’ Sean Young from what would’ve been a 43-yard TD late in the first half, helping to hold Cal to

then delivering a crushing blow to big TE Ryan Otten in the final minute of the third quarter, forcing

just 159 net passing yards on the day...Started again in conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4),

Career Statistics

an incompletion and punt; also barely dropped a first-quarter pass with a clear lane to the end zone

breaking up a screen...Posted nine stops vs. TCU (Oct. 11), including a pair of tackles for loss -- both

Year School

GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

late in the first half of a 24-14 contest, ...As a punt-returner against SJSU, picked up 22 yards on a

on third downs in the fourth quarter; also, on a TCU punt late in the first half, alertly pounced on a

2008 CSU

13-10 38-18--54

3.0-4

0.0-0

0-0-0

1-16

3

fourth-quarter runback with the score tied 31-31, setting up the Rams at the SJSU 34...In second

live ball at the Rams’ 10-yard line...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), with CSU trailing just 14-7 in the second

2009 CSU

11-8

31-12--43

1.0-1

0.0-0

0-0-0

1-0

4

quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), personally halted an eight-play drive by forcing and

quarter, halted Darrell Mack for no gain on third-and-7, forcing a punt...In victory at SDSU (Oct. 25),

2010 CSU

4-3

8-5--13

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

1-20

0

recovering a Mitch Burroughs fumble at the Rams’ 13-yard line; CSU cashed in the turnover by

broke up a third-down pass to end the Aztecs’ game-opening drive, then after each team answered

2011 CSU

11-11 15-16--31

1.0-2

0.0-0

1-1-0

2-43

5

driving for a TD...Gave Rams life in tough loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), reading a second-quarter screen

the other TD for TD, ended the pattern by breaking up a third-down pass early in the fourth quarter,

Career totals

39-32 92-49--141

5.0-7

0.0-0

1-1-0

5-79

1 2

pass and returning an interception 45 yards for his first career touchdown, cutting the Miners’ lead

forcing a punt and preserving CSU’s 38-31 lead...In tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1),

to 14-10, then returned fourth-quarter punts for 22 and 17 yards to give CSU solid field position...In

picked off Max Hall’s fourth-quarter pass with CSU trailing 38-35 late in the fourth quarter; actually

second quarter of loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), blew up a screen to register a tackle for loss on third down

returned the INT, the first of his career, 44 yards for a go-ahead TD with less than 2 minutes left, but

and force a punt in a tie game...In loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), had a second-half punt return wiped

a personal foul after the INT nullified the score...Earlier in fourth quarter of Cougars contest, drilled

Year School

RET

YDS

Avg

TD

Long

out by a block-in-the-back penalty; the return would’ve gone for 25 yards...One week later, vs. AFA

Dennis Pitta, knocking his helmet off, but the TE somehow maintained possession for a TD.

2009 CSU

1

26

26.0

0

26

2011 CSU

1

21

21.0

0

21

Career totals

2

47

23.5

0

26

Long

(Nov. 26), made an athletic play to break up a second-quarter pass. High School: A South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel all-state selection as a do-every-

Arkansas, N.C. State, Georgia Southern, Iowa State and Western Michigan.

FF-FR-Yds

*Returned interception 45 yards for TD at UTEP (10/22/11)

Career Kickoff Return Statistics

2010 (Junior): A savvy, third-year starter, underwent right shoulder surgery Sept. 29 missed the bal-

thing utility athlete, enjoyed a memorable career at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fla. ...A

ance of the season, after playing in four games (three starts)...Granted a medical hardship waiver by

first-team all-conference selection, lined up as a RB and WR, while also returning kickoffs and

the Mountain West on Feb. 17, 2011...Injury truncated a promising season, as he had seven PR for

punts...In 2007, helped his team to a 14-1 senior season, a District 8 league title and a trip to the

Year School

RET

YDS

Avg

TD

80 yards (11.4 avg.)...Also had 13 tackles (eight solo) and one INT...In season-opener vs. Colorado

Florida Class 5A state championship, where OHS lost to powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas; electrified

2008 CSU

5

16

3.2

0

9

(Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, had 58 return yards, 38 on punt returns and 20 on his third career inter-

the Citrus Bowl late in the first half of the title game, returning a punt 85 yards for a TD to chop his

2009 CSU

7

46

6.6

0

18

ception...Gave the Rams an early spark in Buffs contest with a career-long 24-yard punt return, then

team’s deficit in half...Averaged 10.8 yards per carry in 2007, with 915 yards on 85 attempts and

2010 CSU

7

80

11.4

0

24

picked off Tyler Hansen late in the first half to set up a FG attempt...At Nevada (Sept. 11), aggravated

nine TDs, including an 80-yard gallop...The Kowboys’ leading receiver, also caught 15 passes for

2011 CSU

21

210

10.0

0

26

a shoulder injury from the previous week and missed the second half...Did not start following week

495 yards (33.0 avg.) with five scores...As a senior in an emotional, 34-31 win over Lake Gibson,

Career totals

40

352

8.8

0

26

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47

Rams by State/Country American Samoa.......................... 1 ....................................... Jedidiah Teofilo

>> Defensive Line >> 6-4 | 275 | SR | 2L >> Highlands Ranch, Colo. >> ThunderRidge

California.................................16 ......................................... Nick Callender .............................................Aaron Davis ..........................................Brett Etherton ......................................Nu’uvali Fa’apito ........................................... Hayden Hunt ...........................................Nick Januska .................................. Immanuel Mitchell ...........................................Nolan Peralta ........................................Thomas Rivera ........................................... Ty Sambrailo ....................................... Johnny Schupp ............................................Calvin Tonga ...................................Dominique Vinson ...........................................Jordan White .........................................Brent Williams ...................................... Mark Woodbury

2011 (Junior): Slowly worked his way back after missing nearly a year of practice, due to a shoulder injury that sidelined him during spring 2010, and a knee injury sustained during the ensuing summer...Played in 11 games with one start...Had 10 total stops (four solo), 1½ tackles for loss and a sack...Shifted from defensive end to defensive tackle prior to spring 2011...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), played his first game since Nov. 27, 2009...Did not dress for home opener vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), for violation of team rules...In fourth quarter of exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), collapsed the pocket to sack Chuckie Keeton on second-and-10, with USU on the doorstep of the red zone in a 14-13 game; the play, his first sack since Sept. 19, 2009, kept the Aggies out of field-goal position and helped to force a punt...Played much of the game in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1)...In first quarter of loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), on his 22nd birthday, hurried QB Sean Reilly to help force a CSU interception, returned 52 yards by LB Shaquil Barrett for a go-ahead TD...Started season-ending loss vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), at defensive end, his first nod since Nov. 21, 2009. 2010 (Sophomore): After missing spring practice with a shoulder injury, tore his ACL playing basketball in May and missed the entire 2010 campaign. 2009 (Freshman): Played in 11 games and started seven, all in sucession over the final threequarters of the season...Totaled 24 tackles (10 solo), three stops for loss and ½ sack...Made his college debut early in 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12)...Also saw several defensive snaps in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), sharing his first career sack, dropping Colin Kaepernick on firstand-goal at the Rams’ 13 late in the game...Saw significant action in conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26)...Replaced Ty Whittier (stinger) in the lineup and made his first career start in bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3)...Also started in Whittier’s place in losses vs. Utah (Oct. 10) and at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17)...Also started in loss vs. SDSU (Oct. 24) and picked up a first-quarter hurry on an early third down, forcing a punt...Drew the nod again in loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31) and picked up a hurry in the second half, then combined on a third-down stop in the fourth quarter...Started his sixth straight game in loss at UNLV (Nov. 7); posted a pair of tackles for loss, including an athletic third-quarter play to drop Mark Barefield in the backfield. Zach Tiedgen 2008: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of college eligibility.

tournament team...A three-year varsity starter, also earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and second-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore.

High School: Finished a memorable football career with a second consecutive first-team all-state selection...Had 12 career sacks, five forced fumbles and one INT...The Mountain Plains League De-

Personal: Given name Zachary Robert Tiedgen...Last name is pronounced TEE-jin...Born Oct. 29,

fensive Player of the Year, was a first-team all-conference choice in 2007...Also received first-team

1989, in Ponca City, Okla. ...Parents are Scott and Cheryl Tiedgen...Has an older brother and a

all-conference recognition as a junior...As a senior, had 60 tackles (28 solo) and five sacks...Helped

younger brother...In 2011, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, and interacted with

the Grizzlies to an 8-3 record, a share of the league title, and a berth in the Class 4A state playoffs...

teenagers at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland, Colo. ...In 2010, spent time at the Boys and Girls

Also had five sacks as a junior in 2006...Contributed to a 2005 Class 4A state championship as

Club of Larimer County and helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort

a sophomore in 2005...Played for head coach Joe Johnson...High school also produced former

Collins...Majoring in business administration...Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo

CSU standout Jesse Nading, now with the NFL’s Houston Texans...Also recruited by Kansas State, Wyoming, San Diego State and Washington State...In addition to three letters in football, lettered

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four seasons in basketball and once in track... A McDonald’s All-American prior to senior basketball

Year School

season, became the first athlete in ThunderRidge history to earn all-state honors in multiple sports...

2009 CSU

11-7

10-14--24

3.0-10

0.5-2

0-0-0

0-0

0

Led his basketball team to the 2008 5A state championship game, and garnered second-team all-

2011 CSU

11-1

4-6--10

1.5-6

1.0-5

0-0-0

0-0

0

state honors, and first-team all-conference...Also selected to the prestigious Colorado Class 5A all-

Career totals

22-8

14-20--34

4.5-16

1.5-7

0-0-0

0-0

0

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Int-Yds PBU

Colorado..................................27 .......................................Cole Allenbrand ............................................... Davis Burl ........................................... Sam Carlson ..................................... Kivon Cartwright ............................................. Kevin Davis ...............................................A.J. Frieler ......................................... Justin Hansen .............................................Joe Hansley .................................... Tanner Hedstrom ............................................. Ken Hulbert ....................................Tanner Humphrey ................................................Casey Joy ............................................Joe Kawulok ......................................... Craig Leonard ............................................... Jake Levin ..................................... George Maumau .............................................. Joe McKay ........................................... M.J. McPeek ............................................Max Morgan ............................................Chris Nwoke ........................................Chuck Ragland ......................................... Jared Roberts ......................................... Conner Roggy ..............................................Tyler Sandt .........................................James Skelton ..........................................Jordon Vaden ........................................... Efrem Woldu Flordia.....................................12 .................................................Shaq Bell ..........................................Bobby Borcky ...........................................Te’Jay Brown ........................................ Charles Favors .................................... Pete Kontodiakos ......................................... Marquise Law ......................................... Charles Lovett ......................................... Steven Michel ....................................... Chris Robinson ........................................Momo Thomas ................................................Alex Tucci .......................................... Curtis Wilson

Georgia..................................... 3 ........................................ Keenan Adams ............................................Shaq Walker ............................................. Fred Zerblis Kansas...................................... 1 ...............................................Joe Brown Maryland................................... 1 ........................................ Shaquil Barrett Missouri.................................... 2 ....................................Donnel Alexander ................................... Broderick Sargent Montana.................................... 1 ........................................Jordan Gragert New York................................... 1 ............................................. Jasen Oden North Carolina............................. 1 ..........................................Lanston Tanyi Oklahoma.................................. 2 .............................................Blake Jones .......................................... Mason Myers Texas.......................................24 ............................................. Jared Blake ..........................................Bernard Blake ......................................... Josh Bowman ............................................Trey Cassidy ................................................Lee Clubb .....................................Thomas Coffman ......................................... DeAndre Elliot ....................................... Austin Gillmore .................................... Crockett Gillmore ............................................. Austin Gray .......................................Lou Greenwood .....................................Mason Hathaway ......................................Brandon Haynes .............................................Cory James ............................................ Brett Jordan ....................................... Trent Matthews .......................................Tommey Morris .......................................... Kevin O’Brien ........................................... Bryan Ohene ...................................Kevin Pierre-Louis .................................... Weston Richburg .........................................Davon Riddick .......................................... Marcus Shaw ..........................................Conner Smith Washington................................ 2 ........................................... John Froland .......................................Garrett Grayson Washington, D.C.......................... 1 ..........................................Danny Nwosu

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Alex TUCCI

Dominique VINSON

>> Defensive Line >> 6-3 | 300 | SO | VR >> Weston, Fla. >> Cypress Bay

2011 (Freshman): Did not play; spent season as a varsity-reserve performer.

24

>> Wide Receiver >> 6-0 | 175 | SR | 2L >> Huntington Beach, Calif. >> Saddleback College

2011 (Junior): A playmaking and versatile athlete, played in nine games...Had 16 tackles (nine solo), one stop for loss, one sack, one interception...Having rebounded from a shoulder injury that cut

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

short his 2011 spring, spent much of fall camp as a wide receiver, but returned to the defensive side of the ball just before the season opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...Inserted during the first series of

High School: Selected Class 6A first-team all-state (sunstatefootball.com) and first-team all-county

Lobos contest, played most of the game, including his first career sack, dropping Tarean Austin for

as an offensive tackle by both the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald as a senior, play-

a 5-yard loss deep in UNM territory, forcing a third-quarter punt...In fourth quarter of home-opening

ing on both the offensive and defensive lines at Cypress Bay High School, west of Fort Lauderdale,

win over Northern Colorado, posted his second Division I interception, picking off Matt Baca...Did

Fla. ...A team captain as a senior, helped the Lightning to the first round of the Florida Region 3-6A

not play in the final three games of the year.

playoffs in 2009, and consecutive District 11 championships (2007-08)...Served on the front lines for one of the state’s premier rushing attacks, in Florida’s largest classification, 6A...A pillar on an of-

2010 (Sophomore): A newcomer that earned playing time as a reserve cornerback out of fall camp,

fensive line that averaged better than 225 rushing yards per game in 2009, earned an invitation to the

played in 10 games, posting 22 tackles (15 solo), three passes broken up according to coaches film,

prestigious Aloha Prep Bowl, a Dec. 12 contest in Honolulu pitting mainland all-stars against those

and an interception...Made his Division I debut, his first CSU game, in season-opener vs. Colorado

from the Pacific Islands...As a junior, started on a 10-2 team that advanced to the second round of

(Sept. 4) at Invesco Field and registered two tackles...Also played late in loss at Miami-Ohio (Sept.

the state playoffs; the squad featured five Division I signees, including RB Jason Douglas, a 1,000-

18)...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), played most of the game, entering the secondary in the first

yard rusher who signed with Pitt...CBHS went 20-4 over his sophomore and junior campaigns,

quarter; provided blanket coverage on a deep third-down incompletion early in the second quarter,

including a 10-2 mark in 2007, when the Lightning had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and topped

forcing TCU to settle for a field goal, then nearly picked off a third-quarter pass near the Rams’ goal

300 yards per game on the ground, again advancing to Round 2 of the playoffs...Also played rugby,

line, ending another drive and forcing a pooch punt...Played extensively at No. 25 Air Force (Oct.

a sport that allowed him to carry the ball...Head football coach was Mark Guandolo...Recruited by

9)...Played much of the game in 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16); broke up a third-down pass in the

Southern Miss, Western Michigan, Troy, Liberty and Middle Tennessee State.

second quarter to force a punt...At SDSU (Nov. 6), registered his first Division I interception, making an athletic leap to beat the intended receiver to the ball down the left sideline, giving CSU possession

Personal: Given name Alex Thomas Tucci...Last name is pronounced TOO-chee...Born Dec. 18,

at its own 10; helped limit the MWC’s leading passer, Ryan Lindley, to a season-low 171 yards, as

1991, in The Bronx, N.Y. ...Parents are Jack and Lisa Tucci...Has one sister...Before 2011 spring

the Rams blanked the league’s leading two receivers, DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown, over

practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-

the game’s first two quarters...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), served as a punt returner for the first time,

school programs...Before the 2011 season, spent a day with developmentally disabled kids at Re-

dropping back for the final three Cowboys punt; on his only return, the first of his Division I career,

spite Care of Fort Collins...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Weston, Fla.

followed blockers and picked up nearly 30 yards, but CSU’s illegal-block penalty made the return officially only 17 yards.

CSU’s 17 Directors of Athletics Name.............................................................................................. Tenure Jack Graham.........................................................................................................2011-Present Paul Kowalczyk.............................................................................................................2006-11 Mark Driscoll.................................................................................................................2003-06 Jeff Hathaway...............................................................................................................2001-03 Tim Weiser................................................................................................................1997-2000 Tom Jurich....................................................................................................................1994-97 Corey Johnson..............................................................................................................1990-93 Oval Jaynes...................................................................................................................1986-91 Fum McGraw.................................................................................................................1976-86 Jack O’Leary.................................................................................................................1974-76 Perry Moore..................................................................................................................1968-74 Jim Williams.................................................................................................................1965-68 Bob Davis......................................................................................................................1953-65 Harry Hughes................................................................................................................1911-53 George Cassidy.............................................................................................................1910-11 Claude Rothgeb.............................................................................................................1906-10 John McIntosh..............................................................................................................1904-05

Junior College: A natural cornerback, played safety in both high school and junior college after injuries sidelined starters at those positions...After initially taking classes as a part-time student at Saddleback College in the fall of 2007, joined the Boise State program in the spring of 2008 and went through spring practice with the Broncos...Feeling like the program wasn’t a good fit, returned to Saddleback later that summer and redshirted during the ‘08 season...In 2009 at Saddleback, sustained an injury on the eve of the season and was limited to eight games...In his debut with the Gauchos, returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and later in the year also caught two touchdowns, playing on both sides of the ball...Finished with nine catches for 115 yards and 16 tackles (14 solo) with one pass broken up...One of 15 Saddleback players to advance to the next level...Owns 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash. High School: A two-time all-CIF selection at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., was the favorite target of prep All-American Nick Crissman, who signed with UCLA...As a senior receiver in 2006, caught 78 passes - an EHS record - for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping his team to the Sunset League title...Earned Orange County Co-Offensive Player of the Year, all-conference and all-state (Cal-Hi Sports) accolades as the Chargers earned a berth in the Pac-5 CIF championship game opposite Orange Lutheran...A starting safety as a senior, also posted 60 tackles and returned three of his seven interceptions for touchdowns, in addition to recovering a fumble and forcing

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Dominique Vinson another...Led the team with 90 total points (15 touchdowns)...As a junior, caught 36 passes for 517 yards (14.4 avg.) and six TDs, while recording 34 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense for Edison, whose colors also are green and gold...A two-way player for as long as he can remember, was all-conference as a junior defensive back...High school football coach was Dave White...Also lettered twice in track, specializing in the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and triple jump. Personal: Given name Dominique Deon Vinson...Born Dec. 3, 1988, in Onslow County, N.C. ...Parents are Mary Donaldson and James Vincent...Has two older brothers and one older sister...Mom, who played basketball at a small college in Missouri, named him after Dominique Wilkins, the ninetime NBA all-star and two-time winner of the slam dunk competition...Brother, Terrell Vinson, played football at Purdue...Cousin, Herb Donaldson, split the 2009 season on the practice squads of the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys...Each of his parents are retired members of the U.S. Marine Corps...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Before the 2011 season, spent time with lessfortunate kids, assisting with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

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Brent WILLIAMS

Efrem WOLDU

>> Linebacker >> 6-4 | 205 | FR | RS >> Los Angeles, Calif. >> Taft

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>> Wide Receiver >> 5-10 | 185 | JR | VR >> Denver, Colo. >> Thomas Jefferson

2011: Did not play; redshirted as a true freshman, officially,in his first season of college eligibility.

2011 (Sophomore): Did not play; spent season as a varsity-reserve performer.

2010: Originally signed a National Letter of Intentto play football at the University of Washington in

2010 (Freshman): Did not play; spent season as a varsity-reserve performer.

February 2010, but opted not to gray shirt and instead enrolled at Los Angeles Valley Community College...Did not play football in 2010 in order to maintain his four years of eligibility. High School: A four-year letterwinner under head coach Matt Kerstetter at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., was rated by Scout.com as the nation’sNo. 66 outside linebacker in his class... Combined as a junior and senior, compiled 29 sacks,an impressive 1.16 per game,while starting all 25 contests at defensive endfor the Toreadors from 2008-09...Helped his team to the second round of the L.A. City Section playoffs as a senior, and to the semifinals as a junior...As a senior in 2009, when THS went 7-5, recorded 42 total tackles, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles, which earned him a spot on the Los Angeles Times all-area team...Helping Taft to an 11-2 record as a junior in 2008, his first season as a full-time defensive player...Tied a single-season schoolrecord with 17 sacks as a junior, and broke the Los Angeles City Section record with 29 tackles for loss (211 yards); also forced three fumbles and deflected seven passes in 2008...Picked up first-team all-West Valley League andsecond-team all-city honors,and finished second in voting for the 2008 City Section Defensive Lineman of the Year...As a sophomore saw limited action at wide receiver and second-string quarterback...Most memorable play from his high-school career came in his junior year against powerhouse Birmingham, when he recorded a 17-yard sack on a crucial third down to help preserve a 34-22 triumph...Runs a 4.67-second 40...Also recruited by Kansas State, Hawaii, USC and Arizona State. Personal: Given name Brent London Williams...Born Feb. 25, 1992, in Los Angeles, Calif....Son of Aaron and Tunowa Williams...Has one older sister...Will be first in his family to play a collegiate sport...Havinghurdled many obstacles, sees himself as someone that can provide encouragement to others, including his teammates...Intends to major in criminal justice or kinesiology...Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

>> Defensive Line >> 6-4 | 265 | JR | 1L >> Orlando, Fla. >> Timber Creek

2011 (Sophomore): Having worked his way into the defensive-line rotation, played in 12 games, with two starts...Wound up with 12 tackles (two solo), two stops for loss and a pair of sacks...Made his sophomore debut in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), entering in the first quarter and playing much of the game; late in contest, with CSU protecting a 14-10 lead and just over three minutes left, sacked Tarean Austin at the Rams’ 25-yard line, the first sack of his career...In homeopening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), flushed QB Dylan Orms from the pocket and into the arms of Nordly Capi for a first-quarter sack...Saw several defensive snaps in Denver loss vs.

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a third-quarter sack with the Rams trailing by a touchdown...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), made his first career start, at defensive tackle in place of an injured John Froland...Also started for

ver, Colo. ...Also was a member of the Spartans basketball team...During his senior year was voted the MVP of the track team...Won back-to-back Denver Prep championships in both football and track as a junior and senior... Captain of the track team his junior and senior season and also captained the

Froland in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22).

football team his senior year...Honor student all four years...Head coach was Tim Owens.

2010 (Freshman): Saw action in two games, playing briefly at Nevada (Sept. 11) and at Miami-Ohio

Personal: Given name Efrem Woldu...Born Dec. 1, 1990, in Axum, Ethiopia...Parents are Yhdego and

(Sept. 18)...Recorded his season’s only tackle, a solo takedown, against the Wolf Pack in Week 2.

Zenebesh Woldu...Has two older brothers and two younger brothers...Before 2011 spring practice,

2009: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

grams...Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting with summer programs

High School: As a senior, earned first-team all-Metro Conference, first-team all-Orange County (Or-

at CSU...Hometown: Denver, Colo.

spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school proat the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Majoring in construction management with a minor in business

lando Sentinel), second-team all-Central Florida and third-team all-state in Class 6A, the state’s

Mark WOODBURY

largest division...Was chosen as Outstanding Defensive Lineman as a senior...Led the team in sacks each of his final three seasons...As a senior, totaled 104 tackles (92 solo), seven sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 20 hurries and two fumble recoveries, leading the Wolves to their first district title and a playoff berth...As a junior, had 67 tackles (45 solo), eight sacks, seven stops for loss, 13 hurries, one fumble recovery and two safeties...Played with fellow CSU signee C.J. James in the East-West Central Florida All-Star Game...Named MVP of that all-star game after recording 10 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a pair of tackles for loss...Against No. 1-ranked Boone in 2008, made 17 tackles and two sacks...Received offers from Air Force, Cincinnati, New Hampshire, The Citadel, Florida Atlantic and Charleston Southern...A weightlifter, placed fourth in the University of South Florida’s Big Man Challenge, and was a finalist for the Florida Power Lifting Team (238-pound division)...Could bench press 365 pounds and power clean 340 pounds...Had a 3.8 GPA...Head coach was Jim Buckridge.

Curtis WILSON

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High School: Lettered in track and football while competing at Thomas Jefferson High School in Den-

Curtis Wilson Colorado (Sept. 17)...Played most of the game in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), notching

Personal: Given name Curtis Jeffery Wilson...Born Nov. 30, 1990, in Tuscon, Ariz. ...Son of Tom and Gina Wilson...Has one older brother, one younger brother, and one younger sister...With a father who is a pharmacist, has grown up having lived in six cities, Great Falls, Mont.; Tucson, Ariz.; Phoenix, Ariz.; El Paso, Texas; Dallas, Texas; and Orlando, Fla. ...Visited Foothills Gateway adult-care services to play video games such as Wii, put puzzles together, and get to know some of the members and their families in February before the ‘10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Prior to 2011 fall practice, interacted with teenagers at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland, Colo. ...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...Undeclared, plans to major in marketing at Colorado State...Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

>> Running Back >> 6-1 | 210 | SR | VR >> Chico, Calif. >> Pleasant Valley

2011 (Junior): Did not play; spent season as a varsity-reserve performer. 2010 (Sophomore): Did not play; spent season as a varsity-reserve performer. Junior College: Transferred to Colorado State from Butte College in Oroville, Calif. ...After taking classes as a part-time student at Butte in Fall 2007, began his college football career in 2008, when the Roadrunners captured the national junior-college championship. High School: A three-sport athlete at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Calif., holds his football program’s record for most rushing yards in a game, 261...Was a letterwinner in football (3), baseball (3) and track (2)...Named first-team all-league and first-team all-Northern Section, and garnered runner-up honors for the California North State Heisman...Was the captain and offensive MVP of the football team...High school football coach was Sterling Jackson. Personal: Given name Mark Woodbury...Born Oct. 2, 1988, in Chico, Cali...Parents are John and Maria

Career Statistics Year School

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GP-GS UT-AT--TT TFL-YDS SACKS-YDS

FF-FR-Yds

Int-Yds PBU

2010 CSU

1-0

1-0--1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0-0-0

0-0

0

2009 CSU

12-2

2-10--12

2.0-6

2.0-6

0-0-0

0-0

0

Career totals

13-2

3-10--13

2.0-6

2.0-6

0-0-0

0-0

0

Woodbury...Has an older brother...Helped the City of Fort Collins host a Super Bowl party for kids before 2011 spring practice...Assisted with organized sports for low-income students at a 2010 summer camp at Lincoln Middle School in Fort Collins...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Chico, Calif.

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Keenan ADAMS

Josh BOWMAN

Chase COCHRAN

>> Kicker >> 5-10 | 185 | FR | HS >> Bainbridge, Ga. >> Bainbridge

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>> Defensive Back >> 6-0 | 182 | FR | HS >> Abilene, Texas >> Cooper

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>> Defensive Back >> 6-2 | 215 | FR | HS >> Corvallis, Ore. >> Crescent Valley

High School: A four-year letterman at Bainbridge (Ga.) High School, about 20 miles north of the

High School: Patrolled the secondary as a three-year starter at Cooper High School in Abilene,

High School: At Crescent Valley High School earned eight varsity letters in three sports: football (3),

Florida border, less than an hour from Tallahassee, served as his team’s punter, kickoff and place-

Texas...Racked up seven career interceptions and helped the Cougars to three straight berths in the

basketball (3) and baseball (2)… Was named all-Mid-Willamette Defensive Back of the Year from

ment specialist...Connected on his last 52 extra-point attempts as a prep, and hit 91-of-95 overall...A

regional round of the Texas postseason...As a senior, garnered first-team all-Big Country (Abilene

2010-12… Also earned all-league in basketball and baseball… Was named to the all-state baseball

team captain, sustained a season-ending knee injury in Game 2 of his senior campaign...Before the

Reporter-News), first-team all-District 4 and honorable-mention all-state accolades as the top DB

team as a senior… As a sophomore he helped the Raiders becoming Mid-Willamette champions…

setback, in 2009, earned second-team All-America honors as a kicker (MaxPreps.com), and first-

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Head coach was Scott Sanders.

team all-state honors as a punter; as a junior, grossed 40.1 yards per punt with hangtimes averaging

tackles and two forced fumbles in 2011, and picked off two passes, one of which he returned 38

better than 4.2 seconds...Also as a junior in ‘09, garnered first-team all-region recognition as a kicker

yards for a TD...Also as a senior, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score...As a junior, with

Personal: Given name Chase Quinn Cochran… Born on Oct. 25, 1993 in Corvallis, Ore… Parents

and punter; connected on all 31 extra-point attempts, and seven of 12 field-goal tries, including

CSU teammate Davon Riddick in the CHS offensive backfield, helped the 11-2 Cougars to a tie for the

are John and Brenda Cochran… Has one older sister, Alese… Interested in majoring in agricultural

3-for-4 from 45 yards or longer...Hit a school-record 52-yard field goal in 2009 to beat BHS’ arch-

district crown, intercepting four passes with 81 tackles...As a first-year starter in 2009, helped CHS

business management with a minor in crop science… Hometown: Corvallis, Ore.

rival, becoming one of just 16 individuals in Georgia history to hit an attempt of at least that length...

to a district championship and 10-4 record, registering one interception...Also lettered four years in

Hangtimes resulted in only 26 total punt-return yards by his opponents in 2009...Voted Special

track, specializing in the sprint and 4x200 relays...Head football coaches were Todd Moebs and Mike

Teams Player of the Year and Most Improved Player by his coaches and teammates in 2009...Was

Spradlin...Top prep speed in the 40-yard dash was 4.5 seconds.

Kevin DAVIS

honorable-mention all-region as a kicker and punter in 2008...As a freshman in 2007, helped the Bearcats (9-4) to the third round of the Georgia Class 4A state playoffs...Head football coaches were

Personal: Given name Joshua Ramill Bowman...Last name is pronounced BOH-man...Born Nov.

Ed Pilcher and Ricky Woods...Also lettered three years in soccer...Owned a 3.5 GPA in high school.

28, 1992, in Abilene, Texas...Son of Yvette Bowman...Has an older brother and a younger sister... Undecided on a Colorado State major...Hometown: Abilene, Texas.

Personal: Given name Keenan Roy Adams...Born Feb. 14, 1993, in Thomasville, Ga. ...Son of Roy

Nick CALLENDER

and Maggie Adams...Has six older sisters... A skilled hunter, shot his first turkey at age 5 and is a household name in the turkey-hunting community...Is the youngest person ever to use a bow to pull off the `World Slam,’ bagging at least one turkey from each of the world’s seven wild species; actually has accomplished the feat 14 times...Has won several Shooter of the Year awards from the Archery Shooters Association ... Undecided on a major at CSU; hopes to pursue a career in sports medicine after his playing days...Hometown: Bainbridge, Ga.

Cole ALLENBRAND

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>> Offensive Line >> 6-5 | 285 | FR | HS >> Hayward, Calif. >> St. Mary’s College HS

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>> Linebacker >> 6-3 | 226 | FR | HS >> Fountain, Colo. >> Fountain-Fort Carson

High School: Lettered three years at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colo., south of Colorado Springs...Garnered first-team all-state in Colorado’s largest classification, 5A, and firstteam Denver Post All-Colorado honors, an annual list of the state’s best players across all classifications...One of only 53 seniors on Parade’s All-America list, the first All-American produced by his school, also attended a Denver camp hosted by Football University and received Linebacker MVP honors by vote of more than 20 former NFL coaches and players...Rated the No. 9 overall player in Colorado by Rivals.com...A three-time first-team all-conference selection, finished his career with

High School: A formidable pillar in the trenches at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, Calif.,

381 tackles (three straight 100-tackle campaigns), 15 sacks, six fumble recoveries, three INTs and

did not miss a start during his three years as the Panthers’ left tackle, ending his career with a 33-

a blocked punt, leading the Trojans to consecutive conference titles, three appearances in the state

game streak...A three-sport athlete, also started as a defensive tackle during his junior and senior

5A playoffs and a 23-9 combined record over his three years as a starter...The Gazette’s Colorado

campaigns...Selected to the Bay Area News Group’s Cream of the Crop as one of the region’s top 20

Springs Class 5A/4A Player of the Year as a senior team captain in 2011, led the Trojans to a C.S.

overall players in 2011...The 2011 Bay Shore Athletic League Offensive Lineman of the Year, garnered

Metro crown and the second round of the state playoffs with a school-record 165 tackles; also had

first-team all-conference honors on both sides of the ball...Plus, earned all-East Bay (Bay Area News

six sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one touchdown on an interception...A

Group) and all-metro (San Francisco Chronicle) accolades, after the Panthers produced a 1,000-yard

four-year honor-roll student with a 3.86 GPA, earned first-team academic all-state accolades for a

High School: Lettered four years in football at Fort Collins High School… Selected to the Front

rusher for the third straight season....During his three years, the program averaged better than 7 yards

second straight season in 2011...After his junior season, in which he had 103 tackles and seven

Range League all-conference team in 2008 and 2009… Was selected as team’s defensive lineman

per carry and advanced to the Division 4 playoffs every season...Picked up honorable-mention all-

sacks as a second-team all-state selection, attended the U.S. Army National Football Combine as

of the year by his teammates his senior year… Helped lead Fort Collins High School to a conference

conference recognition as a junior and sophomore, when 9-2 St. Mary’s earned the No. 1 seed in the

one of the nation’s top 500 football underclassmen...Started as a sophomore in 2009, in addition

championship in 2006 and 2009… Head coach was Eric Rice… Played against current CSU players

Division 4 playoffs, but lost in the first round, 43-42...Also contributed four seasons to his track and

to handling field-goal duties (his 10 extra points on one occasion established a single-game school

Sam Carlson, Tanner Hedstrom and Jared Roberts.

field team, specializing in the throws and excelling in the shot put; a NorCal finalist in that event as

record); a first-team all-conference performer, posted 113 tackles with a pair of sacks, intercep-

a freshman and junior, won the Bay Shore Athletic League individual title in 2011...A starting varsity

tions and fumble recoveries...Head football coach was Mitch Johnson...Also lettered two years as

Personal: Given name Cole Allenbrand… Born August 18, 1991, in Kansas City, Mo. … Parents are

center as a junior and senior, played basketball at St. Mary’s, lettering two years...Head football coach

a hockey player, as a sophomore and junior; voted team MVP both seasons on the ice...Owns 4.7-

Kent and Guylene Allenbrand… Has a twin brother, Cody, and a younger brother, Cooper… Majoring

was Keith Minor.

second speed in the 40-yard dash, a 295-pound bench press and 485-pound squat.

Personal: Given name Nicholas Jordan Callender...Born June 16, 1994, in Berkeley, Calif. ...Parents are

Personal: Given name Kevin Maurice Davis...Born Nov. 21, 1993, in Columbia, S.C. ...Parents are

Meredith and Henry Callender...Has one younger sister...Cousin Evan Williams was a running back at

Keith and Marion Davis...Has one younger sister...Member of the National Honor Society in high

Western Carolina...Plans to major in business at Colorado State...Hometown: Hayward, Calif.

school...Undecided on a major at CSU...Hometown: Fountain, Colo.

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>> Defensive Line >> 6-2 | 254 | SO | JC >> Fort Collins, Colo. >> Adams State College

in Bursiness Finance… Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.

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Eli EDWARDS

CJ GLENN

>> Defensive Line >> 6-2 | 245 | JR | JC >> Long Beach, Calif. >> Cerritos College

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>> Cornerback >> 6-0 | 191 | SO | TR >> Windsor, Colo. >> Northern Colorado

Yr.

Wk of

AP

Coach

Year

Wk of

AP

Coach

1994

S18

-

25

2000

S10

-

25

S25

24

21

O22

-

24

O2

23

18

O29

-

21

O9

13

13

N5

-

20

High School: Played one year of football at Long Beach Poly High School… Named to the All-CIF

O16

12

11

N19

-

25

and All-Moore League first teams. Helped lead Long Beach Poly High School to a 2008-09 CIF

High School: Was a three-year letter winner in football and a four-year letterman in track at Windsor

O23

14

18

N26

23

22

championship… Head coach was Raul Lara… Played against and with current CSU plaers Tomas

High School… Was named as a first-team kick returner of the year and special teams player of the

O30

14

11

D3

23

22

Rivera and Hayden Hunt.

year… Also garnered all-state track and field honors… Holds the Wizards record in the long jump

N6

10

10

J4

14

14

N13

10

10

2001

PS

24

24

N20

10

10

A27

24

24

N27

10

10

2002

S2

19

20

D4

10

10

S8

24

-

J3

16

14

S15

-

25

1997

A31

24

25

S22

25

23

S7

25

-

S29

25

22

S14

23

-

O27

24

24

N16

25

22

N3

24

20

N23

20

19

N10

21

17

N30

20

19

N17

20

15

D7

18

17

N24

16

13

J3

17

16

D1

24

21

1998

PS

15

16

D8

23

21

1999

S5

24

-

2003

PS

23

T25

Calif., about 15 miles northeast of Oakland, did not play football prior to his junior season...Started

S12

23

24

A24

23

-

every game on both sides of the ball, 23 total contests, at left tackle and defensive tackle, from 2010-

Junior College: Named to the second-team All-Northern Division Central Conference as a defensive end his freshman season… Recorded 35 tackles, along with eight tackles for loss and led the team with nine quarterback hurries… His sophomore season ended early due to a torn ACL.

with a mark of 22’5… In two years as a starter he compiled 2,597 rushing yards and 29 touchPersonal: Given name Elisara Edwards… Born August 16, 1990, in Pago Pago, American Samoa… Has four sisters, Alofa, Salome, Celest and Mefi… His father and uncle both played football at the

Personal: Given name is CJ Glenn… Born on Nov. 11, 1991 in Port Townsend, Wash… Parents

University of Hawaii… Married to Luisa Edwards…Majoring in sociology at CSU… Hometown:

are Brent and Melissa Glenn… Has a younger brother, Sean… An economics major with a minor in

Long Beach, Calif.

business… Hometown: Windsor, Colo.

Mitch FRENTESCU

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>> Defensive Line >> 6-4 | 270 | FR | HS >> Walnut Creek, Calif. >> Las Lomas

High School: An ironman, two-way starter for two years at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek,

Foothill Athletic League, first-team all-East Bay (Bay Area News Group) and second-team all-metro (San Francisco Chronicle)...A team captain and his team’s defensive MVP, led 9-3 LLHS to the second round of the 2011 NCS Division II playoffs...Also earned first-team all-conference accolades

End-of-season: Three times..................................................1994 (16), 1997 (17), 2000 (14)

as a senior offensive lineman...As a junior in 2010, earned first-team all-conference as a defensive

Highest in-season ranking: No. 10.............................................................Five weeks in 1994

lineman, helping the Knights to a berth in the first round of the state playoffs...Head football coach

Highest end-of-season ranking: No. 14............................................................................2000

was Doug Longero...Has bench pressed 225 pounds for 22 continuous reps, and has a max of 380

Most Weeks ranked in a season: 12.................................................................................1994

pounds...Also has 4.9-second speed in the 40-yard dash.

Season ranked: 8..........................................................................................1994-1997-2003 Total weeks ranked: 42...................................................................... Last: Aug. 24, 2003 (23)

downs… Head coach was Chris Jones… Played against current CSU Ram Efrem Woldu.

Parents are Talalelei and Solomoe Edwards… Has four brothers, T.J., Rich, Lucky and Wilson…

double-team blockers to register eight sacks and more than 70 tackles, earning first-team all-Diablo

Preseason: Three times.........................................................1998 (15), 2001 (24), 2003 (23)

2010 (freshman): At the University of Northern Colorado was one of two true freshmen to see the field… Carried the ball 11 times for 25 yards and hauled in two receptions for 20 yards.

11...Earned all-conference recognition at both positions...As a senior in 2011, overcame constant

CSU’s history in the AP Poll

Will sit out the 2012 season after transferring from Northern Colorado.

Personal: Given name Mitch Frentescu...Last name is pronounced fren-TESS-ku...Mother’s name is Doina Frentescu...Born Feb. 28, 1994, in Anaheim, Calif. ...Plans to major in business at Colorado State...Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif.

World War II hero dude dent Lewis “Dude” Dent may be remembered for his success on the gridiron, as a legendary performer at Colorado A&M, but he was much more than just a football star. He was a heroic soldier. That part of his story is much more important, and in May 2009, an episode of the History Channel series Patton 360 profiled Lt. Dent and his tragic death at Troyes, france, on Aug. 25, 1944, as the American Army approached Paris to liberate it from the Nazi Army. Dent was on of the ment that served with the famous general, George Patton, in combat. A native of Craig, Colo., Dent arrived on the Colorado State campus in the fall of 1939 and became an all-conference running back for coaches Harry Hughes and Julius “Hans” Wagner from 1940-42. Besides his role at fullback, Dent was named team captain in 1942 and also kicked and punted for the Aggies. Following his career at CSU, Dent was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers (of the NFL) to play in 1943, but instead he entered into the military shortly before graduation, just a few credits away from a degree in mechanical engineering.

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Joe HANSLEY

Hayden 25 25 HUNT

>> Wide Receiver >> 5-10 | 170 | FR | HS >> Highlands Ranch, Colo. >> Highlands Ranch

47

>> Punter >> 5-11 | 196 | FR | HS >> Long Beach, Calif. >> Long Beach Poly

Against ranked foes Since the beginning of the Sonny Lubick era in 1993, CSU has played 38 ranked teams (1325 record). CSU’s most recent win over a ranked team on the road was in 1998 at No. 23/16 Michigan State. The team’s most recent victory over a Top 25 foe came in 2002, a win over No. 7/6 CU. The Rams’ win over their highest-ranked opponent came in 1994, a triumph over No. 6/4 Arizona.

High School: The 2011 Gatorade and Scout.com Player of the Year in the state of Colorado, authored

High School: Lettered for four years in football and baseball at Long Beach Poly High School…

Year Opponent

Result

AP

USA Today

a stellar career at Highlands Ranch High School, where he earned all-conference honors in all three

Selected to second-team all-state for football his senior season as well as being named his team’s

2011

Boise State

L, 10-34

19

19

phases, as a running back, defensive back and return specialist....A two-time all-state selection, let-

special teams MVP… Holds the school record for the longest field goal… Head coach was Raul

at TCU

L, 13-63

5

6

tered three seasons for the Falcons, who went 24-9 combined over that stretch; a three-year starter

Lara… Played against current CSU players Tomas Rivera and Eli Edwards.

2010

at Utah

L, 6-59

9

9

at Air Force

L 27-49

25

NR 5

and three-year team offensive MVP as a running back and slot back, compiled 6,077 all-purpose yards and a Falcons record 66 total touchdowns...On the ground, rushed for 3,894 career yards

Personal: Given name Hayden Ellet Hunt… Born June 09, 1993, in Long Beach, Calif. …Parents

TCU

L 0-27

5

(a HRHS school record), averaging better than 8 yards per tote, with 1,119 receiving yards... Also

are Andrew and Renee Hunt… Has one younger sister, Clara. Majoring in political science with a

2009

at TCU

L 6-44

12

8

returned kickoffs and punts for three years (earning all-conference accolades as a return specialist

minor in history at CSU.

at BYU

L 23-42

19

20

2008

BYU

L 42-45

17

17

at Utah

L 16-49

14

13

2007

Cal

L 28-34

10

10

2005

at TCU

L 6-33

20

20

2004

at Utah

L 31-63

7

8

Minnesota

L 16-34

22

22

at Southern Cal

L 0-49

1

1

2002

Colorado (Denver)

W 19-14

7

6

2001

at BYU

L 34-56

13

8

Fresno State (ot)

L 22-25

8

10

2000

Louisville (Memphis)

W 22-17

22

23

Colorado (Denver)

W 28-24

23

25

1999

S.Miss (Memphis)

L 17-23

16

13

undefeated through the regular season, before a loss in the second round of the CIF Southern Sec-

at BYU

L 13-34

25

NR

Personal: Given name Joseph Todd Hansley...Born Feb. 7, 1994, in Littleton, Colo. ...Son of Todd

tion/Western Division playoffs...Earned 2011 Channel League Defensive Player of the Year, all-CIF

Colorado (Denver)

W, 41-14

14

14

and Debbie Hansley, who both graduated from Indiana University...Has two older sisters...

and first-team all-county recognition, with 120 tackles (68 solo), 14 passes broken up, three forced

1998

at Michigan State

W 23-16

23

16

fumbles and one recovery, in addition to his county-leading seven INTs...A team captain, scored four

1997

Missouri (San Diego)

W 35-24

19

20

Tanner HUMPHREY

times on defense in 2011, with interception touchdowns of 70 and 90 yards, and two safeties...Es-

New Mexico (Las Vegas)

W 41-13

NR

25

tablished the Cougars’ single-season record with 321 interception-return yards...Played closer to the

at Colorado

L 21-31

8

8

fumble and two recoveries, one of which he returned 17 yards for a TD...A three-year letterman, got

1996

Wyoming

L 24-25

23

23

at Nebraska

L 9-65

8

8

Colorado

L 34-48

5

8

1995

Kansas State (San Diego)

L 24-51

10

10

Owned a 3.5 GPA at the time of his signing...Following the season, invited to the prestigious 2012

at Air Force

W 27-20

21

19

Polynesian All-American Bowl in Los Angeles.

at Colorado

L 14-42

10

10

1994

Michigan (San Diego)

L, 14-24

20

12 15

every season), and served as team captain his final two campaigns...As a senior in 2011, garnered

Nick JANUSKA

Denver Post All-Colorado honors as one of the state’s best players across all classifications, but not for his school-record 1,845 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground, or for his 518 receiving yards and eight TD catches; instead, honored by the Post as a defensive back, where as a first-year starter in 2011, intercepted seven passes...A first-team all-state DB and first-team all-conference running back and return specialist, led the 9-3 Falcons to a 2011 Continental League title and the state quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual 5A champion Columbine...Averaged in 2011 nearly 20 yards per reception on 27 catches, and nearly 10 yards per carry on 193 attempts...A second-team all-state RB in 2010, racked up 1,209 rushing yards and averaged 9.1 yards on 133 carries...Burst on the scene as a sophomore in 2009, when he totaled 1,289 all-purpose yards and scored 15 combined

20

>> Defensive Back >> 6-2 | 210 | FR | HS >> Ventura, Calif. >> Ventura

touchdowns as HRHS’s all-around weapon, picking up all-conference recognition as both a running

High School: A two-year starter as a key defender at Ventura High School north of Los Angeles,

back and return man...Head football coach was Darrel Gorham...A three-sport athlete, also lettered

intercepted 10 career passes, playing outside linebacker as a junior and free safety as a senior; also

three years in lacrosse (a second-team all-state and two-time all-conference performer in that sport)

punted for two years...Put defensive points on the board on five occasions, touchdowns on two

and two years in track...Owned a 3.37 GPA at the time of his signing...Top time in the 40-yard dash

interceptions and one fumble, and a pair of safeties...Picked off seven of those passes during that

is 4.50; also bench presses 265 pounds.

2011 senior campaign, helping the 11-1 Cougars capture a Channel League championship and go

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>> Defensive Line >> 6-3 | 225 | FR | HS >> Colorado Springs, Colo. >> Palmer

line of scrimmage as a 2010 junior, recording 72 tackles, three interceptions, eight PBUs, one forced his first significant varsity playing time as a sophomore, late in the season as the Cougars advanced to the CIF playoffs...Head football coach was Brad Steward...Also lettered two years in track, running the 100 and 4x100 meters...Top speed in the 40-yard dash was 4.45...Max bench press was 255...

High School: While at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., he earned varsity letters in football and basketball… Garnered all-CS Metro honors as a senior… Was named Defensive MVP for the

Personal: Given name Jeffrey Nicholas Januska...Last name is pronounced juh-NOOS-kah...Born

Utah

L, 31-45

18

Terrors in 2011… Head coach was Rod Baker… Played against Rams Blake Rains and Kevin Davis.

Sept. 20, 1994, in Santa Barbara, Calif. ...Son of Jeff and Lily Januska...Family and friends have

at Arizona

W, 21-16

6

4

called him Nick since childhood, because he shares his dad’s first name...Has one older sister...In

at BYU

W, 28-21

22

n/a

1993

at Wyoming

W, 42-21

NR

23

Fresno State

W, 34-32

NR

23

at Nebraska

L, 13-48

6

n/a

BYU

W, 28-21

22

n/a

Personal: Given name is Tanner Humphrey… Born on March 5, 1994 in Colorado Springs, Colo…

high school, through Youth Athletes for Christ, helped to feed homeless and distribute Christmas

Parents are Dwight and Terri Humphrey… Father, Dwight, played baseball at Colorado State… Has

toys to less-fortunate families...Interested in business as a CSU major...Hometown: Ventura, Calif.

a younger brother, Parker, and an older sister Shelbi… Interested in majoring in business… Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Casey JOY

Richard MBUGUA

Danny NWOSU

>> Defensive Back >> 5-10 | 189 | SO | TR >> Castle Rock, Colo. >> Colorado School of Mines

52

>> Linebacker >> 6-0 | 200 | FR | HS >> Highlands Ranch, Colo. >> Highlands Ranch

38

>> Linebacker >> 6-2 | 217 | FR | HS >> Washington, D.C. >> Dunbar

2011 (freshman): Was on the scout team at the Colorado School of Mines. Earned scout team De-

High School: Earned three letters in football and track while at Highlands Ranch High School…

High School: A hybrid standout in the Beltway area, played at two high schools as a three-year

fensive Player of the Year honors on a team that won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Earned first-team all-Continental League honors at linebacker and second-team all-conference hon-

starter on both sides of the ball...On defense, played with his hand on and off the ground, compiling

ors at fullback… Was an all-state honorable mention… Led the Falcons to 2009 and 2011 Conti-

31 sacks...Averaged 23.5 yards per reception during his prep career, with 824 yards on 35 catches

High School: As a Husky at Douglas County High School he earned seven total letters; three in

nental League Championships… Was named the team’s Defensive MVP in 2011… Head coach was

and nine touchdowns...Prior to his senior season, opted to transfer to Dunbar High School, near

football and four in lacrosse… Was named first-team all-Southern League in lacrosse his junior and

Darryl Gorham… Played with current Ram Joe Hansley and against Craig Leonard.

Baltimore, Md., a program that would provide him more opportunities in the passing game...Starting

senior year. He also earned second-team all-conference honors for football those same years… He

for the Crimson Tide at both defensive end and on offense, where he flexed out as a WR and played

garnered all-state academic honorable mention for football and lacrosse in 2010… Made Douglas

Personal: Given name is Richard Mbugua... Born on Jan. 22, 1994 in Alexandria, Va. … Parents are

on the line as a TE, was a first-team all-conference choice on both sides of the line for a team that

County’s honor roll his final three years of high school… Head coach was Jeff Ketron… Played

Christopher and Nellie Mbugua… Has two older siblings, a brother John and a sister Sylvia… Inter-

won the DCIAA state championship, the Turkey Bowl...In 2011, caught 15 passes for 291 yards and

against Chris Nwoke.

ested in majoring in chemical and biological engineering… Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

five touchdowns, one of which went for 75 yards, Dunbar’s longest passing play of the season...

Tommey MORRIS

Personal: Given name is Casey Joy… Born on Oct. 13, 1991 in Parker, Colo… Parents are Megen Sassman and Brent Joy… His mother briefly swam at Colorado State and his father played football at the Colorado School of Mines… Has five siblings; an older brother, Brandon and an older sister, Amanda, as well as three younger siblings Anna, Jonah and Barrett… Interested in majoring in Health and Exercise Science… Hometown: Castle Rock, Colo.

Craig LEONARD

8

>> Quarterback >> 6-4 | 220 | FR | HS >> Fort Collins, Colo. >> Jireh Prep

20

>> Running Back >> 6-0 | 220 | FR | HS >> Odessa, Texas >> Permian

his final season at DuVal in Prince George’s County, averaged 28.0 yards per catch, with 10 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns; also registered 10 sacks and 64 tackles, and recovered two fumbles, playing mostly as an outside linebacker...In his sophomore campaign with the Tigers, posted 10 catches for 253 yards and two TDs, with four sacks and 33 tackles on defense...DuVal fell one win shy of the playoffs in each of his two varsity seasons with the Tigers...Ran track as sophomore at DuVal, participating in the 300 and 4x100 relay...Head football coaches were Ben Eaton at Dunbar and Dameon Powell at DuVal...Top speed in the 40-yard dash was 4.65...A member of the National Honor Society, owned a 3.5 GPA.

of El Paso, signed a financial-aid agreement Nov. 29, 2011, and enrolled at CSU for the spring 2012

Personal: Given name Daniel Ogochukwu Nwosu...Last name is pronounced WOH-soo...Born Aug.

semester...A flywheel in the Panthers’ offense, lined up in the backfield and as both a tight and split

26, 1994, in Jersey City, N.J. ...Son of Victoria and Emeka Nwosu...Has one older brother and one

end...Averaged 1.2 touchdowns per game as a two-year varsity player...Rated the No. 110 football

younger sister...Has mammoth hands and wears size 3XL gloves...Each of his parents and his older

athlete in the nation by ESPN.com entering his 2010 senior campaign, earned three stars from

brother were born in Nigeria before moving to the United States...Somewhat interested in pursuing a

the Web site...Base position was wide receiver at PHS, the school made famous by the 1990 H.G.

career in sports medicine, is undecided on a CSU major...Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Bissinger best-seller Friday Night Lights, later adapted by Peter Berg into a 2004 motion picture

Athletic Center, signed a financial-aid agreement Dec. 6, 2011, and enrolled in time for January 2012 classes

starring Billy Bob Thornton, and an ensuing NBC TV series...Played for the coach depicted in that

and will practice with the Rams this spring...Kept his skills sharp during the fall of 2011 at Jireh Prep School

movie by Thornton, Gary Gaines, who returned for a second stint at PHS prior to Morris’ sophomore

in Monroe, N.C.; started seven games against stiff competition from Georgia, Virginia and Carolina prep

season...Played five games as a senior team captain in 2010; with him, the Panthers were 4-1;

schools, including prominent Hargrave Military Academy, and Division III JV teams...Started seven games

without him, they were 0-5 and missed the playoffs...Caught 25 passes for 324 yards and one TD,

on an 8-3 team, throwing for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns...Still entered CSU with five avail-

while compiling 67 rushing yards and scoring four TDs on just nine carries...As a junior in 2009, his

able years to play four, per NCAA rules...Played just one varsity season at FRHS, his 2010 senior campaign,

first season as a varsity player, earned District 3 Newcomer of the Year, and all-Permian Basin and

and led Colorado’s largest classification, 5A, in both passing yards (2,558) and passing TD (26)...A first-

second-team all-district honors...On the strength of a team-leading 15 touchdowns, guided Permian

team all-Front Range League and honorable-mention all-state selection, was the team MVP and captain on a

to an 8-4 record and the second round of the Texas 5A Division I playoffs; finished with 30 catches

4-6 team in its first season of 5A competition...Hit 198-of-374 passes (.529), including an 88-yard play, with

for 532 yards and five TDs, and ran for 224 yards on 46 carries, with 10 touchdowns...Also played

12 interceptions, in addition to 252 yards on 84 carries...Also caught a TD pass against Thomas Jefferson...

basketball at Permian...Fastest 40 time in high school was 4.5, while his max bench press was 285

Did not play during his sophomore or junior seasons due to a knee injury...Started for the freshman team as

pounds and squat was 475; also owned a 30-inch vertical leap, a 3.0 GPA and a 1450 on the SAT.

a ninth grader...Owned 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash as a high-school QB...Also bench pressed 265 pounds

Personal: Given name Craig Connett Leonard Jr. ...Born Sept. 8, 1992, in Everett, Wash. ...Parents are Craig

fumbles...Played in the Chesapeake Bowl all-star game after his senior campaign...As a junior in

High School: A two-year letterman at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, about four hours east

High School/Prep School: A 2011 graduate of Fossil Ridge High School, eight miles from CSU’s McGraw

and carried a 3.0 GPA...Head FRHS football coaches were Steve Vecchio and Clint Fick

On the other side of the line, posted 17 sacks and 77 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two forced

Kevin O’BRIEN

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>> Offensive Line >> 6-3 | 268 | FR | TR >> Katy, Texas >> Univ. of the Incarnate Word

2011: Attended the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas for one semester. High School: Garnered two football letters at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas… Was named