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Colorado State vs. New Mexico
2011 Football Media Day - Aug. 10
2011 (Senior): Played in all 12 games, handling kickoff duties all season but relinquishing placement responsibility to fellow senior Chad VanderMolen over the second half of the campaign...Connected on four of his eight FG attempts (50 percent), with one blocked, and hit 16 of 17 PATs...Also recorded 12 touchbacks on 47 kickoffs (25.5 percent)...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), had one touchback but uncharacteristically missed two field goals, his most ever in a single contest...Rebounded in home-opening triumph vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), taking the Bears' dangerous return man out of the game with four touchbacks, matching a career high...On his 22nd birthday, got an exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), quietly playing a key role by hitting all three extra points, as well as two field goals, in the Rams' 35-34, double-overtime win...Put the Rams on the board with important 42-yard FG just before halftime, and pulled them within a point, 14-13, with a clutch 38-yarder in the fourth quarter...Also had three touchbacks on five overall kickoffs in Aggies contest...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), had a second-quarter PAT blocked and bruised his knee on the ensuing pursuit, but recorded a touchback on the subsequent kickoff...Sustained the 10th blocked kick of his career (three FG, seven PAT) in loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), a first-quarter FG attempt, then shared kicking duties with Chad VanderMolen the remainder of the game...Handled kickoffs in losses at UNLV (Oct. 29), where he made two TD-saving tackles, and vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12)...Picked up a touchback on a kickoff at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), as well as his career finale, vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3).
2010 (Junior): The Rams' placement specialist and kickoff man, played in all 12 games...Connected on 72.7 percent of his field goals (16-for-22) and 85.7 percent of PATs (18-for-21), with four of his nine combined missed attempts blocked by opponents (two FG, two PAT)... and is 6-for-7 career from 40-49 yards; including a pair of missed, 50-plus attempts, both vs. Idaho (in 2009 and '10), he's 6-for-9 from 40-plus yards...Also, on kickoffs, dramatically improved his touchback total, with 16 in 44 kickoffs (36.3 percent); he had five combined over his first two seasons...Missed his season's first attempt in season-opening loss to Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, a blocked, 37-yard boot to close the first half...Later in Buffs contest, converted a 43-yarder and registered a touchback on a second-half kickoff...At Nevada (Sept. 11), turned all three of his kickoffs into touchbacks to set a career high; the only other time in his career he had as many as two touchbacks in a game was Sept. 6, 2008, vs. Sacramento State (he had one all of 2009, and four in 2008 as a true freshman)...In dramatic, 36-34 triumph vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), one day after his 21st birthday, nailed a walk-off, 35-yard FG, his second game-ending kick (previous was second career game, Sept. 6, 2008, vs. Sacramento State). . Redeemed himself with the game-winner in Vandals contest after missing a PAT - the first non-blocked attempt he had ever missed at that point - just 6 minutes earlier; earlier, his first field-goal try, a miss on the Rams' first drive, was a career-long attempt, 51 yards, surpassing his previous long, 50, also against Idaho (in 2009)...Also had two more touchbacks against Idaho...In shutout loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), was on the field for only one play, a touchback on the kickoff to open the second half...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), experienced the fourth blocked PAT of his career...Saw another PAT blocked the following week in 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), but still connected on three field goals for the fourth time in his career, matching a career best; also against Rebels, established a career high with four touchbacks, and missed a 46-yard FG, the first time in his career he'd not hit an attempt from the 40-49 range (had been 6-for-6 entering contest)...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), hit both field goals, surpassing No. 7 Clark Kemble (27, 1973-75) and C.W. Hurst (27, 1997-2000) on CSU's all-time list, and tying No. 6 Derek Franz (28, 1997-98)...Eclipsed Franz with a second-quarter field goal in win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30); also made a TD-saving tackle on game-opening kickoff, and picked up two more touchbacks...At SDSU, booted two more field goals, leap-frogging No. 6 Jeff Babcock (14 in 2004), Mike Brown (14 in 1989) and Tom Drake (14 in 1976) on the Rams' single-season list, but had a 33-yard attempt blocked in the second quarter...In loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), hit a fourth-quarter field goal to tie No. 4 Jason Smith (16 in 2007) and Jon Poole (16 in 1980) on CSU's single-season list...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), missed a 42-yard attempt in windy conditions and registered a touchback on his only kickoff.
2009 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games as the Rams' primary FG and PAT kicker...Hit 12 of 16 field-goal attempts (75 percent),inclduing 4-for-5 from 40-plus yards, and 26 of 29 PAT attempts (all three misses were blocked)...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), hit all three FG attempts 23 years to the day of CSU's last Boulder win, when his dad also kicked three for the Rams...Gave CSU an important two-score lead late in the third quarter of Buffs contest with a 45-yarder...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), connected on a 38-yarder in the fourth quarter, and notched his first 2009 touchback to open the second half...In 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), missed the longest attempt of his career, a 50-yarder, early in the second half, but answered with a successful 43-yarder to pull the Rams within one later in the third quarter...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), hit a 43-yard FG in cold and windy conditions to knot the game in the second quarter...Helped the Rams to a 6-0 first-quarter lead in loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), including a career-long 47-yarder, improving to 4-for-4 in his career from the 40-49 distance...In fourth quarter of 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), hit a 23-yarder to give CSU a 16-14 lead with 7:28 remaining.
2008 (Freshman): Thrust into action after a camp injury to senior Jason Smith, played in six games and did not play in the final seven contests...Connected on four of his five FG attempts (80 percent), his only miss a block...Also hit all six PATs and had four touchbacks on 24 kickoffs...The first true freshman kicker at CSU since C.W. Hurst in 1997, made his debut in the opener, vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), and connected on every kick, including his first college attempt, from 26 yards...One week later, hit three fourth-quarter FGs, including the game-tying and game-winning kicks in the final 89 seconds, to dispatch Sacramento State (Sept. 6), 23-20; his 20-yard kick as time expired was the first game-winning field goal by a CSU kicker since Jeff Babcock hit one exactly five years earlier, at Cal (Sept. 6, 2003)...The Sac State effort, along with his two touchbacks on kickoffs, earned him MWC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, as well as national recognition from the organization that selects the Lou Groza Award as a `Star of the Week'...In first half of 28-25 win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), had a FG blocked, the first official miss of his career.
High School: Garnered Class 3A all-state and all-Western Slope League honors each of his final two seasons at Steamboat Springs (Colo.) High School...Made contributions in all three phases, including several starts as a WR and LB...As a senior, his kicks helped Steamboat (7-4) win several close games en route to a berth in the Class 3A playoffs, where the Sailors lost in Fort Collins to Fossil Ridge...In 2007, caught four passes for 42 yards, and notched 74 tackles and five sacks...Also recorded 25 touchbacks on kickoffs as a senior team captain...On defense, had three sacks against Moffat County in 2007...As a junior, earned first-team all-conference honors, helping SSHS to a Western Slope championship; hit a career-long 51-yarder vs. Palisade...In 2005, kicked a game-winning FG to beat Cortez in quadruple overtime...Head coach was Aaron Finch, Steve Fairchild's CSU teammate...Lettered four years in FB and three in wrestling.
Personal: Given name Benjamin Braun DeLine...Born Sept. 24, 1989, in Denver, Colo. ...Parents are Steve and Karen DeLine...Has a younger sister and a younger brother...Both parents are CSU graduates, including father Steve, the Rams' placekicker from 1984-86 who ranks sixth on the school's all-time scoring list (200 points), fourth in career FG (42) and fourth in FG percentage (.724)...Steve also kicked a 60-yarder vs. AFA in 1985, the second-longest kick in CSU annals...Uncle, Dave, was CU's kicker for three seasons (1984, 1986-87)...The two squared off once in college, a 23-7 CSU victory on Sept. 6, 1986, at Folsom Field...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...Majoring in animal science...Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
|Division I career statistics||FIELD GOALS||XPTS||KICKOFFS|
|2008||Colorado State (fr.)||6||5||4||80.0||36||1||6||6||100.0||18||24||4||16.7|
|2009||Colorado State (so.)||12||16||12||75.0||47||0||29||26||89.7||62||22||1||4.5|
|2010||Colorado State (jr.)||12||22||16||72.7||43||2||21||18||85.7||66||44||16||36.4|
|2011||Colorado State (sr.)||12||8||4||50.0||42||1||17||16||94.1||28||48||12||25.0|
|Career totals (four years)||42||51||36||70.6||47||4||73||66||90.4||174||138||33||23.9|
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