A four-year starter with a 3.91 grade-point average, announced Oct. 29 as a National Scholar-Athlete Award recipient (joining Steve Bartalo and Greg Myers in CSU history), earning an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and becoming a finalist for the prestigious Draddy Award; represented CSU at the Manhattan awards ceremony Dec. 9...Started his career's final 41 games in consecutive fashion, including all 13 in 2008 at middle linebacker, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20)...Finished third on the team with 88 tackles (43 solo), including 4½ for loss, 1½ sacks, two interceptions, one pass deflection and a forced fumble...Entered the season with just one career INT, but had two in the first three games...In first quarter of season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), dropped RB Demetrius Sumler on third down to force a punt...Also in Buffs contest, registered his second career interception, setting up a second-quarter TD by picking off Cody Hawkins...After entering the year with just one career INT, picked up his second of the season in 28-25 victory vs. Houston (Sept. 20); picked off the nation's total offense leader, Case Keenum, to halt Houston's initial drive, returning the INT 38 yards to the Houston 24...In conference-opening win, vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), combined with Mychal Sisson to sack Omar Clayton on third down and force a UNLV punt...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), posted his seventh career double-digit tackle game, with 10, including a fourth-quarter tackle for loss...In heartbreaking, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), collected a game-high 10 tackles (five solo), including a third-quarter sack of Max Hall that forced the Cougars into a third-and-14 situation...On opening drive of the second half in his final home game, an important win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), floored QB Brad Gruner on a third-and-2 run, forcing a punt; then, on the Lobos' last-gasp drive, dropped RB Rodney Ferguson for a 10-yard loss...Posted a season-best 12 tackles (three solo) in win at Wyoming (Nov. 22)...Elected by teammates following fall camp as one of two defensive captains for the season (with Tommie Hill)...The quarterback of the Rams' defense, has played in every game since the beginning of his redshirt freshman season, having started all but one contest during that stretch...Interested in becoming a coach following his playing career.
Ended the year with a 28-game starting streak, including all 12 contests during the '07 season...Earned honorable mention all-conference honors...Led the team with 94 tackles (46 solo) and also contributed 4½ tackles for loss, ½ sack and three passes broken up...A warhorse, his 94 total tackles were the most by a Rams player in four years, since Eric Pauly (121), David Vickers (116) and Drew Wood (112) in 2003...Tied for ninth in the MWC with a team-leading 7.8 tackles per game (did not play the final three quarters of season finale after injury)...Also tied for second in the conference with four double-digit tackle games...With a 3.90 grade-point average as a health and exercise science major, earned academic all-district recognition from CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine...At Houston (Sept. 22), contributed 11 tackles (three solo)...At TCU (Sept. 29), surpassed the career-best established one week earlier, with 13 stops, including a career-high nine solo tackles, his most in two years...In the second half vs. San Diego State (Oct. 6), combined with Ricky Brewer to sack Kevin O'Connell, causing a red-zone fumble (recovered by the Aztecs) that forced a field goal and prevented CSU from losing the lead...In home loss to Air Force (Oct. 13), contributed another 10 stops (five solo), including ½ tackle for loss in the fourth quarter on a drive that ended in a Rams defensive touchdown...In CSU's emotional first win at UNLV (Oct. 20), his blitz pressure flushed QB Omar Clayton into the arms of DE Tommie Hill to end an ominous second-half series that prevented the Rebels from getting back into the game...Equaled his career high with a game-leading 13 total tackles, including a personal-best 10 solo stops, vs. Utah (Oct. 27)...At New Mexico (Nov. 10), broke up a pass with a perfectly timed stick on RB Roland Bruno, stalled a second-quarter drive by rolling Paul Baker out of bounds for a 2-yard loss to force a punt, then combined with Nathan Pauly to stop Baker and force another punt on a late third-down reception in a 23-23 game (the Lobos would kick a crushing, last-second FG)...In win vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), recorded career bests in both total tackles (14) and solo stops (11), most of which halted Georgia Southern's do-everything QB Jayson Foster, the eventual Walter Payton winner...Tackled Foster seven times, four in the final quarter...Missed most of the finale vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23), leaving with a first-quarter knee injury.
Started all 12 games and was fourth on the team with 69 total tackles...Had six stops and ½ sack at San Diego State (Dec. 2)...Against New Mexico (Oct. 28), notched six stops, including one for loss, and recovered a fumble...Collected 10 tackles, one for loss, at Air Force (Oct. 12)...Had his first career INT and returned it 14 yards for a TD, along with four stops, vs. UNLV (Oct. 7)...Picked up his first career sack, vs. CU (Sept. 9).
Started 11 of his 12 games, including the Poinsettia Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 22)...Finished fifth on the squad with 61 tackles (29 solo), five for loss...Named academic all-conference...Led CSU with nine stops, one for loss, vs. Air Force (Oct. 1)...Had seven stops in his first career start, at CU (Sept. 3).
Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of eligibility.
Lettered four times each in football, wrestling and track at Atwood (Kan.) High School...Was all-conference, all-area and all-state in both his junior and senior years, and a wrestling state champion...Competed in the state track meet in the shot put, and holds the state and school record in the discus (186-4)...Earned AHS defensive MVP twice and was the offensive MVP in 2002...Holds his school's record for most takedowns in wrestling and had a 3.8 grade-point average...Head football coach was Dan Lankas.
Given name Jeffrey L. Horinek...Born Sept. 21, 1985, in Atwood, Kan. ...Son of Bernie and Marilyn Horinek...Has three brothers and one sister...His brother, Deone, was an all-conference punter for CSU in 1998 and `99...Majoring in health and exercise science...Hometown: Atwood, Kan.
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