Pensack-Rinehart leads CSU with 3.99 cumulative grade-point average
Pensack-Rinehart leads CSU with 3.99 cumulative grade-point average
Year-End Review for 2012
Rams also vote on season captains for 2012
Team looks to offseason with optimism
2012 (Senior): A team leader and anchor of the Rams' defense, Skelton played in 10 games and started 8 before suffering a season-ending injury vs. UNLV (11/10)...voted by his teammates after the season as one of four captains for the year...finished his final season with 32 tackles (14 solo), including 0.5 tackles for loss, and one pass breakup. He also added a rushing touchdown out of the "Wildcat" formation vs. Hawai'i.
2011 (Junior): After strong work in the Rams' offseason conditioning program, earned the starting role at middle linebacker in place of an injured Michael Kawulok, then replaced an injured Mychal Sisson on the outside three games into the year and played in 11 games, all starts...A third-team all-conference selection (Phil Steele), finished fourth in the conference with 8.1 tackles per game...Also garnered academic all-conference recognition following the season...Ranked second on the team with 91 tackles (41 solo), including two stops for loss and a sack, with one pass breakup and two forced fumbles...Entering Week 14, ranks third in the MW at 8.5 tackles per game...Named Nov. 16 one of 50 national candidates for the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring the best player in the country that began his career as a walk-on...Named Oct. 21 the ninth-best overall player in the Mountain West at midseason, by CollegeFootballNews.com... Selected first-team midseason all-conference by CollegeFootballNews.com on Oct. 21...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), made his first start since Sept. 11, 2010, and his first career as a middle linebacker...Did not dress for home-opening win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), for a violation of team rules...Returned to starting lineup in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), replacing Sisson at SLB; also played middle 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 Shaquil Barrett and returned 15 yards for a critical TD to pull CSU to 14-10 in the third quarter, before the Rams preserved a double-overtime win by preventing a two-point conversion; earlier in quarter, stripped QB Chuckie Keeton near the Rams' goal line, but the ball flew out of bounds, then finished the quarter, with the score tied 21-21, by dropping USU's Chuck Jacobs 2 yards shy of the sticks to force a punt and prevent any possible game-winning FG in the final seconds of regulation...In the first half of Aggies contest, combined with Davis Burl to drop RB Robert Turbin short of the sticks on third-and-3 to force a punt, then blew up a screen pass on the next possession...In loss vs. No. 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 punt after the Rams had just taken the lead; the play marked his first sack since Sept. 18, 2010, at Miami-Ohio...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), broke up a pass late in the second quarter.
2010 (Sophomore): A primary backup LB and special-teams staple, played in all 12 games (one start)...Earned academic all-conference following the season...Had 16 tackles (nine solo), two stops for loss and one sack...At Nevada (Sept. 11), replaced an injured Mychal Sisson (knee) in the lineup 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 ball-carrier 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 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 fourth quarter...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), came up with a game-changing interception with just under 11 minutes left in the game, when he put brakes on his blitz to read a screen and stepped in front of Cameron Higgins' pass; the play and subsequent 18-yard return set up the eventual game-winning touchdown...Made his first career start in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), opening as a fourth linebacker in a 3-4 alignment...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), saw significant playing time; during a fourth-quarter series, his pressure flushed QB Max Hall into the arms of Chris Gipson...Early in second half of bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), made a nice play to knock a pass out of the arms of intended receiver Peter Bjorvik...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), shut down an option play on Utah's first drive, dropping Shaky Smithson for no gain...Made his first start in the base defense in last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), replacing an injured SLB Davis Burl; made a TD-saving tackle early in the second quarter, then combined with Nuku Latu early in the fourth quarter to sack Donovan Porterie, for his first career sack...On next series in fourth quarter, came up with a third-down tackle to force UNM to kick a FG with CSU protecting a 27-23 lead...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), ended a third-quarter drive with CSU protecting a 13-7 lead, hurrying QB Austyn Carta-Samuels into an incompletion and eventual punt; then combined to hold the QB to no gain on a third-and-1 carry, forcing a field-goal attempt with 1:29 left...Earned academic all-conference following the season.
2008: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility...Voted by coaches as the defensive scout team Player of the Year.
High School: A two-time first-team all-South Metro League running back, also picked up honorable mention all-state honors as a senior at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo. ...CHS's offensive MVP and team captain in 2007, was an honor roll student all four years of high school...Head football coach was Bret McGatlin...Also lettered three years in track and played lacrosse.
Personal: Given name James William Skelton...Born June 19, 1990, in Denver, Colo. ...Son of Jim and Christine Skelton...Has an older brother...In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the homeless...In the summer of 2011, devoted a day to meeting and playing with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Wellington, Colo. ...Interacted with youngsters at Fort Collins' annual Youth Sports Fundraiser and Football Bash, the day before the Super Bowl at The Edge Sports Center in February before the '10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in business administration... Hometown: Littleton, Colo.