Capi garners SI All-America honorable mention
Rams offense garners four second-team selections, punter chosen
Dec. 3, 2011
Dec. 3, 2011
Bronze Boot on line Saturday in meeting No. 102
2011 (Senior): Played and started 11 games, garnering second-team all-conference honors (MW coaches/media)...Elected Aug. 26 one of five permanent team captains, one of two on offense...Started at New Mexico (Sept. 3) in season-opening win, making a lead block on Chris Nwoke's game-winning touchdown run in the fourth quarter...Helped CSU rush for 242 yards in home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10)...Before exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), returned to the weakside tackle post vacated by Joe Caprioglio (knee) and quietly helped the Rams to a 35-34 triumph in double OT; assisted RB Chris Nwoke (11 carries, 47 yards, two TD on final three possessions) to MW Offensive Player of the Week honors as CSU erased a 21-13 deficit in the final minute of regulation...Early in second quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), left with a knee injury and did not return...Knee injury ended the team's longest active string of starts, 25; a stretch that began Oct. 10, 2009...Traveled but did not dress for loss at UTEP (Oct. 22)...In loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), returned to starting lineup and helped the Rams to 250 rushing yards, including 156 from Chris Nwoke...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), helped Nwoke to 232 rushing yards, most by an FBS player in Week 11, and then the most by a CSU player ever at Hughes Stadium; the Rams averaged 7.83 yards per carry, sixth-best in program annals; injured his ankle late in the game...Saw little practice time the following week and shrugged off pain to start in loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19) ...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), sealed off his man 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, third most in CSU history and third most by an individual at the FBS level in 2011...Helped Nwoke become first player in Rams history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in the same season...In career finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), helped RB Raymond Carter to 158 yards and two TDs on the ground. Career Division I games played/started: 37/30 (11/11 in 2011; 12/12 in 2010; 11/7 in 2009; 3/0 in 2008).
2010 (Junior): CSU's oldest player, was the Rams' only returning starter from a 2009 O-line that put four players on NFL rosters...Earned second-team all-conference honors from the MWC's coaches and media, after starting all 12 games at weakside tackle...Became engaged to his fiancé Ashley prior to the Week 7 win vs. UNLV...Enters his senior year having started 19 straight, dating back to Oct. 10, 2009...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), helped the Rams pile up more rushing yards (285) than the Falcons' nation-leading rushing offense (248), including Leonard Mason's career-best 139...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), helped Mason to 121 more on the ground, and 259 team rushing yards, including a key block on Mason's first-quarter TD run...In 38-14 triumph vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), helped lead the Rams to 328 rushing yards, their most since the 2008 New Mexico Bowl...Started at SDSU (Nov. 6), but left in the second quarter with concussion-like symptoms and did not return...Started the following week in loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), but didn't play in fourth quarter.
2009 (Sophomore): A backup offensive tackle to open the year, played in 11 games, with seven starts...Made his 2009 debut in the second quarter of 2-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12)...Also saw fourth-quarter action in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19)...Earned his most significant playing time to date in conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26); entered in the second quarter as a strongside tackle and played the majority of the game, helping the Rams pass for their most yards, 372, since the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl; made a key block on Leonard Mason's 5-yard touchdown run during the third quarter...Played the final three quarters in bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), as the Rams held Idaho without a sack, passed for four TDs and ran for 139 yards against the WAC's top rushing defense...Made his first career start in 24-17 loss to Utah (Oct. 10), helping Leonard Mason to 130 yards rushing; also threw a key block to help Mason walk in untouched on a third-quarter go-ahead touchdown, and on the next possession got out in the flat to shield Mason on a critical fourth-and-1, during a TD drive that gave CSU a 17-3 lead...Helped John Mosure to a career-high 177 rushing yards in loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21)...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), helped Mason to 119 yards rushing, and threw a key block for Lou Greenwood on an 8-yard TD run in the second quarter.
2008 (Freshman): Played in three games at offensive tackle, including his college debut at Cal (Sept. 27); also played at Utah (Oct. 18) and in season finale at Wyoming (Nov. 22).
2007: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: Lettered twice in football and once in basketball at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif. ...Earned first-team all-conference accolades in football as a senior for the Wolves...Lost in state championship as a junior, to Monte Vista and QB Kyle Wright (Miami, Fla.)...Voted by team as most valuable lineman...Originates from same area as former CSU defensive lineman Erik Sandie...High school football coach was Dave Kravitz.
Personal: Given name Paul Haldin Madsen...Born Feb. 12, 1986, in Walnut Creek, Calif. ...The Rams' only married player, wed the former Ashley Barnes prior to his senior season, on March 12, 2011...Son of Duane and Erlyn Madsen...Ninth youngest of 10 children, including brother Mark,a nine-year NBA veteran who played for the Lakers and T-Wolves; has four brothers and five sisters...Signed a national letter of intent with CSU as a high school senior in 2004, but elected to delay his enrollment until January 2007 in order to serve a two-year Mormon mission in Lubbock, Texas...Spent a pair ofafternoons, in February 2010 and July 2011,visiting with developmentally disabled children serviced by Respite Care of Fort Collins...Before 2011 spring practice, spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County, helping kids with after-school programs...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Majoring in construction management...Hometown: Danville, Calif./Provo, Utah.