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James Morehead
James Morehead

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

High School:
ThunderRidge

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 320

Position:
DT

Experience:
4L


2009 (Senior): Started all 12 games for the Rams on the interior defensive line, compiling 26 tackles (eight solo), five stops for loss, 2½ sacks and one blocked kick...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), hurried Cody Hawkins to force a third-down incompletion kill a first-half drive, then with CSU leading 20-10 late in the third quarter, notched his first career sack, dropping Hawkins for a 9-yard loss on third down to force another punt...In assertive 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), started as a defensive end in a 3-4 alignment; on a left screen pass with Nevada on the doorstep of the red zone early in the second quarter, made an athletic play to throw RB Vai Taua for a 4-yard loss on third-and-6, a momentum-changing play that led to a delay of game and an eventual punt...In fourth quarter of Wolf Pack contest, notched a QB hurry by forcing an incompletion on first-and-goal, two plays before the Rams recovered a fumble to end the drive...In second quarter of loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), combined with C.J. James to drop RB Joseph Turner shy of the sticks and force a punt...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), got his hand on a PAT attempt to prevent the Aztecs from tying the score late in the third quarter, preserving a 28-27 CSU lead...In loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31), combined on a pair of tackles for loss, including a fourth-quarter stop...In heartbreaking last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), blasted through the middle of the line to sack Donovan Porterie on third down with less than 4 minutes remaining and CSU leading 27-26; the 8-yard loss took UNM out of field-goal range, and forced a punt.

2008 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, with five starts...Had 10 tackles (four solo), one stop for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Made probably the signature play of his career in Game 2 vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), shooting through the line to deliver a blow on Evander Wilkins and force a late fourth-quarter fumble; teammate Mike Pagnotta recovered at the Hornets' 25-yard line, setting up a dramatic walk-off field goal...Made the second start of his career, at defensive tackle, in tough 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1); his third-down stop of RB Harvey Unga inside the BYU 10-yard line forced a second-quarter Cougars punt, helping to give the Rams a short field in scoring a go-ahead TD...In win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that made CSU bowl eligible, recovered a Devin Moore fumble early in the second half, setting up a go-ahead field goal; later in the third quarter, wasn't fooled on a direct snap to Wynel Seldon, holding the RB to a 2-yard gain in the red zone...In New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), with the Rams trailing 28-20 in the third quarter, his pressure forced QB Tom Brandstater to miss a wide-open receiver on what proved to be a crucial defensive series.

2007 (Sophomore): Saw limited snaps from scrimmage in each of the last six games, and posted one tackle.

2006 (Freshman): Saw playing time in nine of the Rams' 12 games...Had a career high with three total tackles vs. BYU (Nov. 4)...In his first career start, vs. New Mexico (Oct. 28), made one tackle.

2005: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

High School: At ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., led the Grizzlies to the Class 4A state title in 2004...Played both offensive and defensive line for ThunderRidge...Was regarded as one of the state's finest two-way performers...Was a two-time all-conference selection and did not allow a quarterback sack in nine consecutive games during the 2004 season...Named to the all-Colorado team by the Rocky Mountain News...Earned three varsity letter awards in football for coach Joe Johnson.

Personal: Given name James Ryan Morehead...Born Nov. 3, 1986, in Aurora, Colo. ...Son of Gary and Patricia Morehead...The youngest of seven children, has three brothers and three sisters...Dad, Gary, played football at Oklahoma State...Brother, Jon, played football and baseball at Tabor College...Majoring in applied computer technology...Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

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