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Nick Oppenneer
Nick Oppenneer

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Littleton, Colo.

High School:
Columbine

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 182

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
07/07/1986

Experience:
3L


2009 (Senior): Started all 12 games at cornerback...Honorable-mention all-conference, finished tied for fourth in the MWC and tied for 49th nationally with 0.33 INTs per game...His four picks were the most by a CSU player since Ben Stratton's four in 2003, becoming one of just two Rams (Stratton) to reach four in the past decade, and those four came against NFL prospects Max Hall (BYU), Nathan Enderle (Idaho) and Donovan Porterie (New Mexico), as well as Terrence Cain from nationally ranked Utah...Had the longest INT return by an MWC player in 2009, a 97-yard play that gave CSU go-ahead fourth-quarter points at UNM in Week 12...Also had 63 tackles (39 solo), two stops for loss, six passes broken up and a fumble recovery...A former walk-on, was voted by his 2009 teammates as one of five permanent team captains, one of two on defense (also Klint Kubiak)...Kicked off senior year in reverberating 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6); broke up a third-down pass to force a third-quarter punt...Made a pair of significant fourth-quarter plays in assertive 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19); first, with the Wolf Pack driving, leapt high to break up a pass on the Rams' 30, then recovered a fumble on the Rams' 5 on third-and-goal, thwarting an eight-play, 70-yard drive...In loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), picked off O'Brien candidate Hall to thwart a second-quarter drive in CSU territory...Notched a second straight game with an INT in bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), picking off Enderle on the ninth play of the Vandals' game-opening drive; began his return several yards deep in his own end zone, and officially wound up with a 58-yard runback to set up the Rams' first score...Also in Vandals contest, came up with a sure third-down stop in the second half, and broke up a pass with 1:23 left in the game to force an Idaho punt and give CSU the ball...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), made a third-down stop in the first period to force Utah to settle for a field goal, then intercepted Cain on the next offensive snap, making a nice adjustment to undercut the intended receiver...Late in first half of Utes contest, his sure sideline tackle dropped Eddie Wide short on fourth-and-3 at the Rams' 26-yard line, giving CSU the ball with 19 seconds left and preserving a 3-3 tie, but left early in the third quarter with a leg injury and did not return...Still started in loss the following week at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17)...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), nearly intercepted a pair of passes, one in the end zone on a tough play; in second quarter, made a third-down stop to force the Aztecs to settle for a FG, in which they missed...In loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31), broke up a pass on the first play of the second half...In second half of loss at UNLV (Nov. 7), broke up a potential TD pass...Scored his first career TD in heart-crushing last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), returning an INT 97 yards for go-ahead points early in the fourth quarter; also had 1½ tackles for loss, including a fourth-down stop at the CSU 41-yard line with the Rams trailing 17-14 in the third quarter...In his final game, a 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), nearly registered his fifth INT, dropping a pass at the CSU 5-yard line late in the first half.

2008 (Junior): Earned a scholarship following spring drills and started all 13 games at cornerback...The former QB also supplied CSU's all-important holding duties for placements during the first half of the year...Despite battling an elbow injury much of the year, posted 74 tackles (51 solo), with one tackle for loss, one INT, three PBUs and a forced fumble...Made first Division I start, in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31)...Late in the first half of 28-25 victory vs. Houston (Sept. 20), averted disaster on a field-goal attempt by taking a missed snap and running 14 yards for a first down, his first Division I carry; two plays later, Gartrell Johnson scored from 7 yards out to give CSU a 21-0 lead...In conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), his third-down stick late in the first half forced a Rebels punt...In tough loss vs. TCU (Oct. 11), broke up a third-down pass to force a second-half punt, forced a fumble and notched a QB hurry...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), with the Rams trailing 14-7 in the second quarter and defending a short field, picked off Brian Johnson for the CB's first career INT; patiently weaved the return 55 yards deep into Utah territory, setting up a field goal...Later in Utes contest, made an athletic play deep in CSU territory to break up a pass intended for Jereme Brooks, an effort that forced officials to wave off a pass-interference call because he knocked the ball away before contacting the receiver (Utah was charged with a timeout after its challenge failed to overturn the call)...In tough 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), made a sure, open-field solo tackle on All-America WR Austin Collie at the CSU 3-yard line, setting up a goal-line stand...Helped force an incompletion on an early third-down pass in eventual win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), forcing a missed field-goal attempt...In first quarter of win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that made CSU bowl eligible, had a career-best 11 tackles (10 solo); pushed Greg Boling out of the back of the end zone to prevent the Cowboys from going up 14-0; they missed a FG on the next play...Late in first half of Cowboys contest, nearly picked off Clint Stuzriem, and made three crucial plays on a third-quarter drive with CSU protecting a 17-14 lead -- dove to deflect a pass and thwart a sure TD in the end zone, then broke up a third-down pass near the goal line, forcing the Cowboys to kick a game-tying field goal...In New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), dropped Devon Wylie after a catch for minus-2 yards in the first quarter.

2007 (Sophomore): Passionate cornerback dressed for every contest, with six games played, all on special teams...Turned heads with a surprising fall camp...Made his collegiate debut in season opener, at Colorado (Sept. 1).
2006: Sat out after transferring to CSU in the spring of his freshman year.

2005 (Freshman): Played for Division II University of Mary, which produced CSU men's basketball coach Tim Miles, in Bismarck, N.D.

High School: A team captain and all-state quarterback and defensive back, lettered three years in football at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. ...Contributed to a pair of league titles and the 2002 state championship...Also lettered three years in track, was named CHS athlete of the year, and earned academic all-state recognition.

Personal: Given name Nicholas Jack Sheets Oppenneer...Born July 7, 1986, in Englewood, Colo. ...Son of Jack and Maureen Oppenneer...Has a younger brother...Majoring in economics...Hometown: Littleton, Colo.

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