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Zac Pauga
Zac  Pauga


Lakewood, Colo.

High School:
Green Mountain





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2009 (Junior): Played in all 12 games, with 10 starts...Had the first 15 carries of his career, for 55 yards (3.7 avg.), and tied for second on the team with 25 receptions, for 219 yards (8.8 avg.) and three TDs...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), made a key block to usher John Mosure into the end zone and give the Rams their initial 2009 points on the season's first drive, and also helped to spring Leonard Mason on a 16-yard run to help CSU escape the shadow of its own goal line in the second quarter...Early in 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), took a handoff for the first time in his career, a 4-yard gain (had 30 career receptions entering contest)...In assertive 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), set up a first-quarter TD with his second 2009 carry, then caught his first career TD pass, a 32-yard reception from Grant Stucker to give CSU a 28-6 lead early in the final period; on CSU's next drive, threw a nice block to spring Mosure on an 18-yard run that essentially put the game away...In bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), provided a key block for Mosure on a fourth-down conversion to keep alive a first-quarter TD march...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), helped Mason to 130 rushing yards, thwarting a Utes defender on Mason's crucial third-and-1 during a game-tying FG drive in the second quarter, and helping Mason walk in untouched on CSU's third-quarter go-ahead TD...Earlier in Utes contest, caught a screen for 17 yards, moving the pile himself for the last 4 yards...Early in loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), paved the way for Mason on a third-and-1, en route to the game's first points...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), sealed off the last defender on Dion Morton's 19-yard TD run, then caught a 23-yard TD pass from RB John Mosure to give CSU a 28-21 third-quarter lead; his 40 receiving yards were a career high...In second quarter of loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31), rumbled for 8 yards, breaking a tackle inside the red zone, to set up a third-and-manageable on a key FG drive that put the Rams back in the game...In last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), helped Mosure to a career-high 177 rushing yards, including a key block on his second-quarter TD run; later, broke a tackle after a third-quarter reception and rumbled 11 yards for a first down...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), caught a career-best six passes, for 38 yards, including a 4-yard TD reception from Jon Eastman that gave CSU a 13-7 lead early in the second half; also made a spectacular leaping catch early in the second quarter, a 15-yard play to the Cowboys' 6...Two snaps earlier on that TD drive, threw a key block to spring Mosure on a 26-yard run.

2008 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, with nine starts...Registered 19 catches for 114 yards (6.0 avg.)...In season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), caught five passes for 22 yards...In first victory, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), delivered an important block to spring Gartrell Johnson into the end zone for a go-ahead TD...Turned a short pass into an early 17-yard gain vs. Houston (Sept. 20), then converted a third-down with a 4-yard catch to extend a pivotal, second-half TD drive that gave CSU a 28-17 lead with less than 10 minutes left...In win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), provided a block that gave Johnson a key first down on a game-tying TD drive late in the third quarter, then converted a third-and-4 late in the game, allowing CSU to run out the clock and preserve its 38-34 victory...In tough 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), threw a key first-half block to spring Johnson on a 10-yard run; the Rams scored a go-ahead TD on the next play...At Air Force (Nov. 8), threw a nice block to help Johnson into the end zone on the game-opening drive...In New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), had four receptions, two of which were for first downs on CSU's critical TD drive just before half, including a 21-yard catch...Also, late in bowl contest, threw a block to help spring Johnson on a game-icing 77-yard TD run.

2007 (Freshman): Emerged as a quality fullback in fall camp and played in all 12 games, starting six...Had 11 receptions for 102 yards (9.3 avg.), including his first career catch, a 6-yard play on a second-quarter TD drive that would tie the contest vs. No. 10 Cal (Sept. 8)...At TCU (Sept. 29), left after a first-quarter kickoff return with a concussion and did not return, but played the following week vs. San Diego State (Oct. 6) and caught a 12-yard pass...Made his first start, vs. Air Force (Oct. 13)...Made a nice block to spring Johnson on a 4-yard TD run in CSU's emotional first win, at UNLV (Oct. 20)...Caught one pass for 7 yards vs. Utah (Oct. 27), and another for 13 yards at BYU (Nov. 3), where he started as a slot receiver...Started as a tight end at New Mexico (Nov. 10)...In victory vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), delivered a pivotal block on Johnson's 27-yard TD...Had three grabs for 39 yards in season finale vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23)...Preserved a go-ahead TD drive with a fourth-down reception, for 13 yards, in second quarter; later, on a third-quarter FG drive, snagged a 19-yard pass to convert a third-and-9.
2006: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of eligibility....Moved to H-back and blocking back in the spring.

High School: A first-team all-state selection at 4A Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colo. ...Also was a two-time all-conference choice for the Rams...A four-time letterwinner and three-year starter, helped the team to a 6-4 record in 2005...Played defensive end and running back as a senior...Credited with a team-high 75 tackles in 2005...Also led GMHS with 15 tackles for loss and added a school-record 16 sacks (for 58 yards)...Rushed for 660 yards on 128 carries as a senior...Played football for head coach Kevin Rice...Also competed in wrestling and rugby, in which he helped his school to a league championship.

Personal: Given name Zachary Taala Pauga...Born Feb. 25, 1988, in Denver, Colo. ...Son of Tolouli and Kara Pauga...Has one brother and one sister...In February before the '10 season, interacted with clients at the Hearts and Horses therapeutic riding center, which promotes physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being for people with special needs, through equine-assisted therapy...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Lakewood, Colo. ...Traditional pronunciation of his last name includes an "N" sound (pah-AHN-gah).

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