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Eric Peitz
Eric Peitz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Crofton, Neb.

High School:
Crofton

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 258

Position:
TE

Birthdate:
05/05/1988

Experience:
4L


2010 (Senior): A John Mackey Award and Campbell Trophy candidate, played in all 12 games (11 starts)...Earned academic all-conference following the season...Finished his career with a reception in 20 of his last 22 games, dating to Sept. 12, 2009; saw his 10-game stretch end in Week 3...Posted 15 receptions for 187 yards (12.5 avg.), with three touchdowns...Over Weeks 6-7, had three straight receptions for touchdowns...On Sept. 30, was named one of 47 FBS semifinalists for the prestigious Campbell Trophy, also known as the Academic Heisman; owns a 3.69 GPA as a biological sciences major... At Nevada (Sept. 11), extended the streak with a catch on CSU's final drive...In dramatic win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), made a key block on T.J. Borcky's TD reception in the fourth quarter...At No.25 Air Force (Oct. 9), posted his first TD reception since Oct. 3, 2009, at Idaho, and also converted a third-and-7 with a 13-yard grab in the second quarter...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), caught two TDs for the first time in his life, including his days at Crofton (Neb.) High School, which ran a double-wing offense; his 29-yard touchdown late in the first half, on a go route down the left sideline, was the longest reception of his career...Also in Rebels contest, caught TD passes in consecutive games for the second time in his career (also Sept. 12-19, vs. Weber State and Nevada)...In 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), made a spectacular, diving catch down the right sideline in the first quarter; the 32-yard catch, a career-long reception, setting up the Rams' go-ahead touchdown; later left briefly with a shoulder injury, but returned...In loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), his final home game, took a middle screen for 17 yards to set up the Rams' first points early in the fourth quarter.

2009 (Junior): Had started all nine games at tight end until sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 9...Finished with 14 receptions for 114 yards (8.1 avg.) and three TDs, ending the year on an eight-game reception streak...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...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), hauled in his first career TD reception, a go-ahead 2-yarder from Grant Stucker in the corner of the end zone that gave the Rams their eventual game-winning points; officials initially ruled the play incomplete, but replay overturned the call...Earlier in half, had gone to the locker room for treatment on a leg injury; also in WSU contest, got a hand a second-quarter Leonard Mason fumble, pushing the ball into the end zone where teammate Tim Walter recovered to give CSU a 17-6 lead...In assertive 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), caught a 25-yard razzle-dazzle TD from WR Dion Morton, after Morton caught a lateral pass, to give CSU a 14-0 first-quarter lead...In loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), had a four-catch, 48-yard day; converted an early third down with a BYU defender draped all over him to pierce the Cougars' red zone...Later in BYU game, made an adjustment on a tipped completion at the BYU 5 to set up Leonard Mason's TD run; on that run, made a nice block to usher Mason into the end zone...In bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), caught a 3-yard TD pass on the last play of the first quarter, after helping Tyson Liggett into the end zone on a key block earlier in the period...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), made a pair of catches on a second-quarter drive, including a big third-down reception...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), sealed off the left edge for Mosure to covert a fourth down on a first-quarter TD drive...In second quarter of loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31), caught a third-and-6 pass to move the chains and set up first-and-goal on a key FG drive that put the Rams back in the game; but on the catch, injured his shoulder and did not return...Earned academic all-conference following the season.

2008 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, with five starts...Caught five passes for 29 yards (5.8 avg.) on the year...With Chris Kawulok (knee) out of action, saw considerable time as a reserve tight end early in the year...Started as a second tight end at Cal (Sept. 27), at Utah (Oct. 18) and at San Diego State (Oct. 25)...In tough 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), took a third-and-1 pass for 13 yards to the Cougars' 6-yard line, setting up a go-ahead TD one play later...Started as CSU's lone TE in bowl-qualifying win at Wyoming (Nov. 22)...Also started as the lone TE in New Mexico Bowl vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20).

2007 (Freshman): Talented youngster played in 10 games as a true freshman (one of just two CSU true freshmen to play in `07), with one start, catching two passes for 16 yards (8.0 avg.)...Made his college debut at Colorado (Sept. 1), the first true freshman to play for the Rams since 2005...Made his initial college start, vs. No. 10 Cal (Sept. 8)...Posted his first collegiate reception, a 5-yard catch, at TCU (Sept. 29)...Also registered one catch for 11 yards in win vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17).

High School: Named to the Norfolk Daily News Top 20 in 2006 at Crofton (Neb.) High School...Received first-team all-state football honors in 2006...A three-sport varsity letterwinner, played tight end and defensive end in football, center in basketball and catcher in baseball...Was a member of the National Honor Society...High school football coach was Tony Hoffman.

Personal: Given name Eric Jacob Peitz...Born May 5, 1988, in Yankton, S.D. ...Son of Larry and Judy Peitz...Is the middle child of a five-son family, with two older brothers and two younger brothers...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 biological sciences...Hometown: Crofton, Neb., which does not have a stoplight ...Last name is pronounced PYTS, as in "heights."

Division I career statistics

RECEIVING

Year

School

GP

GS

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Avg/Gm

2007

Colorado State (fr.)

10

1

2

16

8.0

0

10

1.6

2008

Colorado State (so.)

13

5

5

29

5.8

0

13

3.2

2009

Colorado State (jr.)

9

9

14

114

8.1

3

25

12.7

2010

Colorado State (sr.)

12

11

15

187

12.5

3

32

15.6

Career totals (four years)

44

26

36

346

9.6

6

32

7.9

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