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Cole Pemberton
Cole Pemberton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

High School:
Mountain Vista

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 318

Position:
OL

Experience:
3L


2009 (Senior): Started all 12 games at weakside tackle...An honorable-mention all-conference selection, allowed only one sack all season, to TCU All-American Jerry Hughes, and only one QB hurry in more than 300 passing plays...Graded out at least 85 percent in every game, with nearly 70 knockdown blocks and nearly 30 "outstanding efforts"...Recognized by CollegeFootballNews.com as a third-team midseason All-American on Oct. 27...Named in the season's opening week one of five permanent team captains, one of two on offense (also Shelley Smith)...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), helped Rams outgain the Buffs on the ground, 168-29...In second quarter of 24-23 win vs. Weber State, pancaked his man to help spring Leonard Mason on a 14-yard run during a seven-play, 85-yard TD drive in the second quarter...In loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), helped the Rams pass for 372 yards, their most since the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl; averted disaster by recovering a fumble at the CSU 44 after a second-quarter sack...In bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), helped Tyson Liggett into the end zone on a key block during the opening period; also helped the Rams hold Idaho without a sack, while passing for four TDs and gaining 139 ground yards against the WAC's top rushing defense...In first quarter of 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), recovered another fumble at the CSU 36 in a 3-0 game; also showed athleticism in speeding downfield to provide the final block on Rashaun Greer's 45-yard run, setting up a CSU TD...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), made a huge block to spring Mosure on a 22-yard run, setting up a second-quarter TD...Sustained ankle injury in loss at UNLV (Nov. 7) and did not play in fourth quarter; would not have played following weekend if not for CSU's bye week...Returned to lineup in loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), but aggravated the ankle injury late in the first half and did not return; still helped CSU to 116 first-half rushing yards...In his final game, a 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 (Junior): Started all 13 games at tackle, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20)...Following the team's opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), shifted from strong-side tackle to weak-side tackle...In important win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), threw a lead block to help spring Dion Morton on a game-tying TD run early in the second half, then showed his agility by getting out ahead of John Mosure to usher him on a 48-yard reception that set up the game-winning TD early in the fourth quarter.

2007 (Sophomore): Started the first 10 games at left tackle and played admirably, according to coaches, despite his inexperience; did not play in season's final two contests due to injury...Toiled during fall camp to earn starting job as Caleb Hanie's blind-side protector...Left with an ankle injury after the first offensive snap at New Mexico (Nov. 10) and did not return...Missed the ensuing contests vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) and vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23).

2006 (Freshman): Saw playing time at tackle at Utah (Nov. 11), vs. UNLV (Oct. 7) and vs. BYU (Nov. 4).

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

High School: Regarded as one of the state's finest offensive linemen, at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. ...Attended Shawnee Mission (Kan.) East High School before enrolling at Mountain Vista...Earned three varsity letter awards in football...Was a three-time all-conference honoree...High school coach was Rick Cash.

Personal: Given name Cole Walker Pemberton...Born July 1, 1987, in Kansas City, Mo. ...Son of Jeff and Karen Pemberton...Has two brothers and one sister...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

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