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Jake Pottorff
Jake Pottorff

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greeley, Colo.

High School:
Greeley West

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 245

Position:
DE

Experience:
2L


2008 (Junior)
Played in all 13 games, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20), at left defensive end, with five starts...Collected 16 tackles (eight solo), 1½ stops for loss and a pair of pass deflections...In team's first victory, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), dove to break up a pass in the red zone and force the Hornets to settle for an eventual third-quarter field goal...Against TCU (Oct. 11), broke up a pass and drew a late-game holding penalty that led to an eventual punt with CSU trailing only 13-7...In tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), shed his blocker on a fourth-quarter sweep and dropped Bryce Mahuika for a 5-yard loss, forcing the Cougars into a third-and-15 situation...In second quarter of big win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), helped to diagnose an outside run and combined to drop Rodney Ferguson for a 3-yard loss on third-and-4, forcing a field-goal attempt, and later his third-quarter pressure forced a third-down incompletion, forcing a punt...In third quarter of win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that gave CSU bowl eligibility, his hurry on third-and-19 forced an incompletion, forcing the Cowboys to settle for a game-tying field goal...After missing all of spring practice, recovering from a shoulder injury, made the successful transition from linebacker to defensive end, and earned a starting role at that position...A true athlete, has the speed of a linebacker and plays an important role in the defense, according to coaches.

2007 (Sophomore)
Played in all 12 games, starting nine, and collected 61 tackles (30 solo) with one sack, two tackles for loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...Reclaimed his starting role at WLB in fall drills and started the team's first nine contests...In Week 1 at Colorado (Sept. 1), notched six tackles (five solo), broke up a Cody Hawkins pass and recovered a second-quarter fumble...Had five stops vs. No. 10 Cal (Sept. 8)...At Houston (Sept. 22), collected a career-high 16 tackles (five solo), including his first career sack, combining with Matt Rupp to drop Blake Joseph on third down to force a field-goal attempt; also stopped RB Anthony Alridge on third-and-2 late in the first half to force a failed fourth-down attempt...Started at TCU (Sept. 29), but played sparingly while battling a stomach illness...Returned to the lineup vs. San Diego State (Oct. 6) and notched nine stops (five solo), including a shared sack with Blake Smith that forced a first-quarter punt...Against Air Force (Oct. 13), had a career-best six solo tackles (eight total), including the only blemish on Chad Hall's career day, stripping the player on a fourth-quarter carry; teammate Matt Rupp scooped up the fumble and returned it 48 yards for a CSU touchdown...Early in CSU's emotional first win, at UNLV (Oct. 20), blew up the line and threw RB Chris Brogdon for a 1-yard loss on third-and-1 force a Rebels punt in Rams territory...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23), had four tackles and briefly knocked QB Karsten Sween out of the game in the second quarter; later, with CSU down 28-27 in the fourth quarter, recovered a Chris Johnson fumble at midfield, setting up the Rams' go-ahead touchdown in eventual 36-28 win.

2006 (Freshman)
Played in nine games, starting the final two...Recorded two total tackles vs. San Diego State...Made first career start, vs. TCU (Nov. 25), and had four unassisted tackles and seven total stops...Saw playing time at Utah (Nov. 11) and recorded four unassisted tackles and seven total tackles...Played vs. BYU (Nov. 4) and made five total tackles, including one for loss...Made one tackle vs. New Mexico (Oct. 28)...Had three tackles each at Air Force (Oct. 12) and vs. UNLV (Oct. 7).

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

High School
Earned state-wide acclaim for his play as a linebacker and fullback at Greeley (Colo.) West High School...Was the Northern League's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and was a two-time all-state pick...Made 27 tackles in 22-21 win over Mountain Vista...Offensively, rushed for 183 yards, scored twice, and caught 14 passes for 22 yards and a pair of touchdowns...Also lettered three times in basketball...Named to the all-Colorado team by the Rocky Mountain News...High school coach was Mark Roggy.

Personal
Given name Jacob Lee Pottorff...Born Aug. 19, 1986, in Greeley, Colo. ...Son of Larry and Janis Pottorff...Has one brother and one sister...Majoring in speech communication...Hometown: Greeley, Colo.

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