A second-team all-conference tackle (Rivals.com), played in 12 games, with nine starts...Played most of the second half at strong-side tackle in team's first victory, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6)...One week later, in win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), played both tackle positions in the first quarter, replacing an injured Cole Pemberton on the weak side, and after Pemberton returned, replacing Mark Starr on the strong side, where he spent the balance of the game...The following contest, at Cal (Sept. 27), played from late in the first quarter until the fourth quarter at strong-side tackle...In come-from-behind win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), made his second career start, his first since Oct. 12, 2006, helping Gartrell Johnson to a career-high 191 rushing yards; threw a nice block on Johnson's 23-yard run to set up a second-quarter TD...In tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), helped open a hole on the right side for Johnson, who scored a go-ahead TD and punctuated the play by chest bumping former Rams standout Joey Porter...In final home game, an important win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), recovered a rare Gartrell Johnson fumble at the Lobos' 36-yard line to preserve a third-quarter possession that ended in the end zone and gave CSU a commanding 17-3 lead...Then, in final college contest -- the New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), recovered another Johnson fumble with CSU trailing 28-20 in the fourth quarter; the recovery, at the Bulldogs' 30-yard line, preserved a TD drive and averted disaster.
Played in all 12 contests, mostly on special teams...Entered at tackle during CSU's final offensive series, both vs. Air Force (Oct. 13) and at UNLV (Oct. 20)...Then, at New Mexico (Nov. 10), replaced an injured Cole Pemberton on the Rams' second offensive snap and on his initial play delivered a key block to help spring Gartrell Johnson on a 43-yard run; played the remainder of the game and Johnson finished with a career-high 172 rushing yards.
Saw playing time in five games, and earned his first career start, at Air Force (Oct. 12).
Played in eight games as a reserve offensive lineman.
Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of college eligibility.
At Cheyenne (Wyo.) East, was all-conference and honorable mention all-state...Earned East's outstanding athlete award as a sophomore and junior...Helped team to quarterfinal appearance in the football playoffs...Team captain...Also threw shot put and discus on the track team...U.S. Academic Achievement All-America Scholar Award winner...Head football coach was John Schroff.
Given name Dane Edward Stratton...Born Jan. 20, 1986, in Boulder, Colo. ...Son of David and Judy Stratton...Has two brothers, including former CSU safety Ben Stratton, and Alex, a freshman safety who will join the Rams this fall...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyo.
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