Year-End Review for 2012
CSU vs. New Mexico
Rams will salute seniors Saturday when they take on New Mexico
Rams look to continue home win streak against Lobos
Injuries have taken toll on Rams season
Colorado State football at San Jose State - 9-15-12
2012 (Senior): During his senior campaign, saw action in nine games including five starts. Tiedgen finished the year with 13 tackles and a force fumble.
2011 (Junior): Slowly worked his way back after missing nearly a year of practice, due to a shoulder injury that sidelined him during spring 2010, and a knee injury sustained during the ensuing summer...Played in 11 games with one start...Had 10 total stops (four solo), 1½ tackles for loss and a sack...Shifted from defensive end to defensive tackle prior to spring 2011...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), played his first game since Nov. 27, 2009...Did not dress for home opener vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), for violation of team rules...In fourth quarter of exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), collapsed the pocket to sack Chuckie Keeton on second-and-10, with USU on the doorstep of the red zone in a 14-13 game; the play, his first sack since Sept. 19, 2009, kept the Aggies out of field-goal position and helped to force a punt...Played much of the game in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1)...In first quarter of loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), on his 22nd birthday, hurried QB Sean Reilly to help force a CSU interception, returned 52 yards by LB Shaquil Barrett for a go-ahead TD...Started season-ending loss vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), at defensive end, his first nod since Nov. 21, 2009.
2010 (Sophomore): After missing spring practice with a shoulder injury, tore his ACL playing basketball in May and missed the entire 2010 campaign.
2009 (Freshman): Played in 11 games and started seven, all in sucession over the final three-quarters of the season...Totaled 24 tackles (10 solo), three stops for loss and ½ sack...Made his college debut early in 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12)...Also saw several defensive snaps in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), sharing his first career sack, dropping Colin Kaepernick on first-and-goal at the Rams' 13 late in the game...Saw significant action in conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26)...Replaced Ty Whittier (stinger) in the lineup and made his first career start in bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3)...Also started in Whittier's place in losses vs. Utah (Oct. 10) and at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17)...Also started in loss vs. SDSU (Oct. 24) and picked up a first-quarter hurry on an early third down, forcing a punt...Drew the nod again in loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31) and picked up a hurry in the second half, then combined on a third-down stop in the fourth quarter...Started his sixth straight game in loss at UNLV (Nov. 7); posted a pair of tackles for loss, including an athletic third-quarter play to drop Mark Barefield in the backfield.
High School: Finished a memorable football career with a second consecutive first-team all-state selection...Had 12 career sacks, five forced fumbles and one INT...The Mountain Plains League Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team all-conference choice in 2007...Also received first-team all-conference recognition as a junior...As a senior, had 60 tackles (28 solo) and five sacks...Helped the Grizzlies to an 8-3 record, a share of the league title, and a berth in the Class 4A state playoffs...Also had five sacks as a junior in 2006...Contributed to a 2005 Class 4A state championship as a sophomore in 2005...Played for head coach Joe Johnson...High school also produced former CSU standout Jesse Nading, now with the NFL's Houston Texans...Also recruited by Kansas State, Wyoming, San Diego State and Washington State...In addition to three letters in football, lettered four seasons in basketball and once in track... A McDonald's All-American prior to senior basketball season, became the first athlete in ThunderRidge history to earn all-state honors in multiple sports...Led his basketball team to the 2008 5A state championship game, and garnered second-team all-state honors, and first-team all-conference...Also selected to the prestigious Colorado Class 5A all-tournament team...A three-year varsity starter, also earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and second-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore.
Personal: Given name Zachary Robert Tiedgen...Last name is pronounced TEE-jin...Born Oct. 29, 1989, in Ponca City, Okla. ...Parents are Scott and Cheryl Tiedgen...Has an older brother and a younger brother...In 2011, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, and interacted with teenagers at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland, Colo. ...In 2010, spent time at the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County and helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in business administration...Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.