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78 - Nate Behrends
Nate Behrends
Height: 6-7
Weight: 310
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Parker, Colo.
High School: Ponderosa
Position: OL
Major: Mechanical Engineering

2012: Earned a free agent tryout with NFL's Chicago Bears... Named Second Team All-RMAC... Second Team NFFCC All-Colorado selection... Played in and started all 11 games… Played in every game for Mines on the offensive line since the beginning of the 2009 season (45 GP, 42 starts)… Mines' offense was featured on the front page of the USA Today Sports section during the 2012 season (Full Article). The Orediggers averaged 84 plays and 455.7 yards per game, the latter placing the squad 23rd nationally for the category. The offense averaged 366.09 passing yards per game (fifth nationally) and 39.27 points per game (15th nationally). QB Matt Brown finished fifth in the nation in total offense per game (364.82) and fifth in passing yards per game (352.1).

2011: A Pre-Season All-RMAC selection… Second Team NFF All-Colorado… Third Team All-RMAC… Appeared in 11 games with 11 starts… Graded out at 87 on 92 scale… Mines offense led the conference and finished eighth nationally with 305.9 yards per game… Mines offense finished 42nd nationally with 31.6 points per game… Mines offense finished 48th nationally with 401.6 yards of total offense per game… Quarterback Clay Garcia led conference in passing yards (3,123) and running back Dan Palmer led the conference in rushing yards per game (92.4).

2010: Started all 12 games at right tackle...Earned Third Team All-RMAC recognition...Helped guide an offensive line that led CSM to the top of the RMAC statistical charts in points scored (438), total offensive yards (5,250) and passing offense (351.7 ypg)...Had two tackles (one solo).

2009: Played in all 11 games...Made nine starts (all at right tackle)...Member of an offensive line that anchored the top-ranked passing offense (356.3 ypg) in the RMAC...Helped guide a CSM offense that was ranked second in the RMAC in scoring (33.1 ppg), total offense (431.0 ypg) and passing efficiency (148.7)...Qualified for the Honor Roll.

2008: Redshirted during his first season at CSM...Qualified for the Honor Roll.

High School: A three-time letterwinner in football...PHS made the playoffs all four years during his prep career...Lettered all four years and served as a team captain in lacrosse...A two-time Honorable Mention All-League selection...Listed on the Honor Roll.

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