|Posted May 16, 2008|
T-Wolves land blue-chipper from Nebraska
Fort Morgan defensive lineman signs with CSU-Pueblo.
By JOE E. CERVI
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team hit another
milestone Thursday - without playing a down.
It signed its first bona fide blue-chip player.
Seth Jensen, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive lineman recruited out of high school in 2006 by Oklahoma, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oregon, UCLA and Wyoming, transferred to Pueblo from the University of Nebraska.
"This is a great opportunity for a fresh start for me," said Jensen, who left the Cornhuskers a week before the spring game.
After a stellar career at Fort Morgan High School, Jensen was wooed to the Huskers Nation by then-head coach Bill Callahan and assistant Ted Gilmore. Jensen redshirted his freshman year and was injured most of 2007. He never saw live game action at Nebraska. The Huskers made a coaching change - Callahan was out, Bo Pelini was in - at season's end and Jensen felt it was best to move on.
"I really didn't share the same views on some things with the new coaching staff," Jensen said. "Nebraska's a great place and they love football more than any place I've ever seen. I just felt it was best for me to pursue other opportunities."
Gilmore, who was retained by Pelini, and CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen coached together at the University of Colorado. Wristen also had ties to other members of the coaching staff, including Huskers offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. Because of NCAA rules, Wristen cannot comment on Jensen.
Several Division I schools were interested in recruiting Jensen again, but he chose CSU-Pueblo.
Jensen said signing with the ThunderWolves, "was a big sigh of relief. I found another home where there are some great opportunities and a lot of excitement. A day-and-a-half after I left Nebraska, I had my release papers signed and got a call from Coach Wristen. He said that he was sorry things didn't work out at Nebraska, but that he was really happy that I was free."
Making the transition from Division I - and one of the mecca's of college football - to Division II (and a program that hasn't played a game in nearly a quarter-century), has been a little tough, Jensen admitted.
"I talked with a friend of mine in Lincoln who knew I was transferring and he said that no matter what level you're playing at, you're still playing college football and representing a school that wants you," Jensen said. "Pueblo loves football and there's a lot of excitement and a lot of money going into that program. Everything anybody does, from quarterbacks, to cornerbacks to defensive linemen, is going to go in the record books as part of history right away."
Because Jensen dropped a classification, he is eligible to play immediately. The ThunderWolves report Aug. 6 and begin practice Aug. 7. Jensen said he will move to Pueblo soon and work out on campus this summer.