Fox inks UDFA deal with Rams; Cooper and Duncan get NFL shot at rookie mini-camp

Fox inks UDFA deal with Rams; Cooper and Duncan get NFL shot at rookie mini-camp

PUEBLO, Colo. (May 3, 2016) – Three former Colorado State University-Pueblo football standouts earned a shot at the National Football League Saturday when they received a call from an NFL organization following the league's annual draft. 

All-American defensive end Morgan Fox (Fountain, Colo.) signed an undrafted free agent (UDFA) contract with the Los Angeles Rams to become the fifth member of the ThunderWolves in the last three years to sign a contract immediately after the draft. The school's all-time sacks leader will report to the Rams Rookie Mini-Camp May 6-8.

"Signing means a lot to me and my family," Fox said. "I'm thankful and blessed to get an opportunity when many others don't. I'm happy to have an opportunity to go and compete with the best of the best and pursue my dream."

All-American wide receiver Kieren Duncan (Goodyear, Ariz.) earned his shot with an invite to the Chicago Bears Rookie Mini-Camp, set for May 13-15. Duncan ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the NFL regional combine, then posted a hand-timed 4.29 at the CSU-Pueblo Pro Day.

Wide receiver Deontrae Cooper (Riverside, Calif.) received a call from the Seattle Seahawks and will attend the team's rookie mini-camp May 6-8. 

The ThunderWolves have two players currently on NFL rosters, as offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (2009-12) was re-signed in April by the Baltimore Ravens after playing in 11 and starting six games in 2015. Mike Pennel (2013) enters his third season on the defensive line of the Green Bay Packers. He played in 18 and started five games in 2015, where he accumulated 27 tackles (18 solo), a sack and forced a fumble. C.J. Roberts (2011-14) was signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in January, but was wiaved by the team Friday. 

FOX BIO

Named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Small College Defensive Player of the Year... Honored as the runner-up for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award ... Associated Press Little All-America Second Team ... AFCA All-America Team ... D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... Don Hansen All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team Defense … Don Hansen All-Region First Team ... Named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-RMAC First Team ... USA College Football Division II Preseason All-America First Team ... Preseason RMACDefensive Player of the Year ... Preseason All-RMAC ... Finished first in the nation in sacks per game with 1.42, while the 128 sack yards was first nationally ... In 12 games he totaled 17.0 sacks to rank second in Division II and his 15 solo sacks was second ... Finished 17th nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game and has totaled 21.5 tackles for loss resulting in -137 yard (third nationally) ... Finished the season with 52 tackles (32 solo), forced and recovered a fumble and added one pass break-up ... Posted five multi-sack games, which included three sacks on three occasions ... Totaled a career-high 10 tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards and two sacks (-20 yards) at West Texas A&M ... During the regular season, Fox was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice... Member of a Pack defense that finished third nationally in interceptions (24), third in scoring defense (15.8), 11th in rushing defense (94.6), 17th in total defense (308.8), 18th in tackles for loss (8.2) and 19th in sacks per game (3.0).

Owns the program record for sacks in a season (17) and career (36) ... 164 career tackles (82 solo) ... 49.5 tackles for loss (-276 yards) and -250 yards from sacks ... Four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles ... 11 break-ups.

DUNCAN BIO

Don Hansen All-America Third Team ... Don Hansen All-Region First Team ... All-RMAC First Team OffenseAll-RMAC First Team Kick ReturnerAll-RMAC Honorable Mention Punt Returner ... USA College Football Division II Preseason All-America First Team ... Preseason All-RMAC ... Duncan appeared in all 14 games for the Pack ... Returned 17 kickoffs and totaled 512 yards with a average of 30.1 yards to rank sixth nationally… Returned one kickoff for a touchdown Sept. 12 on a 98-yard return at West Texas A&M … Duncan returned 28 punts on the year and compiled 292 yards with a average of 10.4 yards per return to sit 26th nationally … Recorded a season long 41 yard return Oct. 31 at Black Hills State … Finished 18th in NCAA Division II in combined kick returns (804 yards) … RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week … Corralled 36 passes thrown his direction, leading the team in both receptions and reception yards with 622 on the year … Averaged 44.4 yards per game including a 17.3 yards per reception mark … Duncan received six touchdown passes, his season long 70-yard touchdown reception came Oct. 10 against Fort Lewis. 

COOPER BIO

Capped his senior season with 18 receptions to rank second on the team ... Totaled 232 yards to avearge 12.9 yards per reception ... His season-long 75 yard reception went for his only touchdown on the season ... Played in all 14 games to post 16.6 yards per contest.

THE THUNDERWOLVES IN 2015

The ThunderWolves went 12-2 overall for their third 12-plus win season in the last four years. The Pack went a perfect 9-0 for the fourth time in the last five years to earn their fifth consecutive RMAC Championship.

CSU-Pueblo earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Playoffs and made its fifth straight appearance in the Division II postseason Nov. 21. The ThunderWolves hosted No. 5-seed University of Indianapolis in the first round and won 27-14, then took to the road for their first-ever true road game in the playoffs. The Pack traveled to No. 1-seed Midwestern State University and downed the Mustangs 26-17 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. CSU-Pueblo suffered a 31-7 loss to No. 6-seed Grand Valley State University in the game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, to close the season and end the defense of the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.

The ThunderWolves finished fifth in both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com national polls.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.