PUEBLO, Colo. (May 5, 2016) – Former Colorado State University-Pueblo football All-American offensive lineman Zach Martinez (Redlands, Calif.) begins his National Football League tryout today at the Atlanta Falcons Rookie Mini-Camp.
Martinez is one of four from the Pack's 2015 senior class to earn an opportunity with the NFL.
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.
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 waived by the team Friday.
D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team ... All-RMAC First Team member ... USA College Football Division II Preseason All-America First Team ... Preseason All-RMAC ... Started all 14 games at left tackle … Helped guide a ThunderWolves rushing attack that ranks sixth nationally with 291.0 yards per game … Contributed to Pack rushing attack that became just the fourth in NCAA Division II history to produce both a 2,000 yard rusher and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same season … Guided Harlon Hill finalist running back Cameron McDondle (third in final voting) and combined with brother Bernard McDondle for an NCAA record for rushing yards by two backs on the same team (3,674 yards) ... The offensive line allowed 19 sacks (-128 yards) to rank No. 29 nationally (1.36 in sacks per game) ... A two-time all-region performer and three-time All-RMAC First Team member.
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.