CHICAGO (May 16, 2016) – Following a successful weekend at the Chicago Bears Rookie Mini-Camp, former Colorado State University-Pueblo All-American wide receiver Kieren Duncan (Goodyear, Ariz.) signed with the National Football League organization Sunday.
Duncan was one of just three signees for the Bears Sunday, as a total of 65 players took part in the workout. There were nine draft picks, 11 undrafted free agents, six first-year Bears and 39 unsigned prospects, made up of 32 rookies and seven veterans participating on a tryout basis.
Duncan joins former teammate Morgan Fox (DL, Fountain, Colo.) as 2015 seniors to land a spot on an NFL summer roster. Fox signed with the Los Angeles Rams following the draft and participated in their rookie mini-camp May 6-8.
Two other 2015 seniors earned a shot at the NFL, as wide receiver Deontrae Cooper (Riverside, Calif.) participated at Seattle Seahawks Rookie Mini-Camp May 6-8, while offensive lineman Zach Martinez (Redlands, Calif.) was invited to the Atlanta Falcons Rookie Mini-Camp May 5-7.
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.
Don Hansen All-America Third Team ... Don Hansen All-Region First Team ... All-RMAC First Team Offense, All-RMAC First Team Kick Returner, All-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.
In four seasons with the Pack, Duncan totaled 1,914 reciving yards on 112 receptions (17.1 ypc) and 14 touchdowns ... Biggest season was in 2014, as he helped the ThunderWolves to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship with 712 yards on 45 receptions with three scores ... Added 1,080 career kick return yards on 39 returns (27.7 ypr) with a 98-yard touchdown ... Totaled 375 punt return yards on 36 attempts (10.4 ypr) and a long of 46 yards as a freshman in 2012 ... Compiled 284 rushing yards and two scores ... Racked-up 3,653 all-purpose yards in 46 games with 17 touchdowns.
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.