PUEBLO, Colo. (January 6, 2018) - Two former members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team concluded their seasons in the National Football League Sunday, while former All-American Morgan Fox will make his NFL playoff debut Saturday night with the Los Angeles Rams.
Below are quick bios and information on each of the three former members of the Pack in the NFL. Also, two players completed seasons in the Arena Football League last August.
Morgan Fox, at CSU-Pueblo from 2012-15, second season with the Los Angeles Rams
Fox played in all 16 games and started one contest in his first full season with the LA Rams (second overall). The former All-American defensive end totaled 19 tackles (14 solo), 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The Rams were crowned NFL West Champions and the LA defense finished fourth in the league in sacks. No. 3 seed in the NFC, the Rams host the No. 6 seed Atlanta Falcons tonight.
Ryan Jensen, at CSU-Pueblo from 2009-12, fifth year/fourth season on the active roster with the Baltimore Ravens
Jensen was the starting center in all 16 games in his fifth year with the Baltimore Ravens. He was regarded as one of the Biggest Overachievers of 2017 by Bleacher Report. The Ravens narrowly missed the playoffs and finished the season 9-7.
Mike Pennel, at CSU-Pueblo in 2013, fourth season in the NFL (first three with Green Bay) and first with the New York Jets
Pennel played his first season (fourth overall in the NFL) with the New York Jets. He saw action in all 16 games with three starts on the defensive line. He gathered a career-high 35 tackles (20 solo) to rank 13th on the Jets. New York was 5-11 this season.
Paul Browning, at CSU-Pueblo 2010-14, second season in the AFL, first with the Baltimore Brigade
Browning played in 12 games and finished third on the team with 45 receptions. He totaled 479 receiving yards, while his eight touchdowns was fourth among the team's receivers. The Brigade made the AFL playoffs after a 4-10 season.
Chris Bonner, at CSU-Pueblo 2013-14, first season in the AFL with the Tampa Bay Storm.
A member of the Tampa Bay Storm, who went 10-4 and made it to the AFL Championship Game. Played in four games with one start. Threw for 227 yards on four touchdowns. He was 15-for-27 for a 55.6 completion percentage.
THE THUNDERWOLVES IN 2017
The Pack finished the season with a 9-3 overall record, while their 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark was good for a share of the league title. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs as a seven seed. The ThunderWolves fell 16-13 in overtime to No. 1 overall and No. 2 seed Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Pack were No. 20 nationally following the end of the regular season and moved up to No. 17 in the final poll.
The defense closed the regular season top 20 nationally in eight categories, red zone defense (3rd, 57.7%), interceptions (4th, 21), team passing efficiency defense (4th, 88.95), defensive touchdowns (7th, 5), scoring defense (10th, 14.3), total defense (10th, 273.5), turnovers gained (11th, 27) and passing yards allowed (18th, 164.6).
The Pack also finished the regular season top 25 in Division II in turnover margin (17th, 1,0), net punting (20th, 36.8), kick returns (23rd, 23.0), red zone offense (23rd, 88%) and scoring offense (24th, 37.6).
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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.