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					2012 CMU Football Signing Day                                                                              Dave Jahnke
                                                                                   Assistant Sports Information Director

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2012

    Colorado Mesa Head Football Coach Russ Martin and the Colorado Mesa University coaching staff would like to
    announce the signing of 27 student-athletes for the 2012 College Football season. Coach Martin also said they
    will add a few more players in the coming months as they head into spring football.

    “We are extremely excited about this class and how they can impact the future of this program.” Martin stated.

    This recruiting class features 12 players on the defensive side of the ball and 12 on the offensive side of the
    ball, headlined by the state’s leading rusher and local standout Jerreon Dennis. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to
    have Jerreon coming to Colorado Mesa. He has the ability to make an impact for us right away and really has a
    bright future ahead of him” Martin said. Dennis led the state in rushing this past year with 2,351 yards and was
    named to the All-Colorado Team.

    The class also included 3 junior college players. Will Harvey and Ian Driskill have already enrolled at CMU and
    are taking classes now. Turmour Battle is the other and will enroll in the summer with the rest of the class.

    Below is a complete list of the student-athletes who have signed their National Letter-of-Intent (NLI) with
    Colorado Mesa University.

Cole Alderson          LB             6-0   200             Parker, Colo.        Chaparral
Coached by John Vogt…Two-Time All-Continental League selection…Ranked 2nd in Colorado 5A in total
tackles…CHSAA/IBM Hero of the week…Named Chaparral Defensive MVP.
Personal: Son of Alan and Linda Anderson

Coach Martin’s Comments: ”Very tough, athletic kid who can flat run. Makes a lot of plays and always seems to
be around the ball.”

Jake Anna              WR            6-4      195               Lakewood, Colo.       Bear Creek
Coached by Tom Thonell…All-Conference selection
Personal: Son of Teresa Hogan and Mark Anna

Coach Martin’s Comments: “A big bodied receiver. Big hands, possession guy and has great body control.”

Turmour Battle         WR            5-9     175            Denver, Colo.       Mendocino JC
Coached by Tony Lindsay at Denver South High School…All-Conference Defensive Back at Mendocino Junior
Personal: Son of Angela Page…Intends to major in Computer Science.

Coach Martin’s Comments: “We are excited to have Turmour, his experience and speed are a welcome
commodity to our skill positions.”

Cameron Brown          OL            6-4    300                 Fruita, Colo.         Fruita-Monument\
Coached by Sean Mulvey…All-Southwestern League selection
Personal: Son of Mike and Teresa Brown

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Big Frame with good feet and a passion for the game.”

Kevin Collison         PK             6-2    195                Colo. Springs, Colo. Pine Creek
Coached by Todd Miller…Two-Time All-Metro League selection
Personal: Son of Mark and Wendy Collison

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Player with a lot of potential. He has a great leg and can put the ball where it has
to be.”

Wes Crane               WR/KR         5-5    190              Aurora, Colo.       Lutheran
Coached by Daryl Moe…Two-Time All-State selection…Three-Time All-Conference as a Receiver, Returner and
Defensive Back…Also is a State Champion basketball player and track runner.
Personal: Son of Gary Crane and Carol Crane-Tuffield…Intends to major in business

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Dynamic kick returner who has the ability to score every time he touches the ball.”

Marcus Cross            WR            6-1    195             Colo. Springs, Colo. Pine Creek
Coached by Todd Miller…Colorado Springs Gazette All-Area Team…All-Pikes Peak selection…Honorable Mention
All-State…Mentioned in and recruiting.
Personal: Son of Don and Maria Cross…Plans on majoring in Business Administration.

Coach Martin’s Comments: “A very aggressive and physical player on both sides of the ball. He could be an
impact player right away. We are very excited to get Marcus on campus.”

Cody Daniels           LB             6-0    185          Fruita, Colo.         Fruita-Monument
Coached by Sean Mulvey…Two-Time All-Southwestern League selection…Invited to the Southern Nazarene
Football Showcase…Three-Time Academic All-State
Personal: Son of Mike and Kathy Daniels
2012 CMU Football Signing Day                                                                             Dave Jahnke
                                                                                  Assistant Sports Information Director

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Great addition to the Mavs with high field intelligence with great work ethic on and
    off the field.”

    Frank deBraga           DB             5-9    165             Fallon, Nev.         Churchill County
    Coached by Brooke Hill…Two-Time All-League selection as a defensive back and kick returner…Also an All-
    League baseball player and wrestler…Three-Time Academic All-State…Brother of current Mavericks Trent and
    Trevor deBraga.
    Personal: Son of Lester and Angela deBraga…Intends to major in Criminal Justice.

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Outstanding athlete in every realm. Great competitor. Makes plays and raises the
    level of all around him.”

    Jerreon Dennis          RB            5-11 195               Grand Jct., Colo. Grand Junction
    Coached by Robbie Owens…All-Colorado Running Back…Two-Time All-State selection…State’s Leading rusher
    last season with 2,351 yards…Mentioned on recruiting.
    Personal: Son of Brenda Been and Step-dad Jeff Been

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “We are extremely excited to welcome Colorado’s leading rusher to Colorado Mesa.
    Jerreon has big play ability and gains the hard yards when he needs to. He has a bright future in the backfield
    for the Mavericks.”

    Tanner Donahue         PK            6-2    185             Castle Rock, Colo. Castle View
    Coached by Ryan Hollingshead…South Metro League Special Teams Player of the Year
    Personal: Son of Paul and Jen Donahue…Intends to major in Business

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Great leg. He will be able to come into camp and compete for the job right away.”

    Kyle Duran               QB              6-0     205           Chandler, Ariz.     Basha
    Coached by Bernie Busken…Two-Time Arizona Cardinals Player of the Week…Region Player of the Year…All-
    State selection…All-Region and All-Section selection…Ranked on and
    Personal: Son of Ralph and Julie Duran…Intends to major in Kinesiology.

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Very talented quarterback. Excellent passer with great leadership skills.
    Understands defenses and how to distribute the ball.”

    Zachary Hamm            LB              6-0    205             Tempe, Ariz.          Corona Del Sol
    Coached by Tom Joseph…Two-Time All-Section selection…All-City selection…Defensive Player of the Year…Holds
    Corona Del Sol Career solo tackles record…Brother JR played football for the Mavericks…Mentioned in recruiting.
    Personal: Son of Kirt and Susan Hamm…Intends to major in Business Administration

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Zach possesses good strength and football knowledge.”

    Alex Huskey             OL            6-2     240             Aurora, Colo.     Grandview
    Coached by John Schultz…Three-Year starter on the Offensive Line…Team made back-toback Final Four
    appearances…Two-Time Creek Conference selection.
    Personal: Son of Eric and Kim Huskey…Intends to major in Education.

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Athletic big man who knows how to use his body. Has great feet and hands. Plays
    hard every down.”

    Beau Kitson             OL             6-1    280             Anthem, Ariz.       St. Mary’s Boulder Creek
    Coached by Eddy Zubey…All-Arizona selection…Three-Time All-Region selection…All-Phoenix selection…Top 100
    players in Arizona…Mentioned in recruiting.
    Personal: Son of Jason and Christina Kitson…Intends to major in Education.
Coach Martin’s Comments: “Hard working athlete. He is no-stranger to the weight room and is very good at
finishing plays and using his hands.”

Donald Landrum          WR           5-10 170                Denver, Colo.        Denver South
Coached by Tony Lindsay…All-League selection at Wide Receiver and Defensive Back.
Personal: Son of Sherri Landrum

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Donald is a versatile with explosive playmaking ability and great football speed.”

Jamie Lambert           LB              6-1     205            Castle Rock, Colo. Castle View
Coached by Ryan Hollingshead…All-State selection…Two-Time All-South Metro League selection…Finished
season with the highest defensive points total…Mentioned in recruiting.
Personal: Son of Catherine and Doug Lambert…Intends to major in Criminal Justice

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Smart, aggressive football player with a ton of potential. He can do all the things
we need him to do and we will find a place for him on the field.”

Robin Love             DB            5-9      165             Denver, Colo.        Denver South
Coached by Tony Lindsay…All-League selection as a defensive back and special teams player
Personal: Son of Gabe and Beth Lindsay

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Robin is a very dynamic defensive back that we foresee big production from in the

Lucas Lovell            OL             6-2    290             Fort Collins, Colo. Rocky Mountain
Coached by Mark Brook…Two-Time All-Front Range League selection…Three-Time Academic All-State
selection…Mentioned in recruiting.
Personal: Son of Scooter and Kris Lovell…Intends to major in Business Management

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Hard working player with great potential.”

Trevor Miller          LB               6-2   210             Greeley, Colo.        Windsor
Coached by Chris Jones…All-State selection…Led Colorado 3A in total tackles with 151…Team won Colorado 3A
State Championship…Two-Time All-Conference selection…Three-Time Academic All-State selection.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Cindy Miller…Intends to major in Engineering

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Very tough, aggressive player who really plays hard. Loves to hit and knows how
to make plays. He will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

Olie Olson              DB            5-11 180               Powell, Wyo.        Powell
Coached by Jim Stringer…Wyoming Defensive Player of the Year…Super 25 selection (Top 25 Players in
Wyoming)…Two-Time All-State selection…Set Wyoming State Record for interceptions in a season with 9.
Personal: Son of Olin and Mary Olson…Plans on majoring in Exercise Science.

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Tough, Hard-nose, aggressive player. Competes every snap and has big play
ability. He is an explosive player and plays with great effort.”

Chandon Rose            WR             6-0   170             Grand Jct., Colo. Grand Junction
Coached by Robbie Owens…Three-Time All-Southwestern League selection…All-State Honorable
Mention…Academic All-State…MVP of the Red Bull 7-on-7 Tournament.
Personal: Son of Chris Rose and Melissa Cox…Intends to major in Business.

Coach Martin’s Comments: “Very tough and extremely competitive. A playmaker in every facet of the game.
Great local talent to join the Mavericks.”

Taylor Schultz          DE              6-3     210             Aurora, Colo.        Grandview
2012 CMU Football Signing Day                                                                          Dave Jahnke
                                                                               Assistant Sports Information Director

    Coached by John Schultz…All-State selection…All-Centennial League selection…Two-Time All-Aurora
    selection…Two-Time Academic All-State
    Personal: Son of John and Heather Schultz…Intends to major in Business

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Extremely active player who made a ton of plays. Smart Player on both sides of
    the ball. Great motor, really gets after it.

    Austin Smith            QB/ATH        5-11 165                Castle Rock, Colo. Castle View
    Coached by Ryan Hollingshead…All-South Metro League selection…Also plays baseball
    Personal: Son of Phyllis Armstrong…Intends to major in Biology

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “Very intelligent football player who knows where he needs to be to make plays.”

    Riley Whitworth        ATH              6-0    195             Colo. Springs, Colo. Pine Creek
    Coached by Todd Miller…All-State selection…All-Area selection…All-Region selection
    Personal: Plans to major in Criminal Justice

    Coach Martin’s Comments: “An all-around player. Very Active linebacker who makes a ton of plays.”

    Junior College Player who signed Letters-of-Intent and are already enrolled at Colorado Mesa

    Ian Driskill           LB              6-2    210             Bakersfield, Calif.   Bakersfield College

    Will Harvey            LB              6-2    225             Bakersfield, Calif.   Bakersfield College

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