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Patrick Mahnke
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Patrick Mahnke 183240
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Year: Junior
City/State: Parker, Colo.
High School: Mountain Vista
Experience: 2 Letters

2011 (Sr.)—He played in 12 games, starting five, including the last four of the season, bouncing between playing weak-side and strong-side linebacker.  He was in for 445 snaps from scrimmage, racking up 59 total tackles (39 solo), sixth-most on the team.  He had the second most tackles for loss on the team with eight (including two-and-a-half quarterback sacks) and a team-high six tackles for zero, giving him a team best 14 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage.  He also led the team in third down stops with 12, while also recording two forced fumbles, two quarterback pressures, one pass broken up and one touchdown save.  Came on strong during the conference portion of the schedule, as he averaged 6.5 tackles per game over the last eight games of the year; he had at least five in each game).  He had a career-high nine tackles at UCLA (five solo), and had seven on three occasions, versus USC, Arizona (five solo, to go with a pair of forced fumbles) and in the season/career finale at Utah (four solo, with three third down stops).  On special teams duty, he had eight points (two solo tackles, six knockdown blocks on returns).  He had a very good spring, recording nine tackles (six solo, one for a loss) along with two third down stops, two hurries and a pass broken up in the three main scrimmages.

2010 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games, including three starts (Missouri, Baylor, Texas Tech), seeing action for 378 snaps from scrimmage.  He was in on 35 tackles (20 solo, with quarterback sack), along with five third down stops, two tackles for zero, three passes broken up, a forced fumble and a recovery, a caused interception and two quarterback chasedowns (near-sacks).  He had a season-high eight tackles (three solo) with a third down stop and a pass deflection in his first start of the year at Missouri; that followed the Georgia game where he had six stops (two solo, one for a tackle for zero and the other for a third down stop).  Against Iowa State, he had a quarterback sack (his lone tackle), forcing a fumble on the play, along with two passes broken up.  He at least one tackles in all 12 games, three or more in six contests.  On special teams duty, he had one knockdown block.  He moved to inside linebacker from safety for spring practices.  He had 10 tackles (seven solo, one for a loss), two third down stops and a fumble recovery in the three main spring scrimmages.  His 38-inch vertical leap was not only tops among all linebackers in spring testing, it was the top mark on the team; he also had linebacker bests of times in the 40-yard dash (4.57) and the pro agility test (4.07).

2009 (Soph.)—He saw action in 11 games on special teams and in four on defense, including two starts (Toledo, West Virginia); he missed the CSU game due to a sprained ankle he suffered two days before the game.  He was in for 126 snaps from scrimmage and recorded 12 tackles (six solo), and had one pass deflection.  Against Toledo, he had a season-high seven tackles (three solo) and the PBU, and came back with four tackles (two solo) the following week in the win over Wyoming.  He had one wedge break on special teams duty.  He had a solid spring and has bulked up some 10 pounds from his playing weight as a freshman. 

2008 (Fr.)—He played in all 12 games (one start), first appearing on special teams, but eventually working his way into the lineup in the secondary for seven games, polished off with a start in the season finale at Nebraska.  He played 150 of his 157 snaps in the final two games, as he replaced an injured Ryan Walters after just one play versus Oklahoma State and then played all 77 snaps against the Huskers.  He had five tackles (all solo), with a third down stop and two passes broken up in the OSU game, and then closed the year with a career-high nine tackles (four solo) with a third down stop and a quarterback sack in Lincoln.  He appeared to have made the play that would have sent CU to a bowl game when he sacked Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz for a 15-yard loss on second down with a little over two minutes remaining, but alas, NU trotted out its Alex Henery and he made good on a 57-yard field goal for the win.  He had 15 tackles (10 solo) for the year, adding six tackles (three solo, two inside-the-20) on special teams duty, as he tied for third in special team points with 13; his other points came from two knockdown blocks on returns and three wedge breaks.  The coaches named him one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award (for achieving excellence with class in several areas).

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, PrepStar named him to its All-Midlands team while Scout.com ranked him as the No. 14 Colorado prospect and the No. 99 safety nationally, while Rivals.com pegged him the No. 24 player in the state.  Locally, he was named All-Colorado (Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News), along with garnering first-team All-State and All-Continental League honors.   A three-year letterman and team captain, he was in on 100 tackles, including 18 for losses with eight quarterback sacks, along with three forced fumbles, eight recoveries and four blocked kicks (three punts, one field goal) at safety.  He played some spot fullback on occasion and usually in a blocking role, but the one carry he had he scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.  As a junior, he was named first team All-Conference, as he recorded 95 tackles, two quarterback sacks, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions (two returned for scores) and a blocked kick.  He also started as a sophomore, racking up 40 tackles and two blocked kicks on the season.  As a freshman, he was named Gatorade Rookie of the Year at Mountain Vista.  Top games as a senior included a 33-14 win over Arapahoe, when he recorded 11 tackles, three for losses, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and three passes broken up; he also had 10 tackles, two behind the line, in a 14-9 loss to Douglas County.  As a junior, he had 12 tackles, three losses and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in a 27-7 win over Arapahoe.  Under coach Ric Cash, Mountain Vista went 8-3 his senior season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs, 10-2 his junior year, losing in the third round of the playoffs and 6-4 his sophomore campaign.  He lettered four times in track (sprints), serving as team captain; he owned career prep bests of 11.4 in the 100-meter dash and 22.82 in the 200.  He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore.

ACADEMICS— He is majoring in Communication at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in May 2012.   He maintained a 3.0 grade point in high school.

PERSONAL—Born January 27, 1990 in Milwaukee, Wis.  He enjoys working out, playing leisure sports and video games.  He has done some community service, including working as a volunteer at Mountain Vista’s football camp for middle school kids.  He was the first commit of the 2008 Colorado recruiting class, pledging in early June.  (Last name is pronounced main-key)

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2008 7 157 10 5 15 1-15 1-15 2 0 0 0 2 0
2009 4 126 6 6 12 0- 0 0- 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010 12 378 20 15 35 1- 6 1- 6 5 1 1 1 3 0
2011 13 445 39 20 59 8-30 2.5-15 12 2 0 2 1 0
Totals 36 1106 75 46 121 10-51 4.5-36 19 3 1 3 7 0

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 3,3—6 (2008); 2,0—2 (2011).


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