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Nate Bonsu
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Nate Bonsu 462812
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 295
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Allen, Texas
High School: Allen
Experience: High School

AT COLORADO: 2013 (Sr.)—He played in all 12 games, including starts in the first five of the year.  He played a career-high 344 snaps and finished with 19 tackles (eight solo, three for losses including two quarterback sacks).  He had a season-best five tackles at Oregon State (two TFLs, one sack) as he played 61 snaps, a career single game best.  He had his other sack at Arizona State, while his other tackle bests came against Oregon (four) and Utah (three).

2012 (Jr.)—He saw action in nine games, including five starts (he missed three games – Stanford, Arizona, Washington – after suffering a severely sprained ankle in practice on Oct. 31).   He was in for 306 snaps on the year, with a career-high 60 snaps against Sacramento State, making in 24 tackles (10 solo, one for a sack and two for zero gains).  He also had a third down stop, a quarterback pressure and a blocked PAT kick, the latter against Arizona State.  He logged a career-high six tackles in the season opener against Colorado State (three solo), and had four tackles on three other occasions (Sac State, Fresno State and UCLA; he registered his sack against the Bruins).  He played at about 20 pounds lighter from his playing weight as a sophomore (310).  He participated on a very limited basis in the spring as he underwent postseason surgery to mend a chronic shoulder issue (last Nov. 29).

2011 (Soph.)—He saw action in seven games (no starts), and dressed for five others.  In 54 plays from scrimmage, he recorded seven tackles (four solo), with a tackle for zero gain.  He saw the bulk of his action at Arizona State, where he matched his career-high of five tackles (two solo) in 17 snaps at defensive tackle.  He was back at 100 percent after missing the 2010 season due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery and rehab; he did miss some of spring with a thigh strain but entered the fall listed second at nose tackle.

2010 (Fr.-RS)—Redshirted; he missed spring practice after a knee injury he suffered in winter conditioning required surgery and spent the balance of the season rehabilitating.  He was a recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Award, selected by the CU coaches, which recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas.

2009 (Fr.)—He played in all 12 games (no starts), seeing action for 184 snaps from scrimmage.  He recorded 15 tackles, 11 solo, with one for zero gain, two third stops, a quarterback chasedown (near-sack) and a fumble recovery (which was at Iowa State).  He had a tackle here and there over the first 11 weeks of the season, his top game being two solo stops and a third down stop at Kansas State, but against Nebraska in the finale, he had a season-high five tackles (four solo).  He added almost 20 pounds to his frame between signing with CU and then reporting to school as he played his freshman season at 295 pounds.

HIGH SCHOOL—He earned mention on the All-Midlands Region team from PrepStar and was ranked as the No. 63 defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com, the No. 7 defensive tackle from Texas.  He was listed as the No. 58 player overall on the Dallas Morning News Top 100 list, the fourth DT.  ESPN ranked him as the No. 105 defensive tackle in the nation (No. 20 from Texas).  Allen High School compiled a 38-4 record the three seasons he lettered in football, including a 25-2 mark his final two years when he was a starter at defensive tackle.  His senior year, Allen was 15-1 and won the 5A Texas State Championship, earning a No. 5 national ranking under coach Tom Westerberg.  He earned honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press Sports Editors and second-team All-State by 5ATexasFootball.com.  He was also named to the All-District 8-5A squad.  That season, he started all 16 games and compiled 80 tackles, including 47 solo, and had seven total tackles for loss including four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.  He compiled eight tackles with a sack against Plano in a 53-26 victory and had 14 tackles with three for a loss against Stony Point in a 23-21 win in the state semifinals.  Against Plano East, he had 10 tackles with three for a loss and one sack in a 37-14 victory and 12 tackles with two for a loss against South Grand Prairie in a 27-14 win.  His junior year, Allen compiled a 10-1 mark after a perfect 10-0 record in the regular season and suffering a loss in the first round of the state playoffs after winning the District 8-5A championship.  He was named to the first-team All-District 8-5A team.  He totaled 41 tackles as a junior with a pair of sacks.  His most productive game was a 17 tackle performance against Berkner in a 56-49 win.  Allen compiled a 13-2 mark his sophomore season while winning the District 8-5A championship and advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs.  He also lettered in track & field (throws) and was a member of the power lifting team, advancing to regional meet as a junior where he finished with seventh with lifts of 1,345 lbs. 

ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Colorado in December 2013; in conjunction with those majors, he learned to speak Arabic and earned an Entrepreneurship Certificate from CU’s Leeds School of Business.  He was CU’s 2013 nomination for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and was named to the prestigious Hampshire Society list with a 3.35 grade point average.  He was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic Team member as a junior and senior, earning second-team honors as a sophomore, and earned CU’s Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence.   He was named honorable mention Academic All-State by the Texas High School Coaches Association and earned status as a Texas Scholar and had a perfect score on the associated test. 

PERSONAL—He was born on January 26, 1991 in Dallas.  He is a student leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participates with the Allen High School football team in the Read With The Eagles program, in which he and his teammates would go to local elementary schools before games and read to the children.  He enjoys working out and hanging out with his friends.  His favorite musician is Ludacris and he is an accomplished cook, with his best dishes anything dealing with chicken.  (Last name is pronounced bonn-sue.)

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2009 12 184 11 4 15 0- 0 0- 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
2011 7 54 4 3 7 0- 0 0- 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2012 9 306 10 14 24 1- 2 1- 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
2013 12 344 8 11 19 3-17 2-16 1 2 0 0 1 0
Total 40 888 33 32 65 4-19 3-18 4 3 1 0 1 0
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