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#8 Nick Hirschman
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 230
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Los Gatos, Calif.
High School: Los Gatos
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)-Entered the fall second on the depth chart, despite not competing in the spring after he suffered a broken metatarsal bone in his foot (after enduring the same injury in his other foot the previous summer).  He had three surgeries between the two but was 100 percent come the beginning of August drills.

2011 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in five games, including one start (at Arizona State); in that one, he completed 4-of-7 passes for 52 yards (0 TD/0 INT) for an injured Tyler Hansen, but Hansen shook off the effects of a concussion and entered the game in the second quarter.   He completed 8-of-18 throws the previous week against Oregon, and for the season was 18-of-35 for 192 yards, no touchdowns or picks, with a quarterback rating of 97.5.  He suffered a broken metatarsal bone in one of his feet on July 25, and was sidelined for about eight weeks before being able to practice at full speed.  He had entered the fall second on the depth at quarterback, with the charge from the coaching staff that he needed to keep pushing Tyler Hansen for the top spot.  He completed 22 of 43 passes for 274 yards and three scores in the three spring scrimmages, with no interceptions, a passer rating of 127.7.

2010 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced all fall at quarterback and played a significant role on the scout team.  In the spring game, he completed 10-of-23 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, which was an 83-yard throw to Andre Simmons (that was his only pass in the game, and thus his passer rating for the contest was an off-the-chart 1,127.20).  He graduated from high school early, and thus began attending CU in the spring semester.

HIGH SCHOOL-He earned All-Region honors from PrepStar and SuperPrep, which ranked him as the No. 58 player from California, Hawai'i and Nevada and the eighth quarterback on that list.  He was ranked the No. 26 quarterback by ESPN, No. 42 by Scout.com and the No. 48 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com.  As a senior, he was named the Central Coast Section most valuable player, the Cal-Hi Sports Central Coast Section offensive player of the year and the MVP of the De Anza League.  He was also first-team All-Central Coast Section and first-team All-De Anza League by the San Jose Mercury News, helping Los Gatos to a 10-3 record and Central Coast Section Championship.  He completed 154-of-225 passes (68.4 percent) for 2,887 yards, 34 touchdowns and just three interceptions for a passer rating of 223.4.  He set school records for passing yards and touchdowns in a season and also for most passing yards in a game, which he did against Saratoga when he completed 12-of-17 passes for 413 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a 47-0 victory and his quarterback rating for that game was 371.7.  He also punted nine times, averaging 37.6 yards per punt while pinning two inside the opponent 20 yard line.  He threw at least two touchdown passes in every game and three or more in seven games.  He opened the season against Menlo-Atherton by completing 9-of-10 passes for 222 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (408.5 rating).  He ran 15 times for 119 yards and a touchdown, which came on an 82 yard scamper against Homestead in a 49-14 win where he also completed 13-of-20 passes for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions.  He completed 6-of-7 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-10 win over Lynbrook.  He earned first-team All-De Anza League by the San Jose Mercury News as a junior, when he completed 114-of-192 passes (59.4 percent) for 2,191 yards and 15 touchdowns with five interceptions and a quarterback rating of 175.8.  He also punted 45 times with an average of 35.9 yards per punt and had 19 punts inside the opponent 20 yard line.  He had his first 300-yard game in a 42-35 loss to Mipiltas, when he completed 16-of-29 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.  He closed out the season strong against Palo Alto, completing 10-of-16 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions while running six times for 24 yards and two touchdowns and converting on a two-point conversion in a 29-23 win.  In spot duty as a sophomore, he completed 10-of-17 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions and had two rushes for 10 yards.  He threw his first touchdown in a 48-0 win over Santa Clara when he completed 4-of-6 passes for 79 yards.  In his career, he completed 278-of-434 passes (64.1 percent) for 5,223 yards, 50 touchdowns (school record) with just eight interceptions and had a career passer rating of 199.5.  He ran 44 times for 265 yards and five touchdowns.    Under coach Butch Cattolico, Los Gatos was 10-3 his junior and senior years (Central Coast Section champions both times) and was 11-1 his sophomore season, winning the De Anza League championship.

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado.

PERSONAL-He was born June 20, 1992 in Los Gatos, Calif.  Hobbies include ceramics (wheel working).  An older brother, Max, plays football for Chapman University and an older sister, Ali Dotson, is a member of the track & field team at Yale.    

 

 

  Passing Rushing
Season G Att Com Int Pct. Yds TD Long Att Yds Avg. TD Long
2011 5 35 18 0 51.4 192 0 36 7 -39 -5.6 0 2

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Quarterback Rating: 97.5 (2011).  Sacked/Yards Lost: 5/42 (2011).

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