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#81 Mike Duren
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Arvada, Colo.
High School: Arvada West/Nebraska
Experience: Varsity Reserve

AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including one start (Kansas State), as he was in the regular rotation at wide receiver (the “Z” position).  He caught the seventh most passes on the team in hauling down 20 for 146 yards.  He caught four passes in two different games, Kansas and Nebraska; he had his career long of 28 yards in the latter, but his yardage total suffered for the game as he was credited with a 13-yard loss on catch after the ball got away from him after a grab.  On special teams, he had one punt return as well as a solo tackle on coverage.  He had a terrific spring, as the coaches named him the Most Improved Offensive Player.  He led all players in the spring scrimmage receiving stats with 13 catches for 142 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown reception (from Erik Greenberg) in the spring game.  

2003 (Jr.)—He saw action in eight games, mainly on special teams.  He twice won the Scout Team Offense Award, being so honored by the coaches for the Colorado State and Texas Tech games.  On the heels of a good spring and solid fall camp start, he was placed on scholarship during the second week in August, as the coaches rewarded him particularly for his dedication on special teams.  He had a solid spring, establishing himself as a reliable wide out, while he also saw action some action at returning punts and kickoffs.  In the three main spring scrimmages, he reeled in five catches for 107 yards and one touchdown (a 53-yard grab from Greenberg).

 

2002 (Soph.)—He joined the team as a recruited walk-on in August, after transferring from Nebraska’s baseball program.  He was used solely on special teams in the four games he played in.  He was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the Kansas game.

Other Years—He was a member of the University of Nebraska’s baseball team in 2000 and 2001 as a scholarship outfielder, but he did not see any game action. 

 

HIGH SCHOOLHe lettered four times in football, playing on all three phases of the game as a running back, defensive back, and punt/kick returner.  As a senior he garnered all-state (honorable mention) and first-team all-Jefferson County League honors.  He rushed for 200 yards and 10 touchdowns on 22 attempts, and also gained 400 yards and 10 scores through the air with 30 receptions.  Of the three punts he returned, two went for touchdowns, while his only kick return also yielded a touchdown.  As a junior, he earned all-state (honorable mention) accolades and was named to the first-team all-conference squad.  He rushed 150 times for 1,110 yards and 20 touchdowns that season, also netting 20 catches for 300 yards and five touchdowns.  Three of his five punt returns were returned for scores.  Arvada West was 5-5 his senior year, 8-3 his junior year and 12-2 his sophomore season, winning the 5A state championship under coach Dave Logan.  He was a four-year letterman in baseball, earning honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons at shortstop (and was a second team all-conference pick as a sophomore).  He also lettered twice in track (sprints).      

 

ACADEMICS—He earned his degree in communication, graduating this past December 17.  He was named to the academic all-state team as a senior in high school.  

 

PERSONAL—Born Sept. 16, 1981 in Lakewood, Colo.  Hobbies include listening to music and recreational shooting.  He is the third in a succession of Duren’s to play at Colorado, as father Gary was a defensive back in 1973-74, and older brother Matt a safety in 2000-01.

 

                                                                       RECEIVING                                                                      High Games                                                                          
Season           G         No.     Yds.    Avg.    TD  Long    Rec.    Yds.                                   Rec       Yds
2004                                12                        20                146              7.3               0         28                4                  34
 
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Punt Returns: 1-minus 3, -3.0 avg. (2004).  Special Team Tackles: 1,0—1 (2004).
 
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