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#56 Greg Newman
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 235
Year: Freshman
City/State: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
High School: Westlake
Experience: High School


AT COLORADO: This Season (Fr.-RS) -- Enters the fall listed second at defensive end.  He had five tackles in the three full spring scrimmages.


2004 (Fr.) -- Redshirted; he did not see any action but practiced at defensive end the entire fall. 


HIGH SCHOOL -- A PrepStar All-American and All-West as well as a SuperPrep All-Far West selection as a senior, when he earned Ventura County and Marmonte League Defensive Player of the Year honors.  (SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 77 player in California.)  A two-time al-CIF, all-Marmonte League and all-Ventura County performer, earning the honors both as a junior and senior; he was a second-team all-league selection his sophomore year.  As a senior, he racked up 115 tackles (94 solo), with 12 for losses including three sacks, four hurries, two interceptions, two deflections and a forced fumble.  As a junior, he was in on 85 tackles (54 solo), with 10 for losses and two-and-a-half sacks, and a cause d fumble.   As a sophomore, playing defensive end, he had 40 tackles (25 solo), with 10 for losses including five sacks, and an interception he returned for a touchdown.  A three-year starter on defense, he played some spot fullback during his career, mainly blocking in short yardage situations.  Top games as a senior: in a 28-6 win over St. Bonaventure in the CIF championship game, he had 14 tackles, two for losses, and an interception; in a 38-7 win over Moorpark in the semifinal, he had 11 tackles, two for losses, and a pick; and in a 25-24 win over Hart, he had 12 tackles and a pass broken up.  Westlake was 14-0 his senior season, winning the CIF Division IV title, and was 11-3 his junior year (reaching the finals) and 10-3 his sophomore year (semifinalist) under coach Jim Benkert.  Also played some baseball as a prep.


ACADEMICS -- He is undecided on his major at Colorado, but is interested in business.


PERSONAL -- He was born February 1, 1986 in Santa Monica, Calif.  Hobbies include snowboarding, cars and computers, and he attained the Star rank in the Boy Scouts.  A second cousin, Jentry Beckstead, is a relief pitcher in the Colorado Rockies farm system; he reached AA ball in 2005, as he is a member of the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League.


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