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Nate Putnam
Nate Putnam

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Brigham City, Utah

High School:
Box Elder

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 239

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
09/11/1978

Experience:
2L

• First-team all-Big West (2000)

• Academic all-Big West (2000)

Quickly: Missed last season with a shoulder injury, but returned for spring practice... Enters the fall as the starter at the stud position... Should be a major contributor this year.

2001 (So.): Started five games in an injury-plagued season... Recorded 20 tackles despite his shoulder injury... Had six tackles for loss which was third on the team... Two of those stops were sacks... Broke up five passes, second on the team and forced one fumble as well... Best tackle games were four-stop contests in consecutive weeks against Central Florida and Connecticut... Shared the team's sophomore of the year honor with Rodney Wilson.

2000 (Fr.): Was the only league freshman to earn first-team all-Big West Conference honors... Other honors included being tabbed academic all-Big West as well as earning team honors as the outstanding defensive lineman and sharing the team's outstanding freshman award with David Fiefia... Became a starter in the fourth game... Led USU's down linemen and was sixth on the team in tackles with 59... His 14 tackles for loss were second on the team, while his four sacks tied for the team lead... Had six passes broken up as well as blocking one kick... Forced two fumbles and recovered another one... Best tackle game was nine against New Mexico State... Also recorded seven tackles against Utah.

High School: Was a two-year USA Today All-American as well as earning all-state and all-region honors twice... Was his team's MVP as well... Team won the state championship his junior year and finished third in his senior campaign... Also played basketball and was his team's MVP.

Personal: Born Sept. 11, 1978 in Brigham City, Utah... Son of Greg and Becky Putnam... Is an exercise science major.

Defensive Stats

Year	G/GS	UT	AT	Total	TFL	Sacks	FR
2000	  11/8	 37	22	  59       14-43	  4-26	1
2001	    9/5	 13	  7	  20	6-23	  2-11	0
2002	Redshirted
Totals 	20/13	50	29	  79       20-66	  6-37	1 
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