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CSU, CU players stand out as dedicated students

Terry Frei
The Denver Post

n Sunday, Colorado State senior cornerback Nick Oppenneer will confront Colorado senior fullback Jake Behrens.

It might first happen on a pass play, with Behrens lining up as a receiver. Or, it could be when Behrens is blocking for CU’s tailback-by-committee. Regardless, they won’t have the time or the desire to compare notes about the college football experience.

Oppenneer won’t ask Behrens how he will manage to leave CU next spring with both a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in accounting.



Behrens won’t ask Oppenneer about the circuitous route he took from Columbine High School to the CSU starting lineup, and the patience and determination it required.

The Rams cornerback and the Buffaloes fullback are typical, yet also exceptional in a college football landscape that is often dominated by the media’s focus on high-salaried coaches or Heisman Trophy watches or troublemakers.



At CU this fall, Behrens is taking three graduate school courses – Corporate Taxation, Research and Writing for Income Tax, and Advanced Business Law. His only undergraduate course is Critical Leadership. He will simultaneously finish his undergraduate and graduate work in May.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_13273940


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