Football's Chad Christensen To Receive Post-Graduate Scholarship

Jan. 20, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Chad Christensen, a graduate quarterback/wide receiver/tailback/holder on the 2005 Insight Bowl Champion Arizona State University football team, is the 2006 recipient of a postgraduate scholarship presented annually by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Chapter Executive Director Dan Manucci announced Friday.

Christensen and several local high school football student-athletes will be honored at the Chapter's annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort.

The consummate veteran Sun Devil who did all of which he was asked throughout his career, Christensen earned Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic honors four times at ASU. The versatile and unselfish athlete saw action at quarterback, tailback, wide receiver and as the holder for placements.  Christensen threw for 302 career yards and three touchdowns and had one rushing touchdown as well.  He played in 43 career games, starting the first four of his career at quarterback and came full circle when he was given a token of gratitude from the team and replaced starting quarterback Rudy Carpenter to receive the final snap of his senior season, with which he took a knee to finish off the Sun Devils' victory over Rutgers in the 2005 Insight Bowl on Dec. 27.

In 2005 he played in all 12 games and earned Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors.  He had two receptions for 19 yards and went under center for one play that was specifically designed for him and ran a quarterback draw for an eight-yard touchdown at No. 14 UCLA.  Christensen had a career-high 16-yard reception at Washington State.  He was one of six Sun Devils on the roster to have already earned his undergraduate degree in 2005.  He was recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program for the second time in his career.

Christensen played in all 12 games in 2004 and earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable-mention accolades. He had one rush against UCLA for a season-long six yards.  In 2003 he played in 11 games and earned the team's Clyde B. Smith Award for academic achievement with a 3.92 GPA in business.  He was also a Pac-10 All-Academic second-team selection.

As a sophomore in 2002, Christensen played in eight games, starting the first four contests, and completed 27 of 64 passing attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns.  He did not throw any interceptions and completed 12 of his 21 passes against Eastern Washington for 135 yards and two touchdowns.  He earned Academic All-Pac-10 honorable-mention recognition.

In 2001 he was the winner of the McBurney Scout Team Award, which is presented annually to the top offensive scout team player.

Christensen earned his bachelor's degree in finance from ASU in December of 2004.  His parents are Bill (Pfizer manager) and Diane (teacher) of Scottsdale.  He has a younger brother, Michael and holds a black belt in karate.  He sported a 4.2 grade-point average at Scottsdale's Desert Mountain High School and was a National Honor Society member, senior class president and homecoming king.  He was named a 2000 Arizona Department of Education U.S. Senate Youth Program finalist.  He also earned the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete award as a junior and senior.

The Sun Devils begin spring practice Monday, March 20 while the annual Spring Game is on Saturday, April 15. ASU will practice 15 times during the spring.

ASU's National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes
2006      Chad Christensen
2005      Grayling Love
2004      Skyler Fulton
2003      Mike Barth
2002      Nick Murphy
2001      Mike Aguirre
1997      Damien Richardson
1996      Kirk Robertson
1995      Justin Dragoo
1993      Toby Mills
1992      Adam Brass
1990      Drew Metcalfe
1989      Mark Tingstad
1978      Chris Mott
1966      Ken Dyer

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