Joel Dreessen Catching On As Broncos’ Tight End

October 23, 2012 9:40 AM

Joel Dreessen Catching On As Broncos’ Tight End
By Rich Kurtzman

" Joel Dreessen, TE #81 Height: 6’4” Weight: 260 Age: 30 Hometown: Ida Grove, Iowa College: Colorado State University Experience: 7 years

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" Growing up in Fort Morgan, Colorado—a small town on the plains—offered Joel Dreessen much time to play football in the backyard with friends and watch the Denver Broncos play on Sundays. He played for Fort Morgan High School, winning a 3A State Championship his junior season while also making the Colorado all-state football team that same season.

He stayed in-state, when then-Colorado State University head coach Sonny Lubick offered the big tight end with good hands a spot on the team, and Dreessen went from Fort Morgan to Fort Collins. As a CSU Ram, he thrived from 2000-2004. After redshirting his first year, Dreessen gradually grew as a tight end with Colorado State, catching 43 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns in 2004, his senior season. He was heralded as an athletic player, able to out-run linebackers and safeties alike and quickly make moves around them. He could catch footballs that were not on-target, adjusting to them by jumping in the air over defenders or adjusting his body to make difficult grabs "

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