Feather River S Fights Through Adversity

Feather River S Wes Christensen (6-0, 205) has fought through quite a bit of adversity to get where he is and now he appears to be on the cusp of realizing his dreams of playing big-time college football...

After graduating from Mountainview High School in Orem, Utah, Christensen headed out on his two-year LDS mission and after returning he enrolled at Snow College.

"I was there in 2012 for fall camp and about a week before the start of the season, I basically tore up everything in my knee," Christensen told JCFootball.com. "I tore my MCL, my ACL and my PCL. The doctor who worked on me said I probably wouldn't play again, but five months later, I was back running and rehabbing and getting ready for spring ball."

Christensen spent the spring with Snow, but when his friend and teammate, Nate Stroshine, heard about an opportunity at Feather River, the two of them gave the Golden Eagles a look at the rest is history.

"I just really liked the staff here and it just felt like the right place to be," Christensen said. "The program is headed in the right direction and I liked the coaches and got along really well with them. It was the right fit."

As a freshman last fall, Christensen racked up 53 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

"We don't really have a strong safety/free safety in our system," Christensen said. "We play on a side and then depending on the offensive alignment, we make adjustments.

"I can play both (strong or free safety), but I'm at my best in coverage. I enjoy playing bump-and-run and also breaking on the ball."

This offseason, Christensen said he's been working on the mental aspects of the game and being more physical.

"I want to improve my strength and endurance," Christensen added. "I've also been training three times a day on my foot speed and my overall speed and I think that's why I was able to run so well this spring (4.31 hand-timed forty)."

Recruiting has yet to really hit it's stride with Christensen, but he has been talking to a few schools.

"I spoke to one of the defensive coaches from Texas Tech and a few D-2 schools too," Christensen said. "I've got to be patient obviously because no one has come in with an offer yet.

"I think I can contribute to a big-time school. Whichever staff wants to take a chance on me, they won't regret it. I work hard and I go all out and with all of the stuff I've been through, I won't let an opportunity like that pass me up."

Christensen is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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