Colorado’s Nate Landman
POSITION: Inside Linebacker
HOME TOWN: Danville, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Monte Vista H.S.
Nate Landman delivered the good news early last January: He would be returning to Boulder after eyeing the NFL Draft, thereby giving the improving Buff defense a tremendous boost.
Landman’s departure seemed more certain before he ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon against Utah on Dec. 12. But rather than let that complicate things, he decided to take advantage of the NCAA ruling to give all players an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic.
The senior from Danville, Calif., has been one of the most-honored and consistent players in the Conference the past two seasons, earning First-Team All-Pac-12 honors twice, and becoming an All-America candidate last year.
That isn’t likely to change in 2021.
Not only should another season in the Rockies raise Landman’s NFL stock—it should also allow him to continue his assault on the CU record book.
He currently stands tied for 10th in career tackles with 338; is 12th in career tackles for loss with 35; and has grabbed hold of the third career spot in third-down stops with 46.
“I’ve always been taught to bend not break,” Landman wrote on his Instagram when announcing his return. “My career is far from over and I’m excited for what the future holds.”
Video credit: Sean Bialaszek; Additional editing: SportsPac12
Career Defensive Stats
• All Pac-12 First Team
• Phil Steele All-American
• AP First-Team All Pac-12
• AP Second Team All Pac-12
247Sports Composite Recruiting Rankings
National Rank: 633
Position Rank: 42
State Rank: 64
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