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Sargent awarded McGregor Memorial Scholarship

May 26, 2010

Head Coach Steve Fairchild and the Rams have selected Broderick Sargent as the first recipient of the Keli S. McGregor Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of McGregor, a well-known CSU alumnus and former athlete, who passed away this year.

Effort, character, dedication

Broderick Sargent wore a lot of shirts in 2009. A redshirt freshman, he ended spring practice in a defensive jersey, then spent the first part of the season on offense, and by the end of the year was racking up both TD blocks as a fullback and tackles as a linebacker.

Now, after moving him to defensive end this past spring, CSU believes he has finally found a home. And impressed by his effort, character and dedication to success both on the field and in all areas of his life, Head Coach Steve Fairchild and the Rams have selected Sargent as the first recipient of the Keli S. McGregor Memorial Scholarship.

University President Tony Frank made the first public announcement at the annual Green & Gold Gala in Denver this past Saturday.

'Consistency and unselfishness'

Fairchild, who has known Sargent since the coach’s days with the St. Louis Rams when the two families were neighbors, has been encouraged by Sargent’s consistency and unselfishness since the player stepped foot on the Fort Collins campus.

“Very high level of character, outstanding student,” Fairchild said. “In spring ball, he earned a lot of playing time in our defensive-line rotation and I won’t be surprised to see him playing regular downs this fall. We’re very proud of him. He’s very deserving of this honor.”

Success on and off the field

Sargent, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound sophomore from Chesterfield, Mo., is a biological sciences major and might pursue a career as a doctor. After the 2009 season, the Mountain West named him academic all-conference.

In 2009, he entered the summer as a linebacker but by fall camp had moved to tight end and fullback, where coaches wanted to take advantage of his athleticism. He then returned to defense in Week 7, when injuries at linebacker spawned coaches to move him back to his original position to provide depth, but still played in the offensive backfield in the loss at No. 8 TCU Oct. 17, and Nov. 7 at UNLV, where he came within inches of blocking a first-quarter punt.

Then, on a first-quarter play at New Mexico (Nov. 21), he threw a key block to spring John Mosure into the end zone. Including his college debut in the resounding season-opening win at Colorado, Sargent played in all 12 games and totaled seven tackles (four solo), primarily on special teams.

'He's worked very hard...'

His position coach, Scott Brown, saw first-hand Sargent’s work ethic, reminiscent of McGregor, and said the sophomore earned the scholarship for his work over his two-plus years in the program.

“No. 1,” Brown said, “it wasn’t only because of his body of work this spring, but the body of work he’s demonstrated since he came to CSU. He’s worked very hard to compete for any kind of role, whatever that role was... He absorbed the coaching and has gone the extra mile in everything he does.

“His major requires him to take some tough classes, and he would have to miss some of my meetings because of his class schedule. So, he would request to meet with me at 6 a.m., an hour meeting, to facilitate learning the position and catch up on what he missed. I can’t wait to see what he can do this fall on the field.”

It runs in the family

Sargent, whose mom is an educator in the St. Louis area, no doubt picked up that work ethic from his relatives, many of whom were stellar athletes.

Sargent’s father, Broderick Sr., played football at Baylor, in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals, and in the Arena Football League. His Half-brother, Roderick Wilmont, played football at Indiana. An uncle, Richard, played football at Purdue, while a cousin, Chuck Beatty, played football at North Texas, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and also played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

A well-rounded student-athlete, Sargent this past March helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club's sports programs. Sargent also worked with youth as part of National Reading Day.

McGregor scholarship endowment

Earlier this month, CSU created the unique scholarship, awarded to a walk-on player to preserve the legacy of McGregor, who unexpectedly passed away April 20.

McGregor first joined the CSU program during his second year on campus, as a walk-on in 1981, then earned a scholarship in 1982 and garnered All-America honors as a senior in 1984. Selected in the fourth round of the 1985 draft by the Denver Broncos, he entered athletic administration following his NFL career. At the time of his tragic death, he was President of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.

An endowment, this scholarship fund perennially will inspire CSU football players in to follow McGregor’s example, work ethic, dedication and diligence, both on the gridiron and in the classroom.

One player will always have the scholarship until he graduates; it will not be awarded annually, similar to CSU’s legacy scholarship. It is the expectation of the athletic department that the player will realize the tremendous honor he has received, and demonstrate McGregor-like attributes as a leader, a selfless teammate and a man of authentic character and integrity.

Giving to the endowment

In response to the numerous requests from teammates and friends inquiring about how they can contribute, the university has established a website to make gifts to the Keli S. McGregor Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Contact: Zak Gilbert
Phone: (970) 491-5067