Tech's Pat Hansen Hopes To Run Into the Record Books
Montana Tech's Pat Hansen is putting everything he's got into this season.
As the fifth year senior running back will compete in the final football season of his career.
"You just really appreciate it going into your last year,” said Hansen. “You feel little bit more of an old man than anyone else out here, but you just have to appreciate it because you know it's your last go around, so you have to make the most out of it."
In his past seasons at Tech, Hansen has been the team's workhorse in the backfield.
Averaging more then 20 carries a game, the yards have added up.
So much so, that he's now gunning for the school's all-time rushing record.
"I'm trying to improve throughout camp with pass blocking, got to keep myself healthy,” Hansen said. “I'm working on all the little things that make you better like vision, catching balls, everything I need to do to help us win."
While Hansen is a huge part of the team on the field, off the field he has just as big of an influence.
"Leadership is everything,” said head coach Chuck Morrell. “It makes you a hell of a lot better coach when you have guys that are great players and great leaders. It makes our job a lot easier. Pat has been the best."
"I look up to him completely,” said redshirt freshman Will Davey. “When you see him in the weight room, he's out working everybody by 100 percent. He works his hardest on and off the field. He works hard in the community. He's a great role model for me. He's one I look up to, and he's a great guy."
While his name in the record books is a major goal, Pat is more focused on his team getting better this fall camp.
"Right now I'm feeling good,” said Hansen. “I get out here before practice and everyone's feeling a little stiff, and all the bumps and bruises are starting to play in. Once you get on the field, we get locked in and get things going, we're all about getting better out here. So I think we're doing a good job of that right now."