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  Darin Naatjes
Darin Naatjes

Player Profile

Alvord, IA

High School:
West Lyon

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 240



At Stanford: Talented two-sport athlete who is also a pitcher on Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team ... Great size (6-7) and athleticism for a tight end ... Has the ability to make big plays ... Tremendous weapon for the Cardinal offense ... In baseball, he was an outfielder/first baseman in 2000 and '01, but was moved to pitcher for the 2002 campaign ... An outstanding pro baseball prospect as a pitcher and was drafted in the 14th-round of the 2002 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians ... Throws in the 90's ... In football, Darin will be a vital part of the Cardinal offense in 2002 ... Two years of eligibility remaining ... Has nine career receptions for 125 yards (13.9 ypc) and three touchdowns the past two years.

The 2001 Season: Reserve tight end for the second straight season ... He caught three passes for 60 yards, but two of those receptions went for touchdowns ... Against Washington State on October 13, he caught two touchdown passes of 10- and 18-yards from quarterback Randy Fasani ... His other reception was a 32-yarder from Chris Lewis vs. Cal ... Used in two and three tight end situations.

The 2000 Season: Used in a reserve role at tight end ... Earned his first varsity letter ... Played in eight games ... Caught six passes for 65 yards and one touchdown ... Had two receptions for 33 yards at Notre Dame, including a 19-yard touchdown pass from Chris Lewis ... A week later at Oregon State, he had four catches for 32 yards.

The 1999 Season: Redshirted as a true freshman.

In Baseball: Member of Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team for the past three seasons ... Selected in the 14th round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians ... Used in a reserve role in 2000 and '01 at first base and the outfield ... Relief pitcher in 2002, and finished 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA and two saves in 19 appearances (two starts and 21 innings of work) ... Member of Stanford's baseball teams in 2000 and 2001 which reached the NCAA Championship game at the College World Series, losing to LSU in 2000 and Miami in 2001 ... Selected in the 22nd round of the June 1999 Amateur Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies.

In High School: Tremendous all-around athlete who starred in four sports at West Lyon High School in Iowa ... Played seven positions in football - quarterback, running back, receiver/tight end, defensive end, defensive back, punter, and punt returner ... Averaged 8.24 yards per career rush and 27.5 yards per catch ... The National Recruiting Advisor ranked him No. 26 on its list of the nation's top 100 football recruits ... A "Bluechips" recruit by Max Emfinger ... SuperPrep named him to its All-America team and ranked him as the sixth best "jumbo athlete" in the nation ... PrepStar selected him as an All-American and the No. 2 athlete in the Midwest ... Parade All-American as an "athlete" ... He was First-Team All-District as a QB and First-Team All-State as a defensive end in 1998 ... As a junior, he was First-Team All-State at strong safety and First-Team All-District as a tight end ... In baseball, he had a career .507 batting average as a center fielder to go along with 22 home runs, 10 triples, 117 RBI and 45 stolen bases in 205 at-bats ... As a left-handed pitcher, he posted a career ERA of 1.44 with 182 strikeouts in 125.2 innings of work ... Also a three-time First-Team All-State baseball player ... Named to Baseball America's pre-season All-America team prior to the 1999 season ... As a junior, he hit .621 (36-for-58) with eight home runs, 27 RBI and 11 stolen bases ... The school's all-time leader in basketball in points scored (1,213) and rebounding (708) ... As a junior, was a state track champion in the class 2A long jump and the 4x100 meter relay ... Played basketball for four years ... Two-time All-State and All-Conference in basketball following his sophomore and junior seasons.

Personal Information: American Studies major ... Member of the National Honor Society.

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