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    Nathan Shanks
    Nathan Shanks

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Taylorville, Ill.

    High School:
    Taylorville

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 225

    Position:
    SB

    Birthdate:
    08/20/1984



    General: Original walk-on who earned a scholarship in 2004 ... Played both running back and superback during career ... A hard-nosed, tough player ... Injuries slowed him throughout much of his career ... Played the game hard and with great enthusiasm ... Tireless worker.

    2007: Began the year as a superback but was moved to running back when injuries at the position made the move necessary ... Played in three games.

    2006: Appeared in seven games -- as a special teams player -- before an injury ended his season ... Recorded three tackles.

    2005: Played on special teams early in the season before suffering a season-ending leg injury ... Notched a solo tackle against Northern Illinois.

    2004: Saw action on NU's special teams.

    2003: Did not see action ... Twice named the team's Scout Team Player of the Week -- for contests versus Purdue and Michigan.

    High School: First-team all-conference and all-area ... Named to Champaign Gazette's Top 100 All-State list ... Voted football and baseball team's MVP ... Also selected as an all-area baseball player ... Team went 17-5 junior and senior years, advancing to the state playoffs second round as a senior ... Set school records in career rushing yards (2,919) and as a junior set the single-season rushing record (1,235) ... Four-year Honor Roll student and three-time Academic All-State selection ... Garnered Academic All-Conference honors as a junior and senior and was a Student Council Officer for four years ... Team captain ... Coached by Scott Alberssen.

    Personal: Born Nathan Patrick Shanks on 8/20/84 ... Son of Jim and Cindy Shanks ... Communication studies major.

    The Nathan Shanks File
    Q: A song that best describes you is ...
    A: "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, primarily because of the title because I don't even know all the lyrics. This title seems appropriate because you never know what I am going to do next. To be honest, I don't even know what I am going to do next so don't beat yourself up trying to figure me out.
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Jesus Christ, because no one in history has had such an impact on the human race, except for maybe Al Gore ... I mean, he did invent the internet.
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: Anything you have done in the past can be forgiven and kill evil with kindness because you don't want to burn any bridges in life.
    Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is ...
    A: I'm over 21 and I've never had a sip of alcohol. Not even for communion ... we always use the grape juice.
    Q: The best book I have ever read is ...
    A: As you can probably already predict from my other answers, it would have to be the Bible. But I also enjoy reading picture books.
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is ...
    A: My brother inspires me the most because he always protected me when we were young, he beat up on me to make me tough, he always brought me along with him and his friends even though I was three years younger, he worked and went to college and was serving our country in the reserves all at the same time, he has been overseas three times now and will be going again in the future, he always encourages me in football and life, he always wants to talk, and he has a great heart.
    Q: My favorite pre-game ritual is ...
    A: Praying in the locker room with all of my brothers/teammates
    Q: The best thing about NU is ...
    A: The great guys on the football team ... and the other people at Northwestern aren't soo bad either.
    Q: Do you speak any languages other than English fluently?
    A: I've been known to speak jive and dabble with pig latin.

    Shanks' Career Statistics

    TACKLES                G    UA     A Total    TFL-Yds    PD   FF   FR Blkd
    2004................   5     0     0     0    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2005................   3     1     0     1    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2006................   7     1     2     3    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2007................   3     0     0     0    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    TOTAL...............  18     2     2     4    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    

    KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2004................ 5 1 5 0 5 5.0 1.0 2005................ 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2006................ 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 18 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.3

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2004................ 5 0 0 0 5 0 5 1.0 2005................ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2006................ 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2007................ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 18 0 0 0 5 0 5 0.3