Going to the Colorado School of Mines has given Logan Bock a degree that will surely benefit him in the workplace. The Boulder graduate earned his diploma just weeks ago in college.

The classroom was not the only place Bock grew during his time in college.

Playing for the school's football program, Bock was a linebacker on defense and became a full-time starter this past fall in his final season. He was named a defensive captain for the Orediggers and recorded 47 tackles to help the team reach the NCAA Division II playoffs.

"This season was a dream," Bock said. "Winning games is fun, and we did a lot of winning this year. We were having a great time even before the wins just hanging out with teammates before. We had a great time, and then it rolled into winning games."

Becoming a starter and key contributor did not happen overnight for Bock. His route was filled with no playing time early and injury to follow, making him a late bloomer with the team. A change in motivation was the difference for Bock in the later part of his career, one that saw him play in every game his redshirt junior year and become a starter and captain this past fall.

"It took me a long time," Bock said. "I didn't play when I first got here. I wanted to selfishly go after all these things.

"The transition point was really focusing on helping the team. I wanted to make myself better a lot and spend time with teammates. When I got older, it helped myself and others."


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His redshirt junior year ended with 25 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks to garner honorable mention All-RMAC honors. He followed that season with 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 7 1/2 sacks to be named First-Team All-RMAC in 2018.

And the moment he knew the change paid off the most? That came on Sep. 15 when he recorded 10 tackles and two sacks versus the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves in a 35-21 win. His performance saw him named the RMAC defensive player of the week in football.

"It was an unbelievable experience," Bock said. "I've worked for a lot of things and most things pay off like football did. I had a big game versus Pueblo and stepped back and said it was special. I wanted to have more of them. I enjoyed it but was sad knowing it was going to be over soon. It really paid off and felt amazing."

The 2018 season Bock turned in also garnered some national attention as his name was listed as a nominee for the Cliff Harris Award, a national honor given to the top defensive college football play at the NCAA Division II, III or NAIA level in college. With the Orediggers, he was given the defensive player of the year award for his season.

"If you told me before the season that I would get that award, I wouldn't believe it," Bock said. "I'm happy to help my team out."

In his words, the award that meant more to him was the Tom Mead Spirit Award. This award, also given out by the program, is named for showing leadership, passion and sportsmanship on the field. The award was a signal of the determination he brought to the team to close his football career.

"I was proud of the spirit award," Bock said. "To be recognized as a leader of the team is special. I played four years and only had one year to make that impact."

Brandon Boles: bboles@prairiemountainmedia.com or twitter.com/BrandonBoles