Top-Ranked NDSU Overcomes Early Deficit With Big Second Quarter
One of the top punters in the MVFC, Sullens will begin his second season as the Bears' primary punter ... Averaged 41.3 yards on 3 punts in the Maroon and White Game (4/20/13), including a long of 51 yards.
2012: Averaged 41.03 yards on 66 punts, which ranked fourth in the MVFC and 33rd nationally ... Helped the Bears rank 31st nationally in net punting (36.79) ... His 66 punts ranked tied for sixth on the MSU single-season list, and his average ranked eighth ... Named MSU Special Teams Player of the Week for games at No. 22 Kansas State (9/1/12), vs. South Dakota (10/13/12) and at UNI (11/17/12) ... His 47.2 punting average on six kicks at K-State was the fourth-best single-game average in MSU history and earned Sullens the first of three honorable mention nods in the CFPA National Special Teams Performer of the Week honors ... Also mentioned on the CFPA weekly list for the Murray State (9/15/12) and Indiana State (10/6/12) games ... College Sports Journal FCS Freshman of the Week honorable mention pick for the Indiana State game ... Had a season-long 70-yard punt at Indiana State and a 67-yarder at Kansas State ... Single-game punt averages of 46.0 at Indiana State, 45.2 at UNI and 45.1 vs. Murray State were also notable ... Finished season with 14 punts of at least 50 yards and had at least one 50-yarder in 8-of-11 games ... Named by College Sports Madness as an all-conference third-team punter in the website's postseason awards .... Punted for both teams in the Maroon and White Game (4/21/12) and punted 11 times for 418 yards (38.0) with a pair of 48-yard kicks and 5 downed inside the 20.
2011: Tried out for the squad as a true freshman but did not make the Bears' final fall roster ... Stayed committed to making the team and found a roster spot in the spring (2012) as the squad's primary punter.
High School: A three-sport standout at Camdenton (Mo.) High, Sullens played punter, wide receiver and defensive back for legendary Coach Bob Shore's Lakers ... Earned Class 5 all-state honors as a senior in 2010 ... Had punts of 73 and 80 yards as a prep senior with the 80-yarder coming in the state quarterfinals against Kirkwood ... Also had 8 tackles against Kirkwood ... Was a three-year starter for CHS ... Started four seasons as a shooting guard on the Lakers' basketball team and lettered twice in track.
Personal: Chris A. Sullens was born 11/24/92 in Jefferson City, Mo. ... Son of Dale and Terri Sullens of Camdenton, Mo. ... Has a brother, Brandon and sister, Hannah ... Majoring in Sport and Park Administration.