2012 Honors - - Team Leader Award, defense . . . 2012 - - redshirted after joining the team as a walk-on.
Junior College - - played at Iowa Central Community College . . . team captain while earning all-conference and all-region special mention . . . earned all-academic recognition . . . junior college coach was Kevin Twait.
High school honors - - First team all-conference, all-district and all-area as a senior . . . second team all-conference as a junior . . . Career - - earned three letters as offensive and defensive lineman . . . team captain . . . also earned three letters in wrestling, placing sixth at state wrestling tournament as a senior.
Personal - - Born 4/05/92 . . . leisure studies/pre-law major . . . parents are Andrea Shaffer and Mark Rathjen . . . high school coach was Barry Bower.