ASU: Consummate veteran Sun Devil who did all of which he was asked throughout his career...tremendously intelligent student who earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors four times... versatile and unselfish athlete saw action at quarterback, tailback, wide receiver and as the holder for placekickers....threw for 302 career yards and three touchdowns...had one rushing touchdown as well...played in 43 career games, starting the first four of his career at quarterback...was given a token of gratitude from the team and replaced starting quarterback Rudy Carpenter to receive the final snap of his senior season, with which he took a knee to finish off the Sun Devils' victory over Rutgers in the 2005 Insight Bowl on Dec. 27.
2005: Played in all 12 games...earned Second Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors...saw action at wide receiver, holder for placekicker Jessie Ainsworth, and was the backup quarterback for Rudy Carpenter after Sam Keller's season was cut short due to injury...had two receptions for 19 yards...went under center for a one play that was specifically designed for him, and ran a quarterback draw for an eight-yard touchdown at No. 14 UCLA on Nov. 12... had a career-high 16-yard reception at Washington State on Nov. 5...one of six Sun Devils on the roster to have already earned his undergraduate degree...was recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program for the second time in his career.
2004: Played in all 12 games...earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable-mention accolades...had one rush against UCLA for a season-long six yards.
2003: Played in 11 games...earned the team's Clyde B. Smith Award for academic achievement with a 3.92 GPA in business...was also a Pac-10 All-Academic second-team selection.
2002: Played in eight games, starting the first four contests of his redshirt freshman season...completed 27 of 64 passing attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns...did not have any interceptions...completed 12 of his 21 passes against Eastern Washington for 135 yards and two touchdowns...earned Academic All-Pac-10 honorable-mention recognition.
2001: Winner of the McBurney Scout Team Award, which is presented annually to the top offensive scout team player...redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as the No. 12 quarterback in the West Region by PrepStar Magazine...Scottsdale City Player of the Year by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine...a scholarship finalist of Arizona High School Scholar-Athletes as selected by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame...2001 Desert Mountain High School Senior Athlete of the Year...earned 5A all-city, all-region and all-state honors as a junior and a senior...was a Wendy's High School Heisman finalist...two-time team MVP...2000 Offensive MVP in the East Valley Region...passed for 1,820 yards and rushed for 340 yards as a senior...as a junior, completed 60 percent (120 of 199) of his passes for 1,820 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions...rushed for 370 yards and six touchdowns on 44 attempts...a three-year starter and letterwinner at quarterback...career numbers are 4,925 yards and 52 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions...threw four touchdown passes and scored another on the ground in a 48-27 win over Dobson High School as a senior...a four-year starter and letterwinner in basketball...was a two-time all-city selection and a three-time all-conference honoree in basketball...averaged 17.7 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in basketball as a senior...also lettered one season in track...attended ASU's football camp.
PERSONAL: Earned his bachelor's degree in finance in December of 2004...parents are Bill (Pfizer manager) and Diane (teacher)...has a younger brother, Michael (19)...holds a black belt in karate...sported a 4.2 grade-point average in high school...National Honor Society member...was senior class president and homecoming king...2000 Arizona Department of Education U.S. Senate Youth Program finalist...earned the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete award as a junior and senior...born Dec. 2, 1982 in Sioux Falls, S.D....full name is Chad William Christensen.
CAREER HIGHS: Pass Attempts: 21, vs. Eastern Washington (8/31/02). Pass Completions: 12, vs. Eastern Washington (8/31/02). Passing Yards: 135, vs. Eastern Washington (8/31/02). TDs Passing: 2, vs. Eastern Washington (8/31/02).
Christensen's Career Statistics