No. 20/17 Houston 30, No. 24/23 Penn State 14
Senior (2011): Made three tackles in season opener against UCLA.
Junior (2010): Played in all 12 games, starting 11 at safety ... Returned an interception 16 yards against Texas State during the season opener ... Finished with eight tackles, including three solo stops, with a pass breakup against UTEP ... Recorded six tackles, including three solo stops, against Tulane ... Finished with 11 total tackles, including three solo tackles ... Also assisted in a tackle for loss and broke two passes up against Mississippi State ... Recorded eight tackles, including five solo stops against Rice... also had a tackle for a 2-yard loss against the Owls ... Tallied five tackles, including four solo stops against SMU... Also broke up two pass attempts made by the Mustangs ... Led team with eight tackles, including six solo stops against Memphis ... Made eight tackles, including five solo stops and a pass break up against UCF ... Had 10 tackles, including four solo stops against Tulsa ... Had five tackles at Southern Miss.
Sophomore (2009): Third on team with 114 tackles but stood tied for second with 62 solo stops ... One of only 10 players to start all 14 games... Made season debut against Northwestern State during season opener ... Tallied five tackles including a pair of solo stops against the Demons ... posted six tackles, including five solo stops, with a pass breakup at No. 5/6 Oklahoma State ... Tallied 12 tackles, including five solo, and broke up a pass against Texas Tech ... Led all Cougar defenders with 13 tackles, including five solo stops, at C-USA rival UTEP ... Also broke up a pass against the Miners ... Finished with eight tackles, including seven solo, with one tackle for a loss of a yard at Mississippi State ... Posted eight tackles, including six solo stops, with a pass breakup at C-USA rival Tulane ... Recorded 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, against C-USA rival SMU ... Returned a defensive PAT 100 yards against C-USA rival Southern Miss ... Also recorded nine tackles, including five solo stops, with a pass breakup against the Golden Eagles ... Led team with 10 tackles, including nine solo, and forced a fumble at C-USA rival Tulsa ... Finished with eight tackles, including five solo stops, and broke up a pass at C-USA rival UCF ... Recorded seven tackles against C-USA rival Memphis. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Recorded 13 tackles, including four solo stops, against Air Force... Tied a Houston single-season record with 14 games played against the Falcons.
Freshman (2008): Competed in all 13 games with a start at Conference USA rival Marshall ... regular member of the special teams units ... Returned an interception nine yards in his collegiate debut against Southern during the season opener ... Forced a fumble and posted a tackle for an 8-yard loss at C-USA rival SMU ... Made his first career start at safety at C-USA rival Marshall. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Recorded two solo tackles against Air Force.
High School: Competed for head coach Tony Heath at Pearland High ... Three-star recruit by Scout.com... Ranked No. 86 nationally by Scout.com... Member of the Houston Chronicle Area Top-110 team... Two-time First-Team All-District... Also selected Brazoria County First-Team ... Was a member of the 2006 All-Greater Houston First Team and picked up Second-Team accolades as a senior ... Named Second Team All-State in both 2006 and 2007... Competed in the 100- and 200-meter events in track... Member of 4x100 relay teams that won district title in 2006 and 2007.
Personal: Full name is Nicholas McMinn Saenz ... Born Feb. 23, 1990, in Houston ... Son of Lesley Sciortino and Joel Saenz ... Also recruited by Kansas State, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Rice, TCU and Air Force ... Ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash ... Majoring in kinesiology-sports administration.
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