Denham leaving UC Davis

Former Placer star plans to pusue a career in ministry
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Placer High graduate Greg Denham, who had started at quarterback for UC Davis the past two seasons, is leaving the UC Davis program to pursue a career in the ministry. Aggies coach Bob Biggs made the announcement Thursday. Denham would have been a senior in 2010. He’s thrown for 6,435 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career and has eight 300-yard games including a career-high 434 in the 2008 season finale against the University of San Diego. "I respect Greg’s decision to follow his faith and through thorough contemplation the need to do it at this time," Biggs said in a statement released by UC Davis. “Greg has made tremendous contributions to the program during his four years and I wish him nothing but the greatest success in his future pursuits.” Denham helped guide the Aggies to the Great West Conference championship in 2009 and earned All-Great West Conference honors twice in his career. "This is one the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life," he said in a statement from UC Davis. "Although many may not understand the timing of this decision, I have to be true to myself and to my faith. I want to make it completely clear that my experiences at UC Davis have been some of the most positive of my life. My relationships with my coaches and teammates are irreplaceable. "Coach Biggs has been a tremendous mentor from the moment I stepped through the door to join the program through this very difficult process in making this decision." Denham started for three years at Placer before graduating in 2006. The 6-3, 215-pound quarterback had dreamed of playing professionally and was poised for a big senior season. As a junior he passed for 2,932 yards and 19 touchdowns, completing 61.8 percent of his passes.