UTAH: Primary backup to All-America punter Tom Hackett … walk-on also plays on special teams and is the backup holder.
2014–Appeared in seven games on the kickoff team and had three tackles (2 vs. UCLA) … lettered … honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 Conference.
2013–Redshirt did not play in a game, but made the travel squad as the backup punter.
PRIOR TO UTAH: Interrupted his junior college career to serve a church mission, competing at Snow College in 2008 and 2011 … NJCAA second-team All-American for Snow College in 2011 … first-team all-WSFL … 41 punts for 1,672 yards as a sophomore (40.8 average) … seven punts inside the 20-yard line … 38 punts for 1,574 yards (41.4) as a freshman in 2008 … Nov. 5, 2008 NJCAA Player of the Week … helped lead Snow to a win in the Carrier Dome Bowl (2012) and played in the national championship game in 2008 … played his prep football at East HS (Utah) … team captain in track.
PERSONAL: Son of Joel and Kathy Van Orden ... three brothers … married to the former Heather Hillam … wife played soccer at Westminster College in Salt Lake City … served a church mission in Australia … exercise and sport science major … full name Christopher Joel Van Orden … born Oct. 16, 1989.