AT COLORADO: 2012 (Sr.)— He eased back into things in August camp as he was dealing with a chronic lower back injury, missing the season opener. He returned to action the second week of the season and played in eight games (including one start, at left tackle at Oregon for an injured David Bakhtiari). But the following week against Stanford he suffered torn knee ligaments and missed the remainder of the season. He was in for 210 plays for the season, grading out to 75.7 percent (159 plus plays), with his best game grade of 82.6 percent against Oregon in his lone start (also when he played his most single game snaps – 46). He had 13 will-reaker blocks, allowed four quarterback sacks (and two pressures) and was called for a single penalty. He played an additional eight snaps on the FG/PAT unit on special teams. He missed most of spring drills with the back injury, which dated to June 2011, participating on a very limited basis but in no contact.
2011 (Jr.)—He played in all 13 games, including 11 starts, his first career one against California coming at left tackle and the last 10 games of the year at right tackle. He played 774 snaps overall, the third most among the lineman and fourth most by an offensive player, grading out to 79.5 percent on the season. He had 21 great effort blocks and three touchdown blocks, allowing three quarterback pressures and five sacks. He graded out to 80 percent or better in six games with his best single-game grade coming at Ohio State (88.5%). He also played an additional 10 snaps on the Field Goal/PAT unit on special teams. He missed a good portion of spring practice after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
2010 (Soph.)—He did not see any action from scrimmage, but did play all 50 snaps on the field goal/point after touchdown unit on special teams. He was the backup at left tackle all season to All-American Nate Solder, who played all 847 snaps at the position.
2009 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in the final 10 games of the season, in two on offense (27 total snaps): he was in for one snap late in the win over Wyoming, and for 26 snaps at right tackle at Iowa State (where he graded out to 85 percent). He was on the field goal/point after touchdown unit on special teams, where he played an additional 41 snaps. He added about 15 pounds between his true and redshirt freshman seasons.
2008 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced at both guard and tackle over the course of the year.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned All-West Region honors from PrepStar and All-Far West Region accolades from SuperPrep, which ranked him as the No. 84 player overall in California, Hawai’i and Nevada (and the 13th ranked offensive lineman). Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 64 player in California and the No. 49 offensive lineman, while Scout.com pegged him the No. 73 player in the state and the 53rd best O-lineman nationally. As a senior captain, he was named first-team All-State, All-CIF, All-Mountain Pass League and All-Riverside County, while being named his team’s most valuable player. He played in the Navy Marine Corps All-Star Classic for the Marine Inland team. A four-year letterman, he started all 52 games of his prep career. At offensive tackle, he had 130 pancakes on the year and allowed zero sacks, while playing defensive end on the other side of the ball, he registered 56 tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries. As a junior, he was named first-team All-CIF and All-League, as well as second-team All-County and All-State. He had 84 pancakes on the year, allowing just one sack, and picked up a teammate’s fumble and advanced it for a touchdown. Defensively, he played occasionally, filling in at defensive tackle. He was a first-team All-League selection as a sophomore, with 75 pancakes and just one sack allowed. He had several top performances against players headed for Division I: as a sophomore, he held future Arizona Wildcat defensive end Ricky Elmore in check in a 20-7 loss to Grace Brethren. In the same season, he held a similar edge over UCLA-bound linebacker Akeem Ayers. As a senior, he had four pancakes and zero sacks allowed in a loss to undefeated Citrus Hill in the regular season. Under coach Bill Powell, San Jacinto went 11-3 both his junior and senior seasons (losing in CIF final both times, to Big Bear and Citrus Hill, respectively), was 9-4 his sophomore year (advancing to the semifinals) and 7-4 when he was a freshman. He also lettered twice in basketball (center), averaging 10 points and seven rebounds as a senior, and was a four-time letterman in track (throws); he had prep bests of 50-2 in the shot put and 160-0 in the discus.
ACADEMICS— He graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology at Colorado in May 2012 and was enrolled in additional coursework after graduation. He was an Honor Roll student throughout high school while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. He was one of 22 Scholar-Athletes honored for Riverside County.
PERSONAL—Born June 14, 1990 in Fontana, Calif. His hobbies include weightlifting, fishing, bowling and golfing. One of the highlights of his youth included traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
(Last name is pronounced dan-uh-wits)