AT COLORADO: Career Notes—On Colorado’s all-time career lists, he finished fourth in passing yards (5,705), third in pass completions (505), third in passing attempts (872), fourth in touchdown passes (35), fourth in total offense (6,183) and eighth in adjusted rushing yards by a quarterback (1,095). His 5.59 average per true carry (minus sacks) ranked as third best by a quarterback, trailing only Kordell Stewart (1991-94, 7.04) and Bernard Jackson (2004-06, 6.21). He started 21 career games, tied for the 13th most in school annals (posting a 6-15 record).
2011 (Sr.)—Named CU’s starting quarterback at the conclusion of spring practice, he started 12 games; in the other (at Arizona State), he eventually appeared and played most of the game, but did not start after missing most of practice after suffering a concussion late in the first half the previous week against Oregon (he did not return to finish that one). He was named by the coaching staff as the co-recipient of the John Mack Award (with WR Toney Clemons) as CU’s most outstanding offensive player, and was invited to and played in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. (in that game, he completed 12 of 17 passes for 144 yards while rushing three times for 19 yards and a TD; he engineering the game-winning scoring drive in the West’s 24-17 win). For the season, he completed 231-of-412 passes for 2,883 yards and 20 touchdowns, numbers that ranked as the fourth, second, second and third highest, respectively, for a single-season in CU history; he completed 56.1 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 125.5. Over the course of the first four games of the season, he attempted the second-most passes without an interception in team history—131 (just eight shy of Joel Klatt’s 139 set in 2005). He set or tied 11 offensive records for the season and his top game of the year, and of his career, came in CU’s 36-33 overtime loss to California in Boulder: he completed 28-of-49 passes for 474 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed seven times for 26 yards. The 474 yards set a school record and were the 12th-most for the season in the NCAA, with the 500 total offense yards tying the all-time CU mark and were the eighth highest in the nation for 2011. He tied the school mark for the most 200-yard passing yard games in a season with nine, and set a record for the most total offensive plays in a season with 493. He threw for 285 yards in a little over half a game at Arizona State (22-of-35), and was the NFF/Colorado Chapter’s offensive player of the week for his game at Utah, where he led CU to a 17-14 win by completing 22-of-36 throws for 264 yards (1 TD/1 INT). He had at least one TD pass in 12 games (at least two in seven). He caught a 14-yard touchdown pass (from Rodney Stewart) in CU’s win over Arizona; it was his first career catch. He threw for 125 first downs, but also rushed for 16 and have one receiving for a total of 142 (54 on third/fourth downs). He was named the team’s Joe Romig Award winner as the top senior-to-be following spring practice, as he had a passer rating of 188.9 in the three main spring scrimmages. He completed nearly 74 percent of his passes (39 of 53) for 531 yards and five touchdowns – with no interceptions – in those sessions (in one, he completed 18-of-19 with 3 TDs) and avoided taking a single sack. He was the only player on the roster to have taken a snap at quarterback in college entering the season.
2010 (Jr.)—He was named CU’s starter prior to the start of the season, but had his year cut short when he suffered a ruptured spleen against Texas Tech in the seventh game (he started all seven before the injury; he likely could have returned to play in a bowl game had CU qualified for one). Prior to getting hurt, he had completed 112-of-164 passes for 1,102 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions and a 129.5 rating. His completion percentage of 68.3 set a school record for minimums of both 100 and 150 passes in a single season, breaking the old mark of 65.1 by Joel Klatt in 2003. He completed over 70 percent of his passes in four games and over 65 percent in six of his seven; his only time under the latter came at California, where despite having a rough go of it with three interceptions and being sacked six times, still completed 53 percent (18-of-34) of his throws. He threw for 200-plus yards twice: in a 31-13 win over Hawaii, he was 19-of-26 for 200 yards and two scores (no picks, a healthy 163.1 rating), and in a 31-25 loss to Baylor, he was 21-of-28 for 207 yards (1 TD/1 INT). He opened the year strong against Colorado State in Denver, going 17-of-25 for 192 yards (2 TD/1 INT, 150.9 rating), and before he left the Texas Tech game, he was 9-of-10 for 62 yards. His total offense high came against Hawaii (221 yards), followed by the Georgia game (209), where he was 13-of-20 for 158 yards passing with 10 rushes for 51 yards, his season-rushing best. He ended the year with 41 net rushing yards, scoring four touchdowns (he had 166 yards on 35 tries when removing sacks). In 73 drives engineered, he led CU to 19 scores (16 TD/3 FG), and he earned 68 first downs (61 passing, 7 rushing). On third/fourth downs, he was fairly sharp, completing 37-of-54 passes for 447 yards (4 TD/1 INT), a solid rating of 158.8. He had a slight edge heading into the fall for the starting job after having a solid spring, completing 45-of-73 passes for 408 yards (6 TD/2 INT) in the three main spring scrimmages, a 130.2 passer rating; he led the Gold squad to a 37-27 win in the spring game. He was a co-recipient of the Greg Biekert Award for spring practice, as selected by the coaches for those players with the greatest attention to detail. He was also the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the team’s quarterbacks for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage lifted in the weight room.
2009 (Soph.)—He played in eight games overall, with seven starts (the last seven of the season). He completed 129-of-231 passes (55.8 percent) for 1,440 yards, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions, while officially rushing for 61 yards on 84 attempts; eliminate 33 times he was sacked for 275 yards, his true rushing was 51 tries for 336 yards, or 6.6 per carry. He engineered 94 drives on the season, leading the team to 22 scores (16 TD, 6 FG). He had 23 rushes for five yards or more and 14 for 10-plus, and led the team in first downs earned with 83 (18 rush/65 pass), including 33 on third and fourth downs. He was CU’s Athlete of the Week for all sports for his efforts in CU’s 35-34 win over Texas A&M, when he completed 21-of-32 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown (the game winning TD pass to Patrick Devenny), along with 45 yards rushing and 17 first downs earned. He was the team’s co-Offensive Player of the Week for the Kansas game, when he was 14-of-25 for 175 yards (1 TD/1 INT) along with 11 rushes for 34 yards and another score. He had two other 200-yard games, against Nebraska (21-of-44, 269 yards, 3/3) and at Iowa State (18-of-38, 258, 1/1); in that game, he rushed for a season-high 50 yards on 12 carries, giving him 308 yards of total offense. One of the recipients of the team’s Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas. He completed 26-of-44 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns (153.42 rating) in the three main spring scrimmages. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the quarterbacks in the spring, presented to the player at each position who represents hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage lifted in the weight room.
2008 (Fr.)—He did not play the first six games of the season and was likely ticketed to redshirt, but he appeared against Kansas State late in the first quarter to jumpstart the offense. It was just the 11th appearance by a true freshman at quarterback for CU dating back to 1972. He then started for the first time the next week at Missouri, becoming just the fifth true frosh in school history to start a game at quarterback, and wound up playing in five games (two starts, also starting against Iowa State). On the year, he completed 34-of-65 passes for 280 yards, with one touchdown and four interceptions (81.3 rating). His TD pass was a 21-yard toss to Scotty McKnight that proved to be the winning points in CU’s 14-13 win over Kansas State. He set a school record for the most single-season rushing yards by a true freshman quarterback, as he had 261 in just five games; the old best was 177 by Marc Walters (his father) in 1986 (5 games); Darian Hagan had 175 in 1988 (also in 5 games). He finished as CU’s third leading rusher, and top games came against K-State (19 carries, 86 yards), Texas A&M (16-86) and Iowa State (9-48). He had performed well on the scout team, and did a credible job in mimicking West Virginia’s Pat White and won the scout team offense award for that game.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned All-West Region honors from PrepStar and All-Far West accolades from SuperPrep as a senior, when he was named first-team All-CIF and All-Valley while being named the Southwestern League Player of the Year. He also earned the Riverside County Sportsmanship Award and Chaparral’s offensive and team most valuable player honors as the three-year letterman served as team captain his junior and senior seasons. He was an honorable mention All-CIF selection in addition to earning first team All-Valley and All-Southwestern League honors his junior season. As a senior, when he was Chaparral’s High School Athlete of the Year (all sports), he completed 138-of-220 passes (62.7 percent) for 1,652 yards and 10 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He also rushed for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. Showing his versatility, he was also asked to fill in at safety at times on defense (where he had a fumble recovery). He was the MVP of the inaugural Navy Marine Corps All-Star Classic, as he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in leading his team to a 27-13 win. As a junior, when he was Chaparral’s offensive MVP, he completed 153-of-263 passes (58.1 percent) for 2,248 yards and 21 touchdowns (with 13 interceptions). He also rushed for 300 yards and six touchdowns, not including sacks. Top games as a senior included a 21-20 loss to Vista Murrieta, when he rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 150 yards and a third score; he completed 11-of-15 passes for 182 yards and two scores while rushing 13 times for 74 yards in a 24-21 win over Temecula Canyon, as he threw a 22-yard game winning touchdown with just 42 seconds left to rally his team for the win. In his junior year, against Valley View he passed for 342 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-21 win, and threw for 236 yards (on 12-of-16 passing) and three touchdowns in a 38-24 win over Temecula Valley. Under coach Tommy Leach, Chaparral went 9-4 during his senior season, advancing to the semifinals, and was 11-3 his junior year, losing to Norco in the CIF Championship. He was the backup on his sophomore squad, which posted a 4-6 mark. He also lettered twice in baseball (pitcher/first base) and once in track (sprints).
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Communication at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in May 2012. A 2008 Riverside County Chapter/National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, he was on the honor roll throughout high school. He was named to the Southwestern League All-GPA Team as both a junior and senior, in both baseball and football.
PERSONAL—Born December 6, 1989 in Escondido, Calif. Hobbies include basketball and golf, and he is involved with his church youth group. His father (Rick) played quarterback for San Diego State from 1978-83. He was signed by the Chicago Bears after his senior season and narrowly missed making the team as he was cut on the last day of training camp. His mother (Pamela) was an NCAA All-American sprinter/hurdler for SDSU’s track team. He throws right-handed even though he writes left-handed. He goes by the nickname “T.”
|ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—NCAA Rating: 114.7 (career), 81.3 (2008), 113.6 (2009), 129.5 (2010), 125.5 (2011). Receiving: 1-14, 14.0 avg., 1 TD (2011). Sacked/Yards Lost: 8/43 (2008), 33/275 (2009), 16/125 (2010), 26/174 (2011).|