AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)-He entered the fall listed first on the depth chart at right offensive guard. He started practicing at the spot when he returned from an ankle sprain midway through the 2011 season after Gus Handler had taken over for him at center.
2011 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in seven games (three starts); he emerged as the starting center at the end of spring drills and held it through competition in August camp. He started the first three games before going down with a severe ankle sprain against Colorado State that forced him to miss the next four games. On the year, he was in for 205 snaps from scrimmage, grading out to 76.1 percent, with his best game grade a solid 81.0 percent against California. He had five great effort blocks, allowed one quarterback pressure, three sacks and was called for two penalties. He also had three plays on the Field Goal/PAT unit on special teams. The coaches selected him as the Dan Stavely Award winner following spring practice, the honor going to the top redshirt freshman-to-be.
2010 (Fr.)-Redshirted; he practiced all along the offensive line as a member of the scout team. He earned the Offensive Scout Team Award for the Colorado State game.
HIGH SCHOOL-As a senior, he earned All-State, All-Area (Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley), All-Sierra League and All-Pac 5 Conference honors. He garnered All-Far West honors from both PrepStar and SuperPrep, the latter ranking him as the No. 129 player from the region (California, Hawai'I, Nevada), the 13th offensive lineman on that list. Scout.com listed him as the No. 61 offensive guard in the country. A three-year starter at offensive line and one year starter on the defensive line, he helped Notre Dame to a 28-7 record in his career. His senior year, he helped anchor a line that averaged 198.7 yards rushing and 188.3 yards passing per game on offense, helping Notre Dame (9-3) to the Sierra League championship and second-round appearance in the playoffs under coach Kevin Rooney. On defense, he had 53 tackles, 17 for losses including four sacks, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. His top game came when the team flew to Dallas to play Klein Oak at the brand new Cowboys Stadium and he had five tackles for loss in a 37-7 win. Against Crespi, Notre Dame won 23-21 on a 53-yard field goal on the last play of the game, and against Birmingham, he had two sacks as Notre Dame turned a 14-10 halftime lead into a 48-10 victory. He was a team captain and member of the team council, leading his group of linemen as a liaison with the coaching staff. As a junior, he earned All-State and All-Sierra League honors helping Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and final record of 11-1 after winning the Sierra League. That season, Notre Dame averaged 274.5 yards passing and 180.7 yards rushing per game. He saw limited action on the defensive line that season and had 16 tackles and two sacks. He also lettered in track and field (throws); he was the CIF Section champion in the shot put as a junior with a career-best throw of 55-0.
ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado. He was named honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic Team as a redshirt freshman. He earned All-Academic team mention for his high school for both football and track & field and was honored by maintaining a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
PERSONAL-He was born March 4, 1992 in Harbor City, Calif. He enjoys playing video games, handing out with friends and watching movies and lists the best movie he has seen recently as the Book of Eli. He volunteered about 30 hours of his time to help his school host a Renal Prom for local kidney patients who can't regularly attend high school. He also volunteered at his high school's youth sports camps for the last two summers.