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#89 Joe Klopfenstein
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 245
Year: Senior
City/State: Aurora, Colo.
High School: Grandview
Experience: 3 Letters

 

2005 (Sr.)—CU’s starting tight end and a candidate for the John Mackey Award (he did not advance to finalist stage), he earned first-team all-Big 12 honors from the league coaches, along with second team mention from the Associated Press as well as three conference region newspapers.  In addition, Sports Illustrated selected him as an honorable mention All-American.  He finished third on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 463 yards (also third), with his 14.5 yards per reception the second best on the team; he also tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with four.  He caught at least one pass in all 13 games (he started 12 of those games, including the Champs Sports Bowl), with two or more in nine games with a high of five on two occasions: against Texas A&M, when he recorded his career regular season best of 99 yards, and the following week at Texas against the No. 2 Longhorns, when he had 60 yards and a touchdown.  He caught two passes for 43 yards against Kansas the week after that—both for touchdowns.  His other top game came in the opener against Colorado State, when he hauled down four passes for 76 yards (he was CU’s offensive back of the week for the CSU and KU games).  He completed his career tied for 14th in receptions (80), 21st in receiving yards (937) and seventh in receiving TDs (12) at Colorado; those same numbers ranked him fifth, fourth (tied) and first among Buffalo tight ends.  He caught 11 of his touchdown passes from Joel Klatt, the second most ever by a duo at CU (the record is 12).  In the bowl game against Clemson, he caught one pass for five yards, as the Tigers often double-teamed him or negated him with assorted blocking schemes.  In the Senior Bowl, he caught three passes for 39 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown reception, helping the North to a 31-14 win over the South.  In the preseason, The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 15 tight end in the nation, with Phil Steele’s College Football tabbing him at No. 20.  He won the Fred Casotti Award in the spring as the outstanding offensive back as selected by the coaching staff.  He was the overall strength and conditioning champion for the “Explosion” group (TE, LB, FB, DS) with 66 points, owning a group bests of 403 pounds in the bench press and a 38-inch vertical jump, along with impressive showings in the standing long jump (10-0 feet), the 40-yard dash (4.53, which was sixth best on the team), the squat (504 lbs.), the power clean (315 lbs.) and incline (347 lbs.). 

 

2004 (Jr.)—He played in all 13 games with 12 starts, including the Houston Bowl (deferring to senior Jesse Wallace for his final home game), and earned second-team all-Big 12 honors from the league coaches and honorable mention accolades from the Associated Press.  His best game of the year came at the best time—in CU’s 33-28 win over Texas-El Paso in the bowl game, he caught five passes for 134 yards and a touchdown—earned all-bowl team honors from ESPN.com.  The touchdown he had against the Miners was a 78-yard catch and run effort where he shook the safety at midfield and ran away from all other defenders for what would be the longest reception by a tight end in school history (by some 21 yards).  He tied for the second most receptions on the team, as he caught 28 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns.  He caught at least one pass in 11 games (shutout only against No. 2 Oklahoma), and had two or more in eight games and three or more in five contests.  Numbers-wise, his top game came against North Texas, when he caught six passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns.  He also had four grabs for 48 yards at Texas A&M, including a pair of key receptions on CU’s go-ahead touchdown drive with 1:05 left; one was a terrific one-handed snare and the other brought CU to the 1-yard line (both were 11 yards in length).  A 45-yard pass from James Cox against Texas was his long play of the season, and the third longest overall by the Buffaloes on the year.  He earned CU’s offensive lineman of the week for two games (North Texas and Nebraska).  Street & Smith’s cited him as a preseason honorable mention All-American, while The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 4 tight end in the nation.

 

2003 (Soph.)—He played in 11 games, including 10 starts as he had a breakout-type season (he missed the Texas Tech road trip with a bad case of the flu, which also kept him from starting the following week against Missouri).  He had entered the fall listed third at tight end, but between a combination of his development and injuries at the position, he ascended to starting status for the season opener against Colorado State.  In earning honorable mention all-Big12 Conference honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, he caught 20 passes for 190 yards, four touchdowns and eight first downs on the season, catching at least one pass in nine games and two or more in six contests.   His reception best was five against UCLA (for 25 yards), with his yardage best being 63 yards on three receptions versus Kansas (including his season long, 48 yards, which went for a score).  His two touchdowns against Washington State marked the first time a CU tight end caught two in a game since Nov. 9, 1996, when Brody Heffner Liddiard had a pair in a 49-42 win over Iowa State.  He had a solid spring, as he led all players on offense with 11 receptions; he averaged 12.5 yards per catch (137 yards) and caught two touchdown passes. 

 

2002 (Fr.)—He saw action in seven regular season games, but did not catch any passes.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, with the publication ranking him as the No. 6 tight end in its Midlands region.  Student Sports ranked him as the No. 20 tight end in the country, with Rivals.com ranking No. 27.  Prep Football Report and SuperPrep both named him to their All-Midlands teams, and closer to home, he earned first-team all-state (Rocky Mountain News) and all-Grand Peaks League honors at defensive end.  He was second team all-league at linebacker as a junior, and was an honorable mention all-league performer at the position as a sophomore.  As a senior, he played slot-back, rushing 16 times for 103 yards and catching 10 passes for 130 yards a touchdown.  He had 53 tackles on defense (21 solo), with 14 for losses including eight quarterback sacks, seven quarterback pressures and three passes broken up.  He had 50 tackles as a junior (12 TFL’s, seven sacks), five hurries and a forced fumble, and 45 tackles with four sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery as a sophomore.  He played guard on offense as sophomore and junior, and played quarterback as a freshman.  He also handled placement kicks on occasion (usually field goals) and kicked off as well.  Top games his senior year came against Broomfield (five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, 12 tackles and a sack on defense in a 38-14 win) and versus George Washington (2-30 receiving, 15 tackles, including three sacks).  Grandview was 9-2 his senior year, advancing to the state playoffs, and was 7-3 his junior and 3-7 his sophomore year under coach Rocky Whitworth.  He also lettered once in baseball (first baseman) and in track (ran the 200 and relays as a senior).

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in sociology at Colorado.  He was an honor roll student in high school.

 

PERSONAL—He was born November 9, 1983 in Denver.  Hobbies include skiing, participating in several sports, going to the movies and lifting weights.  (Last name is pronounced Klof-N-stein; the P is silent.)

 

Receiving                                   High Games

Season

G

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Rec

Yds

2003

11

20

190

9.5

4

48t

5

63

2004

12

28

284

10.1

4

45

6

80

2005

12

32

463

14.5

4

44

5

99

Totals

35

80

937

11.7

12

48

6

99


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 3,2—5 (2004).

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