AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr.)— He played in all 12 games, and for the fourth straight made every single special teams snap (120; 70 punt, 50 placement). That upped his career total to 466, including one bowl game; 259 punt team snaps and 207 FG/PAT unit snaps. He became just the third player in school history to have been the team’s snapper all four years, joining Chris O’Donnell (1988-91) and Greg Pace (2002-05). A true specialist, it’s all he ever did for the Buffaloes, as he never was in for a play from scrimmage unless a punt turned into a fake play. He was the special teams player of the week in CU’s 35-34 win over Texas A&M, and the coaches presented him with the Gold Group Commitment Award for the second straight year, and also selected him as the recipient of the Regiment Award for the greatest contribution with the least recognition.
2008 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, handling every snap once again for a third straight year for all punts (64) and placements (48). The coaches selected him for a Gold Group Commitment Award for his actions, demeanor and commitment to excellence throughout the season. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the specialists for the second straight spring, honored for his hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning.
2007 (Soph.)—Once again handled all the short and long snapping chores, taking every snap for the second straight year. In playing all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, he had 66 snaps on the field goal/PAT unit (plus five in the bowl against Alabama) and 64 on the punt squad (four versus ‘Bama) for a total of 130 in the regular season and 139 total. He earned two special teams points, as he hustled downfield to recover a fumble (against Oklahoma) and down a punt (at Arizona State). The recovery was huge—it came at OU 16 and set up the tying touchdown with 3:58 left in what would be a 27-24 win over the No. 3 Sooners. The coaches named him the special teams scout team player of the week for the Baylor game. The Iron Buffalo Award winner for the specialists, as he was the choice for the honor bestowed on the player at each position who represents hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage in the weight room.
2006 (Fr.)—He was recruited to Colorado solely as a snapper, and he was given the shot to win the position as a true freshman. He wound up playing in all 12 games, and was the only player to snap on placements (47 snaps) as well as punts (57), thus making all 104 special team snaps. He also made two tackles (one solo) on punt coverage after running downfield following the snap. Did not practice at any other position.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned second-team All-District 5-5A honors as a senior, when he also was ranked as the No. 6 long snapper in the nation by Chris Rubio, who ranks the top 12 in the country at annual competition every January in Las Vegas. He started all 16 of his school’s games at offensive (right) guard as a senior, registering 25 pancake and nine touchdown blocks, while allowing just one quarterback sack and being called for just three penalties (two holding, one false start). He helped block for the Texas player of the year, quarterback Greg McElroy, as Southlake dominated most opponents on the line of scrimmage. He started four games from scrimmage as a junior, but over the course of his 32 games on the varsity, he snapped every extra point attempt, field goal and punt with just one bad snap out of well over 100. As a senior, his top production games, a combination of individual game grades and offensive team goals achieved, came against Katy in the state title game, versus Irving MacArthur in the second round of the playoffs, and in a regular season battle of unbeatens against Colleyville Heritage. Under coach Todd Dodge, Southlake posted back-to-back 16-0 records in his two years on the varsity, claiming the Texas 5A state championship both years (in addition to being named the mythical national champions both seasons by USA Today). He also lettered once in baseball (right-handed pitcher, first base), doing so his senior year; Southlake had the longest win streak in the state’s 5A ranks at 32 games that year.
ACADEMICS—He majoring in Business (Finance) at Colorado and graduated in December 2009. He owned a 3.8 grade point average in high school, and was a member of the National Honor Society. As a senior, he was named to the first-team academic all-state squad.
PERSONAL—Born January 1, 1988 in Colorado Springs, Colo. His hobbies include golf, most sports and video games. His father (Jay) grew up in Holyoke, Colo., and attended both Dodge City Community College and CU; an all-conference guard in junior college, his CU career in 1982-83 was cut short due to injuries. (Last name is pronounced dresh-er.)
STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 1,1—2 (2006), 3,0—3 (2009).