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David Bakhtiari
Green Bay Packers - #69 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: Green Bay loss to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, falling 40-10.
Noteworthy: Entering his first NFL season after forgoing his senior year of eligibility at CU…Has started in every game this season at left tackle…Drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Joins former Buffs Mason Crosby and Brad Jones on the Packers roster, all three CU alums are listed as starters…Became the first CU offensive lineman to be drafted by the Packers since C Joe Garten (sixth round, 164th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft…All-Pac-12 honors in each of his last two seasons at Colorado (2011, 2012)…Oldest brother, Eric, is a free-agent linebacker who played with Tennessee (2009) and San Francisco (2012). 

 

 

 

Toney Clemons
San Diego Chargers - #10 Wide Receiver
This Week: The Chargers fell to Cincinnati 17-10.

Noteworthy: Entering his second season in the NFL  and first with San Diego. Drafted by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (231st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft...Placed on the Steelers practice squad one day after the final training camp cuts...Signed to Jacksonville on Nov. 27, 2012...Played in four games for the Jaguars making three career receptions for 41 yards (13.67 ypr)...Signed to the Chargers practiced squad on Sept. 2...Has dedicated the 2013 season to his 3-year-old niece, Maiyanna, who is suffering from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a tumor located in the middle of the brain stem...Finished CU career 17th in all-time receiving yards (1,162) and tied for 18th in all-time receptions (86), with his 11 touchdown receptions tied for the ninth most...First player to play in the Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences with CU’s switch to the latter in 201

Mason Crosby
Green Bay Packers - #2 Kicker
Last Week: Crosby connected on his only field goal attempt of the day, hitting from 54-yards in the Packers 40-10 loss. 

Noteworthy: Entering his seventh season in the NFL all with the Packers who selected Crosby in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2007 NFL DraftHas tallied 815 total points in his first six seasons, topping the NFL record previously set by Indianapolis K Mike Vanderjagt (755, 1998-2003)…One of only seven players in NFL history to record two or more 140-point seasons (2007 & 2011)…Kicked the three longest field goals in franchise history (58 yards at Minnesota, 2011; 56 yards at Atlanta, 2011; 56 yards at Philadelphia, 2010)…Last season made 21-of-33 field goals and was perfect on 50 extra point tried…Helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV connecting on 4-of-4 extra points and a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter...Led the NFL in scoring in 2007 (141 points), becoming the first rookie to do so since Chicago kicker Kevin Butler led the league in 1985; Also set the Packers single season scoring record that year…At CU, established a total of 31 game, season, and career records while also setting Big 12 records for field goals made, attempted, and percentage. 

Justin Drescher
New Orleans Saints - #47 Long Snapper
Last Week: The Saints play Seattle on Monday Night Football.

Noteworthy: In his fourth season in the NFL, all with New Orleans...Has played in 42 career games as the team's long snapper, including every game in the last two seasons...Signed with the Saints on Nov. 23, 2010, and played in every game the remainder of the season…Played in three playoff games with New Orleans, with one win, defeating Detroit in the 2011 NFC wild card game...Originally signed with Atlanta as a free agent on April 26, 2010 and participated in camp until June…At Colorado, was a four-year letterwinner after winning the starting snapping duties as a true freshman and going on to play in every game during his four years at CU.

Andre Gurode
Oakland Raiders - #64 Offensive Line
Last Week: The Raiders fell to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, 31-24. 

Noteworthy: Signed by the Raiders on July 26, 2013…Has played in nine games this season, starting in four…This will be his 11th NFL season…Spent his first nine years in the league playing for Dallas before spending the 2011 season with Baltimore…Active with Chicago last season for two games but did not see action…Started all 16 games during the 2011 season with Baltimore…Has made 129 career starts (including playoffs) playing in a total of 155 career games…Selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2006-2010…Five Pro Bowl selections are more than any other CU player, surpassing Cliff Branch who made four appearances while playing for Oakland (1974-77)…Named the 57th best player in the NFL on the NFL Network’s show “The Top 100: Players of 2011”…72 starts in his final 74 games with Dallas…Drafted by the Cowboys in the second round (37th overall) in 2002…At CU, Gurode lettered four times playing offensive guard and was a first-team All-America selection in 2001 as a senior.

Brad Jones
Green Bay Packers - #59 Linebacker
Last Week: Recorded 11 tackles in the Packers 40-10 loss to the Lions.

Noteworthy: Entering his fifth NFL season, all with the Packers who drafted Jones in the seventh round (218th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft…Became an unrestricted free agency in spring of 2013, but was quickly resigned by the Packers, March 21…Has 29 tackles (23 solo) on the season…Last season, made the move from outside to inside LB, taking over the starting ILB role in Week 7…In the final 10 games, Jones recorded career highs in tackles (102), solo tackles (75), pass deflections (six), and forced fumbles (one)…Started in both playoff games, tied for the team lead with 16 tackles (13 solo)…Ranked third on the team in total tackles last year…One of only six NFL rookies in 2009 to record four or more sacks…Became only the fifth Packer (since 1982) to record four sacks as a rookie…Started in seven games as a rookie which tied Patriots WR Julian Edelman for most games started by a 2009 seventh-round draft choice…Member of Green Bay's Super Bowl XLV Champion team (injured reserve)…In 52 career games, has totals of 23 starts, 166 tackles (117 solo), seven sacks, six pass deflections and a forced fumble…At CU, served as a three-year starter playing in all 50 games during his career…Finished his CU career with 242 tackles (150 solo), 9.5 sacks, and an interception…Received honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the coaches.

Nick Kasa
Oakland Raiders - #88 Tight End
This Week: The Raiders fell to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, 31-24.

Noteworthy: Selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He caught three passes for 46 yards and one touchdown in four preseason games. Honorable mention All-Pac-12 as a senior, his first full season at the tight end position.

Tyler Polumbus
Washington Redskins - #74 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: Lost on Monday Night Football to the New York Giants, 24-17.  

Noteworthy: Entering his sixth NFL season, and third season with Washington, second as starter after holding the job for the final 15 games last season...Helped the team to its first playoff appearance since the 2005 season...Joined Washington in the middle of the 2011 campaign playing in five games after beginning the season in Seattle where he also played in five games...Has played in 71 career games with 35 starts...Spent his first two seasons with Denver (2008-09), signing as a rookie free agent just after the 2008 NFL Draft...At CU, lettered three years and earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors his senior year...Recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award as selected by teammates recognizing his leadership...Played every snap on offense throughout the entirety of his junior and senior seasons, adding up to 1,676 consecutive plays (715 in 2006, 893 in 2007 regular season, and 68 more in the Independence Bowl). 

Jimmy Smith
Baltimore Ravens - #22 Cornerback
Last Week: Baltimore defeated Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving Night, 22-20. 

Noteworthy: Entering his third NFL season, all with the Ravens who drafted Smith in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft...Last season, Smith was a key defensive contributor for the Ravens as they would go on to win Super Bowl XLVII...Smith came up big in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLVII breaking up a pass on third-and-goal and then defending the fourth-and-goal pass that fell incomplete as San Francisco looked to win the game...Played in 11 games, making two starts and 34 tackles (30 solo), also had three pass deflections...Four tackles (all solo) throughout the playoffs and had two pass deflections in Super Bowl XLVII...As a rookie, played in 12 games after missing the first four games due to an ankle injury...Once healthy, Smith recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions, with one being returned 32 yards...Smith also played in both playoff games recording his third career interception in the AFC Championship game vs. New England, which he returned 39 yards...Finished his Colorado career with 183 career tackles, which ranked him 77th all-time at CU with his 16 pass deflections the 21st most...Allowed just 11 completions in man coverage over his junior and senior seasons (just one of those for a first down).

Nate Solder
New England Patriots - #77 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: The Patriots defeated Houston, 34-31.

Noteworthy: Entering his third NFL season, all with the Patriots who drafted Solder in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 Draft…Became the first CU player drafted in the first round since Tyler Brayton was selected by Oakland in the first round of the 2003 draft, Jimmy Smith became the next 10 selections later…Last season, Solder took over the role of starting left tackle, replacing Matt Light who held the position for 11 seasons before retiring…Solder protects the blind side of three-time Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady…In 2012, Solder started all 16 regular season games and both playoff games…The Patriots led the league in total offense last season, averaging 427.9 yards a game…As a rookie, made 16 starts (including three starts throughout the playoffs)…First offensive tackle at Colorado to earn All-America honors since 1979 (Stan Brock), he became the first-ever to garner consensus All-America honors at the position for the Buffaloes...CU's starting left tackle was also one of four co-captains, as selected by his teammates during the 2010 season...One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.

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