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David Bakhtiari
Green Bay Packers - #69 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: Defeated the Detroit Lions 27-23 on the final play of the game, what some are already calling the 'Miracle in Motown.' Of course not to be mistaken with the 'Miracle in Michigan' courtesy of Kordell Stewart and the 1994 CU Buffs. 

Noteworthy: Entering his third season with the Packers who drafted Bakhtiari in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has started in every NFL game he has played in…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2014….He became the first rookie in Packers history to start every game at left tackle since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season in 1978…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).

Mason Crosby
Green Bay Packers - #2 Kicker
Last Week: Connected on all three extra points, however he missed his lone field goal attempt --only his third missed field goal of the entire season -- in the Packers last-second 27-23 victory at Detroit.

Noteworthy: Entering his ninth season in the NFL, all with the Packers, who selected Crosby in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2007 NFL DraftWith 1,125 points is Packers all-time leading scorer; in addition he has 101 points in 13 playoff games…Crosby is one of only six players to lead a professional team as well as their college team in scoring (Crosby had 307 points at CU)…Finished last season making 27-of-33 (81.8%) field gooals…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; 57 yards at New York, 2013; 56 yards at Atlanta, 2011)…Last season made 33-of-37 (89.2 percent) field goals and was perfect on 42 extra point tries…Helped Green Bay to a win in Super Bowl XLV (2011) 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: Fell to the Houston Texans, 24-6, dropping to 4-7 on the season. 

Noteworthy: In his sixth season in the NFL, all with New Orleans...Has played in 78 career games as the team's long snapper, including every game in the last four 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 letter winner after winning the starting snapping duties as a true freshman and going on to play in every game during his four years at CU.

Tyler Polumbus
Denver Broncos - #76 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: The Broncos advanced to 9-2 after defeating the New England Patriots 30-24 in overtime.

Noteworthy: Entering his eighth NFL season…Signed with the Broncos on Oct. 1, 2015 after beginning the season with the Atlanta Falcons…Polumbus spent his previous four seasons with the Washington Redskins after two year stints with both Seattle and Denver, where he began his NFL career…During his four years with the Redskins, Polumbus played in 47 games with 42 starts…In 2013, he helped the Redskins 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 98 career games with 57 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).

Paul Richardson
Seattle Seahawks - 
#10 Wide Receiver
Last Week: Seattle defeated Pittsburgh 39-30, advancing to 6-5 on the season. 

Noteworthy: Entering his second year in the NFL. Richardson was selected by Seattle with the team’s first pick in the 2014 Draft (No. 45 overall, 2nd round)…Has one reception for 40 yards in three games played this season…Missed the first nine weeks of the 2015 season while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the 2015 playoffs…Finished last season with 29 receptions for 271 yards and one touchdown…Had his most productive game of his rookie season in Week 17, recording five receptions for 60 yards (long 32)…Caught his first career NFL reception in a Week 3 26-20 OT victory over the Denver Broncos…In the preseason Richardson played in all four games, combining for seven receptions for 65 yards (9.3 avg.)…His preseason highlight came in a game played at Sports Authority Field against the Denver Broncos when he had four catches for 37 yards…The last time Richardson played a game at Mile High he torched in-state rival Colorado State for 208 yards with two touchdowns on 10 receptions in the first game of his final (record breaking) season at CU…He finished his CU career third all-time in receptions (156), fifth in receiving yards (2,423), second in touchdown receptions (21), 18th in yards from scrimmage (2,440), 29th in all-purpose yards (2,454) and 29th in scoring (128 points)…Overall, he set or tied 29 school records during his three seasons played at CU.

Jimmy Smith
Baltimore Ravens - #22 Cornerback
Last Week: Recorded two tackles in the Ravens 33-27 win at Cleveland on Monday Night Football, advancing to 4-7 on the season.

Noteworthy: Entering his fifth NFL season, all with the Ravens who drafted Smith in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft…Has two interceptions on the season, including a 24-yard pick-six against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Week 1 where he also recorded a pass deflection and eight tackles…Has career totals of 186 tackles (162 solo), seven interceptions (103 return yards, one touchdown), 40 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and 41 starts in his five seasons with the Ravens…Was having his best season to date in 2014 until he injured his foot in Week 8 against Cincinnati which sidelined him the rest of the season…In the first half of the season, Smith posted 28 tackles, eight pass deflections and one interception…His 28 tackles ranked fourth on the team at that point...Finished the 2013 season with 58 tackles (49 solo), 15 pass deflections, and two interceptions, all of which marked career highs…In 2012, 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…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: New England dropped its first game of the season, falling to 10-1 after a 30-24 overtime loss at Denver.

Noteworthy: Entering his fifth NFL season, all with the Patriots who drafted Solder in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 Draft…On Oct. 14, the Patriots were forced to place Solder on injured reserve after he tore his bicep…Signed a two-year, $20.6 million extension this offseason…Solder has started all but two of his 66 career games with the Patriots…After clinching the No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 AFC playoffs, New England advanced to win Super Bowl XLIV defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24. Solder is the 35th former Buff to win a Super Bowl, and the first since classmate Jimmy Smith did so in 2011 with the Baltimore Ravens.,,Solder broke into the offensive statistical category with his first career reception (a 16-yard touchdown from Tom Brady) in the third quarter of the 2015 AFC Championship game vs. Indianapolis…In 2012, Solder took over the role of starting left tackle, replacing Matt Light who held the position for the previous 11 seasons before retiring…Solder protects the blind side of three-time Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady…In 2013, Solder started all 16 regular season games and both playoff games…As a rookie, made 16 starts (including three starts throughout the playoffs)… 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 player 10 selections later 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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