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David Bakhtiari
Green Bay Packers - #69 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: Defeated Detroit, 30-20, to clinch the NFC's No. 2 seed in the playoffs. 

Noteworthy: Entering his second year in the NFL after completing his rookie season with the Packers who drafted Bakhtiari in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Made his 32nd consecutive start in Week 17 against the Lions, having previously started every game of his rookie campaign…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).

Mason Crosby
Green Bay Packers - #2 Kicker
Last Week: Missed his only field goal attempt in the season finale against Detroit, a 30-20 victory. The Packers are the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. 

Noteworthy: Entering his eighth season in the NFL, all with the Packers, who selected Crosby in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2007 NFL DraftHas tallied 1,033 total points in his eight seasons thus far…Has made 27-of-33 field goal attempts during the 2014 season, with a long of 55…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: Defeated Tampa Bay 23-20 to finish the season 7-9. 

Noteworthy: In his fifth season in the NFL, all with New Orleans...Has played in 68 career games as the team's long snapper, including every game in the last three 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.

Brad Jones
Green Bay Packers - #59 Linebacker
Last Week: Defeated Detroit, 30-20, to clinch the NFC's No. 2 seed in the playoffs. 

Noteworthy: Entering his sixth NFL season, all with the Packers who drafted Jones in the seventh round (218th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft…Missed three of the first four games of the 2014 season with a quadricepts injury...Has recorded 18 total tackles on the season thus far...Finished last season with a career high 84 tackles including a season best 13 tackle game in Week 11…In 64 career games, has totals of 37 starts, 244 tackles (171 solo), 10 sacks, five pass deflections and a forced fumble…Ranked third on the team in total tackles last season with 98 tackles (73 solo)…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)…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
Last Week: The Raiders concluded the season with a 47-14 loss to Denver,finishing the year at 3-13.

Noteworthy: Kasa missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his left ACL during a practice in August and was then placed on the injured reserved August 26th. Oakland drafted Kasa in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. At CU, Kasa made the switch from defense to tight end late in his junior season. As a senior with the Buffs, Kasa started all 12 games, catching 25 passes for 291 yards with three touchdown receptions. 

 

 

Ryan Miller
San Diego Chargers - #73 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: San Diego concluded the season at 9-7 after falling to the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-7, in the season finale.  

Noteworthy:  Currently a member of the Chargers practice squad, competing at right tackle mainlySigned with San Diego in November of 2014…Miller was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft (160th pick overall) before joining the Broncos practice squad in December of 2013...At CU, earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp (third-team by the Associated Press), with Rivals.com selecting him to its postseason first-team All-Pac-12 team...Set the school record for the most career games started with 47.

Tyler Polumbus
Washington Redskins - #74 Offensive Tackle
Last Week: The Redskins fell to Dallas, 44-17, finishing the season at 4-12.

Noteworthy: Entering his seventh NFL season, and fourth with Washington…This is his third season as a starter after holding the job for the last 43 consecutive weeks…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 75 career games with 39 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: Recorded five receptions for 60 yards with a long of 32 in a 20-6 win vs. St. Louis to help Seattle finish the season at 12-4 and clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Noteworthy: Richardson was selected by Seattle with the team’s first pick in the 2014 Draft (No. 45 overall, 2nd round)…Now has 29 receptions for 271 yards on the season with one touchdown…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: Will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his foot, which he injured in a Week 8 loss at Cincinnati. 

Noteworthy: Entering his fourth NFL season, all with the Ravens who drafted Smith in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft…Has 28 tackles, eight pass deflections and an interception through the first seven weeks of the 2014 season…His 28 tackles rank fourth on the team...Finished last 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: After clinching the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC playoffs, New England dropped the last game of the regular season to Buffalo, 17-9.

Noteworthy: Entering his fourth 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 player 10 selections later…Solder has started in 58 of the 61 games he has played in with the Patriots…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)…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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