AT COLORADO: Career Notes—He had 34 career tackles on special teams (21 solo, 13 assists), fifth on CU’s all-time list; the 21 unassisted also tied him for fifth in that category. He racked up 88 career special team points, second all-time only to Ryan Sutter (who had 123 from 1994-97).
2011 (Sr.)—He played in 10 games (no starts), missing three games with a sprained knee, which he suffered in the California game (second game) but did try to give it a go the next week against CSU before he sat out. He saw mostly action on special teams, though on defense, he did get in for seven plays against Arizona. He finished third on the squad in special team points with 21, as he was in on seven tackles (five solo, two inside-the-20), nine knockdown blocks on return unit duty, and one forced fair catch, one first down field and one caused penalty. He entered the fall atop the depth chart at right cornerback, but nothing in the secondary was settled until fall camp. He had a solid spring, with 14 tackles (nine solo) in the three main scrimmages.
2010 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games (no starts), as he saw action specifically on special teams. He was presented with the Bill McCartney Award by the coaching staff, honoring special teams achievement over the course of the entire season. He led the team in special teams points with 40, as he racked up points in 11 different categories: he had 14 tackles, eight solo and four inside-the-20, nine knockdown blocks to help spring return men, five forced fair catches, four first down field credits that altered the path of the return man, a forced fumble, a recovery, a downed punt and a caused penalty. He also returned 14 kickoffs for 336 yards (24.0 per), including an 89-yard jaunt against Iowa State early in the second quarter that he returned to the Cyclone 9; the longest play of the season for Colorado, it set up a go-ahead touchdown two plays later and CU went on to win, 34-14. He was CU’s Special Teams Player of the Game against Georgia, when he had three big plays on the unit. He shifted inside to safety from corner during spring practice, when he had eight tackles in the three main scrimmages (with two third down stops and a pass deflection).
2009 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games on special teams (no starts; he did not get in on defense) and was one of the team’s best performers on several units. He finished the year second in special teams points with 28, on the strength of 13 tackles (eight solo, three inside-the-20), with four forced fair catches, three knockdown blocks, two wedge breaks, two firsts downfield (that altered returns) and a downed punt. One of the recipients of the team’s Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas. He switched to cornerback from offense (tailback) for spring drills. He had a productive spring at his new position, racking up 11 tackles (five solo, two on special teams) in the three main scrimmages.
2008 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in one game on special teams (West Virginia) and dressed for six others, while missing two due to illness. He had a solid spring, and led all players in the three main scrimmages with 148 yards rushing on 21 carries (7.1 per) with a touchdown despite seldom running behind the first-team offensive line.
2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he practiced at tailback the entire fall. He joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills.
HIGH SCHOOL—He was named the Boulder County Player of the Year by the Boulder Daily Camera as a senior, as he overcame an early knee injury to rush for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns on 222 carries (averaging 5.5 yards per attempt). He also earned honorable mention All-State (5A) honors and was a first-team All-Centennial League performer. One of Fairview’s captains, he was also the Knight’s offensive and overall team most valuable player. He added two more scores catching balls out of the backfield. As a junior, he rushed for 922 yards and 23 touchdowns, as he was FHS’ offensive and team MVP. Under coach Tom McCartney (and position coach Larry Runnels), Fairview was 6-4 his senior year, 6-4 his junior season and 6-5 his sophomore campaign. He also lettered four times in lacrosse (midfielder).
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies in December 2011.
PERSONAL—Born April 7, 1989 in Aspen, Colo. Hobbies include surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding and playing the harmonica and guitar. His mother (Melissa) is an artist; a life-long Buffalo fan, his family has had season tickets since he was in first grade and turned down some scholarship offers to attend CU as a walk-on.
STATISTICS—Kickoff Returns: 14-336, 24.0 avg., 0 TD, 89 long (2010). Special Team Tackles: 8,5—13 (2009); 8,6—14 (2010).