AT COLORADO: Career Notes—He finished 30th all-time in receptions (64, the seventh-most by a tight end), with his 723 receiving yards the 37th most in school annals (also the seventh most by a tight end.).
2011 (Sr.)—He started all 13 games at tight end, finishing fifth on the team in receptions (24) and fourth in receiving yards (322), averaging 13.4 yards per catch; half of his catches went for 10 or more yards (seven 20-plus), with 14 earning first downs. He had one touchdown catch, a 37-yard effort against California also being the longest play of his career. He caught at least one pass in 12 games, hauling in three five times. He had career-best 71 at Ohio State (three grabs), with 53 yards also on three catches against Cal. On third/fourth downs, he caught six passes for 120 yards (20.0 avg.), four earning first downs including his touchdown. Phil Steele’s College Football and College Sports Madness named him to their third-team preseason Pac-12 units.
2010 (Jr.)—He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 team honors from the league coaches (he was a third-team choice by Phil Steele’s College Football); the state’s chapter of the NFF/College Hall of Fame selected him second-team All-Colorado. He was one of 32 players on the official watch list for the John Mackey Award, but did not advance to the semifinalist stage. He played in all 12 games with seven starts; he was first on the depth chart, the non-starts were due to opening play formations. He was fifth on the team in both receptions (25) and receiving yards (249), as the tight end position didn’t figure as much into the offense as it had in past years other than for blocking roles. He had one touchdown catch, a 9-yard pass from Cody Hawkins versus Iowa State, and 13 of his receptions went for 10 yards or longer (with 13 also earning first downs). He caught 11 of his passes on first down (for 100 yards); he did not have a reception in the season opener or finale, but had at least one in the 10 games in-between. His top game was against Baylor (seven receptions for 70 yards), followed by California (4-51) and Hawai’i (3-32) and Kansas (3-24). He also had four knockdown blocks on special teams unit duty. He was a preseason second-team All-Big 12 Conference selection by Phil Steele’s College Football, which ranked him as the No. 26 tight end in the nation.
2009 (Soph.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including five starts, often used in blocking situations in a two-tight end formation; seniors Riar Geer and Patrick Devenny were the tight ends thrown to the most (49 combined catches). He caught 10 balls for 91 yards, with a long of gain of 34 at Toledo. He caught three passes in two games, in the opener against Colorado State (for 20 yards) and at Kansas State (for 18); his other multiple catch game was against Nebraska (2-14). Five of his catches picked up first downs, despite the fact that just one covered 10 or more yards. 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.
2008 (Fr.)—He played in all 12 games, including making six starts. He caught five passes for 61 yards (12.2 per) on the season, with one touchdown which came in the Eastern Washington game (a clutch 1-yard grab on third down). He caught two balls for 31 yards against Texas and one for 22 at Nebraska. The coaches selected him for a Gold Group Commitment Award for his actions and demeanor throughout the season.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, when he also was named All-Midland by SuperPrep, third-team All-State and first-team All-CIF, All-North County and All-Conference. SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 57 player in the region and the fourth tight end. Rivals.com penned him in as the 30th best player in California and the No. 9 tight end in the nation, while Scout.com had him the No. 41 player in the state and the 33rd ranked tight end across the land. A three-year letterman in football and team captain as a senior, he made 19 receptions for 300 yards and five touchdowns at the tight end position in a year when he was asked to showcase more of his blocking skills (and was rewarded as he earned the All-North County honor as an offensive lineman). Defensively, he played outside linebacker, posting 30 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. As a junior, he was named second-team All-State, first-team All-Conference and first-team All-CIF at tight end, as he made 51 catches for 828 yards and five touchdowns; he was in on 10 tackles in limited action at linebacker. As a sophomore, he played tight end and had seven catches for 170 yards. His top games as a senior included a 21-7 win over Rancho Buena Vista in the CIF Championship game; he did not make a statistical impact on offense, as Poway ran 46 running plays to just 13 passing plays, but he blocked well and had three tackles and a half sack, helping his team capture the title. In a 35-15 win over Rancho, he had four catches for 64 yards. As a junior, he recorded four catches for 70 yards in a 7-3 win over La Costa Canyon in the CIF semifinals. Under head coach Damien Gonzalez, Poway went 12-0 his senior season, capturing the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship. PHS was 8-5 his junior year, losing to Carlsbad in the CIF Finals, and was 6-6 his sophomore season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. He also participated in baseball in his freshman and sophomore seasons, and in track his final two years.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Communication at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in May 2012.
PERSONAL—Born February 25, 1990 in Poway, Calif. Hobbies include playing sports and video games. Father (Tim) played football at Manhattan (N.Y.). His family lost their home in Poway in October 2007 to the Witch Creek Fire, one of several massive wildfires spurred by the Santa Ana winds that devastated Southern California. They were able to move many possessions to his father’s office ahead of the blaze.