AT COLORADO: 2012 (Sr.)—He started all 12 games (12 of the 13 games in his career as a tight end), yet he was one of only 26 on the official midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award (he did not advance to the semifinalist stage). He was invited to play in both the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games in the postseason, but only played in the latter (catching one pass for 8 yards). While still learning all the nuances of the position, he caught 25 passes for 391 yards for a team-best 15.6 per, seldom a stat that is led by a tight end, with three touchdown receptions (just the 21st time a CU tight end has caught three or more touchdown passes in a season). He was fourth on the team in receptions and third in yards, while having a team-best eight receptions of 20 yards or longer and earned 16 first downs, seven on third or fourth downs (16 of his 25 catches went for 10 or more yards). His 70-yard catch and run for a score at Washington State helped ignite CU’s comeback 35-34 victory, and went on to have TD receptions the next two games against UCLA and Arizona State; in doing so, he was just the fourth CU tight end to score touchdowns in three straight games. He caught a career-high five passes (for 51 yards) in the season finale against Utah, with his 87 yards at WSU (three catches) his yardage best. He moved to tight end eight games into the 2011 season (played in one game there, the finale at Utah), and despite this being his first full-time season at the position, he earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors. He also earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation and shared the John Mack Award with tackle David Bakhtiari as the team’s most outstanding players on offense. On special teams, he had 12 points on the strength of five first downfield credits (altering paths of return men), four knockdown blocks and three forced fair catches. He exhibited some speed (in the 4.55 range) and the ability to break away from the linebackers, going back to his roots in high school as a sprinter.
2011 (Jr.)—He appeared in 11 games (no starts), switching sides of the ball from defensive end to tight end late in the season; he moved over eight games into the year, practicing at tight end and appearing in a game on offense for the first time in the season finale at Utah, where he caught one pass for eight yards. He had seen action for 132 plays on defense in those eight games, recording seven tackles (five solo), two third down stops, a tackle for zero and a touchdown save (his two solo stops against Oregon include the pair of third down stops and the tackle for zero gain). He added two knockdown blocks on kickoff return unit duty on special teams. He missed the last three-fourths of spring ball after he went down with a severely sprained knee in the fourth practice session.
2010 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, including one start (versus Texas Tech), and saw action for 286 snaps from scrimmage. He was in on 18 tackles for the year, 12 solo and two for losses, including one quarterback sack, and two tackles for zero. He had a career-high four tackles (three solo) at Oklahoma, with three against Missouri; he had two in four other games. He registered his first career sack and third down stop on the same play against Iowa State (a 9-yard loss). He was the recipient of the Dan Stavely Award for being the most improved defensive lineman during spring drills as selected by the coaches. In the spring, he was the second fastest defensive lineman on the team with 4.67 speed in the 40-yard dash.
2009 (Fr.)—He suffered a knee injury in the first fall scrimmage (August 13), but it did not require surgery. He did miss the first three games of the season, but returned to play in the next four (West Virginia, Texas, Kansas, Kansas State), but was then sidelined for the final five due to mononucleosis. Despite the unique set of circumstances, because he played four games in the middle of the season, NCAA rules state that he would not qualify for a medical redshirt. He saw action for 47 snaps in the four games, recording two solo tackles (one each at West Virginia and Texas), with the one against the Longhorns for a 3-yard loss. Prior to the knee injury, the coaches felt that he would have competed for a starting job.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned All-American honors from PrepStar and SuperPrep as a senior, when he was a U.S. Army All-American and played in the all-star game in San Antonio. EA Sports selected him to its All-America second-team. SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 5 player overall from the Midlands region and the top player from Colorado, also placing him No. 41 on its Elite 50 list. He made the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best-In-The-West team (the second of four defensive ends). The Orange County Register named him to its “Fab 15” second-team. One of 14 defensive linemen named to the prestigious Tacoma News-Tribune’s Western 100 list.Rivals.com slotted him in as the No. 42 player overall in the nation, classified him as the best defensive end against the run, ranked him third on the list of strong-side defensive ends and the No. 5 defensive end nationally; Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 4 defensive end in the USA. The Sporting News ranked him No. 68 (the eighth DE) on its 2009 Top 100 List. He earned All-Colorado and All-State (5A) honors from both the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post as a junior and senior, with both papers selecting him as the state’s defensive player of the year for 2008. He was also a three-time, first-team All-Front Range League performer his sophomore through senior years. He went straight to the varsity team upon entering high school, and would conclude his Legacy career as the Lightning’s all-time leader in both tackles for loss (46) and quarterback sacks (31½) and as the second-leading tackler (207, which included the third most solo tackles, 130). He also set the marks for season (10) and single-game (3) sacks. A four-year starter at defensive end, as a senior he was in on 59 tackles (40 solo, 13 for losses including 10 sacks) and had one fumble recovery. He also started at offensive tackle on offense, where he did not allow a sack and did not receive a penalty while averaging three pancake blocks per game. He made 63 tackles as a junior (42 solo, 14 for losses with 8½ sacks), chased down Montbello’s punter for a 22-yard loss and a safety, had an interception and a fumble recovery; on offense, he was a “powerback” (fullback), primarily used in blocking situations; while he did not get to carry the ball, he did catch a 2-point conversion pass. He had 59 stops as a sophomore (33 solo, 16 for losses, 9½ sacks) and recovered one fumble, and as a freshman, he had 17 tackles (11 solo, 3 sacks). The school didn’t keep track, but he had numerous quarterback hurries, forced fumbles and passes broken up. He was also the school’s backup punter all four years, but was never called upon to punt in a game. Top games as a senior included a 6-0 win over Greeley West, when he was in on 11 tackles (eight solo), four for losses including three sacks, and a 21-14 win at Poudre, another 11-tackle game (six solo) and a sack. As a junior, top contests came in a 19-6 win versus Fort Collins (seven tackles, two sacks and an interception) and in a 38-21 win over Rocky Mountain (five tackles, all solo, with three sacks). Under coach Wayne Voorhees, Legacy was 31-13 in his four seasons (9-2 his senior year, 9-3 as a junior, 7-3 as a sophomore and 6-5 as a freshman). He also lettered four times in track, and despite his size, was a sprinter (career bests of 11.1 in the 100-meter dash and 23.7 in the 200). He also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore but did not letter.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Communication at Colorado (scheduled to graduate in May 2013).
PERSONAL—He was born November 5, 1990 in Rochester, N.Y. Hobbies include snowboarding, swimming, playing Xbox and hanging out with friends. Father (Larry) played tackle and linebacker at the University of New Haven. (Last name is pronounced Cah-suh.)
|2009||4||47||2||0||2||1- 3||0- 0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||12||286||12||6||18||2- 10||1- 9||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Totals||24||465||19||8||27||3- 13||1- 9||3||0||0||0||0||0|