AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)-He solidified his
hold on the starting spot at center with an excellent spring, and enters the
fall firmly entrenched atop the depth chart. He is one of 51 players on the official watch
list for the Rimington Award, which is presented to the nation's most
2011 (Soph.)-He saw action in all 13 games at
center, starting the last 10 after splitting time with Daniel Munyer to
open the season. He played 613 snaps
from scrimmage, grading out to 81.6 percent on the year (exactly 500 plus
plays); he had 14 great effort blocks, a team-high four direct touchdown
blocks, and allowed just one quarterback sack and only two pressures. His top game grade was 90.1 percent versus
Arizona, one of six games where he graded out at 80 percent or higher. He had entered the fall listed third at center,
but quickly ascended into co-first team status by the start of the season after
a great fall camp. He ended spring ball
at around 270 pounds, down 20 or so from the fall, but regained the weight by
midsummer and played around 290 during the season.
2010 (Fr.-RS)-Did not see any action, but
dressed for eight games (all six in Boulder, Colorado State in Denver and the
Oklahoma game in Norman).
2009 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced
the entire fall on the offensive line.
earned mention on Prep Star's
All-Midwest Region squad and was ranked the No. 29 player from the state of Illinois by Rivals.com,
coming in as the No. 7 offensive lineman on that list. ESPN ranked him as the No. 52 offensive
tackle in the country. Projected as a
center in college, lettered twice as an offensive tackle at Barrington High School
under coach Joe Sanchez. His senior season, he was named first-team All-State
by the Champaign News-Gazette and the
Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, second-team All-State by the
Chicago Tribune and All-Area by the Chicago Sun-Times. He also earned first-team All-Mid-Suburban
Conference honors and was named to the Great Northwest 2008 Football offensive
squad by the Pioneer Press. Barrington
compiled a 9-3 record his senior year and he played in and started every game
and also played every snap on offense.
He lists his most memorable games against Libertyville his senior season
won 21-14 to open the season and christen a new stadium. He was named the team's offensive player of
the week against Rolling Meadows
in the second game of his senior season, a 20-13 win. As a junior, started at offensive tackle for
the 5-4 Broncos and played every snap on offense. He earned the team's offensive player of the week
honor against Conant in a 28-6 victory his junior season. He also played on special teams on the
kickoff return unit and hands team both his junior and senior seasons and
occasionally saw action on the punt team, as well. Also an honorable mention all-area performer
in baseball, lettering four times; as a junior, he batted .330 and had 10 home
runs and 30 runs batted in playing first base, third base and outfield.
is majoring in History at Colorado. He
made the high school honor roll each of his eight semesters as a prep, when he
earned academic all-league honors in both football and baseball.
was born July 8, 1991 in Barrington,
Ill. Hobbies include producing and listening to
music, working out and collecting Jordans.
His father, Fritz, played both football (nose guard) and baseball (1B,
P) at Valparaiso. A younger brother, Sam, is a freshman wide
receiver at UCLA. His uncle, Kurt
Handler, played football at Ohio Northern and another uncle, Eric Handler,
played football at Gettysburg (Pa.) and is the vice president of communications
for the YES Network, which covers the New York Yankees and New Jersey
Nets. A cousin, Reid Handler, played
baseball (pitcher) at Meridian CC and Keystone College. One grandfather, Fred Handler, was the
baseball coach from 1958 through 1982 at St. Bonaventure, where he was also an
assistant basketball coach (1958-74); his other grandfather (mother's side)
played basketball at Carnegie Mellon.