AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)-Enters
the fall atop the depth chart at the 'will' inside linebacker position. He had a solid spring, and recorded six
tackles and a quarterback sack in scrimmage action. He goes into his junior already eighth in
career special team points (60) and tackles (27).
2011 (Soph.)-He played in
all 13 games, including six starts, all at 'will' inside linebacker and was in
for 425 snaps from scrimmage. He had 54
total tackles, ninth-most on the team but at the end of a logjam that saw 10
tackles separate fourth through ninth; 35 of the stops were of the solo
variety. He had four tackles for loss, a
quarterback pressure and a forced fumble (the latter at UCLA). He had a career-high 10 tackles, all
unassisted, against Ohio State, with six at Hawai'i (three solo) and at
Washington (four solo). He again was one
of the top special teams players for the Buffs, leading the team by far in
special team points with 33 (eight more than the runner-up). He accumulated those on the strength of 12
tackles (three inside-the-20), 10 knockdown blocks, three forced fair catches,
two first downfield credits that altered returns, a wedge break and a recovered
blocked kick; he had a team season-high nine with nine points against Oregon
(four tackles, two inside-the-20, two forced fair catches and a knockdown). He had a monster hit/tackle on kickoff
coverage against USC's Robert Woods, so much so that it was selected as ESPN's
"Hit of the Week." He missed the last 10
spring practices after suffering a deep hip contusion on March 15.
2010 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action
in all 12 games, making one start (at Oklahoma); he was in all 12 on special
teams and in seven on defense. He played
124 snaps from scrimmage, recording 17 tackles, 12 of the solo variety with
three for losses including a half-sack against Texas Tech. He had three third down stops and two tackles
for zero, making five of his tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. He posted a season-high six tackles (five
solo) at Oklahoma, had three against Tech and two on two other occasions. He was one of CU's top special team
performers, finishing second in the special team points earned with 27: those
came on the strength of 15 tackles (10 solo, two inside-the-20), four knockdown
blocks, three forced fair catches, two first downfield first credits that
altered the path of the return man, and one caused penalty. The 15 special team tackles were the
fourth-most in a single-season since the school started tracking numbers in
1987. He progressed nicely during the
spring, when he had 13 tackles, a quarterback sack and two third down stops in
the three main scrimmages.
practiced at inside linebacker the entire fall.
He earned the Special Teams Scout Award for the season, as well as for
the Wyoming game.
HIGH SCHOOL-Widely considered the top linebacker prospect out
of Tennessee, he earned All-Southeast Region honors from PrepStar and All-Dixie Region honors from SuperPrep, which also ranked him as the No. 7 prospect out of
Tennessee and he was the top linebacker on the list. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 23 outside
linebacker in the nation, ESPN ranked him as the No. 58 outside linebacker and
Rivals.com listed him as the No. 63 outside linebacker and he was the top
linebacker from Tennessee on the Scout.com and Rivals.com lists and No. 2 on
ESPN's. He was a four-year letterman at
Whitehaven under coach Rodney Saulsberry and Whitehaven compiled a 31-13 mark
in his four years, including a 20-4 mark over the past two season when he
started as an outside linebacker. He
compiled over 300 tackles, 40 tackles for loss with six sacks, three
interceptions and a safety in his career.
As a senior leading Whitehaven to a 10-2 record and 5A Region 8
Championship, he was named first-team All-State by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association, first-team All-5A Region 8
by the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic
Association and first-team All-Shelby Metro Area by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
He was one of five players nominated for the Best of the Preps Defensive
Player of the Year by the Memphis
Commercial Appeal and earned Whitehaven's most valuable player and
defensive most valuable player awards.
The Tennessee Football Coaches Association also ranked him as the No. 1
linebacker prospect to watch in the state of Tennessee. He tallied 130 tackles as a senior, 25 for
losses including three quarterback sacks, along with three forced fumbles and
two recoveries. He had a safety in
Whitehaven's 9-0 win over Craigmont and led a defense that allowed just 178
yards per game on the season. He
recorded 17 tackles (11 solo) against Germantown as a senior, when he also
recorded 14 tackles in a 40-6 win over Wooddale. As a junior, he also helped Whitehaven to a
10-2 mark, second place finish in 5A Region 8 and the second round of the state
playoffs. He was named the 5A Region 8
defensive player of the year and also earned first-team All-5A Region 8 by the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association
and first-team All-Shelby Metro Area by the Memphis
Commercial Appeal. He recorded 115
tackles including 15 for losses (two sacks) and three interceptions as a
junior. He also played halfback in one
of Whitehaven's playoff games and had four rushes for 67 yards before having
his bell rung and thus ending his tenure on the offensive side of the ball out
of precaution. His top game his junior
year came against Germantown when he had 18 tackles and an interception in a
40-0 win. He had 10 tackles, two for a
loss and had an interception return for a touchdown in a 49-0 win over
Hamilton. As a sophomore, he recorded 40
tackles and had one sack. He saw action
on special teams throughout his high school career on the kickoff, kickoff
return, punt and punt return units. He
also trained in the spring with the track team (sprints) but didn't participate
in any meets.
ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado. He was a two-time spelling bee champion, once
in elementary school and once in middle school.
He was also active in the Distributive Educational Club of America
(DECA), an international association of high school and college students
studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance,
hospitality and marketing.
PERSONAL-He was born October 1, 1991, in Fort Riley,
Kan. His hobbies include music, rapping,
playing basketball and lifting weights; he also knows sign language. He is a
cousin of former San Francisco 49er great Roger Craig, who won three Super
Bowls and was the 1988 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. His uncle, Joe Lowery, played running back at
Jackson State and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1976 NFL Draft. Another cousin, Kenton Keith, is a member of
the Indianapolis Colts and played collegiately at New Mexico State. Another uncle, Kevin Scott, ran track
collegiately at Memphis. He has done
extensive community service with Bridge Builders, a program that seeks to
develop a group of future leaders who lay aside individual, social, economic
and cultural differences to work for the benefit of all. He has also volunteered for the Special
Olympics, working as a basketball coach.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 10,5—15 (2010); 5,7—12 (2011).