AT COLORADO: 2013 (Sr.)—He played in all 12 games, including seven starts as CU was often in a two-tight end formation. He caught nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown on the season, compiled much of those numbers in the season finale at Utah when he caught four balls for 61 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown reception. Six of his nine catches earned first downs. He tied for fourth in special team points with 15, as he had one tackle and 14 knockdown blocks on returns. He also played all 56 snaps on the FG/PAT unit on special teams. He once again earned a scholarship for his final year at CU, as the new coaching staff saw fit to renew it just prior to August camp.
2012 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 12 games (no starts), on offense as well as special teams. He had one reception on the year, a big one: thrown by Connor Wood, it covered 71 yards at Arizona for a touchdown: it was the fifth longest play by a receiver making his first career catch at Colorado (four of the five scored TDs). He also fielded one kickoff, a short pooch kick he returned seven yards. He earned five special team points on the strength of four tackles (one solo, one inside-the-20) and four knockdown blocks. He was placed on scholarship for the season the first day of August camp, the coaching staff rewarding him for his hard work on the field and in the weight room and taking care of business off the field. He caught one pass for 19 yards in spring scrimmage action.
2011 (Soph.)—He saw action in three games (CSU, Washington State, Oregon), but did not have any receptions. He was down about 15 pounds from the weight he played at as a redshirt frosh.
2010 (Fr.-RS)—He played in 11 games, including one start at Missouri; he did not get into the Nebraska game. Used primarily in a blocking role, he did not record any offensive statistics. One week into fall practice, he was shifted from offensive line into the tight end/H-back role, with the intent to shore up CU’s rushing game in short yardage and goal line situations (he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in such a situation in the fall’s first major scrimmage). Before switching positions, he was the second fastest offensive lineman on the team in the spring with 4.90 speed in the 40-yard dash.
2009 (Fr.)—Redshirted; at first projected as a defensive lineman entering college, he moved over to the offensive line and practiced there most of the fall. He joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills.
HIGH SCHOOL—He lettered twice in football at Legacy High School as an offensive tackle under coach Wayne Voorhees. He rotated with the offensive line his junior season and then started all 11 games as a senior when Legacy compiled a 9-2 record and he gave up just two sacks on the entire season. Legacy was 18-5 in his two years there. He moved to Broomfield, Colo. from San Diego, where he attended La Jolla High School his freshman and sophomore years. At La Jolla, he played football both years but did not letter and he also played baseball for two seasons and basketball one season. He participated in the track and field team at Legacy as a junior and senior, competing in the shot put. At the Colorado 5A Region 2 track meet he recorded a personal best throw of 40-10½, good for 12th place.
ACADEMICS—He is graduated with a degree in Sociology from Colorado in December 2013.
PERSONAL—Born March 12, 1990 in Stockton, Calif. His hobbies include snowboarding and golf and his favorite musician is Jack Johnson. His father, Keith, also played football at Colorado but did not letter, though an uncle, Charlie Fernandez, did, lettering at offensive guard in 1974. He chose to attend Colorado because of the academics, the football program and the town. He was a high school classmate of one-time fellow Buff Nick Kasa.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Kickoff Returns: 1-7, 7.0 avg., 7 long (2012). Special Team Tackles: 1,3—4 (2012); 1,0—1 (2013).