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#40 Justin Castor
Position: Place Kicker/Punter
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Golden, Colo.
High School: Arvada West
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: 2013 (Sr.)—He suffered a season-ending hip injury during camp and missed the season; he decided to forego his senior year (he qualified for a fifth) and graduate.  He made good on 27-of-28 placement kicks in the four spring scrimmages (20-of-21 from 20-29 yards, 7-of-7 from 30-39 yards).

2012 (Jr.)—He saw action in six games, all six at the front end of the season.  He had no placement tries, but kicked off 17 times, with 11 returned and six touchbacks (three of which sailed through the end zone); the average yardline his kicks were field at was the opponent 4.  The opponent started inside its 25 five times and inside its 20 four times and overall averaged starting at its 32.  He exhibited his strong leg in the spring, as evidenced by 60- and 58-yard field goals he drilled in scrimmage action.

2011 (Soph.)—He saw action in 10 games, basically handling most of the kickoff duties for the year; he was 1-of-1 on PAT kicks, the make coming against USC.  He kicked off 35 times on the year, seven going for touchbacks with 10 inside-the-25 and one inside-the-20 (five sailed through the end zone).  He added two tackles (one solo) covering his own kicks. He was the only player to attempt kicks in the three main spring scrimmages; in those scrums, he made good on both standard PAT kicks, with longer distance ones attempted after other scores that were logged in as field goal tries, of which he converted 15-of-26 tries.  He was 9-of-12 from 30-39 yards, 5-of-13 from 40-49 yards and made his only 50-plus yard kick (a 51-yard kick that closed the scoring in the spring game; he was 6-of-10 in the game).

2010 (Fr.)—It appeared he would redshirt, but was called on to try a field goal at Missouri after Aric Goodman, CU’s regular placekicker, missed wide left from 40 yards out; his attempt also was from 40 but was blocked.  He would play in two other games, at Kansas and against Iowa State, kicking off five times: all were returned, but two times the opponent was stopped inside their 20; the average starting yardline for the five kicks was the opponent 30.   He was one of just seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in the 2010 season.

HIGH SCHOOL—He earned All-Region honors from PrepStar and was ranked the No. 22 kicker in the country by both Rivals.com and Scout.com and the No. 43 kicker by ESPN.  Already inducted into Arvada West’s Hall of Fame, he was the Jefferson County 5A Athlete of the Year for all sports.  He started for four years as a kicker and also as a wide receiver and punter his senior season.  In his career, he hit 28-of-46 field goals with 10 from 40 yards or longer and two from 50-plus yards.  He was first-team All-Colorado and first-team All-State by the Denver Post and first-team All-5A Big 8 Conference as a senior when he helped coach Casey Coons and AWHS to an 11-2 record and 5A state semifinal appearance.  He hit 13-of-22 field goals his senior year, including connecting from 40 yards or longer five times.  He also connected on 45-of-47 extra points for 84 total points.  He punted 26 times for 1,130 yards, averaging 43.5 yards per punt with a long of 67 yards.  Seven of his 26 punts went for more than 50 yards and one went over 60 yards.  He also kicked off 64 times with 21 touchbacks.  He would have had more touchbacks, but the plan of attack was to put a lot of air under the ball and kick it as deep as possible in play for the kickoff coverage unit.  As a wide receiver, he led Arvada West in receiving with 30 catches for 607 yards and seven touchdowns.  He lists one of his best games as a senior against Pomona when he hit his only field goal attempt and caught six passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in a 31-14 win.  Against Regis, he hit two field goals longer than 40 yards in a 20-6 victory.  As a junior, earned first-team All-5A Big 8 Conference when he hit 9-of-15 field goals, including two over 50 yards and five for 40 yards or longer.  He connected on 35-of-36 extra points and had 62 kickoffs with 36 touchbacks.  He lists his top game that season when Arvada West upset Pomona 30-24 and he had two field goals, including his career-best from 53 yards and another one from 43 yards out.  As a sophomore, he connected on 3-of-5 field goals and 37-of-39 extra points while kicking off 59 times with 13 touchbacks.  As a freshman, he hit 38-of-40 extra points and 3-of-4 field goals.  He lettered in basketball, averaging 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a s junior.  He also lettered in track & field, earning All-5A Big 8 Conference honors as a junior, his first season participating in the sport when he also placed seventh in the state in the triple jump with a mark of 44-11½. He also participated in the long and high jumps and on the 4x100-meter relay team. 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Business (Finance), with a minor in Real Estate at Colorado.  He earned first-team Academic All-State four times in both football and basketball and twice in track & field.  He also earned four academic letters from Arvada West, which are given to students to attain a 3.67 or higher GPA for consecutive semesters.   

PERSONAL—He was born August 24, 1991 in Denver.  His hobbies include fishing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and just about every recreational sport.

  Scoring FG Breakdown
Season G EP-EPA FG-FGA 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+ Long PTS
2010 3 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0
2011 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1
2012 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1
Totals 19 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-Kickoffs: 5 Total, 5 Ret, 2 In20 (2010); 35 total, 24 Ret., 1 In20 (2011); 17 Total, 11 Ret, 4 In20 (2012). Special Team Tackles 1,1—2 (2011); 1,1—2 (2012). 
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