|Hometown:||Newport Beach, Calif.|
|High School:||Newport Harbor|
AT COLORADO: Career—He became just the fourth player in school history to have been the team’s snapper for four years, joining Chris O’Donnell (1988-91), Greg Pace (2002-05) and Justin Drescher (2006-09). He snapped the ball 428 times on special teams during his career (288 punt, 140 placement), with just one bad one that dated back to his freshman year as he was the consummate perfectionist at his profession. The 428 snaps were the second most in school history (Drescher holds the snap record with 466 between the two units). He had a school record 27 forced fair catches and his 18 career special team tackles were the most by a long snapper since the statistic was first tracked in the mid-1980s. His 60 career special team points were the ninth-most in school history.
2013 (Sr.)—He played in all 12 games, again handling snaps for all punts and placement kicks (field goals/points after touchdown), or 125 total between the two. He led the team with 20 special team points, compiling those on the strength of seven tackles (four solo), nine forced fair catches, tying the school record he set as a sophomore, two first downfield credits that altered returns, a downed punt and a fumble recovery. He was one of 53 players on the official watch list for the Bullsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top current or former walk-on. He won the Iron Buffalo Award for the specialists for spring conditioning in the weight room.
2012 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games, once again handling every single special teams snap, 115 in all (79 punt, 36 placement). He was fifth on the team in special team points with 17, almost half coming on his specialty, forcing eight fair catches as his speed allows him to be a factor downfield. He also had four first downfield credits, which altered the path of the punt returner, and three tackles (one solo). He also had one downed punt and a fumble recovery, the latter against Utah in the season finale. He was one of 50 players on the official watch list that came out late in the season for the Bullsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top current or former walk-on.
2011 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games and handled all the snaps on special teams, or 125 total (77 punt, 48 field goal/point after touchdown team). He finished fifth on the Buffs with 17 special teams points, leading the squad with a school record nine forced fair catches, along with five tackles (one inside-the-20), and two first downfield credits where he altered the path of the return man. The nine forced fair catches were the second-most in school history since the stat started being tracked in 2006 (Jalil Brown, a gunner on special teams, set the mark of 12 in 2008), and his five tackles matched the most by a snapper on special teams since those were maintained first in 1987; Chris O’Donnell had five that year.
2010 (Fr.)—He played in all 12 games, all as the long snapper on the punt unit on special teams. He handled all 63 snaps, only one of which was mishandled. He was not shy about getting downfield after the snap: he recorded three tackles (all solo), with one credit each for a downed punt, forced fair catch and a first downfield to alter the return path for a total of six special team points (tied for 15th on the team). He was one of just seven true freshmen to play for Colorado in 2010, and the only one of the seven who was a walk-on; he had joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills. In fact, he became just the sixth walk-on to play as a true freshman since 1986 at Colorado. He was placed on scholarship in December (starting for the spring semester) following the completion of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned first-team All-Sunset League honors as a senior, when he was Newport’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was a two-year starter at outside linebacker, racking up 82 tackles (46 solo) as a senior, when he also forced six fumbles, with two recoveries, to go with three passes broken up and a quarterback sack. He had 43 tackles as a junior (23 solo), with a force fumble, a recovery and a sack. He started his senior season at tight end, but was primarily used as a blocker; he caught six passes for about 60 yards. He earned three letters in all, as he also served as the team’s top long snapper his sophomore through senior seasons. Under coach Jeff Brinkley, NHHS was 6-4 his senior year, 8-4 his junior campaign and 7-4 his sophomore season.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in Communication from Colorado in December 2013. He was the recipient of Newport Harbor’s Scholar-Athlete award as both a junior and senior in high school.
PERSONAL—He was born February 24, 1992 in Newport Beach, Calif. His hobbies include fishing, golfing, bodysurfing and snowboarding. He grows his hair long and then donates it to Locks for Love for wigs for cancer patients.
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