AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)—He had a good spring and at one point had risen to the top of the depth chart at corner, but he is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles heel in May and then reinjuring in July.
2012 (Soph.)—He saw action in 11 games (no starts), including four on defense; he was in for 13 plays from scrimmage but did not record any tackles. However, he led the Buffaloes in special team points with 22, on the strength of eight tackles (all solo, with two inside-the-20), five knockdown blocks, three forced fair catches, two downed punts and two first downfield credits (that altered the path of the return). He had a high of eight points against Stanford, when he had three tackles, one inside-the-20, a knockdown block, a forced fair catch, a downed punt and a first downfield point. He had entered the fall listed first at right cornerback, but the competition continued into August.
2011 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in seven games, including one start, which came at left cornerback on the road at Arizona State. He was in for 140 snaps from scrimmage, posting 11 tackles for the season (six solo, two for losses including a quarterback sack) with two third down stops and a fumble recovery. He saw the bulk of his action in two games, playing 54 snaps against Oregon and 57 at Arizona State; he had a career-high five tackles (two solo with a sack) versus the Ducks, and he had two stops against the Sun Devils, but more importantly recovered a fumble and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown. He had two special team points, one on an unassisted tackle and the other on a touchdown save. He had four tackles, two solo, and a third down stop in the three main scrimmages. He missed one game (Stanford) while fulfilling requirements to be reinstated to the team after being suspended for not adhering to obligations to be an active member of the program.
2010 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced in the defensive backfield and was on the scout team. A member of the 2009 recruiting class, he was grayshirted and enrolled in January, and thus was still a true freshman. He participated in spring drills and practiced in the defensive backfield, mostly at corner. He had 12 tackles (nine solo, two for losses with a sack) and two third down stops in the three main spring scrimmages.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as a senior, ranked as the No. 139 player in the region (west coast plus Hawai’i). Scout.com ranked him as the No. 95 quarterback in the nation. He was the most valuable player of the Marine League, with 3,340 yards of total offense in accounting for 33 touchdowns, and earned MVP honors in the state championship game (a 21-21 tie with San Pedro). He was first-team All-Area at quarterback and a team captain as a senior, and as a junior, he was the first-team All-Area all-purpose performer and was the offensive player of the year in the league. He set the Narbonne record for the most starts by a quarterback, as he started all 38 games from his sophomore through senior seasons (compiling a 29-8-1 record). As a senior, he completed 189-of-285 passes for 2,734 yards and 26 touchdowns, completing 66.3 percent of his passes while throwing just six interceptions. He was dual threat, rushing 85 times for 609 yards and seven scores, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. As a junior, he completed 145-of-217 passes for 2,115 yards and 20 scores, owning a completion percentage of 66.8 with just six picked off. He rushed 60 times for 527 yards (8.8 per) and five scores. He was 81-of-155 for 923 yards as a sophomore, with seven touchdowns and three interceptions, while rushing for 508 yards on 79 ties and nine scores. Prep totals were impressive, as he passed for 5,772 yards, completed 63.2 percent of his passes and owned a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 53-15. He rushed for 1,644 career yards with 21 touchdowns. He punted on occasion in high school, but did not play any defense. Top games his senior year included a 55-0 win over Gardena when he completed 14-of-19 throws for 274 yards and four touchdowns (with another 41 yards rushing); a 45-35 playoff win over Birmingham, when he was 13-of-19 for 179 yards with 96 yards rushing; and 56-34 win over Westchester, when he passed for 295 yards and touchdown with another 59 rushing yards and two TDs. In a 41-28 loss to Los Alamitos, he was 15-of-20 passing (176 yards, 2 TD) and dazzled on the ground with 75 yards and score on just seven carries. As a junior in a 47-39 win over Mira Costa, he completed 10-of-16 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 11 times for 184 yards (16.7 per carry) and another two scores. And in a 65-7 win over Los Angeles Marshall, he had 430 yards of total offense, completing 13-of-17 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns while rushing three times for 75 yards. Under coach Manuel Douglas, Narbonne was 12-1-1 his senior season, Marine League champions and city co-champs of Los Angeles as it fought to a 21-21 tie in the title game against San Pedro (city rules forbid overtime in championship games). NHS was also 10-2 his junior season, league runner-ups, and 7-5 his sophomore year. He also lettered four times in track, participating in sprints and relays; he owns a prep best of 48.9 in the 400-meter dash.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Ethnic Studies at Colorado.
PERSONAL—He was born November 23, 1991 in Torrance, Calif. His hobbies include working out, taking in scenery and volunteering his time helping out at community fundraisers; he is also an avid reader. Father (Sherman) played strong safety at Arizona State. His full first name is Joshua, with his nickname “Mo-Mo.” (Last name is pronounced Moat-un.)
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ADDITIONAL STATISTCS-Fumble Returns: 1-16, 1 TD (2011).