COLORADO: Career Notes-He enters his junior season already ranked 21st in
career receiving yards (1,069), 25th in career receptions (73) and tied for
ninth in touchdown receptions (11) at Colorado.
His 11 touchdowns have covered 371 yards, or 33.7 per score. He has six career plays over 50 yards, all
receptions and five for touchdowns (62t, 60t, 55, 50t in 2010; 78t, 66t in
Season (Jr.)-He suffered a torn ACL in the final week of spring practice (April 9)
and underwent surgery on April 16; it was first thought that he would miss the
2012 season for certain, but he's healing quicker than most and there is a
slight chance he can return at some point during the year. A determination won't be known until after
the season is underway and many circumstances will be considered.
(Soph.)-He earned honorable mention sophomore All-American honors from
collegefootballnews.com; he made Phil Steele's Mid-Season All-Pac 12
third-team, but a knee injury suffered in practice (Oct. 5) caused him to miss
four games during the middle portion of the year derailed him from completing a
breakout season. He was one of 95
players on the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, as he was added
three weeks into the season. He played
in nine games (all starts), and despite missing four games and the better part
of a fifth, he was third on the team in both receptions (39) and yards (555),
while being second in touchdown catches (5).
He had six catches of 20 yards or longer, 20 of 10 or more, and earned
27 first downs (26 receiving, 1 rushing and nine on third/fourth down plays out
of 14 receptions). He also ran two
reverses for 24 yards and had a punt return for four yards. He earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week
honors (along with CU Athlete of the Week and the Colorado NFF Chapter overall
honor) for his record-setting game against California. He set a school record for the most receiving
yards in a game with 284, doing so on 11 receptions, which tied CU's
single-game mark. Two of the catches
went for touchdowns, the pair covering 78 and 66 yards, and with 13 other yards
(nine rushing, four punt return), he had 297 all-purpose yards, the eighth-most
for a single game at Colorado. The 284
yards were the second-most in the NCAA for the season, topped only by Houston's
Patrick Edwards, who had 318 against Rice.
He earned 10 first downs in the game, a good chunk of the 27 he earned
on the season. He had two receiving
touchdowns in the third quarter at Hawai'i in the season opener, which tied
CU's record for the most in a single quarter (it also matched the most for a
half, which he also did in the Cal game).
The coaches selected him as the Hale Irwin Award winner following spring
practice, the honor going to the top sophomore-to-be.
2010 (Fr.)-He earned
second-team Freshman All-American honors from collegefootballnews.com and
garnered third-team honors from Phil Steele's College Football. In the coaches voting for the Big 12 Offensive
Freshman of the Year, he received a few votes to earn honorable mention honors
in that category. He was named CU's Co-Male Freshman
Athlete of the Year Award for all sports (sharing with basketball's Andre
Roberson at the school's annual CUSPY's to end the school year), after having
won the team's Lee Willard Award as the most outstanding freshman. He
also earned second-team All-Colorado honors from the state's chapter of the
National Football Foundation. In playing
in all 12 games (four starts), he finished
third on the team in receptions with 34 as a true freshman in 2010, but was
second in both yards (514) and touchdowns (6) in averaging a team-best 15.1
yards per catch. He had a hand in four
of CU's top seven longest plays of the season (three of the top five), all passes
caught from Cody Hawkins that covered 62, 60, 55 and 50 yards. He set CU freshman single-game records for
the most catches (11) and yards (141) at Kansas, also tying the overall mark
for most receptions, and established the mark for frosh single-season yardage
and TDs. He posted two of the five
all-time 100-yard games by Buff freshmen (the other was 121 versus Iowa State). He had first tied the record for freshman
receiving touchdowns with two against Texas Tech, when he caught four passes
for 79 yards; he was CU's Male Athlete of the Week for both that game and the
Kansas contest. One of just seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs
in 2010, he joined the team on the second day of practices as a scholarship
receiver after originally signing with UCLA.
HIGH SCHOOL-As a senior, he earned Prep Star and SuperPrep All-America honors, the latter of which ranked him as the
No. 26 receiver in the nation and No. 20 player in the Far West region, while
Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 141 national prospect (the No. 22 receiver
overall) and the No. 20 player in California.
Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 44 player in the state and the No. 38
receiver nationally, with ESPN.com ranking him as the No. 66 receiver in the country. He was a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, and received votes but fell just
shy of honorable mention on the Long
Beach Press-Telegram's Best-In-West squad. He caught 31 passes for 552 yards and seven
touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards per catch, with a pair of 100-yard games (3
catches for 128 yards, 2 TDs vs. St. Bernard and 3-100, 2 TDs versus
Carson). Del Ray was 15-0 his senior
season under coach Scott Altenberg, claiming state, CIF Southern Section and
Del Ray League titles; he caught a TD pass in his team's 24-17 title game win. As a junior at Los Alamitos, he caught 48
passes for 809 yards, 16.9 per, with 13 touchdowns and four 100-yard
games. Top games that year came in wins
against Marina (4 catches for 156 yards and 3 TDs) and versus Narbonne (4-124,
4 TDs). His sophomore year, he pulled
down 31 receptions for 587 yards, 18.9 per, and eight touchdowns. He had his prep-best yardage game as a soph,
with six receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown in a 13-9 win over Edison. Los Alamitos was 8-3 his junior season and
7-3 as a sophomore under coach John Barnes.
Overall in his prep career, he caught 110 passes for 1,948 yards (17.7),
with 28 touchdowns and eight 100-yard games.
Also played some defensive back sporadically as a prep, with seven pass
deflections, two forced fumbles and two recoveries over three seasons. He also lettered in basketball (point guard)
and in track (sprints and relays); he had careers bests of 10.62 in the
100-meters, 21.0 in the 200 and 40.66 on the first leg of the 4x400.
ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado.
PERSONAL-He was born April 13, 1992 in Los Angeles. His hobbies include movies and spending time
with friends and family, particularly his 13-year old twin brothers. His family moved from Los Alamitos to Gardena
prior to his senior year in high school.
|ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-Rushing: 6-7, 1.2 avg., 0 TD, 8 long (2010); 2-24, 12.0 avg., 0 TD, 15 long (2011). Punt Returns 1-4, 4.0 avg. (2011).