AT COLORADO: 2010 (Sr.)-He saw action in all 12 games on special teams, but never got in on defense. He finished fifth on the team in special team points with 15, on the strength of nine tackles (eight solo, one inside-the-20), three knockdown blocks, a touchdown save against Kansas State and a recovered onside kick at Kansas: the latter was a not recognized by the officials but video review clearly showed he recovered the kick (and CU received a call from the conference later in the week admitting official error). The eight solo tackles tied for the second most on CU's special teams. After spring ball, he requested a move to defense (safety) from wide receiver for his senior year; he opened the spring practicing at free safety. He had caught just one pass in the three main spring scrimmages, and with the influx of new receivers, figured his best chance to play would be on the defensive side of the ball.
2009 (Jr.)-He saw action in six games, all on the special teams, where he earned three special team points with a solo tackle, a forced fair catch and a caused penalty.
2008 (Soph.)-He didn't see any action the first six games of the year, but then worked his way into special teams action for the next five games, playing enough to letter. He fully recovered from a broken leg in time to participate in spring drills, and he caught two passes (for 11 yards) in the three main spring scrimmages.
2007 (Fr.-RS)-He suffered a broken fibula in the first practice of fall camp (Aug. 6); the injury required surgery and he missed the entire season.
2006 (Fr.)-Redshirted; he joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills and practiced the entire fall at wide receiver.
HIGH SCHOOL-A three-sport All-State athlete at Haxtun, he lettered three times in football, earning All-State and All-Lower Platte League honors as a junior and senior. The team MVP as a senior running back and cornerback, he rushed for 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground and caught 18 passes for 350 yards and five scores through the air. At corner, he racked up 71 tackles and grabbed nine interceptions. As a junior, as the team's Offensive Player of the Year, he rushed for 2,000 yards with 26 touchdowns and had 26 receptions for 275 yards. He also posted 82 tackles and six interceptions on defense. Haxtun was 10-2 his senior season, finishing as the state runner-up, 11-1 and state 1-A champions his junior campaign, and 6-4 his sophomore year under coach Dave Shafer. He also lettered three times in basketball (guard), as he listed his top prep accomplishment as being a starter on the 2004-05 Haxtun state champion football and basketball teams. He also lettered four times in baseball (pitcher, shortstop), as he tied the school home run record with eight as a senior, when he owned a .567 batting average. On the mound, he had 17 strikeouts in one game and finished the season as a first-team All-State performer as a pitcher (he was All-Conference as a sophomore and junior, as well as an honorable mention All-State choice as a junior). He also holds the Haxtun High School vertical jump record of 32 inches for his weight class (175-200).
ACADEMICS-He is pursuing a double major in Business and Economics at Colorado, and is on schedule to graduate in May 2011.
PERSONAL-Born January 19, 1988 in Haxtun, Colo. His hobbies include most sports and snowboarding, and he has spent a lot of time working on his family farm and ranch in the summers. A brother, Brandon, played baseball at Metro State.
STATISTICS-Special Team Tackles: 1.0--1 (2009); 8,1--9 (2010).