|City/State:||Trabuco Canyon, Calif.|
|High School:||Mission Viejo|
AT COLORADO: 2011 (Sr.)—He was one of 11 FBS players named to the prestigious AFCA’s Good Works Team, honoring those players who were committed to and participated in extensive community service, and was also CU’s nomination for the Lowe’s Senior CLASSS Award. He moved from offense to cornerback early in the season to help shore up the depth in the secondary; in his first and only game at the position against Washington State, he had five tackles, four of the solo variety including a quarterback sack and a third down stop, in just 15 plays from scrimmage. He had four kickoff returns for 51 yards on the front end of the season before missing six games due to an old ankle injury that resurfaced; he did return to play the final two contests on special teams. He finished seventh on CU’s all-time kickoff return yards list with 968 and 102nd in rushing yards with 412; he had 1,448 all-purpose yards overall. He did not participate in spring practices, as he continued rehabilitation for an ankle injury suffered the in the fourth game of his junior year; he wasn’t yet ready for planting and cutting, key moves for a tailback/return man. The last time he took part in conditioning tests before his injury, he had 4.34 speed in the 40-yard dash.
2010 (Jr.)—He played in five games, including one start against Georgia; he suffered a muscle tear in an ankle in that game, and tried to give it a go the following week at Missouri but had season-ending surgery on Oct. 15. He still finished the year as CU’s second leading rusher with 146 yards on 35 carries (4.2 per), the bulk coming when he earned CU’s Male Athlete of the Week honor for his efforts in the 31-13 win over Hawai'i: he rushed 14 times for a career-high 109 yards and six first downs; he also returned two kickoffs for 44 yards. He caught two passes for 33 yards, the longest covering 35 yards against Georgia; he took that ball to the 1-yard line, where he scored his only touchdown of the season on the very next play (he had a career-high 16 carries against UGA, netting 36 yards against the stingy Bulldog defense). He also returned 10 kickoffs on the season, averaging 21.8 yards per with a long return of 39 yards, and had a first downfield credit on special teams coverage duty. Phil Steele’s College Football tabbed him as the fourth-team kick returner on its preseason All-Big 12 team. He was the recipient of the Dick Anderson Award, as selected by the coaches, for outstanding toughness during spring drills.
2009 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, with one start (at Kansas State). By the end of the year, he emerged as CU’s regular kickoff return man, with 30 runbacks for 699 yards, a 23.3 average (the 699 yards were the fifth-most for a single season in school history). He had one touchdown, a 98-yard effort at Oklahoma State; that tied for the ninth longest kickoff return (and the 14th longest play of any kind) in the CU record books. On offense, he rushed 12 times for 53 yards, and a touchdown (CU’s first score of the year, a 7-yard run against Colorado State); he caught three passes for 35 yards as well. He also tied for seventh in special teams points with 10, on the strength of four tackles (one solo, one inside-the-20), two forced fair catches, one wedge break, one first downfield to alter a return and one downed punt. One of the recipients of the team’s Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas. He also was presented with the Derek Singleton Award for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the running backs in the spring (recipients chosen on the basis of hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage lifted).
2008 (Soph.-RS)—Redshirted; he was second on the depth at tailback but then missed the last week of spring practice after being diagnosed with a sports hernia, which he likely suffered the previous fall. He had surgery in late April and though returned nearly to full health within weeks, he sat out the season. He was a co-recipient of the Offensive Scout Award, recognizing his contributions to practice, and was the scout team offensive player of the week on two occasions, for the Colorado State and Iowa State games. He also was a recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Award.
2007 (Fr.)—He saw action in nine games including the Independence Bowl (one start, at Kansas State), as he showed a small glimpse of what might be in store for the future. He was the third leading rusher on the team with 213 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry with one touchdown. He had CU’s two longest runs of the season, a 47-yard run that set up a touchdown at Iowa State, and a 43-yard scoot for a touchdown that closed the scoring against Miami-Ohio. He had his best games against those two schools, as versus Miami he rushed 14 times for 90 yards and the score (with another TD run of 56 yards called back due to a holding penalty), while netting 61 yards on five tries at Iowa State. He missed the Oklahoma game after suffering a concussion in practice the previous Tuesday; he wanted to play so badly, he hid the injury until seeking out the training staff two days later. He earned 10 first downs, earning three of them on third down in four attempts. The coaches selected him as the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the Colorado State game. In the bowl game against Alabama, he had two rushes for minus-8 yards, but caught one pass for 22 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL—A three-year letterman, he was named first-team All-CIF (Pac-5 Division), All-South Coast League and All-Orange County as a senior. He received team most valuable player honors as he rushed for 1,383 yards on just 151 carries (9.2 per) and 16 touchdowns. He also had four catches for 120 yards on the year; his numbers would have been greater but due to MVHS’ win margins (33-plus points), he saw little second half action in many games. As a junior, he was second-team All-League and was named the team MVP while accumulating 1,000 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. He was named the team’s best running back as a sophomore as he rushed for 1,220 yards and 12 scores. His top games as a senior include a 195-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win against Los Alamitas. Against Mater Dei, he rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown in a loss. In his sophomore season, he ran for 150 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 35-21 victory over De La Salle. Under head coach Bob Johnson, Mission Viejo went 9-3 his senior season, making it to the second round of the playoffs. In his junior year, his team went 12-1 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs, while his sophomore year, they were Division II Champions with a 9-0-1 mark. He also lettered three times in track and field, participating in sprints and relays, the high jump and the long jump. His 4x100 relay team broke the school record and was the No. 3 team in California his junior year.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business in December 2011; he secured a corporate sales position with Victaulic (mechanical pipe manufacturer) after graduation. He owned a 3.2 grade point average in high school.
PERSONAL—He was born January 31, 1989, in Lancaster, Calif. His hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, fishing, drawing and snowmobiling. As stated above, he was heavily involved in community service throughout his CU career, from volunteering in soup kitchens to playing piano for hospitalized patients. He taught himself to play the instruments starting as a 5-year old and writes and plays his own music; he can’t read music, though, but he “makes up my own songs based on feelings.” He would like to start his own business or get into commercial real estate after college. He started his own clothing line in Orange County with friends from school; the clothing line is called S.F.C. (Stay Fresh Crew). A CU teammate, Matt Bahr, was one of his key blockers during his prep days at Mission Viejo.
|Rushing||High Games||Receiving||High Games|
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Passing: 1-0-0, 0 (2007). Kickoff Returns: 30-699, 23.3 avg., 1 TD, 98 long (2009); 10-218, 21.8 avg., 0 TD, 39 long (2010); 4-51, 12.8 avg., 20 long. Special Team Tackles: 1,3—4 (2009); 1,0—1 (2011).