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AT COLORADO: Career Note—He finished his career with 236 tackles (140 solo), ranking 41st on CU’s all-time tackle list.
2011 (Sr.)—He saw action in nine games (all starts), but suffered a high ankle sprain after playing just nine snaps against Oregon, and would miss the next four games. He worked hard to get back and returned for the win at Utah in the season finale, going out on a high note with a career-high 17 tackles (11 of which were solo). He was second on the team in tackles at the time of his injury, and because of his output in the finale, still tied for second at season’s end with 80 (with 49 solo stops, third-most). He also had one tackle for loss, one pass broken up, one tackle for zero and two third down stops. He had 10 or more tackles on five occasions, also racking up 15 at Ohio State, 14 at Stanford and 10 each against Colorado State and Washington State. He missed spring practice as he completed rehabilitation following surgery to repair a torn ACL he injured midway in his junior year.
2010 (Jr.)—He started the first five games of the season until he suffered a torn ACL at Missouri; he had season-ending surgery on October 22. At the time he went down, he was leading the team in tackles with 38 (7.6 per game), a figure that was 10th on the team by season’s end, despite playing just 296 snaps from scrimmage. He also had three third down stops, two passes broken up, two touchdowns saves, an interception, a tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and one tackle for zero. He had a season-high 11 tackles at California (six solo), after posting nine in the opener against Colorado State (four solo); he also made his interception against the Rams at the start of the fourth quarter. He earned honorable mention Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honors for his efforts in CU’s 31-13 win over Hawai’i, when he had seven tackles (five solo), a pass broken up and a fumble recovery, the latter coming at the Buffs’ 2-yard line that squelched a UH scoring threat on the first possession of the game. On special teams duty, he earned six points on the strength of four forced fair catches on punts, a solo tackle and a knockdown block. The coaches presented him with the Eddie Crowder Leadership Award at the team’s postseason banquet. In the spring, he was the co-recipient of the same award, also selected by the coaches, for outstanding leadership during the spring. His 37-inch vertical leap was second-best on the team in spring conditioning tests.
2009 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, including nine starts, all at free safety, and was a key special teams performer as well. He was in for 552 plays from scrimmage, racking up the third-most tackles on the team with 78; 48 of those were solo stops, including two tackles for zero and a quarterback sack. He had six third down stops, three passes broken up, a forced fumble and touchdown save. He had two interceptions on the year, as he picked off throws against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State; the theft against A&M ended the Aggies last possession of the game with 1:31 to play and the Buffs nursing a 35-34 lead. He was third on the team in special team points with 25: he was in on 15 tackles (13 solo, one inside-the-20), with four knockdown blocks, three forced fair catches, a fumble recovery and a first downfield to alter a return. Top games included a season-high 14 tackles (10 solo) and a forced fumble at Iowa State; 10 tackles, four solo with the interception at Oklahoma State; nine tackles (five solo) with the pick versus A&M; and nine tackles, five solo at Texas. Overall, he had seven or more tackles in eight games. He was a recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Award, selected by the CU coaches, which recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas.
2008 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in all 12 games, including 11 on defense and four starts, as he took over the free safety spot the last two games of the season when D.J. Dykes was ill. He played 314 snaps from scrimmage, 150 of those in the final two games against Oklahoma State and Nebraska. He was in on 40 tackles (21 solo), with two third down stops and a forced fumble. He posted a season-high 11 tackles (five solo) against West Virginia in his first career start, and came back with five and the fumble force the next week against Florida State in his second straight start. He had seven tackles (five solo) in the OSU game, and wrapped the year with nine stops (five solo) in Lincoln. He finished sixth on the team in special team points with 12, on the strength of five tackles (three solo, two inside-the-20), three knockdown blocks on returns, a wedge break and a fumble recovery (versus OSU). He benefited in the spring with starter Ryan Walters healing from shoulder surgery by gaining most of the snaps with the first unit. He was selected by the coaching staff as the recipient of the Hale Irwin Award, presented to the most improved defensive back during spring drills. He had 20 tackles (14 solo, one for a loss) and a pass deflection in the three main spring scrimmages.
2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he practiced all fall in the secondary. He dressed for 10 of CU’s 13 games, including the Independence Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL—Attended Community Christian High School, but was a three-year letterman playing for Northglenn (through the co-ops program) where he was considered a one-man wrecking crew. A PrepStar honorable mention All-American his senior year, when he was also a SuperPrep All-Midlands team member, as the publication ranked him as the No. 48 player in the region (and the second best cornerback). As a senior, he was an All-Colorado selection by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post at defensive back, also garnering first-team All-State (5A) and All-Front Range League honors; he was the Front Range League’s Player of the Year and he also earned regional Offensive Player of the Year honors. On offense, at quarterback and running back as a senior, he rushed for 1,628 yards and 15 touchdowns, as he ranked third in the state in rushing. He also threw for 842 yards and six scores. Defensively, he played safety, tallying 40 tackles and two interceptions. He was an honorable mention All-State selection as a junior. He was also named first-team All-District, first-team All-Region and was the District and Regional MVP. He played exclusively at quarterback as a junior, passing for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. On defense, he saw limited action in the secondary. He played wide receiver as a sophomore, racking up 300 receiving yards, but also rushed for 400 yards and four scores. Defensively that season, he played cornerback and racked up 50 tackles. His top games in his junior season include a 42-24 win against Boulder when he had 18 carries for 270 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 90 passing yards. In a win against Horizon, he had 200 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and 70 passing yards on offense to go along with two interceptions on defense. As a senior, his top game against Horizon, as he had 23 carries for 340 yards and three touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Under head coach Vince Veiyra, Northglenn went 5-6 his senior season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs; NHS was 4-6 and missed the playoffs in his junior season, but as a sophomore, it won the Front Range League championship before losing in the first round of the playoffs with a 7-3 record. He also lettered four times in basketball and was named All-Region as a sophomore and junior and was a three-time first-team all-league performer (and honorable mention All-State as a junior). He lettered four times in track (sprints, relays), earning All-District and All-Region honors as a sophomore and All-District honors as a junior.
ACADEMICS—He earned his B.A. degree in Integrative Physiology (December 2010) and added a second major in History in December 2011. He was one of three players as a senior to receive the team’s Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence. He owned a 3.9 grade point average and was on the honor roll throughout high school.
PERSONAL—Born January 18, 1989, in Leonardtown, Md. He was married in May 2010 (Janessa). His hobbies include playing basketball, working out and most recently, golf. He helps coach his little brother (Cederro) and his football team. His grandfather, Don Perkins, was an All-American running back at New Mexico (1956-59), and was later drafted by the Dallas Cowboys where he played from 1960-68 (he was the 1961 NFL Rookie of the Year, was a six-time pro bowler and is in the Cowboy’s Ring of Fame). He was the first player to commit in the 2007 class, doing so on April 24, 2006.
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ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 2-0, 0.0, 0 long (2009); 1-9. 9.0, 9 long (2010). Special Team Tackles: 3,2—5 (2008); 13,2—15 (2009); 1,0—1 (2010).