|City/State:||Castle Rock, Colo.|
|High School:||Denver Mullen|
AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)-He is not enrolled at Colorado for the fall semester, as he is serving a suspension for violating team rules and the university's code of conduct. His future beyond the fall will be determined at a later date.
2010 (Soph.)-He saw action in three games, off the bench in the season opener against Colorado State and then at California, and then earned a start later in the year against Texas Tech; he played 24 snaps against the Red Raiders before suffering an ankle sprain that kept him off the Oklahoma trip the following week. He played a total of 51 plays from scrimmage for the year, 45 grading out as "plus" ones to give him a season grade of 88.2 percent; he graded out above 80 percent all three games and above 90 twice, including a season best 92.3% against CSU. He had six knockdown/finishing blocks and did not allow a quarterback sack or pressure or get called for a penalty in his limited action. In spring conditioning tests, he had the best pro agility time (4.37) of all the offensive linemen.
2009 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in eight games at right offensive tackle, including seven starts (missed the other games for assorted reasons). He played 524 snaps from scrimmage for the year (every play in six games), and graded out to 80 percent or better in six games with a top grade of 89 percent at Oklahoma State. He had 23 finishing/knockdown and two touchdown blocks for the year, and allowed just one quarterback sack. He played another 10 snaps on special teams (FG/PAT unit). He was a first-team Freshman All-Big 12 team member as selected by Rivals/Yahoo! Sports, and FoxSports.com (Scout.com) had named him to its preseason Redshirt Freshman All-America team. He added 30 pounds of muscle to his frame between arriving on campus and his redshirt frosh season.
2008 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced at both guard and tackle his entire freshman year.
HIGH SCHOOL-As a senior, he earned All-America honors from PrepStar and SuperPrep; PrepStar named him to its prestigious Dream Team, ranking him as the No. 126 player in the nation (the 19th-ranked offensive lineman). SuperPrep ranked him s the No. 9 player in the Midlands region, and as the second offensive lineman. The Tacoma News-Tribune named him to its Western 100 team (one of 20 offensive linemen), and was named on five of seven ballots in making the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best-In-West Team. Rivals.com tabbed him as the No. 2 player in Colorado and the No. 12 offensive lineman nationally, while Scout.com ranked him as the No. 3 performer in the state and the 12th-ranked O-lineman in the nation. Locally, he was named All-Colorado (Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News), along with garnering first-team All-State and All-Centennial League honors. Following the season, he played in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio. A three-year letterman, he was a team captain as a senior when he was named the school's offensive most valuable player. Playing offensive tackle, he recorded 70 pancake blocks and allowed zero sacks on the season, while grading out to 96 percent overall (94 percent for run plays, 98 percent for pass plays). As a junior, he was named honorable mention All-State, first-team All-Conference and second-team All-Combine for the U.S. Army All-American Game. On the season, he had 80 pancake blocks and allowed zero sacks, while grading out to a 95 percent overall (93 run, 98 pass). He did not play as a sophomore (health reasons) but still lettered. His top game as a senior came in a 28-14 win over Cherry Creek in which he recorded three touchdown blocks and seven pancakes. As a junior, he had three touchdown blocks and two pancakes in a 41-38 win over Douglas County in the state semifinal game; against Overland, he had two touchdown blocks and 15 pancakes in a 49-7 win. Under coach and former Buff Dave Logan, Mullen went a combined 37-4 in Givens' three years as a letterman: 12-1 in his senior season, advancing to the state semifinals; 13-1 his junior year, losing in the state championship game; and 12-2 in his sophomore year, losing in the state championship game. He also lettered three times in track and field in throws (discus, shot put). He established a high school record in a unique sport, chess; he has the fastest checkmate in school history (3 minutes, 7 seconds).
ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Business (Finance) at Colorado. He maintained a 3.6 grade point average in high school and earned Academic All-State honors as both a junior and senior. In high school, he was chosen to attend the prestigious National Young Leadership Conference (NYLC), and has made several leadership trips around the world.
PERSONAL-Born August 2, 1989 in Denver, Colo. Hobbies include going to concerts, fishing, weightlifting, building model airplanes, bowling, skiing and golfing (he has been a caddie at Castle Pines Golf Club in the summer). He has logged over 240 hours of community service: he has done work for churches, traveled to Mexico to build a church and houses and helped with a bike race raising money for cancer research. His father (Brian), played college baseball at Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College and was drafted in 1984; he got the major leagues as a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1995-96. Over his two-year career, he went 6-10 with a 5.86 ERA, and 83 strikeouts in 121.1 innings pitched. An uncle (Bruce Givens) played football for Idaho State in the late 1980s.