AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.)—He did not see any action, but did dress for seven games. The coaches honored him with the Gold Group Commitment Award, given to those players committed to all-around excellence. He had four tackles (two solo) in the three main spring scrimmages.
2008 (Jr.)—He did not see any action but did dress for nine games; he was the scout team defense player of the week for the Kansas State game. He joined the team as a walk-on for spring drills, returning to organized football for the first time since the fall of 2004.
OTHER YEARS (2005-07)—He had two knee surgeries his senior year in high school which discouraged college recruiters, so he enrolled at Colorado and watched the games from the student section for two years. He then signed on as a Ralphie Handler, and as a third-year sophomore, he rotated in as a handler for two home games (Kansas and Missouri), and accompanied the football team to the Independence Bowl with the entire crew.
HIGH SCHOOL—He also earned first-team All-Colorado (Denver Post), first-team All-State (5A) and first-team All-Continental League honors as a senior, when he was the recipient of the Denver Post Gold Helmet Award, one of the most prestigious prep awards in the state. He had 70 tackles that season (33 solo, 20 for losses including two quarterback sacks), with a forced fumble and a recovery. As a junior, when he was a second-team All-Continental League pick, he was in on 60 tackles, including three sacks. He had 30 tackles and a fumble recovery as a sophomore. Arapahoe was 10-2 his senior year and 6-4 his junior season under coach Mike Campbell. He also lettered three times in basketball (center) and four times in track (throws); in the state championships, he was fifth in the discus and ninth in the shot put as a senior.
ACADEMICS—He majored in Environmental Engineering at Colorado, graduating in December 2009. He earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors as a senior. He maintained a 3.8 grade point average in high school and was on the Honor Roll his freshman through senior years.
PERSONAL—He was born April 18, 1987 in Aurora, Colo. Hobbies include mountain biking. He had a summer internship with the Washington Group International, a leading, global provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies. The first Ralphie-handler turned football player in school history.