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#81 Luke Walters
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
City/State: Lakewood, Colo.
High School: ThunderRidge/New Mexico
Experience: Transfer
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AT COLORADO: 2010 (Sr.-RS)-He played in all 12 games, making four starts (Cal, Hawai'i, Georgia and Nebraska), primarily used as a blocker in the run game. He had 10 receptions for 111 yards (11.1) for the year, finishing his career with two catches for 43 yards at Nebraska, which included his career long grab of 25 yards. He caught three balls for 26 yards at Missouri and had at least one reception in seven games. He also played every snap (50) on the FG/PAT unit on special teams. He caught six passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in the three main spring scrimmages; the coaches placed him on scholarship beginning in the spring after he competed with walk-on status for three years. He was the fastest tight end on the team (4.68 speed in the 40), and also owned the top power clean (342 lbs.), hang clean (370) and bench press (355). He was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA due to the leg injury he suffered in conditioning in the summer of 2008.

2009 (Sr.)-He saw action in the last six games of the season, all on special teams; he was added to the field goal/PAT unit on offense and played 17 snaps for the year.  He was also named one of the recipients of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award which recognizes excellent with class in several areas of school, community and life in general.  He was finally healthy after battling leg injuries, and he had a good spring, catching four passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns in the three main spring scrimmages.  He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the tight ends in the spring, presented to the player at each position who represents hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage lifted in the weight room.

2008 (Jr.)-He suffered a stress fracture in his lower leg in summer conditioning and tried to make it back, but had to undergo surgery in mid-September for it to properly heal.  He was thus lost for the season.  He had entered the fall listed second among the tight end grouping, as he became more of a favorite target of the quarterbacks as the spring progressed.  He had six catches for 36 yards in the three main spring scrimmages.

2007 (Soph.)-He was ineligible to play as he transferred to CU from New Mexico, joining the team as a walk-on just after the first day of classes, but practiced at tight end the entire fall after his arrival.

AT NEW MEXICO (2005/2006, Fr./Fr.-RS)-He saw action in nine games, mainly on special teams but at select times on offense as a redshirt freshman in 2006 (no starts), catching one pass for 14 yards (against New Mexico State).  He redshirted as true freshman in 2005, missing most of the practices due to a knee injury. He weighed about 210 pound when he reported as a true freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL-A two-year starter at tight end, earning honorable mention All-State (4A) honors as a senior, when he caught 20 passes for 464 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a healthy 23.2 yards per catch with a long gain of 70 yards.  He also led the team in special team tackles with 12.  He caught 10 passes for around 100 yards and a touchdown as a junior, with 10 grabs for 80 yards his sophomore season, when he completed his one pass attempt for 40 yards.  ThunderRidge was 12-2 his senior year, winning the 4A state title in 2004, and 8-5 his junior year under coach Joe Johnson.  He also lettered in basketball (forward), and was a member of the 5A state runner-up team both as a junior and senior under coach Joe Ortiz.  He earned honorable mention All-Conference honors in basketball his sophomore season.

ACADEMICS-He graduated with a degree in Geography in December 2009, and added a second degree in Environmental Studies in December 2010. He earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 team honors in both 2009 and 2010. He maintained a 3.5 grade point in high school and was a member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL-He was born Sept. 27, 1986 in Denver.  Hobbies include snowboarding (about 20 times annually), competitive basketball in leagues and golf.  He was the MVP in the South Boulder Rec (basketball) League in the spring of 2010.  An older sister is an actress who attends DePaul University, and an older brother is a professional snowboarder and he accompanies him around 20 times each winter.

 

Receiving High Games
Season G No. Yds. Avg. TD Long Rec Yds
2010 12 10 111 11.1 0 25 3 43

 

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