AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr.)—He played in all 12 games (no starts), with 13 receptions for 154 yards on the year; his 11.8 yards per catch tied for the second best on the team. Three of those 13 catches went for touchdowns (Toledo, Texas and the game-winner against Texas A&M, that one for 22 yards from Tyler Hansen where he made as spectacular one-handed catch). He had six receptions of 10 yards or longer, seven for first downs (three on third downs, including a 25-yard grab for his score at Texas). His top game for catches and yards came at West Virginia, when he had four for 57 yards. The coaches honored him with the Gold Group Commitment Award, given to those players committed to all-around excellence. He had another solid spring, catching five balls for 144 yards (28.8 per) and two touchdowns, one of which covered 70 yards.
2008 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, which included his first career start (against West Virginia). He caught 14 passes for 116 yards (8.3 per) and two touchdowns on the season. He caught four passes for 27 yards in the opener against CSU, his highs for the year in both categories, and his scores came against WVU (13 yards) and Florida State (14 yards). He also had five knockdown blocks on special teams duty to help spring return men. He was atop the depth chart heading into the fall coming off an outstanding spring when he led the team in the three main scrimmages with 12 receptions for 244 yards (20.3 per) and three touchdowns. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the tight ends for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning.
2007 (Soph.)—He saw action in six games on the season and made his first career reception, which was for a 3-yard touchdown against Miami-Ohio. He caught it from Cody Hawkins and it gave CU a 28-0 lead in the second quarter over the Redhawks. He also recovered an on-side kick against Nebraska on special teams duty. He dressed but did not play in the Independence Bowl.
2006 (Fr.-RS)—He did not see any game action, but dressed for all 12 games. When the quarterback position became depleted due to injury and transition, he was moved back to the spot from tight end, where he had moved to prior to spring practices. He had settled in well at tight end, but with CU down to just one active signal caller, he would end the year number two on the depth chart. He had added 15 pounds to his frame to play tight end, and didn’t shed much of it after the move but still was up to the task in practice.
2005 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he practiced the entire fall at quarterback. He was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the Kansas game.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, SuperPrep named him to its All-Far West squad (ranked as the No. 88 overall player in California), while Rivals.com tabbed him the No. 14 quarterback in the state and named him a postseason honorable mention all-state performer. A captain, who garnered his team’s MVP honor, he was a first-team All-Metro League selection and also earned supreme all-area and all-city accolades. He was also the all-area MVP and Metro League Offensive MVP, en route to earning second-team all-section quarterback honors. Playing in the Sierra Foothills League his junior season, he earned all-area quarterback notice, was a first-team all-league honoree and was named his team’s most improved player. As a senior he set nine school records, including the most passing yards (267) and completions (17) in a game, the most completions (127) and attempts (212) in a season, and the most completions (222), attempts (381), yards (3,706), total yards (4,048) and touchdowns passes (43) in a career. He completed 127-of-212 passes (60 percent) for 2,004 yards and 23 touchdowns his senior year, when he also rushed 73 times for 216 yards and five scores. As a junior he was 95-for-169 (56 percent) for 1,702 yards and 20 touchdowns, also gaining 124 yards with three touchdowns on the ground (including an 80-yard TD scamper). His top prep games include a 47-0 victory over Yuba City his senior year when he was 9-of-12 for 230 yards and three scores; in a 17-14 loss to Sonora, he was 16-of-20 for 225 yards and one touchdown; and against Vacaville in a 37-37 tie, he posted 230 yards and four touchdowns going 9-of-12, and also ran for 32 yards on five carries. Under coach Ernie Cooper, Granite Bay was the league champion his senior (10-2-1 record) and junior (9-3) seasons, falling in the section semifinals each year. He lettered once in track (sprints), running the 100 (11.3 prep best) and the 200 (24.0), and also played basketball.
ACADEMICS—He majored in Business (Marketing) at Colorado, graduating in December 2009. He earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 team honors as a senior in 2009, and was a second-team member as a junior. He owned a 3.75 cumulative grade point average in high school (he was one of seven football players on his team to carry a 4.0 GPA for two consecutive semesters during the 2004 season). His junior year, he won the Co-Curricular Scholar Award for being a student-athlete with a 3.75 GPA or higher during the football season.
PERSONAL—Born March 19, 1987 in San Jose, Calif. Hobbies include snowboarding, wakeboarding, playing video games and lifting weights. He was one of 14 athletes in his high school’s history to join the Thousand Pound Club, which is an elite group of lifters who boast at least a combined 1,000 pounds in the three major exercises. His father, Patrick Sr., played defensive end at UTEP in the early 1970s. (Last name is pronounced duh-vain-E.)