AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)—Enters the fall in a battle for the top spot at right offensive guard.
2007 (Soph.)—He saw action in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, starting the first six at right guard, and then spot-subbing the remainder of the year, spelling on either side of center. In all, he was in for 537 snaps from scrimmage, topping the 80 percent mark in game grades five times (twice over 90); his best game grade where he played at least half the snaps came against Florida State, when he graded out o 86 percent. He allowed one sack and eight pressures while being flagged three times for penalties. He had 38.5 knockdown blocks (high of 8 against Miami-Ohio), and two touchdown blocks. He also played 30 snaps on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams. He practiced extensively at both guard and tackle in the spring, as CU had just six healthy linemen for the spring.
2006 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in three games, including a start in the season opener against Montana State, filling in for an injured Daniel Sanders. He played all 54 snaps in that contest; he played one snap on the field goal/PAT team versus Arizona State and one play in the win over Iowa State. He bulked up 20 pounds between arriving on the Boulder campus and his second season.
2005 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire season as an offensive lineman, mainly at guard and tackle. He was one of five linemen to earn the Scout Team Offense Award for the week leading up to the Oklahoma State game.
HIGH SCHOOL—A Student Sports honorable mention All-American his senior year, when PrepStar named him to its All-West Region squad and tabbed him as the “most talented offensive lineman in California.” He was a SuperPrep All-Far West selection (No. 75 overall, 13th-best lineman), while Rivals.com ranked him the No. 44 guard in the country and No. 76 player in the postseason California Top 100. In addition, he was a first-team all-state, all-CIF Southern Section, all-Riverside County and all-Mountain View League honoree, was named the Inland Empire Lineman of the Year, and earned Los Angeles Times All-Southern California team honors. A four-year letterman, he earned his team’s Lineman of the Year award as a senior, while he also played in the California-Florida Prep All-Star Game and was inducted into the Riverside County Hall of Fame. As a junior, he was named to the first-team all-league squad. During his senior campaign he didn’t allow any sacks, while he helped pave the way for Centennial’s 2,714 yards rushing yards and 50 touchdowns. His top prep moment came in a 2004 win over Rancho Cucamonga when he went toe to toe with Averell Spicer, who many recruiting services consider to be one of the nation’s top defensive ends. Under coach Matt Logan, Centennial was 13-1 and won the CIF Division 5 Championship his senior year, 9-4 his junior season (lost in CIF semifinals), was 13-1 his sophomore season (CIF champs) and 11-1 his freshman campaign (lost in CIF quarterfinals). All told, Centennial was 46-7 in his prep career.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in History at Colorado. He owned a 3.2 grade point average as a prep in earning scholar-athlete honors. He lettered in academics several times and was on the honor roll all four years in high school. As a junior he went to the state science fair with a “very complicated” project having to do with mirrors and lasers.
PERSONAL—Born May 18, 1987 in Corona, Calif. Hobbies include camping, paintball and scuba diving. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America until he was 18, as he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Project, he went around to local businesses and collected 85 flags that needed to be retired, as he then put the flags to rest in proper fashion during a traditional burning ceremony. He does a great impersonation of the late Chris Farley’s Saturday Night Live character, motivational speaker Matt Foley (“You're gonna end up eating a steady diet of government cheese, and living in a van down by the river!” and, “We-e-e-elll... la-de-freakin'-da!”). He grows his hair out so he can donate it to “Locks For Love,” a program to provide wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy. He does it in honor of Donna Logan, the wife of his high school coach, who died of breast cancer in the summer of 2007.