AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)—He enjoyed his finest collegiate season, starting all 13 games at left defensive end. He played 643 snaps from scrimmage in participating in 43 tackles, with 36 solo, six for losses and a quarterback sack. He also had five tackles for zero, five third down stops, four quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries and a pass broken up. He closed out his career with seven tackles, all solo, a fumble recovery and a PBU at Nebraska, with another top game against Texas, when he made six stops with a sack. One of the inaugural members of those who received the Gold Group Commitment Award.
2007 (Jr.)—Played in all 13 games, including the Independence Bowl, making seven starts as he started to come into his own at left defensive end at the end of the year (his position was out of the lineup if CU opened in a nickel defense). In 487 snaps from scrimmage, he posted 30 tackles, including 24 solo, five for losses, two quarterback sacks and three stops for zero. He also had three third down stops, two hurries and a pass broken up. He had both his sacks, for 16 yards in losses, in the season opener against Colorado State in Denver, when he also recorded a season- and career-high eight tackles (six solo). He also had five tackles at Iowa State (three solo, two for zero), and posted four against Missouri. He had an assisted tackle in the bowl game against Alabama.
2006 (Soph.)—He saw action in 11 games, including one start (Kansas State). In 167 plays from scrimmage, he recorded 14 tackles, five solo, including one quarterback sack. He also had a third down stop and two quarterback hurries. He had a season-high six tackles in the KSU game, with three against Baylor and two in the Montana State and Iowa State games (he had his sack against the Cyclones).
2005 (Fr.)—Originally ticketed for a redshirt season, he was “activated” the sixth game of the season (against No. 2 Texas on the road, of all places), and he responded well, earning the team’s Lee Willard Award as the most outstanding freshman. He wound up playing in eight games, starting the last six of the season including the Champs Sports Bowl. He saw action for 296 snaps from scrimmage during the regular season, finishing with 20 tackles (11 solo), with four for losses, five quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery (versus Kansas) and a third down stop. He had seven tackles (two solo) at Kansas State, along with four (all solo) against Texas in the Big 12 championship game (he had two assists against the Longhorns in his first career game). Against Clemson in the bowl game, he was in on one solo tackle. He earned the Scout Team Defense Award for the Miami game, three weeks prior to playing for the first time.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned SuperPrep All-American honors, as well as All-Midlands mention from the publication (No. 13 overall and the second defensive end). Scout.com named him to its Midlands Top 100 list as the 10th-best overall performer and the No. 3 defensive end. Rivals.com dubbed him the No. 4 player in Colorado and the No. 19 strong side defensive end in the nation. Both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post named him to their All-Colorado squads as an offensive lineman, while the Rocky tabbed him first-team all-state (5A) at defensive line and the Post naming him first-team all-state at offensive tackle. He was an all-Continental League selection at both positions, and he received offensive and defensive Team MVP honors in 2004. For his efforts as a junior, he was a first-team all-league selection and an honorable mention all-state pick by the Post. As a senior, he led his team with 56 tackles and six quarterback sacks despite being double-teamed throughout the year. Offensively, he blocked for the state’s leading rusher, Cory Nabors, who ran for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns. As a junior, he was in on 32 solo tackles, several for losses, and he was a four-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines. His best prep game came against Eaglecrest in a 20-19 victory during a 13-tackle performance his senior year. Under coach Dave Gonzales, the Raiders were 7-4 in 2004, losing in the first round of the state playoffs. He also lettered in track, finishing second in state in the shot put and discus throws in 2004; he had personal bests of 56-0 in the shot put and 181-0 in the discus.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Sociology at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in May 2009. He took several engineering classes at CU in the summer of 2004 (his father is an electrical engineer). Lucas owned a 3.0 grade point average in high school, as he has been on the honor roll since his junior year. He was also the April 2004 Student of the Month at Rangeview.
PERSONAL—He was born March 26, 1987 in Denver. He was the fist player to commit to Colorado in the ’05 class, doing so on March 3, 2004. Hobbies include hiking and biking with his father (David). One of his favorite places to spend time outdoors is at the Chicago Creek Campground, west of Idaho Springs, Colo. He also enjoys listening to an assortment of music, including hip-hop, rock and jazz. He has done volunteer work at a support walk for underprivileged kids in Denver.