AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)—Enters the fall listed fourth at the “X” receiver position.
2006 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in five games (no starts), both on special teams and on offense. He caught two passes for 43 yards on the season (21.5 per), with his first career reception going for a touchdown: a 29-yard grab against Texas Tech. He was the first Buffalo to have his first career catch also be one for a TD since James Kidd in 1993. He also had a 14-yard catch at Kansas. On special teams, he earned three points on the strength of an unassisted tackle inside-the-20 and a wedge break. He did not participate in spring drills, instead finishing off rehab to strengthen a previously injured knee and to concentrate on academics. He added 15 pounds to his frame between arriving in Boulder as a true freshman and the ’06 season.
2005 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he suffered a knee injury early in fall camp and had arthroscopic surgery on August 9. The injury hampered him a bit, though he eventually was able to join the team on a limited basis for practice.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned Rivals.com honors as the No. 8 player in Colorado and the No. 70 wide receiver in the nation. Scout.com named him to its All-Midlands team as the No. 28 player (No. 3 wideout), while SuperPrep also named him to its All-Midlands squad, projecting him as the No. 32 overall player and the fourth receiver. The Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, named him to their All-Colorado teams, and he earned All-Denver Prep League honors as well. The newspaper publications also awarded him first-team all-state (5A) accolades, and he received mention in the News with Rocky Mountain Best of the Best honors. He earned Montbello’s Team Warrior Award, and as a junior, he was also a first-team Denver Prep League selection. As a senior, he was second in the state in receiving yards as he caught 42 balls for 986 yards (23.5-yard average per catch) and 17 touchdowns. He had over 85 receiving yards in five different games. In his junior season, he had 28 receptions for 830 yards, good for a healthy 29.6 yards per catch with 13 touchdowns. He was also a standout on defense, starting for three years as a defensive back. Top prep games: in a 42-6 win over Denver South as a senior, he had seven catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns, garnering Offensive Player of the Week honors in the state; against Columbine the same year in the playoffs, he hauled in five catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-34 loss; and against Ponderosa as a junior, he had eight catches for 190 yards and a score. Under coach Oliver Lucas, a former CU assistant, Montbello was 8-4 his senior year, losing in the second round of the state playoffs, and was 10-2 his junior year, dropping its state playoff opener.
ACADEMICS—He is undecided on his major at Colorado. He maintained a 3.3 grade point average in high school and was on the honor roll his sophomore through senior years. He was a member of Montbello’s student council.
PERSONAL—Born October 16, 1986 in Houston. He likes to spend time in the weight room during his spare time. A cousin (Darren Yates) played defensive back for Kansas State in 2000. (First name is pronounced juh-rell.)