|City/State:||Steamboat Springs, Colo.|
AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)— He saw action in all 12 games on special teams, registering three solo tackles and a wedge break on the kickoff coverage unit. The coaches selected him as the recipient of the Special Teams Scout Award, as he was a vital player in practice, willing to move around and do whatever was required after injuries decimated the team with the ripple effects reaching all the way down to the scout units. He was also the Scout Team Special Teams player of the week for the Colorado State game and the Defensive Scout Team pick for the West Virginia game. He was CU’s official nomination for both the Rudy and Pappy Waldorf awards, both honoring walk-on players. He missed spring practice as he continued to mend following January surgery to clean up some chronic shoulder problems.
2007 (Jr.)—He finished third on the team with 16 special team points, on the strength of nine tackles (three solo), five wedge breaks and two knockdown blocks. He had five points in the opener against Colorado State, when he had four of the wedge disruptions and a knockdown. He was the coaches’ choice for the scout team special teams player of the week for the Oklahoma game. He had four tackles (all solo) and a pass deflection in the four full spring scrimmages.
2006 (Soph.)—He saw action in the final nine games of the season, all on special teams duty. He had two solo tackles as a member of the kick coverage units.
2005 (Fr.)—He did not see any action after joining the team as a walk-on for August drills; he was already enrolled at Colorado, as he was a member of the varsity ski team. Thus, his collegiate “clock” had started for the 2004 fall semester, so once he joined the football team, he had four years to play four, without a redshirt season for football. He practiced all fall at safety, and on three occasions was awarded the Scout Team Defense Award for his efforts leading up to the Colorado State, Kansas and Nebraska games. He rejoined the ski team after the Champs Sports Bowl, though he practiced both sports in December.
SKIING—Lettered twice in skiing as a freshman and sophomore (2005, 2006) before deciding to solely concentrate on football collegiately. He was a member of CU’s national championship team as a sophomore in 2006. He had four top 20 finishes that winter, with a best of 11th in the giant slalom in the Alaska Invitational (which was held at Park City, Utah); his top slalom finish was 17th in Western State’s invite. He was ranked 24th in the giant slalom and 26th in the slalom in the west, but did not qualify to ski at the NCAA meet. In 2005, he was the lone member of the CU men’s alpine team to qualify for the NCAA’s, finishing 19th in the slalom and 22nd in the giant slalom. He had three top 10 finishes in 12 races on the year, all in the GS, with his best a fifth place effort at the New Mexico Invitational, followed by a seventh place showing in the Utah Invitational and 10th place in the Alaska meet; his best effort in the slalom was 12th in Utah. He skied for the Steamboat Springs Ski Club for 10 years, four of those on Team Colorado, and also spent one year skiing in Park City. In 2001 he won the International Whistler Cup at 15-years-old (the best 15-and-under skiers in the world) and qualified for the U.S. Development Team, but declined the opportunity because he wanted to continue playing prep football. In 2004 he turned in a fifth place finish in the Mammoth Spring Series against competition that included U.S. Ski Team members. He decided to concentrate solely on football following the 2006 pigskin season and did not return to the ski team, but by earning a letter in the former in ’06, he became the first athlete in school history to letter in the two-sport combo of football and skiing (and just the second to attempt it along with Jim Hoeschler, who did so in the late 1960s).
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned four letters in football, as he was Steamboat’s starting quarterback for three years and was the captain of the 2002 team. He holds Steamboat’s single-game passing yards record and in a one game he passed for a touchdown, ran for a second and returned an interception for yet another, also a school first.
ACADEMICS—Graduated in December ’08 with a degree in International Affairs at Colorado, as he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied international business.
PERSONAL—He was born January 6, 1985 in Steamboat Springs. His hobbies include playing golf and spending time outdoors. He never considered any other college than CU, his childhood favorite from the beginning. Though his collegiate skiing days are over, he has aspirations of participating in the sport in the X-Games someday.
STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 2,0—2 (2006); 3,6—9 (2007); 3,0—3 (2008).