AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He saw action in four games, starting the opener: he was 8-of-22 for 110 yards (0 TD, O INT) against Montana State. He threw just eight passes the remainder of the year, with his career coming to an end at Kansas, where he started the second half, went 1-of-5 for 12 yards, but suffered a broken thumb which ended his season. He was named the starter after the second August scrimmage, but held the role for just the season opener and saw limited action afterwards. He missed most of spring practice, as he injured both his hand and thumb in the third session (March 16) when he hit a defender’s helmet with his follow through.
2005 (Jr.)—He saw action in seven regular season games, all coming late in games after the outcome was decided; however, that changed for the Champs Sports Bowl, as he got the starting nod with Joel Klatt out after he was injured in the Big 12 Championship game. He struggled in the bowl game, in part due to CU having just six healthy offensive linemen, completing 4-of-12 passes for 26 yards while being sacked four times. In the regular season, he completed 13-of-29 passes for 93 yards (no touchdowns or interceptions), while rushing four times for 17 yards before two sacks for 14 yards in losses were deducted from his totals. He was 4-of-8 for 47 yards against New Mexico State, and completed both his throws for 17 yards at Oklahoma State for his top games. He saw the most action against Texas in the Big 12 title game, going in after Klatt went down, completing 1-of-8 passes for nine yards.
2004 (Soph.)—He saw action in five games, including his first career start (coming against Iowa State). He had come off the bench the previous week to complete 15-of-21 passes for 175 yards against Oklahoma State (1 TD/2 INT), but struggled a bit in his start against ISU, as he was 7-of-16 for 67 yards (1 TD/1 INT). For the year, he completed 28-of-49 passes for 330 yards (2 TD/3 INT) for a passer rating of 114.9, but proved to be pretty adept on his feet, as he was sacked just twice and had three runs of 10 yards or longer in rushing nine actual times for 46 yards (11 for 37 officially including the sacks). He enjoyed great success on first down, completing 10-of-16 throws for 123 yards and eight first downs; his two touchdown passes came on third down plays, including his career first to Dusty Sprague that covered 21 yards against Oklahoma State. He did not see any action in the bowl game. He entered the fall listed second on the depth chart, as he moved up a notch over the course of spring practices.
2003 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action late in two games (Florida State, Iowa State), completing his first collegiate pass against the Seminoles (though going for zero yards). He rushed once for two yards and was sacked once. He received plenty of reps during the spring and completed 15 of 31 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the three main scrimmages (but was sacked 13 times).
2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any game action. He practiced the entire fall at quarterback, and was the Scout Team Offense Award winner on two occasions (the Baylor and the first Oklahoma game).
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he garnered SuperPrep All-Far West honors (both pre- and postseason) and PrepStar All-West accolades, with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 24 quarterback nationally in its “dual-threat” category. He also earned first-team All-Ventura County, All-Southern CIF Section and All-Marmonte League honors. He was a second-team all-league and honorable mention all-county performer as a junior. He had a 2½-to-1 ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions (35-14) his junior and senior seasons combined. As a senior, he completed 160-of-296 passes (54 percent) for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions. He also rushed 101 times for 560 yards and eight scores with a long run of 84, and also caught three passes for 90 yards and a touchdown (that covered 65 yards). As a junior, he completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,780 yards and 17 touchdowns, again throwing only seven picks. He rushed for 465 yards and 13 touchdowns to compliment his passing stats. On defense, starting at both safety and cornerback, he had 59 tackles, four pass deflections, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior. He played one game on defense as a junior, racking up 10 tackles and two interceptions in barely 20 plays. Top games included a 28-21 loss to Ventura in the third round of the playoffs his junior year: he completed 20-of-30 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, along with rushing for 80 yards and a third score. In a 34-28 overtime loss to Thousand Oaks that same year, he was 19-of-31 for 285 yards and a TD, with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He wrapped up his prep career by being named the MVP in the East/West Ventura County All-Star game, completing 11-of-20 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. Royal was 5-6 his senior season (losing in the first round of the playoffs), 7-4-1 his junior year (advancing to the third round) and 4-6 his sophomore year under coach Gene Ubelhardt (his freshman team went 10-0). He also lettered twice in basketball (averaged nine points and eight rebounds as a junior), and twice in track (sprints: posted prep bests of 23.4 in the 200 and 54.0 in the 400). He also played baseball.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in communication at Colorado. He was a 2001-02 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
PERSONAL—He was born December 29, 1983 in Northridge, Calif. His hobbies include riding dirt bikes and snowboarding. A grandfather (Doug Martin) played guard for the Minneapolis Lakers, and an uncle (Doug Martin, Jr.) is the head golf pro at Rancho Vista in Lancaster, Calif.