Paul Creighton is in his second year as the defensive graduate assistant, as he joined the Colorado staff in February 2009. His primary role is assisting Ron Collins with the outside linebackers after assisting defensive line coach Romeo Bandison last season.
Creighton, 27, returned to his alma mater after a stint at Auburn University where he was the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years.
Originally a walk-on at Colorado where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006, he was placed on scholarship after just one semester. In 2002, he practiced all fall at tight end and earning the Scout Team Offense award for the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma. He then saw action 47 games at Colorado at tight end, fullback and extensively on special teams. In 2003, he saw action in 11 games and earned two special teams points. In 2004, he played in all 13 games including the Houston Bowl and saw action at both tight end and fullback due to injuries as well as special teams. As a junior in 2005, he finished fourth on in special teams points and played in all 13 games including the Champs Sports Bowl. He missed two games as a senior in 2006 but saw action in 11 games plus the Independence Bowl and started two games when the Buffs opened the game in a two-tight end formation.
He was born July 22, 1983 in Tecumseh, Neb., and graduated from Niwot High School in Niwot, Colo., in 2002. He lettered three times in football at both tight end and defensive end and was an all-state player as a senior. He also lettered in basketball four times, earning honorable mention all-state honors as a senior, and outdoor track three times where he was an all-conference and all-region selection in the 110-m hurdles. He is married to the former Kathleen Almon.
Creighton's Full CU Player Biography
AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He saw action in 10 games, including two starts (against Kansas State and Nebraska when the Buffs opened in a two-tight end formation). Primarily used in a blocking role, as he did not have any receptions, he also logged special teams duty for all 10 games he played, making one tackle. He missed the Arizona State and Georgia games due to a hip injury. He ended spring drills tied atop the depth chart at tight end.
2005 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 13 games on both offense and special teams, including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts). He finished fourth in special team points with seven on the strength of three tackles (one inside-the-20), two knockdown blocks and a downed punt. He also played every snap (61) on the FG/PAT unit.
2004 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games including the Houston Bowl (no starts), seeing action at both fullback and tight end (due to injuries) as well as on special teams.He had no traditional stats on offense (rushes, receptions), but he was versatile enough to play both positions in primarily a blocking role and provide several key blocks. On special teams, he had two tackles (one solo) and a knockdown block. He had switched from tight end to fullback for spring practice, and adapted very well to the change. Primarily used as a blocker in drills, he did catch one pass (for 2 yards) in the spring game.
2003 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in 11 games (no starts), mostly on special teams though he played occasionally in several games at tight end. He had two special team points on the year, on the strength of one knockdown block and one wedge break.
2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any action but practiced all year at tight end. He earned the Scout Team Offense Award for the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma. He joined the team as a recruited walk-on prior to August drills, and was placed on scholarship for the spring semester (he was originally going to enroll in January, but was invited into camp when a space opened for him).
HIGH SCHOOL—He lettered three times in football, playing both tight end and defensive end. He garnered all-state honors as a senior, as he set school records for all-time receiving yards and sacks in a season (20½). He had 33 catches for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns on offense as a senior, with 100 total tackles, 20 quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three pass deflections. His top games included a win over Sterling as a senior, when he had nine tackles and four sacks, one being the game-saver. Against Valley, he reeled in six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while his top high school moment came against Steamboat Springs in the 2001 state playoffs, as Niwot won after a tough a goal line stand. Niwot was 9-3 his senior year under new coach Ron Tesone, 3-7 his junior year and 2-8 during his sophomore season (when he played offensive guard). He lettered four years in basketball at forward, as he exited as Niwot’s all-time leading scorer and blocked shot leader, earning honorable mention all-state honors as a senior. He also lettered three times in outdoor track, and was an all-conference and all-region selection in the 110-meter hurdles.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in December 2006.
PERSONAL—Born July 22, 1983 in Tecumseh, Neb. He loves spending time in the mountains, with most of his hobbies outdoor-oriented: camping, fishing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and four-wheeling, as well as playing basketball.