AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—CU’s starting center for the first four games of the year until he suffered a fractured fibula in the second quarter at Georgia. He missed the next six games before returning for 28 plays against Iowa State and then starting in the season finale at Nebraska. He wound up playing 262 snaps on the season (and for another 10 on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams). He still earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press, despite seeing action for just the six games (two partial). In the postseason, he was invited to play in the Las Vegas All-American Bowl, but the game was cancelled. He was one of 40 candidates on the official watch list for the Dave Rimington Award, presented to the nation’s top center; he was a finalist for the honor as a junior. He was also on the official watch lists for the Lombardi Award (one of 101) and the Outland Trophy (one of 54). He earned some preseason All-America mention, topped by Street & Smith’s naming him to its first-team; he was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection by all the major magazines. Lindy’s Big 12 Football ranked him as the No. 5 center nationally, while The Sporting News tabbed him in the No. 6 position. He started a team-best 30 consecutive games, dating back to the start of his sophomore season, at the time of his injury.
2005 (Jr.)—In starting all 13 games, including the Champs Sports Bowl, he had a breakout season, as he was one of six finalists for the Rimington Award. He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches, while being named second-team by three regional newspapers (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News) and honorable mention by the Associated Press. He also earned first-team All-Colorado team honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation. He played a team-high 799 snaps from scrimmage, the most on either offense or defense, in grading out as the second best lineman on the team at 2.65 (on a point per play scale of 0-4). He did not allow a quarterback sack, and posted the second most knockdown blocks on the team in 26. He also had the second most “perfect 4” plays with 15, and his top single game grade came against Texas A&M (2.85). He was CU’s offensive lineman of the week for the New Mexico State game, as selected by the coaching staff. Street & Smith’s selected him as a preseason honorable mention All-American: he had a great spring and received the John Wooten Award as the most improved offensive player as selected by the coaching staff.
2004 (Soph.)—He started all 13 games including the Houston Bowl at center, as he continued to develop as the season progressed. He played the most snaps on offense (788), finishing second among the offensive linemen in knockdown blocks with 26. He had two touchdown blocks, allowed just one quarterback sack on the year, was flagged for four penalties and allowed eight pressures as he graded out to 76.9 percent, third best of the O-line regulars. His top game grade was 84.1 percent against Kansas State, when he was the team’s offensive lineman of the week, and his seven knockdown blocks in the North Texas game were the team’s single-game best for the year. He also played every snap (53) on the field goal and PAT unit on special teams.
2003 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in the last 10 games of the season (no starts), as he was in for 70 snaps from scrimmage and another 37 on the FG/PAT unit. In his three games on offense, he graded out at 70.0 percent (49 plus plays), with one knockdown block; he was called for one penalty and did not allow a quarterback sack or pressure. He saw extensive action at Iowa State due to injuries, playing 54 snaps against the Cyclones. He had a solid spring evolving at center and went into fall camp atop the depth chart at the position.
2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any game action but practiced all fall on the offensive line (mainly at guard). He dressed for nine games and was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the Missouri game. He shined in the Alamo Bowl practices, using the sessions to impress the coaches with his play at center. Enrolled in school in January in time for the spring semester, which means he still counts as a member of Colorado’s 2001 class. He participated in spring drills, playing guard throughout.
2001—He delayed his enrollment until January, as despite playing well in the California-Texas All-Star game, he underwent a second surgical procedure to repair a broken metatarsal bone in his hand, as well as to improve on his academics. He was set to report as a defensive lineman out of high school and was an original member’s of CU’s ‘01 recruiting class.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned All-Southern California, all-district (city), All-South Bay area, All-West side (Los Angeles Times), All-Western Conference and all-city honors. He was named to the California All-Star team, and played in the prestigious California-Florida game. He played both defensive tackle and center his senior year, as he racked up 35 tackles (20 solo), with eight for losses, including five quarterback sacks on defense, and registered 40 pancakes and allowed only two sacks on offense. As a junior, he earned first-team all-conference honors on offense, when he made 25 pancake blocks. Top games included a convincing win over Palisades his senior year, when he had 11 pancake blocks and at least eight quarterback hurries in helping to hold nationally ranked Palisades to 300 yards under its average on offense. Other top performances includes the ’99 Palisade game (also a win), when he had three sacks in one quarter, and a win over Crenshaw his junior year when his blocking helped running back Sam Cunningham rush for 240 yards. Westchester was 9-2 his senior year, 10-2 his junior season and 9-2 his sophomore year, qualifying for the CIF playoffs all three seasons, under coach Larry Wein.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in political science in December 2006.
PERSONAL—Born Nov. 14, 1983 in Hawthorne, Calif. Hobbies include playing reading, weightlifting and hanging out with friends.