|City/State:||Colorado Springs, Colo.|
2005 (Sr.)—He started all 13 games including the Champs Sports Bowl at defensive tackle, where he had moved to (from end) prior to spring drills to bolster the interior line. He finished the year with 41 tackles (23 solo) in 576 snaps from scrimmage, doing yeoman’s work in helping to clog the middle in CU’s No. 9 ranked defense against the run. He had eight tackles for loss, including two-and-a-half quarterback sacks, giving him 10 for his career which tied him for 28th on CU’s all-time list. He had four quarterback hurries, and two third down stops and a blocked kick, a field goal in the fourth quarter to help preserve the 39-0 shutout against New Mexico State. In the Big 12 championship game, he matched his career high of nine tackles (six solo), posting five on two other occasions, at Miami and versus Kansas. Against Miami, he went in on offense on a trick play but lost six yards on a reception, his only offensive touch of his career. In the bowl game against Clemson, he had two solo tackles and blocked an extra point kick. The coaching staff presented him with the Tom McMahon Award, given to the player who displays an impressive work ethic and dedication; Garee never missed one practice in his five years on the roster. Street & Smith’s selected him as a preseason honorable mention All-American, while Phil Steele’s College Football ranked him as the No. 53 defensive linemen in the nation. He was the runner-up in the team’s strength and conditioning competition for the “Power” group (OL, DL), as he owned group bests in the standing long jump (9-7), dips (39) and pull-ups (17) while tying for the best vertical jump (33-0). He also tied for the fourth best bench press with 405 pounds.
2004 (Jr.)—He earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors from the league coaches, as he played steady all year in starting all 13 games, including the Houston Bowl, at the rush defensive end spot. He led all CU ends in tackles with 60 (37 solo), which included six for losses and two-and-a-half quarterback sacks. He also had three third down stops and two quarterback pressures as he racked up at least four tackles in 11 games, with a season and career high of nine tackles, six solo, against Texas. He had six of the same variety (four solo, two assists) in three different games: Washington State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, with five on three other occasions. He had three tackles (one solo) in the bowl victory over UTEP. He was one of the 10 players on the season to earn his way into CU’s prestigious Victory Club, posting a winning productivity grade in at least eight games for the year. The Sporting News selected him to its All-Spring Team, citing his pass rush abilities, and the coaches named him as the recipient of the Dan Stavely Award, presented to the Outstanding Defensive Lineman for the spring.
2003 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, but once he cracked the starting lineup for the conference opener at Baylor, he remained in it the rest of the season (eight starts in all). He played 518 snaps from scrimmage, posting 32 tackles (23 solo), tying for the team lead in quarterback sacks with four. His seven overall tackles for loss were the third most on the team, and he also added four hurries, three third stops and a forced fumble. He really came on the second half of the season (27 tackles, six for losses the last seven games), and was CU’s defensive line player of the week for the win over No. 22 Missouri, when he had five tackles, three for losses including two quarterback sacks. He had a season high six tackles, all solo, in the overtime win over Kansas, with five tackles versus No. 1 Oklahoma and four versus Nebraska. A big spring game was the sign of things to come, as he was in on seven tackles, with all six of his solo stops being quarterback sacks.
2002 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in seven games (no starts), including four on defense. He was in for 39 plays, making five solo stops including a sack (against Baylor). He had three points on special team duty, as he assisted on a tackle inside-the-20 and had a wedge break.
2001 (Fr.)—The coaching staff named him the winner of the Lee Willard Award, presented to the most outstanding freshman. Even though he was redshirted, he really developed on the scout team and was named the scout team player of the week three different times (for the Colorado State, San Jose State and Iowa State games). He was the first frosh redshirt to win the award since 1972, the last season true freshmen were not eligible to play.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned PrepStar, SuperPrep and Prep Football Report all-Midlands honors, as he was listed as the No. 62 overall recruit by PFR and No. 69 by SP. He was tabbed All-Colorado by the Rocky Mountain News, which also named him first-team all-state; the Denver Post selected him honorable mention all-state. He played in the all-state game at the University of Northern Colorado this past March. As a senior, he posted 117 tackles (80 solo), with 16 for losses, including 13 sacks. He complemented those with seven quarterback hurries, four passes broken up, two forced fumbles, three recoveries, the first interception of his career and three blocked kicks (two punts, one field goal). He also started on offense at tight end and caught 12 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he made 95 tackles, with eight sacks and three forced fumbles, earning first-team all-Metro North Conference accolades and was named to the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph’s all-area team. He also started as a sophomore at defensive end, and had three fumble recoveries and around 60 tackles. He had a couple of catches (for 25 yards) on offense. Top games as a senior included a 12-tackle, three-sack effort in Mitchell’s 28-7 victory over Palmer and a two-sack performance in a win against Doherty. As a junior in 1999, he racked up 14 tackles in a losing effort to Wasson. Mitchell was 12-2 his senior year, 7-3 his junior campaign and 5-4 his sophomore year under coach Tom Sandoval; MHS fell in the second round of the 2000 state playoffs to Fruita Monument. He also lettered in track, competing mostly in the relays (particularly the 4x200). He wrestled his first two years in high school, competing at the 160-pound class his freshman year and then as a heavyweight as a sophomore (mainly because of a lack of big wrestlers in the program).
ACADEMICS— He is majoring in both economics and sociology at Colorado. He was an honor roll student in high school, as he maintained a 3.12 grade point average.
PERSONAL— Born May 8, 1982 in Denver. He says the biggest moment in his high school career was when he officially signed with the Buffaloes. Hobbies include playing basketball. (Last name is pronounced Gary.)
Tackles 4 39 5 0-- 5 1- 6 1- 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 518 23 9--32 7-45 4-30 3 4 0 1 0 0 12 569 37 23--60 6-20 2.5-17 3 2 0 0 0 0 12 576 23 18--41 5- 7 2.5-15 2 4 0 0 0 0 40 1702 88 50--138 20- 81 10- 68 8 10 0 1 0 0
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ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 0,1—1 (2002); 1,0—1 (2003).