AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He played in six games, including starts in the final three, as assorted injuries limited his participation his senior year. He had 11 tackles on the year (seven solo) in 109 snaps from scrimmage. He had bulked up by some 25 pounds since his junior year, as he shifted to tackle from end, where he played primarily his first four years in Boulder. He missed all of spring drills after suffering a torn pec muscle in winter conditioning.
2005 (Jr.)—He saw action in 11 games including the Champs Sports Bowl, making five regular season starts as he missed two games (Kansas State, Missouri) due to a severe knee sprain. He earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press as he played 383 snaps on defense in racking up 18 tackles (10 solo), with five quarterback pressures, three passes broken up two third down stops and a tackle for loss. He also caused two interceptions, one via hurry and the other by a tipped pass, both against Colorado State. His top tackle efforts included four against both at Texas (in the first meeting) and Iowa State. In the bowl game against Clemson, he had one tackle that was a quarterback sack along with a hurry. In the preseason, The Sporting News selected him as a second-team all-Big 12 Conference member. He was the overall strength and conditioning champion for the “Power” group (OL, DL) with 54 points, owning a team-best of 335 pounds in the power clean, along with impressive showings in the vertical jump (32-5 inches), the squat (539 lbs.) and the pro shuttle (4.45 seconds).
2004 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games, with 10 starts including the Houston Bowl, as he earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press. In playing the fourth most snaps on defense (695), he posted 34 tackles, including 21 solo, 11 for losses and four-and-a-half quarterback sacks. He added five third down stops, three quarterback hurries, two passes broken up, two forced fumbles and a recovery. He had a monster game at Washington State, and was rewarded for it by being named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (as well as CU’s lineman of the week): he was in on a career-high seven tackles, six solo, with four for losses including three quarterback sacks, and forced a fumble (against Texas). In the bowl win over UTEP, he was in on four tackles, with two solo stops (one was a quarterback sack while the other was for a loss) and a quarterback hurry. He also had six stops in the opener against Colorado State and five each against North Texas and Texas A&M; he had the bulk of his tackles (28) in the first seven games of the year.
2003 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in 11 games, including one start (at Texas Tech), while missing the Baylor game for precautionary reasons recovering from a concussion. In 250 snaps from scrimmage, he registered 15 tackles, which included nine solo stops, four for losses and three quarterback sacks. His top game was at Iowa State, where he played his most snaps (41) in racking up four tackles, three of which were unassisted with two of those quarterback sacks. He also recovered a fumble (against Oklahoma) and forced one (at Texas Tech) to go with three hurries and a pass deflection on the year. He added one tackle on special teams coverage duty.
2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any game action. He was quite the practice player, as on three different occasions the coaches named him as the Scout Team Defense player of the week (for the UCLA, Kansas and first Oklahoma games).
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned SuperPrep all-Far West and PrepStar all-West honors, along with first-team all-state (Cal-Hi Sports), all-CIF, all-area (L.A. Daily Breeze) and all-Ocean League honors, and was second-team all-CIF for all divisions. He was the CIF Division 10 defensive player-of-the-year as both a junior and senior, and also earned first-team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. As a senior, he was in on 80 tackles, with 20 for losses including 11 quarterback sacks, along with 12 hurries, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three passes broken up and two blocked punts playing both outside linebacker and defensive end. As a junior, he played linebacker and was in on 147 tackles (the third most in school history), with 11 for losses and five sacks; he also had four PBU’s, four hurries, three forced fumbles, two recoveries, two blocked kicks and an interception. He had 85 tackles as a sophomore, also playing linebacker, with 10 for losses, three sacks and six PBU’s. He was primarily a blocking tight end on offense, as he caught one pass his junior (for 36 yards) and senior (16) seasons. Top career games: in a 28-14 loss to Beverly Hills as a junior, he had 26 tackles, five for losses, with three PBU’s; in a 42-33 win over Inglewood as a senior, he has 12 tackles (three TFL’s, one sack), three fumble recoveries and a blocked punt; and his sophomore year in a 28-10 win over El Segundo, he had 15 tackles, three for losses, and four PBU’s. NTHS was 12-2 his senior year (division champs and CIF runner-up), 6-4-1 his junior campaign and 7-5-1 his sophomore season under coach Todd Croce; they were the Ocean League champs his sophomore and senior years. He also lettered once in track (shot put).
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in December 2006.
PERSONAL—He was born August 25, 1984 in Gardena, Calif. His hobbies include lifting weights, movies and going to his grandmother’s house (his mom was a flight attendant so he spent a lot of time there and loves her cooking). He also collects movies, and has over 300 in VHS and DVD collection. His father (Alfred) played free safety at UNLV in 1982-83 and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent, but injuries cut short his attempt to make the team. Active in his community, as he volunteers at a center for neglected children over the Christmas holidays. (Last name is pronounced lih-gone.)