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#23 Tyler Littlehales
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Boulder
Experience: Varsity Reserve

AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, including one start (versus Texas, when starter Ron Monteilh was out with an injury) as he was a regular in receiver rotation.  For the year, he caught nine balls for 119 yards, a 13.2 average per catch.  His biggest play of the year came at Nebraska, as he hauled in a 39-yard pass from Joel Klatt on the second play of the game, the impetus for a 14-play, 90-yard drive that let CU take command of the game early.  That was his lone 20-plus yard reception of the year, but five of his nine did go for 10 or more with each earning a first down.  He caught four passes for 40 yards against Texas in his start, and caught his other five passes in five different games.  He had a solid spring, and led all receivers with four catches (for 51 yards) in the Black & Gold game. 

2003 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in five games, including the last three, but did not catch any passes.  He caught one pass (for 13 yards) in the Black & Gold game to end spring drills. 

2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any action.  He practiced the entire fall at wide receiver.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he garnered PrepStar all-American honors, as the magazine ranked him the No. 5 athlete in the midlands.  Both SuperPrep and Prep Football Report named him to their all-American teams (pre- and post-season), while Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 19 wide receiver in the nation.  He earned all-Colorado honors as a senior and junior (Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News) along with first-team all-state and all-Centennial League (Post, News).  Designated as one of the state’s Top 12 2001 Blue Chips (Post), he was one of 74 players nationally and one of two Coloradoans to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, helping the West team to victory.  Participating on both sides of the ball throughout three years on the Boulder varsity squad, he complied 138 total tackles on defense, six interceptions and 35 passes broken up at safety.  As a wide receiver, he gained 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns on 52 receptions.  Also serving as his team’s punter, he finished his career ranked No. 2 in state history with a 44.2 yards a punt average.  As a senior, with limited time on defense, he was in on 20 tackles, had two interceptions, 15 PBU’s and returned a fumble for a 98-yard touchdown.  With four 100-yard receiving games at wide out, he caught 28 passes for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns while also gaining 317 yards and eight touchdowns on 30 carries.  Averaging 43.4 yards a punt on special teams, he also saw time as a returner and averaged 19.5 yards a punt return and 30.2 on kickoffs, scoring two touchdowns.  As a junior, he made 78 tackles, with six being for loss, had four interceptions and 12 PBU’s.  On offense, he caught 24 passes for 617 yards and seven touchdowns, while he averaged 45.5 yards a punt on special teams.  When combining his junior and senior year stats, he made 51-of-59 PAT kicks, only had 26 of 64 kickoffs returned, and had four punts over 75 yards.  His top career games included a 17-10 win over rival Fairview his junior year when he caught touchdown passes of 79 and 23 yards, kicked a 32-yard field goal, returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and boomed a 78-yard punt.  In a 52-32 win against Smoky Hill his senior year, he had three rushing touchdowns on five carries for 63 yards, two touchdowns on four receptions for 166 yards and a 37-yard field goal.  His best game as a punter may have come against Cherry Creek as a senior when he booted a season-long 82-yard punt.  Boulder was 5-5 his senior year, 6-5 his junior season and 2-8 his sophomore year under coach Bob Carskie.  He lettered three years in baseball, playing mainly outfield and doing a little pitching.  He batted .379 as a year (22-of-58), with eight home runs and 23 runs batted in as he earned first-team All-Boulder County honors.  He was recovering from shoulder surgery as a junior, but as a sophomore, he batted .450, had six homeruns and 80 RBI when he was a first-team all-league performer and was clocked at throwing a fastball at 90 miles per hour. 

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in economics at Colorado.  He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for his freshman spring semester.

 

PERSONAL—He was born October 20, 1983 in Boulder.  His hobbies include lifting weights, hiking and listening to music.  He also volunteers his time as a referee for youth basketball games at the YMCA.  The Colorado Rockies drafted him as an outfielder in the 2002 June draft, but he would have likely been taken in the first three rounds had he not wanted to pursue football.  His father (Brad) played football at the University of Pittsburgh (1966-68) while an uncle (Eddie Littlehales) was a punter at Marshall University.

 

                                                  RECEIVING                                       High Games   
Season                   G              No.     Yds    Avg.    TD  Long        Rec       Yds
2003                      5                0          0       0.0        0       0             0             0
2004                     12               9        119    13.2       0      39            4            40
Totals                   17               9        119    13.2       0      39            4             40
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