AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He saw action in nine games, making one start (at Kansas), but did not catch any passes. He did return in the fall 100 percent return from a nasty knee injury, and was able to participate in spring drills on a limited, non-contact basis.
2005 (Jr.)—He missed the entire season after suffering a completely torn ACL when tackled in what was a non-contact practice, just the third session of fall camp before the team even donned pads. He had surgery on August 16 and was lost for the season. He was the co-starter at the “x’ receiver position at the time, and was looking to have a big year after coming on at the end of his sophomore season. He ran the second fastest 40-yard dash time on the team (4.38) in spring conditioning tests.
2004 (Soph.)—He enjoyed a breakout season, especially over the last eight games. He played in all 13 games, including the Houston Bowl, with his first two career starts (against Nebraska and Oklahoma when starter Evan Judge was first ill and then not at 100 percent). He was fifth on the team in receptions, as he caught 26 passes for a team-high 417 yards, 16.0 per catch, with one touchdown. He had only one catch in the first four games before catching fire against Oklahoma State, hauling down six for 129 yards, the most receiving yards by a Buff in 2004. He had another top outing at Nebraska in his first career start, catching eight balls for 116 yards, including his first career TD, a 6-yard pass from Joel Klatt that opened the scoring in the contest. He averaged 18.5 yards on 11 first down receptions, earning nine first downs in the process, and caught nine balls on third down, six of which earned first downs (his TD grab was also on a third down play). He had 19 plays of 10 yards or longer, third most on the team (Bobby Purify had 35 and Lawrence Vickers 21), though 68 percent of his touches went for double figures, the best ratio on the team. In the bowl win over UTEP, he caught two passes for 32 yards. He was starting to shine in practice when a shin injury knocked him for the last two weeks of spring drills; he did catch a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first full scrimmage.
2003 (Fr.-RS)—He was injured most of the season, as he was finally healthy enough to play in the final two games of the season (though he did not catch any passes). He suffered a lower leg injury in August drills and it was slow to heal. He caught four passes for 54 yards in the three main spring scrimmages.
2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any game action. He dressed for 11 games, and was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the San Diego State game.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he garnered PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America honors, and an invitation to play in the California-Florida Bowl. He made the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best-in-West team, with seven out of a possible 10 votes from Pac-10 Conference recruiting coordinators. Rivals.com ranked him as the nation’s No. 90 overall player, while The Sporting News ranked him at No. 91; both had him ranked as the country’s No. 9 receiver. PrepStar ranked him as the No. 5 receiver in the West region, while SuperPrep ranked him No. 21 nationally. He also earned first-team all-state, all-CIF, all-Central District, all-area and all-league honors. He was a second-team all-area selection as a junior. As a senior, he caught 57 passes for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 16.0 yards per catch, also returning a few punts and kickoffs on occasion. As a junior, he caught 29 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns (25.9 per reception), and rushed for about 200 yards and another score. He also returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns, giving him 17 total scores. All in all, he had 86 career receptions for 1,660 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 19.3 yards per catch with eight 100-yard receiving games. Top games as a senior included a 46-14 win over Bakersfield West, when he caught eight passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and in a 42-14 win over Clovis, when he snared six passes for 150 yards and two scores. Bakersfield, under coach Tim Hartnett, was 25-1 his two seasons on the varsity, going 13-0 his senior year to win the Division I Central Section championship, and 12-1 his junior season, losing in the final. He lettered four times in track, and was a four-time all-area performer in sprints and relays. He owns prep career bests of 21.67 in the 200 and 47.7 in the 400, and as a senior, he was the CIF state champion in the 400 (winning with a 47.9 time). He also lettered twice in basketball (shooting guard), playing as a sophomore and junior. He also ran track for four tears
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication in December 2006. He made the honor roll as a senior at Bakersfield.
PERSONAL—He was born September 24, 1983 in Bakersfield, Calif. His hobbies include fishing, watching movies and playing video games, and he’s officiated basketball in the summer. His older brother, Allen, will be a third-year sophomore this fall on the Buffaloes, as he plays defensive back. A cousin (Jason Howard) in a high jumper at Texas Christian, and another cousin (Brian Howard) also ran track at TCU and is a member of the Santa Monica Track Club, one of the west coast’s premier teams.