AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.)—He played in 11 games (no starts), though his time was limited as he battle with knee injuries through his career led to constant swelling and soreness. But when he did play, he graded out high; for 107 gradable snaps from scrimmage, he scored 90 positive plays, grading out to 84.1 percent for the year (he played 117 snaps all told). He had five knockdown blocks and one touchdown block, allowed no quarterback sacks and just one pressure, and was not flagged for a penalty. He missed all of spring practice rehabilitating from knee surgery, and it wasn’t known until early in fall drills that he would even be available for duty.
2003 (Jr.)—He started 11 games on the offensive line, the first three at center and the next eight at tight guard (he missed the Texas Tech game with a sprained knee); thus, his first career start at center came in the season opener against Colorado State, while the his first career start at guard was at Florida State. He graded out to 72.9 percent for the year, fourth best among the linemen, and was second on the team with 22 knockdown blocks. He had a single-game high grade of 84.4 percent against Kansas, and graded out above 75 percent in four games. His five against Colorado State tied for the second-most knockdowns on the team in a single game. He played 717 snaps overall from scrimmage (plus three more on the FG/PAT unit on special teams), and was called for just one penalty, the fewest among all the O-linemen. He also had two touchdown blocks, allowed 12 quarterback pressures as well as three sacks. He missed spring practice recovering from knee surgery that he had following the 2002 season.
2002 (Soph.)—He saw action in the first eight games of the season (no starts), mainly on the FG/PAT unit on special teams (43 snaps). He also got into three games on offense (center), grading out to 87.5 percent in 16 snaps from scrimmage. He injured a knee in bowl practices and had surgery on Dec. 19, thus missing the bowl game. He had suffered a patella sublexation in the same knee midway through spring practices, with the injury requiring surgery (which he had in late April). He was the speed-strength and conditioning champion in the spring for the 265 to 280-pound weight class.
2001 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in two games at split-guard, playing a total of five snaps combined against San Jose State and Iowa State. He was twice honored as the Scout Team Offense Award winner, for the Iowa State game and the second Texas game for the Big 12 Championship. He had plenty of reps during the spring as CU was down to as few as eight healthy offensive linemen at one time, gaining invaluable experience out of the situation.
2000 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any action. He practiced the year on the offensive line.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team all-CIF Division VIII honors at defensive tackle, the same position he was afforded all-San Bernardino County, all-area (from the Victor Valley Daily Press) and all-Mojave River League honors. The league defensive player-of-the-year as a senior, he was in on about 60 tackles, including 15 for losses and five quarterback sacks playing defensive end. Often assigned to either rush or play the gaps, he added eight hurries, two forced fumbles, two recoveries and a pass broken up. He played guard on offense, allowing just three sacks and had about a dozen pancake blocks in grading out to 90 percent or better in eight of 11 games. Top games his final prep season included 10 tackles and two sacks in a win over rival Hesperia, and when he had three pancake blocks in grading to 100 percent on pass plays and at 85 percent on run-block plays in a victory over Burroughs. As a junior, he did not allow a sack on offense and played end on defense. He started the final 21 games of his high school career, as he was a special teams performer his sophomore year. Sultana was 9-2 his senior campaign, claiming the Mojave River League title, and was 3-7 his junior year and 1-8-1 his sophomore season under coach Pete Delagardelle. He lettered twice in track and field, participating in the discus (170-0 career best), shot put (51-11) and weight throw (62-4), posting all his career bests as a senior, when he placed ninth in the weight throw at NIKE Indoor Championships.
ACADEMICS—He graduated from CU with a degree in architecture on December 17. He was second-team Academic All-Big 12 both as a senior in 2004 and as a sophomore in 2002. An honor roll student in high school, he posted a perfect 4.0 the fall semester of his senior year.
PERSONAL—Born December 12, 1981 in Arcadia, Calif. His hobbies include fishing. (Last name pronounced stem-rick.)