AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.)—He was the recipient of CU’s Tyronee “Tiger” Bussey Award, presented by the coaching staff to a player who persevered over adversity, injury or illness. He had post-spring knee surgery and underwent rehabilitation well into the summer, and with another key injury at the position, he battled through pain and soreness in playing about half the snaps on offense. He played in 11 games with seven starts, missing the North Texas game because of the knee, and caught eight passes for 42 yard and he was primarily utilized for his blocking skills. He did have a very important reception, as a 3-yard TD grab from James Cox put the Buffs up 7-0 against Iowa State, and turned out to be CU’s lone touchdown in a 19-14 win; it was his second career score. He also logged 12 plays on CU’s field goal/PAT unit.
2003 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games on offense, including six starts, and also saw regular action on special teams as well. He caught 12 passes for 70 yards and three first downs, as he primarily was a secondary target underneath when the wide-outs were covered but did make eight of the catches in the last four games. He continued to improve as a blocker, and was one of 13 players in the spring to earn CU’s prestigious Spring Victory Club honors.
2002 (Soph.)—He played in all 14 games, including the Alamo Bowl, and made one start (at Kansas). He had two receptions for 29 yards, as he was primarily utilized in two-tight end sets and on special teams. He recorded his first career touchdown reception, coming on a 1-yard grab from Robert Hodge against Kansas State, which increased CU’s lead at the time to 35-14 in the third quarter. His other catch came against Baylor.
2001 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in one game (San Jose State), catching one pass for 7 yards. He was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the first Texas game. He had a good spring, and caught seven passes for 41 yards in the four full spring scrimmages.
2000 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced at tight end the entire year.
HIGH SCHOOL—Played primarily in two-tight end sets, sharing time, but came on late according to his high school coach. He earned first-team all-Eastern Kansas League honors as a senior, when he was also a team captain. He caught 13 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns, and played sporadically on defense as an end (posting 11 tackles, two for losses, with five quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, one recovery and a pass broken up). He caught five passes for around 80 yards as a junior (no TDs), and had 20 tackles and a quarterback sack on defense. His top games as a senior included wins over Bishop Miege (four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown), Shawnee Mission West (five grabs for 50 yards) and Olathe East (when he caught his first career touchdown pass). Blue Valley Northwest was 10-3 his senior year and 9-3 his junior season under coach Steve Harms, winning the district title both years and the league title his senior season (losing in the Kansas state semifinals). He also lettered two times in basketball, as he averaged nine points and six rebounds per game as a senior, and lettered twice in track, participating in the 100-meter dash and javelin throw as a freshman and sophomore.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in both communication and political science at Colorado, and is on schedule to graduate next May. He owned a 3.0 grade point in high school and was an honor roll member all three years.
PERSONAL—Born August 20, 1982 in Oakland, Calif. His hobbies include PlayStation (claims that he is the “ultimate monster” at any sport video game), reading and rap music. Two uncles who played in college have gone on to high positions in NFL administration: Lamonte Winston, a wide receiver at San Francisco State, is the director of player development with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kevin Winston, a wide receiver at Indiana University who is now the director of player programs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He participated for two years in Shoulder Pads & Paragraphs, a Kansas City area program in which high school football players read with area second graders. At CU, he has been a regular participant in “Read With The Buffs,” for area fifth-graders.
RECEIVING High Games
Season G No. Yds Avg. TD Long Rec Yds
2001 1 1 7 7.0 0 7 1 7
2002 13 2 29 14.5 1 28 1 28
2003 12 12 70 5.8 0 12 3 16
2004 11 8 42 5.3 1 20 2 29
Totals 37 23 148 6.4 2 28 3 29
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 1,0—1 (2003).