AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He missed the season and spring drills while undergoing rehabilitation following January 10 knee surgery, an injury which also required a follow-up arthroscopy in May. His status for the fall was uncertain heading into the year, but was never cleared to participate.
2005 (Jr.)—He missed the first four games of the year with ankle and toe injuries, and then played in the next eight solely on special teams duty, registering one solo tackle on coverage unit duty. Against Kansas, he scooped a blocked punt and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to help swing full momentum over to CU’s side. He suffered torn knee ligaments against Texas in the Big 12 Championship game and missed the bowl game as the injury required surgery. He had entered the fall listed first at strong safety on the depth chart. In spring conditioning tests, he posted a team best in the standing long jump (11-0 feet).
2004 (Soph.)—He started the first nine games of the season, the first five at strong safety and the next four at free safety and then came off the bench in the final three before starting again in the Houston Bowl as he played in all 13 games. In 647 snaps from scrimmage during the regular season, he finished fourth on the team in tackles with 72 (54 solo), with six third down stops, four passes broken up, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and recovery. His fumble recovery was huge, as he returned it 41 yards for a touchdown at Kansas in the first quarter that swung the game’s momentum after the Jayhawks had stormed to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first four minutes. He also had seven special team points on the strength of five tackles (four solo and two inside-the-20). He had a career high 11 tackles (8 solo) in the overtime loss at Texas A&M, and posted nine against Oklahoma State, eight against Missouri and seven versus both North Texas and Texas. He had five or more tackles in nine games, including six against both Washington State and Oklahoma, in both cases all unassisted stops. Against UTEP in the bowl game, he had one solo tackle (for a 1-yard loss) and a pass broken up on a fourth down play—the Miners last gasp from their own 40 with just under a minute remaining.
2003 (Fr.)—He saw action in 10 games, on both defense and special teams, and started three contests (Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech) when CU opened in its dime defense. He played 326 snaps from scrimmage, the second most by any true freshman on the team (topped only by OG Brian Daniels), and posted 24 tackles, which included 20 solo and three for losses with one quarterback sack. He was always sniffing out the big play, as he led the team with eight third down stops, two touchdown saves and two interceptions on the year, both coming in the Missouri game; that made him the 69th player at CU to have two in a game, but only the third true freshman to accomplish the feat (the first since 1996). He also had five pass deflections and one quarterback hurry; on special teams, he added two solo tackles. He had four tackles, three being unassisted stops, in three different games: Washington State, Kansas and Iowa State, and against Texas Tech, he had three solo tackles, all for losses. Against Missouri, he had four third down stops (two interceptions, one tackle, one pass deflection), the most by a CU player since the 1997 season.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team all-Dallas/Fort Worth Area and all-district (10-5A) honors, with Prep Football Report and SuperPrep naming him to their all-Southwest teams and PrepStar tabbing him all-Midlands. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 33 safety in the nation, SuperPrep had him as the No. 40 player in Texas and PFR the No. 57 player in the region (the ninth defensive back). He played in the Coca-Cola All-Star game, racking up seven tackles. As a junior, one of only four who saw action on the team, he was second-team all-state and first-team all-area and all-district. As a senior, playing free safety in what Prep Football Report called ”the country’s finest secondary,” he had 77 tackles (53 solo), six pass deflections, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two recoveries and a blocked punt. He had 73 tackles as a junior (43 solo), with eight interceptions, five passes broken up, two caused fumbles and one recovery. He also returned punts on occasion, averaging just over 25 yards for nine career returns. Top career games included two efforts as a junior: he had seven tackles and three interceptions in a 37-0 win of Namaan Forrest, and in an overtime playoff loss to Plano, he had 17 tackles and two passes broken up. In two years on the varsity, North Mesquite was 8-2 his senior year and 7-4 his junior year under coach Steve Bragg; it lost in the first round of the playoffs both years, both times by three points in overtime. He also lettered twice in track (sprints, relays), and played two years of basketball.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in sociology at Colorado. A member of the “A-B” honor roll as a senior, and also made it once as a junior and sophomore.
PERSONAL—He was born May 28, 1985 in Paris, Texas. His hobbies include video games, especially NBA Live, and he has a keen interest in computers. He would like to one day go into the restaurant business.