AT COLORADO: 2007 (Sr.)—He earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league coaches, and was the recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award as selected by his teammates for his leadership. Named the team’s offensive captain just prior to the season opener, he started all 13 games, including the Independence Bowl, and played every snap on offense (893 in the regular season, 68 more in the bowl for 961 total), the only player on either side of the ball to play every down from scrimmage by their respective units. He graded out to 80 percent or better 10 times (the last 10 games of the year), as well as to 90 percent or higher three times, including the best game-grade of the year by any lineman, 97 percent against Nebraska (earning the coaches’ nod as the Lineman of the Week). He allowed just one quarterback sack, had four direct touchdown blocks, allowed nine pressures and was called for four penalties. He had 68 knockdown blocks for the year, with a personal best of 10 at Baylor. He also played all 66 snaps on the field goal/PAT team, bringing his play count for the year to 959. He was the recipient of the Joe Romig Award following spring practice, as coaches presented the honor to the most improved offensive lineman.
2006 (Jr.)—He started all 12 games at left offensive tackle, as he was just one of four players on the team to start every game. In addition, he was the only player on offense to play every snap (715), which was second on the team to Terrence Wheatley on defense (776). He missed spring drills, as he was under going rehabilitation following surgery on January 10 to relieve a chronic shoulder condition, but was 100 percent for fall camp. He had bulked up by some 15 pounds from his playing weight as a sophomore.
2005 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games, including starts in the first two (Colorado State, New Mexico State) and the Champs Sports Bowl. He was hampered in the middle of the year a bit due to an ankle sprain. In the regular season, he played 311 snaps from scrimmage, along with another 56 on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams, grading out as the third best lineman on the team with a 2.57 average on a 0-4 point per play system. He did not allow a quarterback sack, allowed a team low three pressures, and was called for just two penalties in racking up 12 knockdown blocks and six “Perfect 4” plays. His best game grade was 2.77 versus Missouri. He had a solid spring, despite battling a chronic shoulder injury on which he had surgery to repair following spring practice.
2004 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in three games on offense and in 10 overall counting his participation on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams. He had 21 plays from scrimmage on offense, earning a season grade of 86.7 percent as he racked up 18 plus plays. He had one knockdown block with a high game grade of 88.9 against North Texas. He played 29 additional snaps on special teams.
2003 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced all season on the offensive line, mainly at tackle. He weighed 245 on signing day, but had bulked up to 270 by fall camp.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned SuperPrep All-American and all-Midlands honors, while Prep Football Report and PrepStar named him to their first-team all-Midlands squads. PrepStar also named him to its pre-season all-Midlands team. SuperPrep tabbed him the No. 42 offensive lineman in the country (the No. 30 overall player in the Midlands), with Prep Football Report selecting him as the No. 16 player in the Midlands (the fifth offensive lineman). Rivals.com selected him as the No. 58 tackle in the nation (and the No. 6 player in Colorado.) He was named first-team All-Colorado and all-state (5A) by the Denver Post, as he also garnered all-state second team honors from the Rocky Mountain News. He also received first-team all-Centennial League honors on his way to being voted his team’s most inspirational player. As a junior, he earned second-team all-state honors (Rocky Mountain News) and first-team all-league accolades. As a senior, he blocked for a 1,200-yard rusher, as he allowed no sacks, just four pressures and racked up 78 domination blocks and 12 touchdown blocks. As a junior, he plowed the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, as he recorded 75 domination blocks, 14 touchdown blocks, and allowed only one sack. He had 55 domination and eight touchdown blocks as a sophomore, allowing just three sacks. Top career games included a 21-14 win over Mullen his junior year, when he allowed zero sacks, had seven domination blocks and threw a key block on the game winning touchdown run. In a win against Bear Creek his senior season, he once again allowed no sacks or quarterback pressures, as he recorded a career-high 15 domination blocks and two touchdown blocks. Cherry Creek was 6-4 his senior year, 9-3 his junior season (losing to Mullen in the state semifinals) and 5-5 as a sophomore under coach Rocky Martin. He lettered in basketball twice as a center, and also played baseball.
ACADEMICS—He majored in Business Management at Colorado, and graduated December 21, 2007. He was named first-team academic All-Big 12 as both a sophomore and junior and earned second-team honors as a senior. An honor roll student in high school, he owned a 3.1 GPA as a prep and scored a 1210 on the SAT.
PERSONAL—He was born April 10, 1985 in Denver. His hobbies include playing basketball, golf, video games, the outdoors and tinkering with computers. He is also an avid-churchgoer and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Two members of his family played sports at CU: Father (Tad) lettered in football, basketball and golf (1965-66), and an uncle (Gary Polumbus) lettered three years in golf and twice made it to the NCAA Championships. His father had 14 career receptions at CU... out of 15 passes thrown to him. A sister (Heather) played tennis for the University of San Diego, and a grandfather (Jim Richey) was on the track team at Kansas.