AT COLORADO: Career Notes: He finished seventh in punt return yards (647), fifth in punt returns (79), seventh in kickoff return yards (867), tied for fourth in kickoff returns (49) and fifth in combined kick return yards (1,514). He had 1,668 all-purpose yards for his career.
2007 (Sr.)—He played in 12 games, including the Independence Bowl, making two starts (at Arizona State, at Iowa State), seeing action on both offense and special teams. He caught five passes for 65 yards, with the longest play of his collegiate career on offense coming in the regular season finale against Nebraska when he had a 35-yard reception. He returned kicks on occasion (4 punt, 1 kickoff), with his top effort a 42-yard return at Baylor. In the bowl game against Alabama, he caught two passes for 12 yards. He returned to his dangerous ways during spring ball when it came to fielding kicks, with four punt returns for a 33.5 average in main spring scrimmage action, including a 70-yard burst for a score.
2006 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including two starts (Arizona State, Missouri). He averaged 17.4 yards for 15 kickoff returns (long of 26), while averaging 5.1 yards for 15 punt returns (long of 36). On offense, he caught two passes for one yard, and ran three reverses for a net minus-13 yards. He uncharacteristically had trouble hanging on to the football, as he had six fumbles in his 35 touches. He was selected a preseason honorable mention All-American by Nationalchamps.net, with CBS SportsLine.com naming him to its first-team All-Big 12 squad (he was a second-team choice by Athlon and The Sporting News, the latter ranking him as the No. 9 return specialist in the nation).
2005 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games including the Champs Sports Bowl, in every one on special teams and in seven on offense, as he moved from cornerback back to wide receiver in practice prior to the Miami game in a move designed to get a little more speed at the position. He earned second-team all-Big 12 honors from the league coaches at kick returner, as they had more appreciation for what he did in the return game than the casual observer. While his punt return average was 9.9 yards for 25 returns, and he did return one 81 yards against Kansas for a touchdown, the Buffs called the unit the “punt block” team and seldom set up for a return, leaving him to often fend for himself along with those times when he would snare a ball in traffic rather than letting it hit and bounce, salvaging better field position. He also returned 18 kickoffs for an 18.2 average, ran three reverses for 35 yards and caught six passes for 61 yards (the bulk of those came against Missouri, when he caught five for 50 yards). In the bowl game versus Clemson, he returned two punts for 20 yards and three kickoffs for 44 yards, including a 25-yard effort that was CU’s second longest play of the game (all phases). He was CU’s special teams player of the week on two occasions, versus New Mexico State and Kansas, also being selected as CU’s athlete of the week for all sports for the latter, when he had 124 total yards on just three returns. He also earned honorable mention All-Colorado team honors at kick returner from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation.
2004 (Fr.-RS)—He earned second-team all-Big 12 honors at kick return specialist from the league coaches, as he was eighth in the conference in punt returns and 10th in kickoff returns. He played in all 13 games on special teams and in two on defense (seven snaps, recording a solo tackle and a pass deflection). He returned 35 punts for 269 yards for a 7.7 average and a touchdown; however, the average was misleading as he often caught balls in traffic without signaling for a fair catch just so he could pickup even a single yard to help with field position (14 of his returns were in this fashion for a net 13 yards; he averaged 12.2 yards on the other 21 returns). The 35 returns were the third most punt returns for a single-season in school history and the most since 1992. He also had 15 kickoff returns for 269 yards (a 17.9 average) with a long of 27. He tied for sixth in special team points with eight on the strength of three solo tackles, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a touchdown save and a first downfield credit. He was the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week (as well as CU’s) for the Kansas game, when he had 98 return yards, including his first career punt return for a touchdown; his 48-yard sprint for a score put CU ahead for good late in the third quarter in the 30-21 win. He had two returns (for 2 yards) in the bowl win over UTEP. He moved from wide receiver to cornerback during fall camp to bolster the depth in the secondary. He missed most of spring practice after suffering a hamstring pull the third day of drills.
2003 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced all season at wide receiver and returned kicks on scout team duty. He was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the Kansas State game.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned all-Midlands honors from PrepStar, Prep Football Report and SuperPrep, as PFR ranked him as the No. 18 player in the region (the second receiver), and SuperPrep tabbing him No. 36 regionally (and as the third WR). Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 27 receiver in the nation, and called him “arguably the top prospect in Colorado.” He also garnered all-Colorado (all classes) and all-state (5A) honors from both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. A two-time first-team all-Centennial League pick, he was also first team all-Colorado and all-state as a junior. A four-year starter at wide receiver, as a senior, he caught 35 passes for 896 yards and eight scores, averaging 25.6 yards per catch, and including his kick return yardage, he accounted for over 1,600 all-purpose yards despite missing the better part of four games with a sprained ankle. As a junior, he led the state in receiving with 73 catches for 1,230 yards and 10 touchdowns, while returning four kicks (two punts, two kickoffs) for touchdowns. He averaged over 18 yards per punt return and 30-plus yards on kickoff returns. He caught 20 passes his sophomore year, six for scores, and he had 19 receptions as a freshman. He saw some brief time on defense as a junior (safety/cornerback), making around 25 tackles in four games. Mullen posted a 40-11 record during his time there; the Mustangs were 10-2 his senior year and 9-4 his junior season under coach Jay Madden, and were 11-2 his sophomore year (reaching the state semis) and 10-3 his freshman year under Mick McCall. He also lettered two years in basketball (guard) and twice in track (sprints and relays).
ACADEMICS—He is earning a double major in Business and Sociology at Colorado, and is on schedule to graduate this coming May (’08). He was a member of the French Honor Society in high school, when he owned a 3.57 grade point average and was one of 11 statewide honorees to receive the prestigious National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.
PERSONAL—He was born December 31, 1984 in Denver. His hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music and lifting weights. His younger sister (Kira) is a hurdler on the track team at the University of Texas. An uncle (Thadus Swazer) played college football, starting out at Colorado in 1992 and finishing up at Kansas State. (First name is pronounced “steph-on”.)