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#83 Dusty Sprague
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Holyoke, Colo.
High School: Holyoke
Experience: Redshirt

 

AT COLORADO: Career Notes—He wrapped up his career ninth in both receptions (103) and receiving yards (1,261) on CU’s all-time lists.

 

2007 (Sr.)—He played in all 13 games, including the Independence Bowl, making starts in eight, as he finished third on the team in receiving with 27 catches for 336 yards (12.4 per) and two touchdowns. He earned the Tom McMahon Award for his dedication and work ethic, with it presented at the team’s postseason banquet.  The coaches selected him as the Offensive Player of the Week for the Baylor and Nebraska games; against the Bears, he caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, including three all over 25 yards on the opening drive of the game, including 26-yard TD catch.  On the year, he also had 10 rushes and was pretty effective, gaining 68 yards and scoring a touchdown; he was third on the team in first downs earned with 20 (19 receiving, 1 rushing).  Against Nebraska, he had a modest one catch for 22 yards, but picked up 48 yards on six carries rushing the ball—including a touchdown. In the bowl game against Alabama, he caught two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown, with two rushes for 14 yards; his TD grab covered 25 yards and came with 1:07 left in the first half to pull CU to within 27-14.  In the spring, he was the recipient of the inaugural Greg Biekert Award following spring practices, as the coaches bestowed the honor to the player with the most attention to detail.  He was a preseason fourth-team All-Big 12 selection by Phil Steele’s College Football. 

 

2006 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games, with two starts, but didn’t enjoy the same kind of production he did his first two seasons.  He still caught 11 passes for 179 yards, averaging a team-best 16.3 yards per reception.  He had seven grabs of 10 yards or longer, with two of 20 or better, with a season and career-long of 63 (at Missouri; it was CU’s longest play from scrimmage for the season).  He had three catches for 33 yards at Georgia, two for 85 in the Missouri game, and two for 20 against Texas Tech.  He earned 10 first downs for the season, including one on an 11-yard reverse, the first rush of his career.  On special teams, he had two knockdown blocks and a recovered kick for three points.    

 

2005 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games, making 11 starts including the Champs Sports Bowl, as he led the team in receptions in the regular season with 43, good for 468 yards (10.9 per) and a touchdown.  He was the first sophomore to lead CU in receiving since Michael Westbrook in 1992, and just the fourth to do so over the previous 37 seasons.  He caught at least one pass in all 13 games, with a career best of nine at Miami (for 55 yards), and had at least three in nine games overall.  He caught five passes of 20 or more yards and 16 of 10 yards or longer, with his long play a 62-yard touchdown pass from Joel Klatt against Kansas (also the longest pass play for the season by the Buffaloes).  That game provided his season yardage best, as he caught three passes for 76 yards versus the Jayhawks.  In the bowl game against Clemson, he had one catch for four yards.  

 

2004 (Fr.-RS)—He played in 10 games including the Houston Bowl (no starts), missing the Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska contests after suffering a broken clavicle against Texas.  He returned faster than expected and played in the Big 12 championship game versus Oklahoma, catching one pass for six yards.  The Sporting News named him to its Freshman All-Big 12 team, as he was having a fine year before the injury.  On the season, he caught 22 passes for 278 yards (12.6 per) and a touchdown; the 278 yards were the fourth most ever by a CU freshman.  In the overtime loss at Texas A&M, he accomplished something of note: he caught eight passes for 101 yards, becoming only the second freshman (true or redshirt) to have a 100-yard receiving game in Colorado history (the only other was by Phil Savoy in 1994, when he caught six passes for 113 yards against Oklahoma State).  He caught half his passes on third down (11 for 153, 13.9 average, six first downs), and after being shutout in the first two games of the year, he improved game by game, becoming a favorite and trusting target for the quarterbacks.  His touchdown came against Oklahoma State (he had two grabs for 27 yards), one of five games where he caught at least two passes.  In the bowl win over UTEP, he caught two passes for 16 yards.  He also tied for third in special team points with nine on the strength of six tackles (one inside-the-20) and two knockdown blocks.  He was a prime candidate to be a holder for placement kicks, but his duties were limited upon his return to he team. 

 

2003 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire fall at wide receiver.  

 

HIGH SCHOOL—He won the prestigious Fred Steinmark Award, presented by the Rocky Mountain News to the state’s most outstanding senior for accomplishment in sport, academics and citizenship.  Many referred to him as the best small school athlete in the state of Colorado for 2002-03: as a senior, he earned both first-team All-Colorado (all classes) and all-state (1A) at defensive back from both the Denver Post and News.  He was the LPAA (Lower Platte Athletic Association) player of the year, was all-league at quarterback and free safety, and was the state of Colorado’s representative for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.  SuperPrep named him to its All-America team (listing him as the No. 30 receiver nationally), while PrepStar and Prep Football Report tabbed him as an All-Midlands selection. SuperPrep rated him as the No. 24 player in the Midlands, and the third performer in the “athlete” category, while PFR ranked him No. 44 in the region (the sixth receiver).  Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 37 receiver in the nation and as the fifth overall best player in Colorado.  As a junior, he earned all-state honors at free safety and all-conference honors at running back, wide receiver, free safety and kick returner, and as a sophomore, he earned all-league honors at wide receiver.  His senior year he rushed for 1,340 yards and 25 touchdowns (long of 85), threw for 756 yards, had over 200 yards receiving, and racked up 869 kickoff and 480 punt return yards.  On defense (free safety), he had 127 tackles (61 solo), with two interceptions, 12 passes broken up and three quarterback sacks.  Top career games included two his senior year: in a 48-0 win over Jefferson Academy, he rushed 17 times for 180 yards and five touchdowns, along with returning a punt 70 yards; and in a win over Academy of Charter, he had 19 carries for 191 yards and four scores, while completing 7-of-10 passes for 115 yards and two TDs.  Holyoke was 8-3 his senior season and 7-5 his junior year under coach Adam Archibeque, reaching the state playoffs both years. In the Colorado All-State game the summer following his senior year, he starred among athletes from all classes, catching six passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.  He lettered four times in track, and was the state champion in the 110--meter hurdles as a junior and senior, the long jump champ as a junior, and the runner-up in the 100-meter run, the 300 hurdles and long jump as a senior.  He also earned four letters in basketball (guard; an honorable mention all-state performer).

 

ACADEMICS—He graduated from Colorado on Dec. 21, 2007 with a degree in Business Management, and was a four-time, first-team Academic All-Big 12 team member (as a redshirt frosh, sophomore, junior and senior).  He earned Academic All-District honors as a sophomore.  He was third in his high school class (41 in size) with a 4.078 GPA.  The president of the National Honor Society at Holyoke and class treasurer, he is a member of the Science, Cadenza, Spanish and Drama Clubs, while also being involved with the FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FCA and the El Pomar Youth Community Service groups.  He was a member Holyoke’s Knowledge Bowl championship team while participating in Northeastern Junior College’s Math and Science competition, and also ranked as the school’s outstanding student in math, science and Spanish classes. 

 

PERSONAL—He was born August 9, 1984 in Holyoke, Colo.  His hobbies include acting, fishing, music, reading and an interest in television production.  He also loves farming and dogs (and animals in general), and watches shows and specials on television regarding man’s best friend (he has an American bulldog).  Two brothers (Aaron, Russell) both played college football at Colorado State, while a younger sister (Brianne) is a freshman on the Regis University volleyball team.  Full first name is Dustin.

 

Receiving                                  High Games

Season

G

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Rec

Yds

2004

9

22

278

12.6

1

34

8

101

2005

12

43

468

10.9

1

62t

9

76

2006

12

11

179

16.3

0

63

3

85

2007

12

27

336

12.4

2

28

5

95

Totals

45

103

1261

12.2

4

63

9

101

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Rushing 1-11, 11.0 avg. (2006); 10-68, 6.8 avg., 1 TD (2007). Special Team Tackles: 6,0—6 (2004).

 

 

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