|City/State:||La Puente, Calif.|
|High School:||Los Altos|
|Alma Mater:||Colorado '11|
AT COLORADO: Career Notes—He had 257 career tackles, 26th all-time at CU, but seventh all-time among defensive backs, with his 183 unassisted career stops the 14th most and his 25 pass deflections ranking 11th all-time. His 37 career third down stops were the fourth most since those started being tracked in the 1980s, but the most by a defensive back.
2009 (Sr.)—A second-team All-Big 12 performer by the league coaches (honorable mention by the Associated Press), he was selected by his teammates as the Buffaloes’ 2009 Most Valuable Player. He also was a first-team All-Colorado defensive back as selected by the state’s chapter of the NFF/College Football Hall of Fame. Though CU’s starting left cornerback, he actually just started one game at the position (Toledo); the other 11, he started as CU’s nickel back. He finished the season with 96 tackles, most on the team as were his 71 solo stops, while playing all 804 defensive snaps from scrimmage. He also led the team in third down stops (12) and tackles for zero (10), with his 19 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage also a team best when adding in nine tackles for losses, which included four sacks, both the second highest totals on the team. He also had four pressures, one pass broken up and one touchdown save. He closed out his career by being named Big 12 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in CU’s 28-20 loss to Nebraska, racking up 11 tackles (9 solo), a game in which he also had two tackles for loss including a quarterback sack, three third down stops, a tackle for zero and a touchdown save. His one pass deflection of the year was as big as they come—he broke up what would have been a game winning touchdown pass to Dezmon Briscoe as time expired in CU’s 34-30 win over Kansas. Other top games included 10-tackle efforts against Toledo and Oklahoma State, and nine-stop affairs against Missouri and Texas A&M (when he had three tackles for zero and was CU’s defensive player of the week). In all, he had eight games with eight or more tackles and 10 with 7-plus (and at least four in all). The coaches again honored him with the Gold Group Commitment Award, given to those players committed to all-around excellence. He was also honored by the fans as he received the Buffalo Heart Award, presented by the “fans behind the bench” after the Nebraska game. He was a first-team preseason All-Big 12 selection by several publications, including Phil Steele’s College Football and Huskers Illustrated, along with Nationalchamps.net. He missed the last part of spring drills due to illness.
2008 (Jr.)—He started all 12 games at right cornerback, playing both that position and shifting into the nickel slot when five defensive backs were in the game. He was the co-recipient of the Dave Jones Award as the team’s most outstanding defensive player, earned second-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation, and honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches (though Phil Steele’s College Football pegged him a first-teamer). The coaches honored him with a Gold Group Commitment Award for the season, in which he played the third most snaps on the team (824). He was fourth on the team with 84 tackles (59 solo), with five for losses including a sack, four for no gain, and team bests of 14 third down stops and 10 pass deflections. He had three pressures and a forced fumble and two interceptions—one of which he returned 27 yards for the game winning touchdown in CU’s 31-24 win over Eastern Washington. It marked the first time in school history CU won a game on a defensive scoring play, and he was honored as both the Big 12 defensive player of the week and CU’s athlete of the week; he also had eight tackles, four solo, two third down stops and two passes broken up in the game. He had a career-high 15 tackles (eight unassisted) versus West Virginia, and also racked up 12 (10 solo) against Oklahoma State. Another top game came against Kansas, when he had nine tackles (seven solo), two third down stops and a hurry, again being named CU’s AOW. In the win over Kansas State, he had seven tackles, all solo, two third down stops and a fourth down halt to go with a forced fumble. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the defensive backs for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning.
2007 (Soph.)—He played in all 13 games, starting eight including the Independence Bowl, all of which came as the nickel back in 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 formations against passing teams. In 531 snaps from scrimmage, he finished the year with 42 tackles (34 solo), the fourth most by a defensive back on the team with the highest ratio of solos to assists. He tied for second on the team with 10 third down stops, while his 12 pass deflections ranked a team best. He also had an interception, a quarterback hurry, a caused interception and a touchdown save. He was the coaches’ choice for CU’s defensive player of the game against Nebraska, when he had five tackles (three solo), two third down stops, two passes broken up plus an interception he returned 51 yards inside the Husker 5 that set up a touchdown. He had a season and career high 12 tackles (11 solo) against Missouri, giving him 21 tackles against the Tigers in two career games, and he also had nine in the win at Texas Tech and seven against Kansas. He had a career-best four pass deflections in a win at Baylor. He added six tackles, two inside-the-20, on special teams coverage units. In the bowl game against Alabama, he had two solo tackles and a fumble recovery that he returned six yards. He was moved back to the secondary prior to the start of fall camp, as he experimented in the spring at receiver, switching from cornerback where he played as a freshman. He had some mild success while on offense, with three receptions for 68 yards in the four main spring scrimmages (long of 49).
2006 (Fr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including 10 on defense with four starts, as he saw a lot of action as the nickel back and was a key performer on special teams. In 350 snaps from scrimmage, he was in on 35 tackles (19 solo), with three for losses. He also had a third down stop, two passes broken up, and an interception. He had a season-high nine tackles at Missouri (five solo), when he also had his interception and a TFL. He also had five tackles in the Texas Tech and Kansas games. He finished third on the team in special team points with nine, on the strength of six tackles (four solo), including three coming inside-the-20. He had a crack at returning punts, but fumbled his only attempt.
HIGH SCHOOL—Named to the Los Angeles Times Southern Section top defensive backs list (No. 14 on the 22-man roster), he developed a reputation as a playmaker on both sides of the ball. As a senior, he was a first-team all-Valley and the Santa Clara Valley League most valuable player when he had 45 receptions for 800 yards and nine touchdowns and 10 carries for 118 yards and another score on offense, with 25 tackles and eight interceptions, returning one the length of the field for a touchdown, playing cornerback on defense. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. As a junior, when he was a first-team all-league performer on both offense and defense, he had 36 catches for 500 yards and eight touchdowns, with seven interceptions on the other side of the ball. He started at cornerback as a sophomore (did not play offense), the only underclassman on the varsity team that season. Top career games: as a senior against Canyon, he had a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown; as a junior in a win against Southfield, he made three interceptions; and as a sophomore in a win over Ayala, he had two interceptions. Under coach Greg Gano, Los Alton was 8-4 his senior year, advancing to the second round of the playoffs, 7-4 his junior season, and 14-0 his sophomore year, winning the CIF Championship. He also lettered four times in basketball (point guard), as he made the varsity as a freshman. An all-league performer as a junior and senior, he averaged just under 25 points per game as a senior and exited as Los Altos’ all-time leading scorer and assist man.
ACADEMICS—He majored in Sociology at Colorado, and was on schedule to graduate in the summer of 2010. He owned a 3.0 grade point average in high school.
PERSONAL—Born April 8, 1988 in Van Nuys, Calif. Hobbies include bowling, playing pool, video games and basketball. A cousin, Travis Brown, played collegiately at New Mexico (wide receiver) and signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams for 2009, while another cousin, Charleston Brown, played defensive back at Alcorn State. (First name is pronounced shuh-pell.)
|2006||10||350||19||16||35||3- 4||0- 0||1||0||0||0||2||1|
|2007||12||531||34||8||42||2- 4||0- 0||10||1||0||0||12||1|
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Returns: 1-0, 0.0 avg. (2006); 1-51, 51.0 avg., 51 long (2007); 2-27, 13.5 avg., 27 long, 1 TD (2008). Punt Returns: 1-1, 1.0 avg. (2006). Special Team Tackles: 4,2—6 (2006); 6,0—6 (2007); 2,0—2 (2008); 1,0—1 (2009).