|City/State:||Coto de Caza, Calif.|
AT COLORADO: Career Notes-He completed his Colorado career finishing first in receptions (215) and receiving touchdowns (22), while winding up third in all-time receiving yards (2,521; just 27 behind Michael Westbrook and 19 out of second). He tied for the fifth-most 100-yard receiving games with five (leader has 12), and of his 215 career catches, 122 earned first downs (51 on third and/or fourth down). He became the 10th player in NCAA history to catch at least one pass in every game he appeared in, and the sixth to do so without missing any games due to injury (48 games, 49 including the postseason, the NCAA active best at the conclusion of his career; the previous CU record had been 27). He had at least two receptions in his final 19 games, just three off the team record for that mark. The 22 TD passes he caught from Cody Hawkins was also a school record for the most for a quarterback-receiver duo. He is the first player to lead the team in receptions for four straight years, after being only the second to do it three consecutive seasons (joining Monte Huber, 1967-69). He also finished 17th all-time in yards from scrimmage (2,525), tied for 13th in touchdowns (23), 21st in scoring (138 points) and 23rd in all-purpose yards (2,582). He had just two fumbles in 231 career touches, one of which technically did not occur after the Big 12 admitted a poor officiating call in the 2009 CSU game (the play should have been ruled an incompletion).
2010 (Sr.)-He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches and garnered first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's NFF chapter. He was the recipient of three postseason team awards, making school history by being named the John Mack Award winner as the team's most outstanding offensive player for the third straight year, the first player to earn the honor on three occasions (only three others have earned it twice). He shared the inaugural Kordell Stewart Career Achievement Award with quarterback Cody Hawkins, presented for outstanding career achievement, as the pair set numerous passing and receiving records between them. He was voted Best Interview for the second straight year by CU's beat media and was one of CU's four team co-captains, as selected by his teammates. In posting team highs of 50 receptions, 621 yards and seven receiving touchdowns, he became the only player in school history to lead CU in receiving in four consecutive seasons. He caught at least two passes in all 12 games (three or more in 10), with his yardage high coming at Oklahoma when he grabbed five balls for 84 yards and a touchdown. He was the CU's offensive player of the game and the Colorado Chapter/NFF player of the week for his efforts against Colorado State in the opener, when he caught six passes for 78 yards, a touchdown and four first downs. His TD reception in that game was the 168th of his career, breaking the record of 167 set by Michael Westbrook from 1991-94. He caught four passes for 74 yards and two scores against Kansas State, the third time in his career he had a two-touchdown game. He was a preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection by The Sporting News, and a second-team pick by Athlon, Lindy's Big12 Football and Phil Steele's College Football, which ranked him as the nation's No. 39 overall receiver. He was one of 51 players on the official preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, while NationalChamps.net pegged him as a preseason All-American. One of three recipients of the team's Eddie Crowder Award for outstanding leadership during spring drills and the off-season.
2009 (Jr.)-He started 11 games (all but the Iowa State game when CU opened in a different formation) in earning second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press; the Big 12 Coaches tabbed him honorable mention. He earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation, and earned the John Mack Award for the second straight year as the Buffs' most outstanding offensive player. He was the co-recipient of the Best Interview Award as selected by CU's beat media, and once again was one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award (for achieving excellence with class in several areas). He led the team in all major receiving categories, grabbing 76 balls for 893 yards and six touchdowns, 12 for 20 or more yards and 38 for 10-plus. The 76 catches tied for the second-most in a single-season at CU, with the 893 yards the seventh-most. He set a school record with 47 of his receptions earning first downs, breaking the old mark of 46 set by Charles E. Johnson in 1993. He was third on the team in scoring with 42 points on seven TDs, six via the air and a seventh when he recovered a fumble at the 2-yard line and advanced it into the end zone against Wyoming. He caught at least four passes in 11 games, including tying the school record with 11 (for 114 yards) at Toledo. That was one of four 100-yard receiving games on the season: he caught nine balls for 104 yards against Missouri; eight for 107 at Iowa State and seven for 114 versus Nebraska, two of those for touchdowns.
2008 (Soph.)- He was the recipient of the John Mack Award, presented to CU's most outstanding offensive player, and was also a first-team All-Colorado selection by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation. The coaches named him one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award (for achieving excellence with class in several areas). He played in all 12 games, including nine starts, as he led the team in receptions for the second straight season, the first former walk-on to ever do so in school history. He caught 46 passes for 519 yards (11.3 per), five touchdowns and 26 receiving first downs, all four being team bests, and again caught at least one pass in every game (and three-plus 10 times). He had 22 catches for 10 or more yards and nine for 20-plus, again both team bests, with 12 of 16 third/fourth down catches picking up first downs. He had six receptions twice (Eastern Washington, Iowa State), with the 90 yards versus EWU his season best followed by 67 yards on five catches, one for a score, versus Colorado State in the opener and 62 yards against Iowa State, also on five catches, two of which went for scores. His first TD versus the Cyclones came on a clutch fourth down grab to get CU on the scoreboard in the third quarter in its come-from-behind 28-24 win. He also completed 1-of-3 passes for 38 yards on the season (the completion was to Darrell Scott versus Texas), and rushed a couple of times for two yards. In the spring, the coaches selected him as the recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award, presented for outstanding leadership during spring drills.
2007 (Fr.-RS)-He suffered an unfortunate injury on the first day of spring drills when he broke his ankle. On crutches for over a month, he bounced back quickly from the fracture and would become the first freshman wide receiver, true or redshirt, and just the second frosh ever to lead the Buffs in receiving. An honorable mention Freshman All-American by both The Sporting News and collegefootballnews.com, he caught 43 passes for 488 yards (11.3 average) and four touchdowns. TSN named him first-team Freshman All-Big 12, as he set school freshman records for receptions and yards, and missed tying the touchdown mark by one. He was 27th in the Big 12 in receptions per game (3.6) and was 30th in receiving yards per game (40.7). He played in all 13 games (starting five), including the season opener against Colorado State, where he responded with a record setting game: he caught eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown (the coaches selected him as CU's Offensive Player of the Week). It was he most receptions and yards by any Buff, regardless of class, for a first game of a career and also were his season highs. He caught at least one pass in every game, and had 20 receptions after the first three games alone. He also caught touchdowns against Arizona State, Iowa State and Nebraska. He tied for third in first downs earned with 20, picking up 11 on first down catches and six on third down plays. Other top games included Arizona State (6-63), Kansas State (6-63), Florida State (6-62), Iowa State (5-54) and Miami-Ohio (3-60). In the Independence Bowl against Alabama, he caught four passes for 67 yards.
2006 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced all fall at wide receiver and made an impression on the coaching staff. He joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills.
HIGH SCHOOL-A three-year letterman in football, he played in just six games as a senior due to an academic matter eventually resolved in his favor. He still posted solid numbers: 43 receptions for 690 yards and eight touchdowns in earning PrepStar All-West Region honors (as well as being named to the All-Division County All-Star Game). He also rotated in at cornerback on defense, making one interception. In his junior season, he was named first-team All-Pacific Coast League, first-team All-CIF and second-team All-County after posting 59 catches for 933 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he was a first-team All-League selection as well as the team's Offensive Player of the Year after registering 59 catches for 857 yards and eight touchdowns. Top career games included as a senior in a win against Laguna Hills, when he caught 13 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown (a performance that set an Orange County record for receiving yards in a game), and in a win over Foothill as a junior, when he had six catches for 150 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his prep career as the school and league record holder for most major receiving records, as he had 161 catches for 2,480 yards (15.4) per and 30 touchdowns. Tesoro was 13-1 his senior season and 12-2 his junior campaign, winning the Pacific Coast League and Southern Section CIF championships both years, and was 8-4 his sophomore season under coach Jim O'Connell. He was the most valuable player on the freshman team, which went 10-0, as he caught 38 passes for 720 yards and 16 touchdowns.
ACADEMICS-He graduated with a degree in Sociology from Colorado in December 2010. An honor roll student as a sophomore and junior in high school.
PERSONAL-Born February 11, 1988 in Newport Beach, Calif. His hobbies include spending time at the beach and snowboarding. His father, Scott, played football at UC-Davis where he was a teammate of CU coach Dan Hawkins, and is now a police sergeant. His 2001 Pop Warner team was the Orange County/Los Angeles and Pacific West United States champions, while his 1998 Pop Warner team also won the Orange County/Los Angeles championship. Originally committed to Boise State.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Rushing: 2-2, 1.0 avg., 0 TD (2008); 0-2, x avg., 1 TD (2009). Passing: 1-1-0, 9, 0 TD (2007); 3-1-0, 38, 0 TD (2008); 1-0-0, 0 (2009); 1-0-0,0 (2010). Punt Returns: 1-4, 4.0 (2008); 7-32 (4.6 avg.), 13 long (2009). Special Team Tackles: 1,0—1 (2007).