AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)— He played in all 12 games (eight starts), finishing third on the team in receiving with 30 catches for 322 yards (10.7 per) and two touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in ever game, with a high of four four times, including the two games he scored touchdowns (Texas, Iowa State). Against the Cyclones, he had his career high in single game yards with 85. He had seven receptions over 20 yards 12 over 10 and 14 for first downs. He also earned six special team points on the strength of five knockdown blocks and a first downfield that altered the return path. He finished his CU career ninth all-time in receptions (104) and 18th in receiving yards (1,070), one of just nine players to have both 100 catches and 1,000 yards in a Buffalo career. He caught at least one pass in 44 of 50 career games (including two bowls). He was CU’s offensive player of the week for the Colorado State (4-28) and Eastern Washington (4-54) games, was the recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award for leadership and was an inaugural member of those who received the Gold Group Commitment Award. He was named one of four team captains in a vote by his teammates near the end of fall camp. The coaches selected him as the John Wooten Award winner for his outstanding work ethic during spring practice (11 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in the three main scrimmages), and he was also the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the receivers for the second straight spring for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning.
2007 (Jr.)—He played in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, starting five during the regular season, as he caught 27 passes for 265 yards (9.8 per). For the second straight year, he was involved in CU’s first offensive play of the year; he gained 24 yards on a reverse, the longest initial rushing play of the year in CU history. He set the one for receiving his sophomore year (42 yards), so he likely is the only player in the nation to own both records. He also had six rushes for 37 yards (6.2 per). He opened the year with five catches for 59 yards at Colorado State, with another top game against Kansas (3-50). He had at least one catch in 11 games and two or more nine times, including versus Alabama in the bowl game (2-29). He earned 17 first downs for the season, nine on third downs. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the wide receivers. In the bowl game against Alabama, he caught two passes for 29 yards with a long of 28, which set up a fourth quarter touchdown.
2006 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games (seven starts), as he finished third on the team in receiving with 19 catches for 242 yards, an average of 12.7 per. His long reception of 42 yards was in the season opener against Montana State, with his first career touchdown a 39-yard grab in the win over Iowa State. He had nine receptions in the first three games of the year, and closed with 10 in the final five contests. He had a season-high five against Colorado State, with his top yardage game against Iowa State when he hauled down four for 71. He tried seven reverses, gaining a net 22 yards with a long of 14; three others gained five or more yards while two went for negative yardage. He earned 11 first downs on the year, including one rushing; five came on third down. He had a knockdown block credit on special teams duty. In the spring, he was involved in the longest play recorded in the three main spring scrimmages, a 71-yard touchdown reception from Brian White in the initial session.
2005 (Fr.-RS)—He played in all 13 games including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts), finishing fourth on the team in the regular season with 28 receptions for 241 yards (8.6 per catch). He had two catches for 20-plus yards and nine of 10 yards or longer, as he was used primarily on short routes. He caught at least one pass in all 13 games, with his five against Nebraska his most catches and the 40 yards on three receptions at Iowa State one week earlier his high yardage game. In the bowl against Clemson, he caught one pass for 17 yards. He cracked the regular rotation from the start of the season, picking up where he left off in the spring, when he progressed rapidly in drills. He ran the fourth fastest 40-yard dash time on the team (4.49) in spring conditioning tests.
2004 (Fr.)—He earned a medical redshirt for the season as he suffered broken bones in both his hands early in the season. He played briefly in the first two games (Colorado State, Washington State), mainly on special teams. Once healthy again in practice later in the year, he earned the Scout Team Offense Award for the Kansas State and Nebraska games.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned SuperPrep All-Southwest and PrepStar All-Midlands honors at quarterback as a senior, and was a two-time first-team All-District (4-5A) performer as well as a two-time team most valuable player and captain. As a senior in an option oriented ground attack, he rushed 123 times for 506 yards and five touchdowns, caught nine passes for 69 yards, passed for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns, and returned eight punts for 108 yards and a score. His top prep games include a 42-21 win over Burleson his junior year, when he rushed and passed for over 100 yards, both running and throwing for a touchdown; a 21-19 verdict over Lancaster the same season, when he returned punts 77 and 74 yards for touchdowns; and a 27-14 win over Euless Trinity his senior year, when he rushed for 92 yards including a career-long 67 yard TD run. DeSoto was 8-3 his senior year and 6-4 his junior season, finishing second in the district both seasons, and was 10-3 his sophomore year, winning the district under coach Dave Meadows; DHS reach the state quarterfinals his soph campaign. He also lettered three times in track (and was a three-time district champion team member), participating in the triple jump (46-3 career best), 110-hurdles (14.3), high jump (6-2) and relays (a member of the school record setting 4x200 team).
ACADEMICS—He graduated in December 2008 with a degree in Sociology. He was honored with the Most Improved Student-Athlete Award at CU’s 2008 Academic Recognition Luncheon. An honor roll student throughout high school, he owned a 3.9 grade point average and earned the President’s Award as a freshman. He was named to the Texas Legislative Black Caucus in 2003, and was also a member of the student council.
PERSONAL—He was born January 13, 1986 in Dallas, Texas. Deeply religious, his hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music (particularly R&B), playing the saxophone, laser tag and movies, and he also owns a vast collection of bass fishing hooks. He regularly leads team Bible studies. A brother (Chris) played defensive tackle at Howard Payne from 2000-02. His high school, DeSoto, has produced several players that went on to star in the NFL, including Tatum Bell (Denver), Marcus Tubbs (Seattle) and Ellis Hobbs (New England).