AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including making starts in six, as he finished second on the team in receiving with 31 receptions for 269 yards (8.7 per) and two touchdowns. His long grab went for 19 yards, 12 of his catches were for 10 or more yards and 18 earned first downs. After being shut out in the first two games, he had at least one catch the last 10 games of the season and 22 in the last five games. He has 12 third/fourth down receptions, 10 of which picked up first downs. Top games included CU’s 28-24 win over Iowa State, when caught a career-high eight passes for 79 yards (matching his career best) and the winning TD in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter (he was CU’s co-offensive player of the week). His other touchdown, the first of his career, came on the road at Kansas. He also had a rush and a brief trial returning punts, and on special teams recorded one knockdown on return unit duty. He was one of the inaugural members who received CU’s Gold Group Commitment Award (a team honor). Crawford concluded his CU career with 53 receptions (33rd all-time for the Buffs) for 564 yards (51st). He had entered the fall listed second among the “z” wide receiver group and figured to be a mainstay in the rotation, which he was. He caught nine passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in the three main spring scrimmages.
2007 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, with one start (Iowa State), as he caught seven passes for 73 yards (10.4 per). He had a season-high three catches against Florida State (for 19 yards), with two versus Miami-Ohio for 27 yards; his other two came against Kansas (for 21 yards, his season long) and Kansas State (for six). He had two catches over 10 yards (21 and 210), and also earned two first downs. He also had two knockdown blocks on special teams duty. A former walk-on, he was rewarded for his years of hard work with a scholarship early in the season.
2006 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, including three starts, as he came into his own the latter stage of the season. On the year, he caught 15 passes for 222 yards, averaging 14.8 yards per catch; he had 12 of those receptions in the final four games of the season, including season and career bests of five for 79 yards at Nebraska (where he had his long catch of 31 yards). Thirteen of his 15 reception earned first downs (six on third down plays), with 12 gaining 10 or more yards (four went for 20 or more). He was fourth on the team in receptions and yardage but second in average per catch. He suffered a fractured rib during camp but practiced through the injury, endearing himself to the new coaching staff which would reward him with his first career start in the Georgia game.
2005 (Fr.-RS)—He did not see any game action. He missed the first six games of the season with an ankle injury, but returned to dress for five of CU’s remaining seven games, including the Champs Sports Bowl. He caught two passes for 24 yards in the three full spring scrimmages.
2004 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he did not see any action but practiced the entire fall at wide receiver after joining the team as a walk-on the first day of classes.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team All-CIF honors at defensive back, while garnering first-team All-Palomar League accolades at both wide receiver and in the secondary. He had 88 tackles (42 solo), with 10 for losses to go with three interceptions, three forced fumbles and 11 passes broken up. On offense, he averaged 23.6 yards per reception and scored three touchdowns, and as a return man, he averaged 22 yards per punt runback, including a 73-yard score, and 28 yards per kickoff return. As a junior, when he was all-league on defense, he racked up 96 tackles (38 solo), including six for losses; he also made five interceptions, had 14 pass deflections and forced two fumbles. Under coach Ed Burke, Torrey Pines won the CIF Championship his senior year, posting a 13-1 record; TPHS was 8-4 his junior season, 9-1 his sophomore year and 8-1-1 his freshman campaign. He also lettered twice as a midfielder in lacrosse.
ACADEMICS—He graduated in December 2008 with a degree in Sociology. A two-time all-academic team member as a prep, he was a San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award recipient as a senior.
PERSONAL—Born January 6, 1986 in La Jolla, Calif. Hobbies include surfing and working out. The legendary and one of the most famous early westerners, “Buffalo” Bill Cody was a great, great, great uncle.