AT COLORADO: 2011 (Sr.)—He saw action in all 13 games, including eight starts when the Buffs opened in a two-tight end set. Primarily used as a blocker, he did catch one pass for 11 yards (against California). He officially moved to tight end on a permanent basis, though he lined up at the spot plenty of times his junior season when he served in a utility role between tight end, H-back and fullback. He missed all of spring practice after undergoing offseason surgery to mend a chronic shoulder injury; he was 100 percent by the start of August practices.
2010 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games, starting three at tight end: at Missouri, versus Baylor (in a two-tight end formation) and at Oklahoma. One week into fall practice, he was shifted from offensive line into a tight end/H-back/fullback role, with the intent to shore up CU’s rushing game in short yardage and goal line situations. He never carried the ball, but did catch two passes, including a 4-yard touchdown grab that opened the scoring in CU’s 29-27 win over Georgia. His other reception came against California. It was thought he might still see some action on the offensive line, but that only materialized in his playing all 50 snaps on the field goal/point after touchdown unit on special teams.
2009 (Soph.)—He saw action in six games, including three starts at right guard (Kansas State, Missouri, Texas A&M). He was in for 244 snaps from scrimmage, recording seven knockdown and three touchdown blocks. He graded out over 80 percent on two occasions, with a season-best grade of 87 percent at Kansas State. He played every down in the K-State and Mizzou games. He was a recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Award, selected by the CU coaches, which recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas. Opened up the fall second at right tackle, but saw most of his action during the season at guard.
2008 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in 11 games (did not play in the opener against Colorado State), and started the last eight games of the season (conference play), all at right tackle. He was in for 585 snaps from scrimmage, grading out a season-best 93 percent at Nebraska; he also had one other game where he graded over 80 percent (Iowa State). He had 16.5 knockdown blocks for the year, four each against Florida State and Texas A&M, and one touchdown block. He played another 43 snaps on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams.
2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire fall on the offensive line. He dressed for all but one game, as he possibly could have been activated to play if injuries dictated so.
HIGH SCHOOL—A three-year starter at two different high schools at offensive tackle, he was named first-team All-CIF Southern Section (Pac-5 Division), All-Orange County and All-South Coast League as a senior. He was also named second-team All-State and was his team’s Lineman of the Year and Big Hitter of the Year (presented to the one with the most pancake blocks). He racked up 56 pancakes as a senior and did not allow a sack on the season. As a junior at Santa Margarita High School, he was named second-team All-Serra League and was his team’s Lineman of the Year. He tallied 30 pancakes on the season and allowed just one sack. He also started every game as a sophomore. His top game as a senior came against Long beach Jordan when he recorded sic pancake blocks in the victory. Against Orange Lutheran in his junior season, he went up against USC-bound defensive end Michael Reardon and tallied three pancake blocks without allowing a sack. Under coach Bob Johnson, MVHS went 9-3 his senior year, making it to the second round of the playoffs. Santa Margarita was 5-6 his sophomore and junior seasons.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in Communication (and a minor in Business) in December 2011.
PERSONAL—Born March 3, 1989, in Mission Viejo, Calif. His hobbies include playing golf (regularly shoots in the 80s) and video games; he is also very active with his local church, Saddleback Community. His father is vice president of National Beverage, and his stepfather owns a commercial real estate company called Pacific Point Partners; he would like to get into real estate after college.