AT COLORADO: 2011 (Sr.)— He saw action in one game for one snap – the final play of the last home game against Arizona, as Ryan Miller came out for his only missed snap of the season to let him see the field. He otherwise did not see any action and only practiced on a limited basis because of chronic shoulder issues; he had missed all of spring practice after undergoing offseason surgery to mend the injury.
2010 (Jr.)—He did not see any game action; a recurring shoulder injury limited him at times during practice.
2009 (Soph.)—He played in five games overall, including four starts which came against Wyoming, Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma State; he also appeared in the Texas A&M game. He started at right guard for the Wyoming and KU games and on the left side for the other two. He was in for 204 total snaps, registering four finishing/knockdown and two touchdown blocks. His best game grade was at Kansas State when he recorded an 80 percent figure. He was a preseason fourth-team All-Big 12 selection by Phil Steele’s College Football.
2008 (Fr.-RS)—Earned the starting spot at right guard out of camp and played there against CSU, but was switched to left guard after that game and started the next 11 at left guard. He earned first-team Freshman All-Big 12 honors from rivals.com. He was in for 769 snaps from scrimmage, third most on the team, grading to over 80 percent on two occasions with a season-best 89 percent against West Virginia. He was also third in knockdown blocks with 39.5 knockdown blocks and was second in touchdown blocks (5). He allowed three quarterback sacks and as flagged for just one penalty all year.
2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire fall on the offensive line.
HIGH SCHOOL—A SuperPrep All-Far West performer as a senior, as the publication ranked him as the No. 9 overall player in Arizona (and as the fourth offensive lineman in the state); Rivals.com pegged him as the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation (the No. 6 overall player in the state), while Scout.com ranked him at No. 26. He played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, starting at guard. As a senior, he was named first-team All-Arizona and All-State (by both major area newspapers) and was an EA Sports second-team All-American, also becoming the first linemen to be named the Phoenix Player of the Year (as selected by the Arizona Republic). A three-year letterman, he did not allow a sack in his entire prep career. Playing offensive tackle, he had 120 pancake blocks, and playing defensive tackle, he had 60 tackles and five quarterback sacks as a senior. As a junior, he was named first-team All-State and All-Desert Valley Region when he had 112 pancake blocks playing offensive tackle and 55 tackles, including five sacks on defense. He was named first-team All-Desert Region and honorable mention All-State as a sophomore when he tallied 104 pancake blocks. Under coach Andrew Molander, Brophy Prep went 9-3 his senior season, advancing to the state quarterfinals; they were state champions his junior year with a 13-1 mark, and went 10-2 and advanced to the state quarterfinals in his sophomore season. He also lettered once in track and played two years of basketball (freshman and junior varsity).
ACADEMICS—He earned two degrees from Colorado: a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in two areas of emphasis, Finance and Accounting, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, completing requirements for the Finance portion in December 2010 and the others in December 2011. He was one of three players as a senior to receive the team’s Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence. A four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, he owned a 3.2 grade point average in high school.
PERSONAL—Born December 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Ariz. His hobbies include spending time outdoors—snowboarding, fishing, wakeboarding and waterskiing—basketball and reading. His father (Rick) attended Colorado for a time and attempted to play football, but was injured during the spring and eventually returned to Arizona. A grandfather (Bob Behrens) was an All-American at Colgate who was drafted by the New York Giants, but opted to go to medical school instead. An uncle (Bob Behrens, Jr.) played football at UC-Riverside, and his older brother, Rich, played at Arizona. (Last name is pronounced bear-ens.)