Finished 47th all-time in tackles at Colorado with 225 (138 solo).
Played in 11 games, all starts, eight at the "sam" outside linebacker spot and three at the "mike" inside position (he missed the Stanford game with a hyperextended elbow, and played the last three games with the injury). He finished tied for second on the team in tackles with 70 (41 solo), which included seven stops at or behind the line of scrimmage (four for zero, three for losses including a quarterback sack). He also had eight third down stops (including one on fourth down), five passes broken up, three hurries, two fumble recoveries (which came against Southern Cal and Washington), one forced fumble and a touchdown save. He had his second career interception and it was a big one: it came in the fourth quarter in the red zone as Washington State was trying to put the game away, and his pick ended a threat and helped pave the way for CU's 35-34 comeback win. He had seven or more tackles in eight games, including a season best 11 (seven solo) against Sacramento State, and nine against Colorado State in the opener (six solo) and Washington (seven unassisted). A second-team preseason All-Pac 12 team pick by Athlon Sports and Lindy's College Football, Phil Steele's College Football selected him to its third-team and ranked him as the No. 39 outside linebacker in the nation.
Started all 13 games, the first seven at the 'sam" backer spot and the last six inside at his old "mike" position after Doug Rippy was lost for the season with a knee injury. He earned first-team All-Colorado honors as selected by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation as he led the team in tackles with 85, including 56 solo stops, second-most by a Buff. He had 11 stops at or behind the line of scrimmage (seven for losses, including three quarterback sacks, and four tackles for zero), along with six third down stops, two quarterback chasedowns (near sacks), three passes broken up, an interception (which came against California), a caused interception and a touchdown save.
He had five or more tackles in nine games, registering 11 at UCLA (eight solo), 10 against Arizona (six solo) and nine versus Washington State (seven solo). He closed the season by being named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in CU's 17-14 win at Utah: he had nine tackles, six solo with two for losses including a quarterback sack, three third down stops and a touchdown save. He had three special team points (one each tackle, fumble recovery and first downfield credit). Fully recovered from a knee injury that prematurely ended his sophomore season, he was moved from inside to outside linebacker during spring drills and responded well to the change. Consensus Draft Services placed him on its honorable mention preseason All-America team, with Lindy's College Football selecting him as a preseason second-team All-Pac 12 performer. Phil Steele's College Football ranked him as the No. 56 outside linebacker in the country.
He was having an all-league caliber season when he went down with a severe MCL sprain against Texas Tech (Phil Steele's College Football had selected him second-team All-Big 12 at the midseason point). He still garnered second-team All-Colorado honors from the state chapter of the National Football Foundation. At the time of his injury, he was leading the Buffs in tackles with 57 (32 solo, 8.1 per game), a number that still placed him fifth on the team by season's end. In 371 snaps from scrimmage, he also tied for second on the team in tackles for zero (8) and third down stops (7), in addition to recording two tackles for loss (both at Mizzou), two passes broken up and a key fumble recovery. Against Georgia, with 1:55 left and CU nursing a 29-27 lead, he scooped up the ball after B.J. Beatty forced a fumble at CU's 30-yard line, ending UGA's comeback attempt; he also had eight tackles (four solo) in the game. He 10 or more tackles three times, including career-highs of 13 overall and nine solo at Missouri and 12 against Tech before he was injured (six solo). He earned the CU's Defensive Player of the Week nod for the Colorado State game, when he racked up 10 tackles (eight solo), two third down stops and two tackles for zero. He had at least eight tackles in five games, and led or shared the lead in tackles by the Buffs in four of those games. He had a good spring, with 18 tackles (nine solo, four for losses, another four for zero gains, two sacks) along with three third down stops and an interception in the three main spring scrimmages.
He eased back slowly into things after major knee surgery canceled out his true freshman season, getting more playing time by the end of the year after being slowed midseason by a sprained knee and shoulder. He saw action in seven games (six on defense, no starts), playing 110 snaps from scrimmage. He was in on 13 tackles, nine solo, with four third down stops and a quarterback hurry; he added a solo tackle on special teams coverage duty. He had a season-best four tackles (all solo) at Iowa State, with three against Wyoming (two unassisted). 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. He participated on a limited basis during spring drills (non-contact work), as he completed rehabilitation following knee surgery the previous August.
He had worked his way into second-team status on the depth chart after just a week of practice but went down with a torn ACL in a non-contact drill on August 13; he subsequently had surgery on September 2 and was lost for the season. The coaches named him one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award (for achieving excellence with class in several areas).
Considered by most as the top high school senior in the state of Colorado in 2007 (he had over 50 scholarship offers from around the nation). As a senior, he was a Parade All-American and Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year, perhaps the top two of all his honors. He was a member of PrepStar's Dream Team, as the publication ranked him as the No. 19 player overall (and as the nation's No. 3 linebacker). SuperPrep named him to its All-America team (ranking him as the No. 8 player in the Midlands region, the third linebacker), and EA Sports tabbed him as a third-team choice (its picks significantly fewer players for its teams). The Tacoma News-Tribune named him to its Western 100 team (one of 12 linebackers), and was named to the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best-In-West Team. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 1 Colorado prospect and the third-ranked linebacker nationally, while Rivals.com pegged him the top player in the state and the No. 9 linebacker in the country. Locally, he was named All-Colorado (Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News), along with garnering first-team All-State and All-Continental League honors. Ponderosa's team captain, Mustang of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, following the season he played in the Under Armor All-American Game in Orlando.
As a senior, he had a monster year as he racked up 153 tackles (83 solo), 23 tackles for losses including eight quarterback sacks, along with 18 quarterback hurries, 10 forced fumbles, six recoveries, two interceptions and 11 passes broken up. On offense, he had 17 rushes for 172 yards and three touchdowns playing some spot running back. As a junior, when he earned second team All-State and first-team All-Conference recognition, he recorded 107 tackles, 19 tackles for losses with two sacks, eight forced fumbles, two recoveries and an interception in being named his team's Defensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore, he was named second team All-Conference, as he tallied 109 tackles (41 solo), 10 tackles for loss with four sacks, five forced fumbles, three recoveries and an interception. He thus had 367 career tackles, 52 for losses with 14 sacks and 13 fumble recoveries. His top game as a senior came against Regis when he accounted for 20 tackles, two passes broken up and a fumble recovery while scoring two rushing touchdowns on offense in Ponderosa's 14-0 win. He also had a 20 tackle game as a junior in a 10-3 loss to Highlands Ranch. Under coach Randy Huff, Ponderosa went 5-5 his sophomore through senior years, advancing to the first round of the state playoffs each year. He also lettered twice in baseball.
Born July 6, 1990 in Newport Beach, Calif. He enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends. He has logged many hours of volunteer work and community service, including coaching kindergarten basketball in Parker. His father (Ken) played football at Rice and was named an honorable mention All-American; he was also one of his school's assistant coaches. Mother is Stephanie, an older brother (Justin) is one year ahead of him and attends CU and he has a sister, Jessica.