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Jimmy Smith heading into rSr season: 2010: One of the top defensive backs in the country, he garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches (honorable mention from the Associated Press); he was only thrown at about 20 times in man coverage (allowed just one touchdown, by Texas Tech), and he did have five passes broken up, but he had no interceptions which likely hurt him when it came to All-America honors. His teammates selected him as the recipient of the Dave Jones Award as CU's most outstanding defensive player. He started all 12 games at right cornerback..For the second straight season, he had the exact same tackle count of 70 (third highest on the team, with 52 solo) with five PBU's, four tackles for zero, a forced fumble, one recovery, and a team-best five touchdown saves...2009: Earned secondteam All-Big 12 honors in 2009 by the Associated Press and was an honorable mention selection by the Big 12 Coaches...started all 12 games for CU in 2009 and has played in 35 games in his career, starting 15...finished the 2009 season with 70 tackles (52 solo) and was second on the team with 10 pass break-ups...also had seven third down stops, one forced fumble and fumble recovery and had three tackles for loss and three other tackles for no gain...2008: Played in 10 games, starting the last three at right cornerback, after missing the opening pair of the season with an injury. He was in for 407 snaps on defense, racking up 39 tackles (34 solo, one for a loss), with five third down stops, five passes broken up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...2007: Saw action in all 13 games (no starts), playing in all on special teams; he appeared in six on defense at cornerback (99 snaps from scrimmage). He had four tackles (thee solo), a third down stop and a pass broken up on the season...2006: Redshirted.
Nate Solder heading into rSr season: 2010: 2010 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...CU's starting left tackle, once again starting all 12 games and playing all 847 snaps on offense and was one of CU's four co-captains, as selected by his teammates; they also selected him as the recipient of the Zack Jordan Award as the team's most valuable player. One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, he was a consensus All-American, afforded the honor from four of the five the NCAA recognizes for that status: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp. Had the best year of all the CU linemen in 2010 and likely since Andre Gurode in 2001, grading out to 94.3 percent for the season, with 799 plus plays out of 847 total. He graded at 90 percent or higher in 11 of 12 games, and cleared 80 percent in the other, at California...2009: Earned firstteam All-Big 12 honors by the Big 12 Coaches and also earned secondand thirdteam mention from various outlets and honorable mention by the Associated Press...started all 12 games in 2009 and has played in 37 games in his career, starting 28, including each of the last 24 games over the past two seasons...played on all but one snap offensively in 2009 (850 of 851) and graded out to 80 percent or better in all 12 games and had seven games grading out at 90 percent or better...led CU with 97 finishes or knockdown blocks, seven touchdown blocks and gave up just three sacks on those 850 snaps...He had 10 games with five or more knockdown blocks, including a high of 14 against No. 17 Kansas in a 34-30 win...2008: Moved from tight end to tackle for spring practice (adding 30 pounds to his frame for the position switch), and adapted quite well to his new position to the point where he assumed the starting role at the key spot to protect the blindside for right-handed quarterbacks: left tackle. He started all 12 games in playing every snap on offense (843), matched by just one other player. He graded out to 80 percent or better six times and 90 percent or higher three times, including the best single-game grade by any CU lineman for the year, an amazing 98.8 percent against Kansas State, the highest by a CU lineman since 1990...2007: Played in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, making four regular season starts. He was utilized on special teams and on offense, where he was primarily as a blocking tight end. He did catch three passes for 50 yards, a 16.7 average, with all the grabs coming in the Miami-Ohio game. He added 25 pounds to his frame since arriving at CU, but it's not affected his speed...2006: Redshirted... Practiced all fall at tight end, and was a key scout team performer.
Riar Geer heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite 2007: Geers status this fall is up in the air as he awaits the outcome of a court case due to an off-field incident; he did not participate in spring drills 2006: Became the first freshman, true or redshirt, to ever lead Colorado in receiving as he caught 24 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns (all three were actually team bests). The 24 receptions were the most by a freshman tight end in school history, besting the old mark of 20 (Brody Heffner Liddiard, 1996) 2005: Redshirted.
*David Bakhtiari heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/109 -- David Bakhtiari, OT, 6-4, 300, Colorado...Aaron Rodgers' incumbent blind-side protector at left tackle, Marshall Newhouse, has been put on alert with the arrival of Bakhtiari. As the replacement for standout Nate Solder (New England Patriots' first-round pick in 2011), the long-armed Bakhtiari rose above Colorado's mediocrity to become an efficient pass protector at the position the last two seasons. - The Sports Xchange
Nick Kasa heading into Sr season: A closer look at Raiders' picks: Round 6/172 - Nick Kasa, TE, 6-6, 269, Colorado...A part-time player as a defensive end for three seasons, Kasa requested a move to offense and has made great strides. Big enough to be a legitimate in-line blocker and fast enough to have caught a 70-yard touchdown pass. - The Sports Xchange
Ryan Miller heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 5/160 - Ryan Miller, OL, 6-7, 321, Colorado...Miller could challenge for a starting job at right guard or right tackle. - The Sports Xchange
*Paul Richardson heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 2/45 -- Paul Richardson, WR, 6-0, 175, Colorado...Speedy play-maker who could give the team the type of deep threat it has been searching for. Might also factor in as a punt returner. - The Sports Xchange
Jalil Brown heading into Sr season: 2010: Started all 12 games at left cornerback, playing 799 snaps from scrimmage, all but 10 of the team total; he was one of CU's four team co-captains, as selected by his teammates. He was a second-team All-Colorado selection by the state's chapter of the NFF, and he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches. He led the Buffaloes with three interceptions and tied for the team high with five passes broken up; he often drew the top receiver on the opponent since they tended to shy away from Jimmy Smith. He racked up 46 tackles (28 solo, two for losses), with six third down stops, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdowns save...2009: Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2009 from both the Associated Press and Big 12 Coaches...He has played in 37 career games, seeing action in all 12 games in 2009 while starting the last 10 games of the season...played in all but 10 defensive snaps (613of623) in the last nine games of the year and ranked sixth on the team with 66 tackles and led the Buffs with 15 pass breakups and two interceptions...He also had eight third down stops, two quarterback pressures and two fumble recoveries...2008: Played in all 12, starting six, all when the Buffs opened in a nickel formation...was in for 461 snaps from scrimmage and recorded 52 tackles (40 solo, three for losses), with five third down stops, four passes broken up and an interception...2007: Saw action in all 13 games, including the Independence Bowl, on special teams and in three on defense at free safety and some cornerback...The recipient of the Bill McCartney Award for special teams achievement, he really came into his own on special teams the latter half of the season...led the team with 31 special teams points, with 25 coming in the last six games of the year...2006: Redshirted.
Ryan Walters heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 10 GS; 41 Sol-53 TT, 3 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF...2006: 11 GP; 10 GS; 41 Sol-57 TT, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; He played in 11 games, including 10 starts, missing the Baylor game with a stinger. He tied for fifth on the team in tackles with 57 (41 solo, one for a loss), with four third down stops, three pass deflections, two chasedowns (near sacks), a forced fumble and a recovery.... 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 15 Sol-19 TT, 5 PBU, 2 QBH; He saw action in 12 games including the Champs Sports Bowl, as he missed the Kansas State game with a shoulder injury. In nine games from scrimmage during the regular season, he played 163 snaps from scrimmage in making 16 tackles (12 solo), with two quarterback hurries...2004: Redshirted; did not see any action though he practiced at free safety when healthy. He suffered a broken thumb in mid-September and missed seven weeks of practice before he could return. He had entered the fall as a reserve quarterback; he enrolled at CU in January after graduating from high school in December, but an illness prevented him from practicing for most of spring ball, though he got some limited non-contact work in toward the end of drills. He was moved to the secondary after fall camp began...His father, Marc, played quarterback at CU between 1986-89, remarkably coming back at one point from a career-threatening knee injury; he owns a school record as he established the best single game passing rating (any amount of attempts) when he recorded a 353.3 at Kansas State in 1989.
Ben Burney heading into rSr season: 2007: Started all 13 games, one of just eight players to start every game for the Buffaloes in 2007...had 55 tackles (37 solo), with four for losses totaling 27 yards, along with eight pass deflections, six third down stops, three touchdown saves, two near-sacks, a tackle for zero and a caused interception...2006: Saw action in all 12 games...recorded 23 tackles on the year, including 14 solo and one for a loss...2005: Played in 11 games, mostly on special teams and in four on defense at cornerback...His father (Jacob) has been the defensive line coach for the Denver Broncos since 2002; he was a four-year starter at defensive tackle at Tennessee-Chattanooga and had tryouts with the Detroit Lions in 1981 and 1982, but injuries cut short his potential NFL career...older brother, Jacob Jr., played defensive tackle at Bucknell, completing his career in 2005.
George Hypolite heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 28 Sol-51 TT, 11 TFL, 6 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 3 QBH; First team All-Big 12. 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 31 Sol-50 TT, 13 TFL, 2.5 SK, 3 PBU, 7 QBH; He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches, and was also an honorable mention All-Colorado performer as selected by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation. He played in all 12 games, including eight starts at defensive tackle, and was in for 601 snaps from scrimmage. He had 50 tackles (31 solo), with his 13 tackles for loss the second most on the team; his two-and-a-half quarterback sacks tied for the third most. He also had seven hurries, four third down stops, two fumble recoveries, one caused, and three passes broken up. 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-10 TT, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QBH; He saw action in 12 games including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts), playing for the first time against New Mexico State in the second game of the year. He saw most of his action at tackle, but he did play some at end, especially around midseason when the position was hit hard by injury. In playing 203 snaps from scrimmage, he was in on 10 tackles (five solo), with one for a loss; he also registered three third down stops, three quarterback hurries and a chasedown (near sack). The coaching staff never considered redshirting him after the first impressions he made at the start of fall camp.
Brandon Nicolas heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 29 Sol-46 TT, 11 TFL, 3 SK, 1 PBU, 3 QBH; Honorable Mention All--Big 12...2006: 12 GP; 11 GS; 31 Sol-57 TT, 4 TFL, 4 QBH, 2 FF; He played in all 12 games, including 11 starts, all at nose tackle (his only non-start was against Kansas State when CU opened in a nickel formation). He tied for fifth on the team with 57 tackles (31 solo, four for losses), as he also tied for the most tackles by all the defensive linemen and ends (he had the top figure by the tackles). His 611 snaps from scrimmage were the fifth most by a defensive player, and he also recorded five third down stops, four quarterback hurries, three chasedowns (near-sacks) and two forced fumbles... 2005: He sat out the entire season after transferring to Colorado from Notre Dame. He enrolled in the fall semester and practiced the entire season at defensive tackle. He won the Scout Team Defense Award for the Oklahoma State game as selected by the coaching staff. Transferred due to ND's coaching staff changes...2004: At Notre Dame: Redshirted; practiced at defensive tackle and nose guard as a true freshman in South Bend.
Toney Clemons heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 7/231 - Toney Clemons, WR, 6-2, 210, Colorado...Big and fast, late bloomer who has shot at No. 5 on team. - The Sports Xchange
Maurice Lucas heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 8 GS; 20 Sol-36 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 2 QBH. 2006: 11 GP; 1 GS; 5 Sol-14 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 2 QBH; He saw action in 11 games, including one start (Kansas State). In 167 plays from scrimmage, he recorded 14 tackles, five solo, including one quarterback sack... 2005: 8 GP; 6 GS; 11 Sol-20 TT, 4 TFL, 5 QBH, 1 FR; Originally ticketed for a redshirt season, he was "activated" the sixth game of the season (against No. 2 Texas on the road, of all places), and he responded well, earning the team's Lee Willard Award as the most outstanding freshman. He wound up playing in eight games, starting the last six of the season including the Champs Sports Bowl. He saw action for 296 snaps from scrimmage during the regular season, finishing with 20 tackles (11 solo), with four for losses, five quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery (versus Kansas) and a third down stop...was the fist player to commit to Colorado in the '05 class, doing so on March 3, 2004.
Scotty McKnight heading into rSr season: 2009: Earned secondteam All-Big 12 by four different outlets including the Associated Press and honorable mention honors by the Big 12 Coaches...He
started all 12 games for the Buffaloes and finished the 2009 season with 76 receptions for 893 yards and six touchdowns...His 76 receptions tied for
the second most in CU history and he became just the third player in program history to catch 70 passes in a season...His 893 receiving yards
ranked seventh in CU history...has caught at least one pass in all 36 (37 including the post season) games of his career...2008: He was the recipient of the John Mack Award, presented to CU's most outstanding offensive player, and was also a first-team All-Colorado selection by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation...played in all 12 games, including nine starts, as he led the team in receptions for the second straight season, the first former walk-on to ever do so in school history...caught 46 passes for 519 yards (11.3 per), five touchdowns and 26 receiving first downs, all four being team bests, and again caught at least one pass in every game (and three-plus 10 times)...2007: An honorable mention Freshman All-American by both The Sporting News and collegefootballnews.com, he caught 43 passes for 488 yards (11.3 average) and four touchdowns...set school freshman records for receptions and yards, and missed tying the touchdown mark by one...played in all 13 games (starting five), including the season opener...2006: Redshirted.
Patrick Williams heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 8 GS; Rush: 6-37-6.2-0; Rec: 29-294-10.1-0; 2 Sol-6 TT...2006: 12 GP; 7 GS; Rush: 7-22-3.1-0; Rec: 19-242-12.7-1; 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 catch...2005: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 28-241-8.6-0; 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)... 2004: 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 of the season (Colorado State, Washington State), mainly on special teams... 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).
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