Bronze Boot on line Saturday in meeting No. 102
Colorado State vs. Air Force
Former walk-on nominated by Rams
CSU vs. San Diego State
Colorado State vs. Wyoming (102nd Border War)
Colorado State at No. 19 TCU - Nov. 19, 2011
2011 Football vs. San Diego State
Colorado State vs. BYU, Nov. 13, 2010
All Photos By Mike Griggs
2011 (Senior): Nominated for the All-State/AFCA Good Works Team for his countless hours of unselfish community service...A locker-room leader and key defensive starter, played in 10 games, with 10 starts...Posted 50 tackles (26 solo), one interception, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery...Elected Aug. 26 one of five permanent team captains, one of two on defense...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), made a critical play late in first quarter, recovering a fumble in the Rams' end zone after Davis Burl poked the ball from the hands of Crusoe Gongbay inches from the plane of the goal line...In home-opening win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), set up a first-quarter TD by picking off the Bears on the game's first drive...On the first play of the second quarter in 38-31 loss to San Jose State (Oct. 1), delivered a bone-jarring hit to separate the ball from intended receiver Chandler Jones, forcing a punt...Prior to loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), suspended two games for violation of team rules and missed the first game of his college career; had played in all 43 CSU contests since the beginning of his redshirt freshman year, 2008, and had started 18 straight, and 23 of 24 dating to Oct. 17, 2009...Returned to action, starting in windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), nearly a month after his previous game...In second quarter of loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), left briefly with an injury but returned shortly after.
2010 (Junior): A former RB, started every game for the Rams at strong safety, finishing third on the team with 80 tackles (46 solo), including 3½ stops behind the line of scrimmage...Also picked off a pass and broke up two others...Replaced an injured Klint Kubiak after his career-ending injury midway through 2009 and will enter his senior season having started 17 of CSU's last 18 games at the position...Posted five solo tackles in season-opening loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 4), at Invesco Field...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), made a big tackle for loss in the third quarter with the Vandals in a second-and-goal situation at the CSU 4...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), combined to hold electric WR Jeremy Kerley to a short gain on a screen late in the first half...At No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), notched his first career interception, picking off Tim Jefferson after Ricky Brewer crushed intended receiver Chaz Demerath in the third quarter, popping the ball into the air; after his 8-yard return, CSU converted the pick into a touchdown; on next AFA series, made an athletic play to bat down a deep pass intended for Kyle Halderman...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), had five stops and broke up a pass late in the first half; earlier, in first quarter, used lightning closing speed to break up a sure long gain in CSU territory, but the play was nullified by a roughing-the-passer flag...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), made a touchdown-saving tackle early in the second quarter, helping to force the Utes to settle for an eventual field goal...At SDSU (Nov. 6), combined in the critical final seconds of a 24-19 game to drop MWC leading rusher Ronnie Hillman for a loss, helping to force a punt and give the Rams one last offensive opportunity; helped limit the MWC's leading passer, Ryan Lindley, to a season-low 171 yards, as the Rams blanked the league's leading two receivers, DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown, over the game's first two quarters...Had 10 stops in loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), including ½ tackle for loss...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), lit up Mazi Ogbonnaon immediately after he caught a third-quarter screen pass, dropping the WR for a 1-yard loss.
2009 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games, with five starts...Finished with 37 tackles (15 solo), two pass breakups and a forced fumble...In season-opening 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), saw playing time in the CSU secondary during critical fourth quarter with starter Elijah-Blu Smith sidelined by leg cramps...In fourth quarter of 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), saw emergency action at outside linebacker with Mychal Sisson (wind knocked out) sidelined for several snaps...Made first career start in loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), at strong safety in place of an injured Klint Kubiak, and registered six stops; blasted WR Jimmy Young on the game's second play, then combined with Mychal Sisson on the next snap to drop RB Joseph Turner and force punt...Later in Horned Frogs contest, broke up a sure TD pass intended for WR Ryan Christian near the goal line...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), broke up a pass in his own end zone late in the first half, preserving a 21-7 Rams lead...In fourth quarter of loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31), forced a Jared Tew fumble recovered by CSU...In last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), broke up a third-down pass in the end zone to force the Lobos to settle for a field goal on a 17-play drive; did not play during fourth quarter due to a leg injury...Did not start in 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), but played as a reserve during much of the game.
2008 (Freshman): Played in all 13 games, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20), contributing a team-leading nine special-teams tackles (seven solo)...Made his college debut in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), recording one coverage stop, a touchdown-saving tackle on the second half's opening kickoff...In CSU's 23-20 win vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), delivered a resounding hit on a fourth-quarter kickoff, knocking the helmet off returner Evander Wilkins; two plays later, a defense inspired by his hit forced a fumble to set up the game-winning FG.
2007: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of eligibility...Moved from RB to DB early in the fall and spent `07 as a scout-team corner...A late addition to the 2007 class, signed in late July, one week before fall camp.
High School: Rushed for 991 yards on 215 carries with nine TDs to earn first-team all-Avocado League and second-team all-CIF recognition as a senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, Calif. ...Also lettered three years in track, where he was an all-state performer, and twice in soccer...Was a team captain in all three sports...Member of his school's honor roll...Head football coach was Tom Haman.
Personal: Given name Ivory Michael Herd...Born Feb. 16, 1989, in Oceanside, Calif. ...Son of Timothy and Dina...Has one brother...Has volunteered countless hours working with developmentally disabled children at Respite Care of Fort Collins...Met senior citizens at the North Shore Health and Rehab Facility to spread goodwill, take some photos and share a few laughs on a Saturday afternoon in February before the '10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Returned to Tavelli in May before the '11 season, speaking at an assembly about being a good student...Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins' Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Majoring in human development and family studies...Hometown: Vista, Calif.