Rams work on red zone situations
McElwain impressed with players attitude
Dec. 3, 2011
Dec. 3, 2011
CSU vs. Boise State
2011 (Senior): Sustained a knee injury at spring practice March 26, underwent surgery and opted to use his available redshirt year in 2011...Graduated in December, in order to play his final season pursuing a second undergraduate degree...Having played as a grayshirt true freshman in 2008, will return as a redshirt senior in 2012...Essentially another assistant coach, helped to acclimate middle linebackers James Skelton, Shaquil Barrett and Charles Favors.
2010 (Junior): A key backup linebacker, having returned from the knee injury that claimed the last half of his sophomore season, played in all 12 games, with two starts (the season's final two contests)...Earned academic all-conference following the season...Despite starting only two games, still played 304 snaps and finished fifth on the team with 44 stops (22 solo), including ½ tackle for loss; also broke up a pass and forced a fumble...Saw action as a LB both vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) and at Nevada (Sept. 11)...At Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), also saw second-half action at MLB...In dramatic 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), made a crucial third-down stop on the Vandals' final snap with the Rams trailing 34-33, forcing a punt just before the CSU offense drove for a walk-off field goal...Played much of the game vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), entering in the second quarter; combined to drop Ed Wesley for a loss late in the third quarter, then provided solid coverage on a fourth-down incompletion, forcing a turnover on downs...Turned in a strong effort at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), playing most of the game at MLB...Sustained a neck/shoulder injury at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), and was limited in practice the following week, but still played in 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30)...At SDSU (Nov. 6), played all but the opening snap - when starter Alex Williams departed with a sprained knee - and posted a team-leading 10 tackles, a career best (previous high was nine, at TCU, 10/17/09)...Made his first 2010 start in loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), playing the entire game at MLB...At Wyoming (Nov. 20), started and played the entire game at MLB, posting seven tackles, breaking up a second-quarter pass and forcing a fumble early in the third quarter.
2009 (Sophomore): Had started the first eight games, seven at SLB, and one at MLB, until a knee injury ended his campaign...Totaled 31 tackles (18 solo), 1½ for loss, one interception, two PBU and a forced fumble...In just his second career start, his first in exactly a year, helped CSU to a resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6); rushed a Cody Hawkins throw to help force an incompletion halfway through the third quarter, then on second-and-goal from the CSU 2 late in the game, batted away a pass...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), his pressure on a first-quarter screen helped Eugene Daniels throw RB Treyvn Smith for a 3-yard loss, and the Wildcats missed a FG three plays later; also nearly picked off a pass with 33 seconds left and WSU driving to attempt a game-winning FG, then, on WSU's final drive late in the game, dropped Smith for a 5-yard loss on fourth-and-1, but an offsides penalty that had nothing to do with the play, nullified the stop...In assertive 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), shed the center's block to drop RB Luke Lippincott for a 1-yard loss, forcing an eventual first-quarter punt...In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), registered his first career INT, picking off Max Hall in the second half, setting up a FG...Early in second quarter of bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), dropped DeMaundray Woolridge for no gain on third-and-1 to force a punt...In loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), started at MLB after injuries limited starter Alex Williams and his backup, Chris Gipson...Early in setback vs. SDSU (Oct. 24), sustained a season-ending knee injury and did not return.
2008 (Freshman): Played in seven games, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20), with one start...Posted six stops (four solo) on the season, with ½ tackle for loss...A true freshman, played in his first college game in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), making his debut from scrimmage early in the second quarter...One week later, replaced an injured Mychal Sisson (ankle) in the lineup, his initial collegiate start, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6)...Did not play vs. TCU (Oct. 11)...Enrolled in January as a grayshirt.
High School: Named first-team all-conference as a senior in 2006 at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo. ...Also earned honorable mention Class 4A all-state honors as a team captain in 2006...Picked up first-team all-conference accolades in 2005, as well as first-team all-Boulder County recognition in `06...A three-year starter and letterwinner, also played quarterback as well as linebacker for the Coyotes...Helped Monarch to the Class 4A playoffs in 2006, and a pair of Skyline League titles (2004, `06)...Also lettered in basketball as a forward/center...Head football coach was Phil Bravo.
Personal: Given name Michael James Kawulok...Last name is pronounced kuh-WALL-ik...Son of Ted and Kim Kawulok...Has one sister and three brothers, including Chris, a former Colorado State tight end, Joe, a CSU defensive lineman,and Matt, a former San Diego State tight end...Made separate appearances at the Boys & Girls Club, in Fort Collins and Wellington, before and after 2011 spring practice...Interacted with youngsters at Fort Collins' annual Youth Sports Fundraiser and Football Bash, the day before the Super Bowl at The Edge Sports Center in February before the '10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in economics...Hometown: Boulder, Colo.