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Kory Sperry
Kory Sperry

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vineland, Colo.

High School:
Pueblo County

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 250

Position:
TE

Experience:
3L


2008 (Senior)
A second-team all-MWC choice, played in all 13 games, starting 11, at tight end...Registered 38 catches for 492 yards (12.9 avg.), with six TDs, and also had one carry -- a backward lateral -- for 6 yards...Spent the year as a member of the watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end...Played his first game since his 2007 season-ending injury, in opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), but caught just two passes...Recorded his season's first touchdown one week later, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), making a nice adjustment to corral a 22-yard pass from Billy Farris; one play earlier, helped to set up the score with an 11-yard reception...In 28-25 win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), caught a pivotal fourth-quarter touchdown pass to give CSU a 28-17 advantage with less than 10 minutes remaining; moved past No. 6 Greg Primus (15) on the school's all-time career TD receptions list...Caught critical passes and threw important blocks in helping CSU to a conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4); sealed off defenders on all three of Gartrell Johnson's TD carries, after helping to set up each of the three scores...Got CSU off on a 98-yard TD drive, helping to erase an early 14-3 deficit with a 24-yard reception to provide breathing room; then, in the fourth quarter, made two grabs for first downs on the game-winning TD march, including a 30-yard reception over the middle in which he went parallel with the ground to set up the Rams at midfield in a 28-27 game...Also caught a backward pass, scored statistically as a carry, in Rebels contest...Against TCU and the nation's No. 1 defense (Oct. 11), caught six passes for 104 yards, including a 33-yard grab on third-and-2 during the Rams' game-opening touchdown drive; his goal-line block on that drive ushered Gartrell Johnson into the end zone...Also in Frogs contest, converted two more third downs in the second half, and made a nice adjustment on a key catch late in the fourth quarter with CSU down 13-7, en route to his third career 100-yard game, his first since the 2007 opener...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), cracked CSU's all-time top 10 in career receptions...In important 38-34 win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), matched his career high with three touchdown receptions in a closely contested contest, earning his second career John Mackey national Tight End of the Week honor; each of his first two scores knotted the game, capping long scoring drives, while his third, a spectacular 9-yard catch in the corner of the end zone, gave CSU its game-winning points early in the fourth quarter (officials initially ruled the play an incompletion, but replays revealed that he maintained possession as he got a foot down before tumbling out of bounds)...Earlier in Aztecs triumph, threw a key block on one of WR Dion Morton's two TD carries, then helped to set up his game-winning TD with a lead block on John Mosure's 48-yard reception...In SDSU contest, jumped from No. 10 to No. 7 on CSU's all-time career receptions list, passing No. 9 Chris Pittman (129), No. 8 Pete Rebstock (131), and No. 7 Steve Bartalo (132); also, with three TD catches, overtook No. 4 Paul Turner and Willie Miller (18) on the Rams' all-time career chart...In heartbreaking 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), set up a first-quarter TD with a 13-yard reception, then caught a 19-yard pass from WR Dion Morton just before a Rams go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter; made a key block on that TD, ushering Gartrell Johnson into the end zone...At Air Force (Nov. 8), made three key grabs, all on first-half scoring drives; set up Johnson's TD on game-opening possession with a 13-yard reception, then snagged a third-down pass for 18 yards on a second-quarter TD march, and finally made another third-down catch for 11 yards to the Falcons' 8-yard line...In final college game, the New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), had one catch, a sensational, 22-yard touchdown in which he out-jumped two Bulldogs defenders and got a foot down in the back corner of the end zone; the score, which was confirmed after replay review, pulled CSU to within one point, 21-20, with only 2 seconds left in the first half...Also, late in bowl contest, threw a block to help spring Gartrell Johnson on a game-icing 77-yard TD run...Compared by Steve Fairchild, a former NFL coordinator, to the Kansas City Chiefs' Tony Gonzalez in size and speed, very athletic for his size.

2007 (Senior)
The Rams' most promising NFL prospect, played in just two games, both starts, before a knee injury prematurely ended his `07 campaign; finished with 10 catches for 119 yards (11.9 avg.) and three TDs...Enjoyed one of the finest days of his career in a Week 1 overtime loss at Colorado (Sept. 1, INVESCO Field), then saw his promising season end in Week 2 vs. No. 10 Cal (Sept. 8)...Against the Buffs, collected a career-high three touchdown catches, and matched his personal best with eight overall receptions (for 103 yards) to garner college football's John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end that week...One week later, caught a 5-yard pass in the second quarter and tried to spin out of a low tackle by Cal's Marcus Ezeff, twisting his left knee awkwardly...Magnetic resonance imaging tests later confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament...Announced Sept. 11 he would petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver and return for his final season of eligibility, in 2008...Underwent successful knee surgery in Fort Collins, Sept. 28.

2006 (Junior)
Started at H-back in all 12 games, catching 36 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns...Made four catches for 39 yards and one touchdown vs. TCU (Nov. 25)...Had two catches for 12 yards and one touchdown at Utah (Nov. 11)...Had two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown against Air Force (Oct. 12)...Made two catches for 83 yards and a touchdown at Fresno State (Sept. 30)...Made four catches for 9 yards and a touchdown against CU (Sept. 9)...Named as the 19th-best tight end in the nation by The Sporting News...Named second-team preseason all-MWC by Lindy's and Athlon.

2005 (Sophomore)
Honorable mention all-conference...Finished the season third on the team with 42 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns...Had the finest game of his career against Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 22), catching a career-most eight passes for a career-best 117 yards...Set a then-career high with two touchdown catches, vs. Wyoming (Oct. 22)...Made three grabs for 42 yards and a 19-yard touchdown at BYU (Oct. 15)...Was CSU's second-leading receiver with seven receptions for 62 yards and a score at Colorado (Sept. 3).

2004 (Freshman)
A true freshman, caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in season finale vs. Air Force (Nov. 20)...Made his first career touchdown reception, a 25-yard grab at UNLV (Nov. 13)...Led the Rams with four catches for 71 yards vs. Wyoming (Oct. 22); also in Cowboys contest, recovered a fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown...Made his collegiate debut and his first career start with three catches for 36 yards at San Diego State (Oct. 16).

High School
Also recruited as a Division I basketball player, was a standout quarterback at Pueblo (Colo.) County High School...Rivals.com listed him as the No. 9 recruit in the state while SuperPrep.com ranked him 34th in the Midlands...Earned Denver Broncos Hero of the Week award...Named all-Colorado by both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News...A first-team all-state and two-time all-conference selection...Also was a two-time all-conference and all-state honoree in basketball...Was an honor-roll student with a 3.67 grade-point average...Head football coach was Jeff Wilson.

Personal
Given name Kory Kalani Kahaunaele Sperry...Born April 10, 1985, in Pueblo, Colo. ...Son of Belden and Debra Sperry...Has one brother...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Vineland, Colo.

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