NFL hopefuls worked out in front of 34 scouts
CSU scores 21 unanswered to beat Utah State
Serveral newcomers step up in 1st fall scrimmage
Bauta, Dawkins, Freismuth among top offensive performers
Matthews forces 2 fumbles, intercepts pass in victory
Potato Bowl - Day 3
Colorado State (37) vs. Fresno State (0) on Nov. 5, 2016 (Photos by Don Reichert)
CSU Football at Minnesota - 9/24/16 [Photos by Abbie Parr]
CSU Football Fall Camp - Scrimmage #1 - 8/11/16 [Photos by Don Reichert]
CSU Football Fall Camp - Practice #6 - 8/9/16 [Photos by Don Reichert]
- Tackles: 7- Minnesota, 2015
- Interceptions: 2- New Mexico, 2014
- Pass Breakups: 3- Utah State, 2016
2016 (Senior): Started 12 games at cornerback, recording 44 tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.
- Recorded two pass breakups in the season opener against Colorado (Sept. 2).
- Logged a career-high three pass breakups to go with six tackles in a win over Utah State (Oct. 8).
2015 (Junior): Played in 12 games and started seven contests, recording 38 tackles (30 solo), one interception and eight pass breakups... Tied for third in Mountain West with two forced fumbles.
- Recorded a career-best seven tackles (5 solo) and four pass breakups in an overtime loss to Minnesota (9/12).
- Picked off a pass and forced a fumble in a 38-17 Homecoming victory over Air Force (10/17)... The interception set up a Rams touchdown and the forced fumble led to a field goal.
- Forced his second fumble of the season at Wyoming (11/7), helping the Rams shut out the Cowboys for the first 57:35 of the game... Also had six tackles in the win.
2014 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games (eight starts), recording 42 tackles (27 solo), including two tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three interceptions... Tied for the team lead for interceptions.
- Recorded season-most six tackles (three solo), and also had a solo tackle for loss, at Boise State (9/6)... added two pass breakups.
- Registered first career interception vs. Hawai’i (11/8) and returned it eight yards... Added three tackles and three pass breakups in the victory.
- Picked off two passes late in the game vs. New Mexico (11/22)... On his second interception of the day, had a 68-yard return as he flew down the sideline before he was pushed out of bounds inside the 10-yard line... Became CSU's first defender with two picks in a single game since DeAndre Elliott vs. Hawai’i in 2012.
- Registered at least three tackles in nine games in 2014.
- CSU’s defense allowed just 25.1 points per game, the fewest points per contest allowed by the Rams defense since 2006 (21.9).
2013 (Freshman): Registered 28 tackles (24 solo) in 14 games for the Rams, recording three starts... Also was a threat in the return game, averaging 9.6 yards per punt return and 24.0 yards per kick return.
- Registered his first collegiate start in a 55-22 victory at Wyoming (10/19), recording four solo stops and a pass breakup.
- At Hawai’i (10/26), recorded his first career sack early in the fourth quarter when he brought down UH quarterback Taylor Graham for a loss of four yards.
- Had his second tackle for loss on the road at New Mexico (11/16)... In the route of the Lobos, he finished with a season-best five tackles, all solo stops.
- Played a crucial role in limiting Utah State to 43 passing yards (11/23), the fewest allowed by the Rams in more than a decade.
- Earned 2013 Academic All-Mountain West honors.
- Is a 2013 graduate of Gardena High School in Gardena, Calif.
- Earned first-team All-Marine League honors on both offense and defense as a senior in 2012.
- Rushed for 1,488 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012 while hauling in 26 receptions for 475 yards and four scores.
- In a 55-14 thrashing of Hawthorne, tied a school record by scoring six touchdowns on just 11 carries... Finished the night with 137 yards rushing and 26 yards receiving.
- Defensively, racked up 61 tackles (41 solo), 18 pass breakups, six tackles for loss, three interceptions and a sack during his senior campaign.
- Three-year captain for the Panthers.
- Head football coach was Deon Toliver.
- Also participated in basketball and track & field.
- An honor roll student who received the Make A Difference Award from Gardena principal Dr. Russell Thompson.
- Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.
Personal: Born May 18, 1995 in Lynwood, Calif. ... Hometown is Gardena, Calif. ... Mother is Jubula Sanford... Has five siblings – three younger brothers and two younger sisters... Cousin, Aaron Hester, played football at UCLA and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game... Majoring in communication studies.
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