2009 (Junior): Played in eight games with six starts at defensive end...Had 13 tackles (seven solo), including one for loss, a sack...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), helped swing early momentum to CSU with his first career sack, throwing Cody Hawkins for a 10-yard loss two plays before a Rams interception; then, with the Rams clinging to a 20-10 lead midway through the third quarter, led the CSU charge to drop Demetrius Sumler for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the CU 44-yard line...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), threw a huge block after an Elijah-Blu Smith interception to give his teammate another 12 yards on the return...Played but didn't start 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19) after sustaining a stinger the previous week, then rested the injury at Idaho (Oct. 3); also did not play vs. Utah (Oct. 10)...Returned to action in a reserve role at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17)...Made his first start since Sept. 26 in loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), but sustained a knee injury and did not dress in losses vs. Air Force (Oct. 31) and at UNLV (Nov. 7)...Returned to the lineup in last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21).
2008 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20), starting seven at defensive tackle...Had 18 tackles on the year (five solo)...Against TCU (Oct. 11), had three tackles, one that dropped QB Marcus Jackson for no gain...Emerged in fall camp as a legitimate starter, turning coaches' heads with his athleticism from the three-technique, and captured the starting job at the end of August...A former walk-on, earned a scholarship after spring practice.
2007 (Freshman): Played in four games -- vs. San Diego State (Oct. 6), vs. Air Force (Oct. 13), at UNLV (Oct. 20) and vs. Utah (Oct. 27) -- and recorded one assisted tackle, combining with Blake Smith to throw RB Brandon Bornes for a 4-yard loss late in the first half.
2006: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of college eligibility.
High School: An all-state performer in 2005, and a two-time all-conference recipient at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo., helped the Impalas to a 2005 conference championship...Voted his team's defensive player of the year as a senior team captain...Lettered three years in football, twice in swimming and once in baseball...Member of the honor roll...Head football coach was Rich Yonker.
Personal: Given name Tyler Thorley Whittier...Born Dec. 27, 1987, in Columbia, Mo. ...Son of Jack and Robynn Whittier...Has an older brother...Helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club's sports programs in March before the '10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Majoring in health and exercise science...Hometown: Wellington, Colo.