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Mason Crosby      

He became just the seventh two-time, first-team All-American in CU history, as well as only the seventh three-time, first-team All-Conference performer.

Crosby set 33 single-game, season and career records at Colorado, most notably becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer with 307 points. He set or tied 19 of the school’s 38 placekicking records, including all of the major marks: field goals made (66), field goals attempted (88), extra points made (109), extra point attempts (117), field goal percentage (75.0) and longest field goal made (60 yards). He made 12 career kicks of 50 yards or longer (the previous record had been three), as he owns nine of the 14 longest kicks in CU history. He excelled in late game heroics, making a name for himself in the clutch: he was 14-of-18 in the fourth quarter, including 12-of-14 in the final 9½ minutes with nine kicks of 41 yards or longer and seven of them with the score of the game within six points; his only misses came his senior year: a 63-yard try against Montana State as CU tried to rally in the waning minutes (2 yards short) and a 65-yard try in a bid to tie the NCAA record without a tee against Iowa State (27-inches short). He made 32-of-43 field goals outside of the state of Colorado, the average make from 36.8 yards and the average miss from 43.4 yards (included three blocked; 47.0 otherwise). In addition, he kicked off 203 times, with 138 going for touchbacks (88 through the end zone), all school records, with the average starting yardline of the opponent its 22 after his kicks; 20 of 61 returned against him were not brought out beyond the 20. In the postseason, he finished fourth all-time in scoring with 19 points in bowls (5-of-7 FG, 4-of-4 PAT), the second in kick scoring, trailing only Aldrich, one of the few records of his that he did not break. He also exited as the Big 12 Conference all-time leader in field goals made, attempted and percentage.

The nation’s premier placekicker, as evidenced by him being the unanimous first-team All-American in every notable preseason publication: Athlon, CBS SportsLine.com, collegefootballnews.com, Lindy’s Big 12 Football, Football.com, Football News, Nationalchamps.net, Phil Steele’s College Football, Playboy, Rivals.com, The Sporting News and Street & Smith’s. After the season, he officially earned two-time first-team All-America status when he was named to the Walter Camp team; Pro Football Weekly, sensing his draft position, also tabbed him first-team, while the Associated Press named him third-team. He again earned first-team All-Colorado and Special Team Player of the Year honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation, and earned a special citation from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame for season and career achievement. The lone Buff invited to play in the Senior Bowl, the first CU placekicker ever extended an invitation to the all-star game, he scored nine points in the game helping the North to a 27-0 win (3-3 PAT, 2-2 FG, from 38 and 21 yards). One of three team captains, he became the seventh player in Colorado history to be named first-team all-conference three times, when the AP and the Big 12 coaches tabbed for the third straight year. As a senior, he made 19-of-28 field goals, though most of the misses were from long range; he was a solid 17-of-19 inside 50 yards, as good as any one in the country (one of the two misses was blocked). His 19 makes covered 772 yards, or 40.6 per, while his nine misses averaged 52.1 yards in length—both tops in the NCAA. He made good on all 19 PAT kicks, as he ended his career making 57 in a row, the second longest streak in school history. In scoring 76 points to lead the team, he joined Tom Field, Eric Bieniemy and Jeremy Aldrich as the only players to lead CU in scoring three times, with only he and Aldrich doing it in three straight seasons. He was named the Big 12’s special teams player of the week for two games (Texas Tech and Iowa State), giving him a conference-record nine for his career. Against Tech, he converted all three field goal tries, including 56- and 53-yard kicks, three PAT kicks with five of seven kickoffs for touchbacks. In the Iowa State game, he made good on 4-of-5 field goals (the miss was a 65-yard try that fell 27 inches short), with four of eight kickoffs for touchbacks and three others inside-the-20. He was named the winner of CU’s Bill McCartney Award, for special teams achievement, for a third time, and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, though he was snubbed by the committee (the general consensus nationally was that the three best kickers in the nation were all overlooked). At one time he was considered a candidate to also handle the punting chores (he had one punt in the opener against Montana State for 43 yards, but preferred to stick with the placekicking chores); he did average 49.5 yards for eight punts in the three major spring scrimmages. He put on a show in the spring game, connecting on 7-of-16 field goals: his average make was 46 yards, the average “miss” from 55, as he tried kicks in poor weather conditions from 70, 69, 68, 65 and 62 yards to entertain the fans.

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