AT COLORADO: Career—He finished his career with 13 interceptions, tied for fifth on CU’s all-time list as well as tied for the most over the last 23 seasons. He also concluded his career tied for sixth in pass deflections (34) and 38th in tackles with 246 (172 solo). He played in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game, recording seven tackles (five solo, one for a loss) in helping the West team to a 10-3 win.
2016 (Sr.)—He started all 13 games at strong safety, earning second-team All-America honors as selected by CBSSports.com. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection by the Associated Press, collegefootballnews.com and Phil Steele’s College Football (while the coaches voted him to their second-team). The CU coaches presented him with the team’s Dave Jones Award that goes to the outstanding defensive player. He led the Pac-12 in interceptions with seven, a mark that tied for the most in CU single-season history and also tied for the third-most of any player in the country in 2016 (trailing the eight by Florida State's Tarvarus McFadden and West Virginia's Rasul Douglas). By CU's count (school uses coaches film for defensive stats), his 25 total passes defended (18 pass breakups plus his seven interceptions) led all FBS players, with his 18 pass breakups the fifth-most in CU single-season history. He played the second-most snaps on defense (854) in finishing third on the team in tackles with 75 (47 solo, three for losses); he was also credited with 15 third down stops, a team-high eight touchdown saves and three quarterback pressures. He twice collected Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors (Stanford, Utah games); he was one of only two defenders to earn the award twice (with Stanford's Solomon Thomas). Both occasions recognized two-interception games, the only two multi-pick games of his career. At Stanford, his two picks gave him 10 for his career, making him the 13th player in school history to hit double-digits; he also tied his career-high with 12 tackles and had a third down stop. Against Utah, he had four tackles (one for a loss of seven yards), a season/career-high four pass breakups and four third down stops to go with his two thefts. He also received NFF/Colorado Chapter State of Colorado Player of the Week and collegesportsmadness.com Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the Utah game while he was named the collegesportsmadness.com Pac-12 Player of the Week and CU Athlete of the Week for his performance against Stanford. He had five tackles in the bowl game against Oklahoma State (two solo), along with a pass deflection. He helped the CU secondary rank No. 5 in the country in pass efficiency defense at 104.3 while opposing quarterbacks completed just 49.8 percent of their passes and threw for only 193.6 yards per game to rank as the 20th-best passing defense in the FBS. He recorded three pass breakups in a win at Oregon and had 10 tackles against the Ducks for his sixth-career game posting double-digit tackles, but two weeks later at USC he matched his season/career-high with 12 tackles. He became the 70th player in school history to surpass 200 career tackles in that USC game. He posted two pass breakups in the win over UCLA, which was one of five games on the season with multiple pass breakups. He also had six tackles and two third down stops while playing all 59 plays in the 20-10 win over the Bruins. He was selected as a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 performer by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football, with the latter ranking him as the No. 17 strong safety in the nation.
2015 (Jr.)—He started all 13 games at strong safety, tying for third on the team in tackles (80) and interceptions (three) in playing 882 snaps from scrimmage, the second-most on defense. Phil Steele’s College Football selected him as a third-team All-Pac-12 performer, while the coaches tabbed him as an honorable mention pick. Of those 80 tackles, 58 of were of the solo variety, including five tackles for losses and four others for zero gains. He also had nine pass deflections, six third down stops (two of which came on fourth down plays) and four touchdown saves. He returned the three picks a total of 112 yards, including a 71-yard effort against Stanford, tied for the 23rd-longest in school history. Against Oregon, he had a career/season-high 12 tackles (nine solo), with a third down stop and a tackle for zero; he also had 10 stops (eight solo) with the pick against Stanford. He had five or more tackles in nine games, but one of his biggest plays of the season came when he blocked a field goal by Colorado State in the first overtime, paving the way for CU to win 27-24 when it made good on its field goal try when on offense. He participated in all of spring drills, as he fully recovered from a severe concussion that prematurely ended his sophomore season.
2014 (Soph.)—He started the first eight games of the season at strong safety until he was sidelined for the remainder of the year after suffering a concussion in the first overtime period against UCLA (he was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons). He was leading the team in tackles at that point, eventually finishing fourth with 59 stops (45 solo, three for losses and another two for zero gains). He also had five third down stops, four passes broken up, four touchdown saves, a forced fumble and a quarterback pressure in playing 474 snaps from scrimmage. He led the team with three interceptions (CU’s only three of the season), the most by a safety at Colorado since 2001; the picks came against Massachusetts, Hawai’i and California. He had a season-high 10 tackles on three occasions: at Southern California (eight solo), versus Arizona State (seven unassisted) and at Massachusetts (six solo). He also earned five special team points on the strength of three solo tackles and two touchdown saves on coverage duty. He had 11 tackles and an interception in the four main scrimmages, which included a team-high six tackles (five solo) to lead the Gold team in the spring game.
2013 (Fr.)—He saw action in all 12 games, including three starts: at free safety against Oregon and at strong safety versus California and USC. He was in for 323 plays from scrimmage and recorded 32 tackles (22 solo), along with three passes broken up and two third down stops. He had a season-high six tackles on two occasions, versus Oregon (four solo) and at Arizona State (three unassisted). He had five tackles against Washington and Utah, with four against California when he played 85 snaps from scrimmage, the third-most by a true freshman in a game at Colorado (behind teammate Addison Gillam, who played 86 twice that year). He earned nine special team points in CU’s elaborate special teams scoring system, accrued via six tackles (five solo), a knockdown block and two touchdown saves.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned PrepStar All- West Region honors at defensive back as a senior, when he was afforded preseasonSuperPrep All-Far West accolades; Scout.com named him to its West 150 Team (the No. 145 player overall and the 11th safety); ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 60 safety in the nation. A three-time, first-team All-Foothill League performer, he was second-team All-State (MaxPreps) and All-CIF Southern Section (North Division) as a senior. A three-and-a-half year starter at safety (he was called up to the varsity for the last six games as a freshman), he recorded 170 career tackles, six interceptions and approximately 40 passes broken up. As a senior, he was in on 58 tackles (23 solo), deflected 15 passes, forced three fumbles (one recovered), made one interception and blocked a field goal. His junior year, he racked up 43 tackles (17 solo, three for losses), intercepting three balls, with 14 passes broken up, two forced fumbles, one recovery and a blocked PAT kick. He had 57 tackles (28 solo) with two picks and a forced fumble as a sophomore, and he was in on 12 tackles (3 solo) as frosh. On offense (two-year starter and in the rotation as a soph), he had 93 career receptions for 1,272 yards (13.7 per catch), with 15 touchdowns; he had 26 catches for 386 yards (7 TD) as a senior, 42 for 431 yards (2 TD) as a junior and 25 for 431 (6 TD) as a sophomore. Top games as a senior: in a 31-20 win over Hart, he recorded a career-high 15 tackles and had a key pass broken up to thwart a late scoring drive, and he caught four passes for 62 yards, including a 40-yard catch and run that set up the go-ahead score; in a 54-41 win over Canyon, he caught five passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns with six tackles and three pass deflections on defense; he also had 13 tackles in a 43-36 win over Paso Robles. Top games as a junior: in a 19-14 loss to Hart, he had career bests of nine receptions for 98 yards (1 TD), making six tackles on defense; in 1 17-0 win over Santa Monica, he recorded nine tackles, two passes broken up and a forced fumble. Under Coach Larry Muir, Valencia was 9-4 his senior year, 6-5 as a junior, 11-2 his sophomore season and 12-1 his freshman year (5-1 after he was called up to the varsity); VHS won or shared the Foothill League title all four years and reached the CIF semifinals on three occasions.