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June 21st

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Tim Lynott has had a great offseason – set to rejoin  the offensive line this fall

From the Daily Camera … When he got over the initial devastation of tearing his Achilles’ tendon, Colorado’s Tim Lynott focused on the positives.

Every little victory in rehabilitation gave him the extra jolt he needed to get through.

“Once I could actually start doing stuff and actually doing rehab and feeling like I could come back, it gives you a little bit of that feeling like, ‘Oh yeah, I can do this,'” he said.

Motivated by his progress, Lynott has had a great offseason and is set to join the Buffaloes’ offensive line on the field when fall camp begins Aug. 1.

Lynott, who had started 24 consecutive games (20 at right guard, four at center), tore his right Achilles’ tendon during the Buffs’ 41-30 loss at Arizona State on Nov. 4.

“When I heard it was a long recovery — nine months to be fully feeling like yourself again — it was pretty devastating,” he said. “If you work hard at it, it comes back a lot quicker than you think and it’s feeling pretty much normal since the fifth month post-op.”

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June 20th

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Your chance to see “The Light Shines On: A Celebration of CU Boulder”

From Colorado.edu … Experience the inspiring history of your alma mater brought to life in a 30-minute film, The Light Shines On: A Celebration of CU Boulder.

See the profound impact former CU president George Norlin had on the university when he stood up to KKK members, the groundbreaking steps Mary Rippon took as the first female professor at a state university, the powerful stories of our late astronauts aboard the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles. Plus, relive the “Miracle at Michigan,” celebrate our Olympic medalists and see Ralphie thunder across the field again.

The Alumni Association is hosting three free events across Colorado to premier The Light Shines On in June. You don’t want to miss this special cinematic event, which also includes a Q&A with the producer and free appetizers and drinks!

Watch the trailer and then register to reserve your spot at a local premier! 

 

 

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Former CU All-American Leon White passes away

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Former University of Colorado All-American offensive lineman Leon White, who went on to become a world famous professional wrestler, passed away in Dallas on Monday evening from complications due to pneumonia, his family announced.  He was 63.

White, who attended CU from 1973 to 1977, eventually succumbed to heart failure after having open heart surgery in March and then battling a severe case of pneumonia since.  After beginning what would be a 30-plus year career in wrestling as the “Baby Bull,” he would first become a star in the sport in Japan under the name of “Big Van Vader” and then world-wide (Vader would become more commonplace).

A first-team All-American as a senior in 1977 under the late coach Bill Mallory, he was selected to the American Football Coaches Association/Kodak team as its center (UPI made him a second-team choice).  He was a Playboy Magazine Preseason All-American at tackle prior to his original senior year in 1976, but after he went down with a season-ending knee injury one game into the year, the Big Eight granted him an extra year of eligibility; he then moved to center.  He won CU’s John Mack Award as the outstanding offensive lineman as selected by his teammates as a senior, when he was a first-team All-Big 8 performer (after earning second-team honors as a junior).

He lettered at three different positions on the offensive line: guard (1973-75), tackle (1975-76) and center (1977), and is believed to be the only player in Big Eight history to have done so at all three O-line spots.  He started at least one game in each season, the only known player to this day in CU history to start games in five different years.

He had never played center prior to the spring of his senior year, and quipped at the time, “I didn’t know anything about the position.  Heck, I didn’t even know what the football felt like.”

White owned a 6-foot-3 and 275-pound frame as a collegian (he would go on to wrestle anywhere from 350 to 425 pounds).  He recorded a 465-pound bench press in college, one of the top efforts in CU history at the time; he also possessed 5.1 speed in the 40-yard dash thus showcasing his overall athletic ability.  He played in three All-Star games after his senior campaign: the Japan Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl and graduated with a degree in Business.

“Leon was such a unique personality,” said former teammate Dave Logan, who is now the longtime voice of the Denver Broncos for KOA-Radio. “A good guy, and the kind of guy that once you became his friend, you were his friend forever.  He was a real talented athlete, the only guy I can remember who was all-conference at all three positions.  Just a really big, strong young athletically talented big man for a 270-pound lineman in the mid-70s. I coached his son Jesse in high school, and Leon used to come out to practice and we visited all the time.   He was as loyal as a bulldog.”

He was born May 14, 1955 in Lynwood, Calif., and was a high school star in football and the shot put in nearby Bell; he would return to the area as a professional when the Los Angeles Rams selected him in the third round of the 1978 National Football League Draft.  He would play two seasons with the club and was a member of the 1980 NFC championship team that lost to Pittsburgh, 31-19, in Super Bowl XIV.  Knee injuries ended his professional career early and he then turned to wrestling.

Generally considered one of the greatest super heavyweight wrestlers in the history of the sport, one of his signature moves was an aerial maneuver which came to be known as the “Vadersault.”  His iconic look was a red and black singlet with a matching mask of strips of black and red leather, giving him sort of a “Lone Ranger-esque” appearance.  He won the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship twice, and was a three-time champion in both the IWGP and WCW competitions.  After competing almost a decade for New Japan Pro Wrestling, he returned to the United States permanently to wrestle in 1990, joining the WWF circuit (now known as the WWE) in 1996.

He was so popular in the 1990s that he appeared on such television shows as Baywatch and Boy Meets World and in the movie, Fist of the North Star.  He is survived by his wife, Debe, and one son, Jesse.

“I ran into Leon White, or Vader, several years ago on a flight from New York to Denver,” said Mike Moran, CU’s sports information director during White’s career in Boulder.  “He was asleep in first class across the aisle from me; I waited until he was awake and gently tapped him on his bicep.  I said, ‘Leon, I don’t know if you remember me, but I’m Mike Moran, and I was the SID at CU when you were a senior.’  He stood up, since we were changing planes in Chicago, and bear-hugged me.

“‘You made me an All-American,’ he said as I tried to get my breath back. We got off at O’Hare and he insisted that I join him for a drinks as we awaited our next flights.  After a few margaritas, he hugged me again and went to his gate.  Me, I fell asleep and missed my flight.  When I did get a flight that night, I noted that he had bought the drinks and autographed the receipt for me.

“Rest in peace, big man.”

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June 19th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buff Club associate athletic director Ben Broussard: “We need to a better job of is finding those new donors”

From the Daily Camera … Ben Broussard could have remained in his comfort zone.

Prior to accepting a job at Colorado last fall, Broussard spent more than a decade working at his alma mater, Louisiana State University, raising funds for the athletic department.

Not only was LSU home; it was a relatively easy place to work, in terms of generating revenue. A USAToday.com database for the 2015-16 academic year had LSU seventh nationally with $141.65 million in department revenue, with more than $33.5 million of that coming through contributions.

Colorado’s numbers pale in comparison ($77.27 million in revenue, $11 million in contributions for the same year), but making the move to Boulder was a challenge the Louisiana native was eager to tackle.

“For me, it’s opportunity,” said Broussard, 40, who was hired as associate athletic director overseeing the Buff Club. “There’s a bunch of opportunities for a guy like me. I’ve got 14 years experience fundraising in the Southeastern Conference and I’ve got that down pretty well.”

Eventually, Broussard would like to become an athletic director, and he believes working with current CU athletic director Rick George can prepare him for that move.

“Rick George is a great person to work for,” Broussard said. “As you’re looking to transition to another spot, you’re hoping for career growth and that was one of the things that attracted me about this place. He said, ‘Hey, I’ll get your hands in some other things that will ultimately help you get to where you want to be.’ He’s got all the experience in the world taking a program and getting it to another spot. He’s a great person to learn from.”

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June 18th

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CU looking to enhance revenue opportunities

From the Daily Camera … Fund raising will always be a high priority for the Colorado athletic department, but generating revenue in other ways remains vital to the Buffaloes’ success.

Ideally, CU could land naming rights partners for Folsom Field, CU Events Center and other facilities on campus – a process that’s been ongoing for the past couple of years – but the Buffaloes are also trying to bring in more money through outside events and partnerships with local businesses.

Lance Carl, a former CU football player who has spent the past four and a half years as the associate athletic director for business development, is spearheading many of those efforts.

“(When hired in 2013) I wanted to kind of enhance our presence with the small and medium-sized businesses,” Carl said. “There’s some community initiatives and we’ve been able to work with the small and medium-sized business community, enhance our offerings and our events and tours that we do here with the business community.”

While the Champions Center, which opened in 2015, was built to serve the athletic department’s needs, it was also built with the community in mind.

“We wanted to have place for events in Boulder,” Carl said. “We wanted to maximize the use of space for not only our community on campus, but the Boulder community as well.

I think it’s been well received.”

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June 17th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Quarterback Steven Montez: “I’m very comfortable with being the quarterback right now”

From the Daily Camera … Entering his second season as the general of the offense, more is expected of Colorado quarterback Steven Montez, and he’s ready for the challenge.

“I’m very comfortable with being the quarterback right now,” Montez, a junior, said. “As a team, we have to get some people in shape and I’m one of those people. I need to get back in shape and get back in football form, but I think once fall rolls around we’re going to be looking pretty good. I thought we looked really good in the spring.”

CU (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12 last year) needs improvement across the board to get back to a bowl game for the second time in three years, but there may not be a single player more important to its success than Montez.

One of the most talented quarterbacks in the Pac-12, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Montez threw for 2,975 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions last year, while rushing for 338 yards and three scores.

Those are solid numbers, but Montez and the Buffs know he can be better. There’s already evidence that he’s benefitting from the tutelage of new quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper.

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June 16th

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Darrin Chiaverini: “I think it’s going to be fun to watch this fall”

From the Daily Camera … After a year in which they finished near the bottom of the Pac-12 in scoring — again — the Colorado football team believes it is getting the pieces in place for a more prolific attack.

Last year, the Buffs (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) ranked 11th in the conference in scoring, at 26.4 points per game. It was the sixth time in seven years since joining the conference that CU was 10th or worse in scoring.

Co-coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Klayton Adams are hoping that a good spring set the foundation, and both came into the summer feeling optimistic about the Buffs’ potential.

“Spring was very productive and we’re trying to form our identity a little bit and I like where we’re headed with what we’re doing offensively,” Chiaverini said. “I think it’s going to be fun to watch this fall and I’m excited to get started this summer again.”

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June 15th

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Jay MacIntyre: “I haven’t run a route with no pain since the UNC game”

From the Daily Camera … Midway through the fourth quarter at Folsom Field last September, Colorado receiver Jay MacIntyre made a nice catch to secure a touchdown and help the Buffaloes finish off a victory against Northern Colorado.

It’s been a long time since he felt as good as he did that day, however.

“I haven’t run a route with no pain since the UNC game,” said MacIntyre, who is still recovering from a left foot injury he suffered that day. “It will get there. It’s the best it’s been since then.”

A Lisfranc injury led to a fracture of his fifth metatarsal bone. Told that he probably couldn’t do more damage by playing, MacIntyre missed just one game and played through the pain during the final eight weeks. When the injury didn’t heal as hoped early in the offseason, he opted for surgery.

“The last couple of months have been the recovery process and now we’re kind of ramping it up into doing more on the field,” he said. “Hopefully by pretty soon I won’t even think about it.”

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Schedule set for College Football Kickoff Luncheon

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre will once again join his coaching brethren from within the Centennial State at the Sports Corp’s annual College Football Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, July 10.

The 12:00 noon program at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive in Colorado Springs, will feature U.S. Air Force Academy Head Coach Troy Calhoun, Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Coach John Wristen (a CU assistant coach from 1999-2005), University of Northern Colorado Head Coach Earnest Collins Jr. and Colorado State University Head Coach Mike Bobo along with MacIntyre.

The event treats college football fans to an early preview of the upcoming 2018 season with each coach talking about the outlook of their respective teams.

TICKETS
Tables: (10 seats) $300.00 for Sports Corp or Booster Club Members of participating schools OR $350.00 for non-members.

Individual Seats:  $30.00 for Sports Corp or Booster Club Members of participating schools OR $35.00 for non-members.

To encourage networking and foster stronger relationships within our community, The Sports Corp’s annual sport luncheons will offer open seating. You are welcome to purchase a table but we recommend early arrival if you would like to sit together with friends or request a reserved table for your organization.

Reservations: Contact Sports Corp Event Coordinator Rebekah Bressler at (719) 634-7333 ext. 1003 or rsvp@thesportscorp.org.

Schedule of Events
11:30 am – Check-In/Registration Begins
12:00 pm – Luncheon Begins
1:15 pm –  Conclusion of Event

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June 13th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Neill Woelk: Summer development goals for Buffs

From CU Buffs.com … Fall camp is no longer a distant spot on the horizon for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Rather, the Aug. 1 opening date looms larger each day as the Buffs spend their summer preparing for what they hope will be a springboard to a successful season.

But while fall camp is clearly crucial, what happens between now and then is also important. If the Buffs are indeed going to hit the ground running when they open camp, they will need to take advantage of their summer — meaning the next six weeks will be critical in establishing a mental and physical foundation. That means solid work in the weight room and in conditioning, as well as some consistent player-led practices.

Five areas that will be vital in that progress:

1. Development of redshirt freshmen … 

2. Sophomores who need to take the next step … 

3. Continued progress from Steven Montez … 

4. Hungry wide receivers … 

5. Develop strong leadership … 

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June 12th

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Freshman quarterback Blake Stenstrom eager to get to Boulder

From the Daily Camera … It wasn’t long after the Colorado football team won the Pac-12 South division title in 2016 that Blake Stenstrom decided he wanted to be a part of the program.

Not even a disappointing 2017 season by the Buffaloes could temper Stenstrom’s excitement, and the wait is nearly over for the former Valor Christian High School quarterback, who will join the team next week.

“I’m really fired up,” Stenstrom said recently before heading to Kenya for a mission trip. “I’ve been itching to get up there ever since I committed (on Dec. 17, 2016). It feels like it’s all culminating to this point and I’m really excited to get up there, even just to start the freshman orientation, working out and taking classes. And, throwing, too.”

The son of former NFL quarterback Steve Stenstrom, who set several passing records at Stanford in the early 1990s, the younger Stenstrom threw for 1,494 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career at Valor and he is eager to see how he stacks up at the college level.

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June 11th

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Travon McMillian: “I think it’s going to be a great fit”

From CUBuffs.com … When former Virginia Tech running back Travon McMillian decided to become a graduate transfer and play his last year of college football elsewhere, he did his homework.

He talked to players and coaches across the country. He studied teams’ offenses, their rosters and their history. He looked at different schools’ graduate programs, and he looked at the communities in which those schools were located.

And in the end, he found what he believes will be an excellent fit: the University of Colorado, the Buffaloes and Boulder.

McMillian, who will pursue a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, has enrolled in CU in time for summer graduate work and is currently taking part in regular strength and conditioning sessions. If all goes well, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior will hit the ground running — literally and figuratively — when the Buffs open fall camp on Aug. 1.

“It’s a beautiful place to be,” McMillian said. “The facilities here are great, I like the coaches, I’m getting to know a lot of the guys. I think it’s going to be a great fit.”

McMillian, a one-time 1,000-yard rusher for the Hokies, saw his role in the Virginia Tech offense diminish over the last couple of seasons. After rushing for 1,043 yards in 2015 on 200 carries (Frank Beamer’s final season at Tech), he ran for 671 yards in 2016 and 439 on 104 carries last year.

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June 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mike MacIntyre:

From the Daily Camera … The 2016 Colorado football team that won the Pac-12 South division may always be remembered for the tremendous leaders that turned the program around that fall and the attention to detail they had in producing a 10-win season.

Last year, with many of those leaders gone, the Buffaloes slipped to 5-7 and last in the South.

CU head coach Mike MacIntyre has emphasized improvement on leadership this offseason.

“Last year was good, but not as good as the year before,” he said. “(In 2016), you had some guys that had been through a lot of things and really valued every bit of it. Not saying the other guys didn’t. I think (in 2016), there was just a little bit … just a little extra.”

To get that little extra this year, MacIntyre started by looking in the mirror.

“I feel like I have done a better job with this group this year than last year,” he said. “I re-looked at some of the things we did and I’ve had our coaches around our players a lot more, because recruiting can take you everywhere and you can worry about all of this, but you have to worry about your (current) team, too.”

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June 9th

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Strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson: “We have a lot of issues that we have to correct”

From the Daily Camera … At the end of every football season, Colorado strength and conditioning coach Drew Wilson can pinpoint where the Buffaloes need to get better.

“It’s never going to be good enough,” he said of the work the Buffs do in the weight room. “Be happy, enjoy the moments and enjoy the victories … but when I’m satisfied I’ll probably retire.”

Wilson wasn’t anywhere near satisfaction – or retirement – after last season, when the Buffs (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) finished last in the South division.

“Getting back to work after only winning five games, you’re like, ‘We have a lot of issues that we have to correct,'” Wilson said. “It’s, what do we have to do better as a team to be more productive during the season?”

… “I would say I’m pleased at the moment, but not satisfied,” Wilson said. “Nowhere near where we need to be. It’s positive for the future and the direction of the team. You have a bunch of hard-working kids that do a good job. They’re eager to play and that’s good.”

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June 8th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buffs4Life fun run moved to CU Campus 

From CUBuffs.com … For the last 13 years, Buffs4Life has helped former University of Colorado athletes in a wide variety of ways. The group has raised approximately $800,000 and lent a helping hand to dozens of Buffs in their times of need.

Now, the group is taking another step, rechanneling and refocusing its efforts to help in the area of suicide prevention, a national crisis that affects people from all walks of life. (The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced earlier this week that over nearly two decades ending in 2016, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 25 percent.)

The death of former Buffs linebacker Drew Wahlroos last fall — which came just months after the death of CU Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam — provided the spark to implement the change.

“Enough’s enough,” said former CU head coach Gary Barnett, who has assumed the role of co-honorary chairman of Buffs4Life, along with longtime former linebackers coach Brian Cabral. “We’ve had nine (former Buffs) since 2004 who have taken their life. One is too many.”

Barnett and Cabral — both of whom coached Wahlroos — and Sean Tufts, a teammate of Wahlroos, are helping Buffs4Life refocus its efforts. They have formulated an initiative that will see the organization institute a dedicated crisis line, produce a revamped website that will provide more resources and articles pertaining to mental health, and create a networking program of teammates that will help identify potential issues and lend assistance before it is too late.

“Drew and I were obviously very close,” Tufts said. “When he passed away and made that decision, a lot of us were scratching our heads. Rashaan had come not too long before that, and I think it was a real awakening.

“What we know is that suicide is not a one-person event. A whole community is affected by it. We want to make sure that’s up front, help people help their friends identify warning signs and get training out to them. We want to help people become more a part of the solution instead of just passive bystanders.”

The new initiatives and tools Buffs4Life will provide will require an extra infusion of funding.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger every single day, but it means we have to change a lot of what we do,” Barnett said. “It means we have to fundraise on a much larger scale.”

Two of Buffs4Life’s main fundraising events in past years have been the annual Buffs4Life Golf Tournament and the Kyle McIntosh 5K Family Fun Run. Both will be held again this year during the group’s annual Buffs4Life weekend, set June 24-25.

But one big difference this year will be a change of scenery for the 5K race and fun run. CU officials have given the group permission to conduct the race on campus, permission that is not often granted. It is a move that will give the run one of the more scenic venues of any such event along the Front Range.

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Bios for graduate transfers Travon McMillian and Sam Loy posted

From CUBuffs.com

TRAVON MCMILLIAN – RB

AT COLORADO—A graduate transfer, he will have one season of eligibility with the Buffaloes.

AT VIRGINIA TECH—He appeared in 39 games and made 23 starts for the Hokies from 2015-17 … Rushed 449 times for 2,153 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 35 passes for 351 yards and another seven TDs … Ranks 16th on Virginia Tech’s all-time rushing list … Ran for over 100 yard in four games, two of which were against ranked opponents … Also returned 14 kickoffs for an average of 23.4 yards with a long of 70 … Garnered third-team All-ACC honors from the media and honorable mention All-ACC coaches accolades as a redshirt freshman in 2015 … As a freshman, he rushed 200 times for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns while starting seven of the 13 games he played in … As a sophomore, he played in all 14 games, making seven starts, and rushed 145 times for 671 yards and seven touchdowns … As a junior, he played in 12 games with nine starts and rushed 104 times for 439 yards and two touchdowns … Top games as a Hokie: rushed 29 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to No. 23 Duke in 2015; carried the ball 24 times for 135 yards and two TDs in a win over Georgia Tech in 2015; averaged 9.1 yard per carry against No. 17 Tennessee in 2016, a game in which he rushed for 127 yards and had a 69-yard TD run, the longest rush of his career; also went for 131 yards on 18 carries against Miami his sophomore season … redshirted in 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL—Played for Coach Tony Lilly at C.D. Hylton High … A first-team 6A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at quarterback as a senior … The state’s offensive player of the year … A dangerous dual threat quarterback … Completed 97-of-169 passes for 1,472 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 1,537 yards and 20 scores on 166 attempts … Totaled 3,009 yards and 37 touchdowns for his school … An All-Met honorable mention selection by The Washington Post … Ranked as the No. 14 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 30 “athlete” in the nation and the No. 16 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 18 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 208 player in the country and the No. 12 quarterback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 44 “athlete” in the country, the No. 41 player in his region and the No. 13 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

ACADEMICS—He is on track to graduate in May 2018 with a degree in finance from Virginia Tech … He has been accepted into CU’s Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership program.

Personal—He was born in Woodbridge, Va. On Feb. 5, 1996 … He has three younger sisters and an older brother, Charles, who played running back at Shenandoah University in 2013.

SAM LOY – P

AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)—Enrolled at CU for summer classes and joined the team for offseason workouts … Will have to sit out the 2018 season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations.

AT VANDERBILT—Was a 2016 second-team freshman All-SEC punter selection by Athlon Sports … He played right away as a true freshman for the Commodores and in his two seasons in Nashville he punted 132 times for 5,407 yards, an average of 41.0 yards per boot … 34 of his punts were downed inside of the 20-yard line and another 34 were fair caught while he only had 10 touchbacks in two seasons … boomed 20 punts of over 50 yards, including a season-best 12 as a freshman in 2016 … Long punt of his career as a Commodore was 67 yards … Vanderbilt netted 36.5 yards off his 68 punts in 2016 and 36.1 on 64 punts in 2017 … As a sophomore in 2017, he ranked fourth in the SEC in punting at 40.23 yards per punt … Produced 14 punts that landed in the opponent’s 20-yard line and eight punts of 50 or more yards … Averaged 44.9 yards during late-season stretch against Western Kentucky, Kentucky and Missouri … Averaged 43.7 yards on career-high nine punts against Kansas … Three of four punts at South Carolina were downed inside the Gamecock 20-yard line … As a true freshman in 2016 he led all SEC freshmen with a 41.6-yard average on 68 punts … Helped change field possession, placing 22 attempts inside the opponent 20-yard line … Averaged more than 45 yards per punt against four opponents: Middle Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn … Opposing teams averaged just 7.1 yards per return on his punts.

HIGH SCHOOL—Ranked by the Kornblue Kicking Service as five-star prospect and nation’s top senior punter … Recipient of Orange County Specialist of the Year and All-Trinity League MVP Punter awards as senior punter … Averaged 42.0 yards as senior, with 15-of-35 attempts landing inside opponent’s 20-yard line … Boomed punts of 69 and 75 yards as senior … None of his punts resulted in touchbacks as senior … Named Orange County Register’s No. 26 top prospect … Allowed just one return in 51 kickoffs as senior … Transferred to Catholic as a senior after playing at San Clemente High school his first three prep years.

ACADEMICS—He is majoring n Environmental Studies at Colorado.

PERSONAL—He was born Feb. 18, 1998 … Hobbies include playing soccer and golf.

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June 7th

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MacIntyre on McMillian: “He’s a guy that has a lot of experience and played really, really well (at Virginia Tech)”

From the Daily Camera … Five years into his tenure as the head coach of the Colorado football team, Mike MacIntyre has yet to go into a season without Phillip Lindsay on the roster.

During the last three years, MacIntyre has been able to lean on Lindsay as the leader of the run game and one of the top weapons on CU’s offense.

Lindsay is now wearing the blue and orange of the Denver Broncos, but MacIntyre is excited about the talent the Buffalos will have at running back.

“I feel like there are definitely some options there,” he said.

Arguably the best option is finally on campus. Travon McMillian, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, has enrolled at CU and is eager to help the Buffs.

“I’m excited about Travon,” MacIntyre said. “He was running in workouts (Wednesday) morning and looked good … and ready to roll. It seems like everything is going well for him.

“He’s a guy that has a lot of experience and played really, really well (at Virginia Tech).”

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June 6th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mike MacIntyre on Moretti and Lynott: “They should both be ready to help us”

From the Daily Camera … Colorado’s Jake Moretti still hasn’t played a football game in nearly three years, but the redshirt freshman offensive lineman continues to turn heads with the relentless work he’s putting in to get ready.

With fall camp set to begin Aug. 1 and the season opener against Colorado State scheduled for Aug. 31, Moretti is on track to be a key contributor to the offense.

“He’s getting better every day,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “What he’s shown this spring, we feel like he’s going to be an excellent player. It’s been encouraging. It’s been hard on him as he’s fighting through all of that, but he’s extremely talented.”

… CU’s most experienced lineman, junior Tim Lynott, continues to recover from a torn Achilles that ended his 2017 season two games early. MacIntyre said Lynott was running and lifting Wednesday morning and added, “Timmy’s way ahead of schedule.”

Lynott had started 24 consecutive games – 20 at right guard, four at center – before his injury on Nov. 4 at Arizona State.

With Lynott’s experience and Moretti’s potential, they might be the two main keys to the offensive line. Although both are coming off injuries, Wilson and MacIntyre are impressed with how they’ve worked to get back.

“We don’t have any concerns about them being ready,” MacIntyre said. “As far as being ready for fall camp and playing in the games, they should both be ready to help us.”

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Virginia Tech running back Travon McMillian on campus; taking classes

From the Daily Camera … Running back Travon McMillian, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, was accepted into CU’s Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership program and has started classes.

McMillian rushed for 2,153 yards and 16 touchdowns, while adding 35 catches for 351 yards and seven touchdowns, during three seasons at Virginia Tech.

He has one season to play with the Buffs and is expected to compete for the starting job this fall.

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With the departures of Middlemiss and Polley, the Buffs are down to 83 scholarship players – two below the NCAA maximum. MacIntyre said he doesn’t have plans at this time to add any junior college or four-year transfers and said those scholarships could be awarded to walk-ons. … Freshman offensive lineman Kanan Ray continues to recover from a knee injury that kept him out of spring. He has not been medically cleared to play, but is making good progress. “He might have to redshirt; I’m not sure yet,” MacIntyre said. “He’s doing everything he can and getting better and better every day. We just want to make sure he’s completely ready.” … Freshman nose tackle Jalen Sami injured his knee late in spring and MacIntyre said, “If we don’t have any setbacks, he should be ready to go.”

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June 5th

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Buffs down two offensive lineman for 2018 season

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre announced Monday that offensive lineman Dillon Middlemiss will end his football career with the Buffaloes to focus on graduating and redshirt freshman Grant Polley will sit out the 2018 season for personal reasons. 

Middlemiss, who came to CU in the fall of 2015 after graduating from Pomona High School, played in 14 games for the Buffs over the past two seasons after redshirting in his first fall in Boulder. He appeared in all 12 games in 2017 when he was on the field for all 59 of CU’s field goal or point after attempts.

Polley came to CU as a part of its 2017 recruiting class and redshirted last fall. He is enrolled in Colorado’s College of Arts and Sciences, but is undecided on a major.

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June 4th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Colorado quarterback commit Ty Evans earns a ticket to Elite 11 “Opening Finals”

From 247 Sports … Months of regional camps and film evaluations distilled the class of 2019 quarterback crop into 24 elite arms that all converged on Southern California for the Elite 11 Finals, the nation’s most prestigious high school quarterback summit. After three days of competition, drill work, simulated pro day workouts and 7-on-7 showcases, that group was filtered down once again into a final 12 names that have earned a trip to Dallas and The Opening Finals (June 30-July 3).

247Sports is able to exclusively release the list of 12 quarterbacks that the Elite 11 has selected for 2018.

Ty Evans, Monument (Colo.) Palmer Ridge – A complete quarterback that got stronger as the weekend continued in Southern California, Evans has been a star of the offseason. He’s committed to Colorado. 247Sports Composite Pro-Style Ranking: 17.

Other potential Pac-12 commits:

Jayden Daniels, San Bernadino (Calif.) Cajon – A tall, wiry quarterback that put up insane numbers as a junior and has showcased huge upside. UCLA is the Crystal Ball favorite. 247Sports Composite Dual-Threat Ranking: 2.

Dylan Morris, Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin – You’re not going to find film in the class of 2019 that’s more fun than what Morris has put together and his craftiness and arm confidence translated in the camp setting as well. He’s committed to Washington. 247Sports Composite Pro-Style Ranking: 2.

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26 Responses to “Colorado Daily”

  1. VKBerlin

    I can answer every question Mac2 is asked.

    Buffs.

    Note: So can you.

    • AZBuff

      Answer this question then. I recall some sarcastic, snarky comments by some (not naming names right now but I know who they were) when it was announced that Roper was probably coming to CU. I know, I know the proof will be this fall, but it sounds like some important teaching that most likely didn’t happen under the favorite QB coach/OC from these same sarcastic snarky Monday thru Sunday QB commentators re: the hiring of Roper.

      There is the first question that Mac can’t answer but others that post here can.

  2. VKBerlin

    Yo go Big Lindsay…….LINDsay……….LINDSAY. (That was a great call eh)

    He did good.

    Buffs.

  3. VKBerlin

    What a great day/week Wednesday yehaaaaaaaaaaa Week………March time……….it just never ends Hump day…………Camel Day

    NCAA ski championships start today
    Pac 12 MBB tourney starts today
    NCAA Indoor Track champion starts 2 days
    Lacrosse has Stanford and Cal in town
    Tennis AZ and ASU in town
    Golf Teams looking good….Yup Right Yup.
    Buffs Football 5th practice today then 6th friday 7th saturday
    BUFFS FOOTBALL PRO DAY TODAY……….THE “HEART”MAKES HIS STATEMENT…BUFFS

    BUFFS AGAIN.

    Note: So there is a feeling/rumor/speculation/facts/knowledge that the Mighty Buff offense from a structure and scheme and play design and plays called will kinda be like last year except this year the offense will “play faster”………. Hmmmmm don’t believe it…………….Playing faster will happen…………faster offensive mind running the show……plays and play sequences are better designed…….. Chev in the box……..Adman and “The Rope” on the sidelines………..No more “deer in the headlights” in the box…Mein Gott ……………The Mighty Buffs offense has been freed…………Freed Freed………yehowwwwwwwww

    THIS BUFFS OFFENSE WILL BE WAY DIFFERENT FROM THE LAST 5 YEARS. YOU WILL SEE IT EARLY AN OFTEN. NO MORE RUN SEFO 7 TIMES IN A ROW………….UP THE MIDDLE…………AND LOSE THE GAME CAUSE YA GOT NOTHING ELSE………

    MIGHTY BUFFS OFFENSE IS BACK AND DIFFERENT………..WHY?……..BECAUSE IF YOU KNOW………….YOU KNOW………

    • buffnaustin

      Nice. Makes me want to put the pads on and run into someone. Or at least put the pads on and sit on the couch.

  4. tom

    ok, so again csu is getting a game before the showdown. that seems sneeky and a bit underhanded – not in the spirit of the agreement that both teams would open their seasons with this game. so, …
    should cu move its new hampshire game to week zero?
    should RG take this into account when deciding whether to put csu back on the schedule after 2022 …
    certainly, cu shouldn’t be in a position to worry about this … but it still is …

  5. buffnaustin

    Can anyone tell why Bisharat is not panning out? I don’t see enough of the Buffs games to see everyone. Is it he can’t read the line? Is he too slow? is he hesitant in his cuts? Is he another Marcus or Darrell?

    • VKBerlin

      Hmmmm, good question.

      May have been over rated
      Believed his own star ranking
      Came in out of shape and lighter than expected
      Took too long to understand the offense
      Had Mr. Lindsay ahead of him for both frosh and soph years
      Now more mature in all areas.
      This may be his year as “the real power back”
      Stiff competition.
      Can he prove the 4 stars.

      Buffs.

      Note: Power back. Buffs need that. go Big Bisharat.

  6. 83Buff

    Stuart, that was a very interesting podcast. I thought that your account of reading the newspaper while driving from Boulder to Montana to be hilarious. A regular appearance on the podcast or a podcast would be great and I’d listen whenever you appeared. Although, I hope no one had small children around while listening, those hosts are rather liberal with the f-bombs, as am I, but it is not for young ears. I was disappointed with your description of Nebraska fans. I have found them to be condescending and poor losers (can never forgive the “Sal’s Dead, Go Big Red” sign). I think that Frost will be modestly successful (similar to Pelini), but won’t compete with the big 3 in the Big 10 (14), Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.

    • ep

      ditto on the Corn cobs. I have inlaws in Lincoln, who are reserved and polite about the whole thing, but there have been too many times my Colorado plates have sparked some pretty trashy behavior on the locals part. One time I got pretty hot in reaction to a horn honk and middle finger, pulled over and invited one particular mouth breather to air it out with me but thankfully he kept on going. I can imagine being in front of a Nebraska judge as a Buff fan.

  7. VKBerlin

    Just gonna leave this here………

    Looking back Athlon. (They rank everything)

    going into…..

    ……………..Team rank…………….hc rank…………talent rank
    2018…………..71…………………..?……………….?
    2017…………..36…………………..28………………63
    2016……………61………………….75………………above 66

    Get the clicks baby get the clicks

    Buffs.

    And I say…………….CLICK YOU……

  8. BESBUFF

    Lots to agree with in terms of branding. Call it arrogance or ignorance the University let the branding slip a decade ago and has been trying to recover ever since….the good news is that there is lots to build on…Ralphie, altitude etc…

    • Old Codger

      “Nice pic. I do better with pics”

      So true! Makes it easier to write out what passes for your “thoughts” and “opinions,” in crayon!

      What’s your favorite color, “Deep Rough Green” ? OR “Golfball Fluorescent Orange” ? (I recognize that for you, those two colors often merge…)

    • ep

      almost puked when I saw Oregon St and Purdue ahead on branding. Geography doesnt count obviously. Makes sense these days when folks cant see past their phones

  9. VKBerlin

    >i>I’m guardedly optimistic Montez grew a lot last year

    Earache,

    Yes there is a large chance last year was a waste……….for just about everybody.

    I am totally optimistic Montez will grow a ton this year…….Better coaching

    Buffs

  10. ep

    Had to go to Ralphie report for some info on the walk-ons. I am interested when the underdog kids stand out enough to earn a schollie and PT. The Yurachek kid has some mind boggling stats but CU was his only “big school offer.” All the service academies offered him as he looks like a prototype for their teams. He isnt big but he isnt slow either.
    Stuart…..is their a resource one can turn to for looking at all the walkons and their bios?

  11. VKBerlin

    My job is to give insight.

    Take a memo.

    Buffs

  12. VkBerlin

    Where is that guy that didn’t believe me on Kaiser?

    Buffs

  13. Old Codger

    The problem with guys like Leavitt, is they are like a drug: They bring the energy and the players become dependent on the coach to get them psyched-up and energized.

    Much rather have a guy who encourages the players to “do their job” ala Belichick, rather than become the crutch the players must rely on.

    • VkBerlin

      He did bring the engergy……….His players caught it and made it their own.

      But he also brought brains to the scheme and the play calling.

      Well see if the new coaching team can match the old team.

      Buffs

      Note: Half of the new team didn’t do it last year.

      Fact.

  14. Old Codger

    Montez can see and FEEL the talent surrounding him in the QB Room

    If he screws up, he’s gonna sit while someone else supplants him, maybe FOR GOOD!

  15. Old Codger

    Well said!

    • VKBerlin

      Don’t ya hate it when it just goes right over yur head and ya don’t even know it?

      Well I guess you couldn’t hate that it went over your cause you don’t know it went over your head.

      I was gonna let it ride but………………well you know………..I couldn’t

      Buffs and get off your grass.


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