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ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Colorado four-star QB Tyler Lytle to Baylor redshirt senior QB Seth Russell.

Luginbill sees similarities in their ability to rescue plays after matters have fallen apart, writing that "[both Lytle and Russell] have excellent stature coupled with the feet and instincts to make plays when things break down yet still be a passer on the move." The analyst believes that the 6-foot-5, 205-pound gunslinger "could come in and have an opportunity to be a program changer," particularly given that the Buffaloes are barren in the QB cupboard once senior Sefo Liufau moves on following the end of the 2016 campaign.
Jun 22 - 3:36 PM

Four-star 2017 QB Tyler Lytle committed to Colorado.

"I'd like to thank God, family, coaches, teachers and teammates for supporting me," Lytle wrote on Twitter. "I would not have this opportunity without you." While Rivals and Scout.com only assign the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder three stars, ESPN 300 assigned him a four-star rating while calling him a "good, sharp prospect with upside." They caution that at this point in his development, his delivery is a bit lower than is typically desired and that he tends to find most of his success on underneath -- rather than vertical -- throws.
Jun 22 - 2:48 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach believes Colorado has the right man HC Mike MacIntyre.

"I think so," he said. "I think he went into a tough spot because -- and I like [Jon] Embree a lot, but that was the wrong hire [in 2011] from where they were. You don't give a team like that to a first-time head coach. The wrong hire can set a program back years. You can see they are slowly starting to build out from that." Another unidentified Pac-12 offensive coach was asked how the Buffaloes can catch up. "For a while they didn't have the facilities that some of the other schools did. I think they are caught up now," the coach said. "The best recruiting tool is winning, and until they start showing they can do that, they are going to have to put most of their emphasis on developing guys that higher-profile schools passed on."
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 4:37 PM

Colorado senior CB Chidobe Awuzie said that the team is nearing a crossroads.

"We have our heels on the cliff right now and we can go forward or we can fall down. We’re the first class that Coach brought in so we have that mindset of whatever it takes," said Awuzie. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is one of 24 seniors who have walked a long, poorly-paved road with the Buffaloes. The team has not posted a winning record since 2005. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, they have won just five games within conference. Awuzie, himself, has performed admirably in the face of a discouraging situation. Last season, he was named second-team All-Pac-12 after recording 85 tackles (12.0 for loss), 4.0 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Said Awuzie, "Losing, as bad as it’s been, it’s built a mindset that we don’t want to do this any more. We don’t want to lose any more. We want to do whatever it takes to win."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 5:10 PM

Recently dismissed Colorado junior CB Evan White said that he hopes to return to the team in January.

"We've worked it out. Just take these [three classes at Colorado's Denver campus in the fall] and some drug tests throughout the time that I'm off and then I'll be back in January," White said. He was dismissed from the team in March due to an unspecified violation of team rules. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder appeared in 11 games, mostly working on special teams. He was suspended for two games late in the season, a foreshadowing of things to come. "[My dismissal] was something that made me learn from my mistakes and just to get stronger from it. It was disappointing at first, but after time passed, it just made me realize I have to take this as a positive."
Jun 16 - 12:16 PM

Colorado sophomore CB Isaiah Oliver posted the fifth-highest point total (6,952) among freshman decathletes during the outdoor track season.

That showing was good enough for No. 7 at the Pac-12 championships. On the gridiron, Oliver played in nine games (216 plays) last season as a freshman. He made 19 tackles (16 solo) and broke up six passes. CU corners coach Charles Clark said of Oliver: "We got him a lot of ‘reps’ last fall. We couldn’t put him in full time as a freshman but he was in the rotation. That allowed him to improve technique, and his confidence is up right now. He’s doing well and being put in different situations so he’ll feel comfortable at everything." Oliver is a prospect to keep an eye on. He has NFL athleticism, an NFL frame (6-foot-1) and NFL genes. His father, Muhammad, was drafted by the Broncos in 1992 and played five years in the NFL for five teams. Said Isaiah: "Being able to know that he did it, I’m just basically trying to do what he did. Having him as a mentor growing up, he just told me everything he did and how I could be better than him . . . he says I’m steps ahead of where h
Source: cubuffs.com
Jun 10 - 3:04 PM

Colorado coach Mike McIntyre expects senior QB Sefo Liufau (Lisfranc) "to have a phenomenal year."

"I think he should have one of those years where everybody talks about Sefo in a positive stretch," MacIntyre said. "I'm excited about seeing it." Liufau, a three-year starter, suffered an always-tricky Lisfranc injury to his left foot on November 13. Before Davis Webb backed out of his Colorado commitment in favor of Cal, the idea had been that Liufau would redshirt and have an extended rehabilitation this fall, with Webb spending a season building his NFL resume in Boulder. Buffzone.com reported last month that Liufau "has been working out and throwing the ball with receivers," but don't yet know how close to full health he'll be when fall camp opens. He better be okay, because nobody sounds too confident in redshirt freshman Steven Montez or senior Jordan Gehrke taking over the program this fall.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 12:27 PM

Colorado sophomore LB N.J. Falo and redshirt freshman RB Dino Gordon were charged with three felonies in connection to an alleged dorm-room theft.

The pair was arrested last month after being accused of stealing prescription drugs, laptops, video games and other electronics from a dorm room. They've been charged with second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $5,000, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree trespassing, the first three of which are felonies. Falo and Gordon are suspended indefinitely from the football team.
Source: Denver Post
May 12 - 9:48 PM

Saints signed Colorado CB Ken Crawley.

Crawley (6'0/187) started all four years for the Buffaloes, logging three career interceptions and 36 pass breakups. He offers impressive athletic tools, running 4.43 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. Crawley's tape is more concerning after allowing 19 TD passes in his career and committing 12 pass-interference penalties as a junior and senior. Crawley's plus size-speed combination got him here. Now it'll be up to NFL coaches to mold him into a big-league player.
May 4 - 1:12 PM

Ravens signed Colorado OT Stephane Nembot.

Nembot (6'7/322) converted from defensive end to offensive line at Colorado, going on to start for 3 1/2 seasons at right tackle before protecting the blind side for the final month of his senior year. A native of Cameroon, Nembot has vine-like arms (34 5/8") and huge hands (10 5'8"), and didn't begin playing football until his junior year in high school. Nembot has a long way to go, but he is a capable enough athlete with an intriguing enough build to be worth a look as a developmental project.
May 2 - 11:31 PM

Rams signed Colorado WR Nelson Spruce.

Spruce (6'1/206) set a Pac 12 record for career receptions (294) as a four-year starter for the Buffs, also setting CU school records in receiving yards (3,347) and receiving TDs (23). He was exposed badly at the Combine, running 4.69 with a 9-foot-6 broad jump and just 12 bench-press reps. Sure handed and functional only in the short to intermediate areas, Spruce will need to show special teams and slot receiver value in order to become an NFL factor.
May 1 - 2:46 PM

Colorado suspended redshirt senior DT Samson Kafovalu indefinitely following his arrest on suspicion of obstructing an officer on Friday morning.

Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly addressed Kafovalu's arrest. According to her, bouncers at the Sundown Saloon called the police after the 6-foot-4, 275-pound redshirt senior was denied entrance to the bar and refused to cooperate. He exhibited signs of extreme intoxication at the time. When officers arrived on the scene, they attempted to shuttle Kafovalu into a taxi. He was taken into custody after he acted aggressively toward one of the officers. Colorado immediately suspended the defensive tackle. This was his third negative encounter with law enforcement.
Apr 8 - 10:16 PM

The Denver Post's Mitchell Byars reports that Colorado senior DE Nathaniel Robbins was arrested on suspicion of 18 counts, including six counts of assault.

Where to even begin. According to an arrest affidavit, officers responded to a call at 3:42 a.m. regarding a dispute between Robbins and his girlfriend. The incident began when she looked through his phone while he was sleeping on her couch and discovered evidence that he was likely cheating on her. At which point she threw a glass of water at him and asked him to leave. He instead began to "throw her around the room," according to the affidavit. Once officers arrived, one pulled a firearm and demanded Robbins surrender. The 6-foot-5, 252-pounder instead tackled the officer and one other. Eventual backup would subdue him. Probably needless to say, Robbins has been suspended indefinitely.
Mar 14 - 5:47 PM

Colorado WR Nelson Spruce ran his forties in the low 4.5s at his pro day.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound's speed is often questioned, but his production never has been. Spruce caught 89 passes for 1,053 yards and four touchdowns last season and had 106 catches for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. "I'm told besides catching the ball well, he ran very good routes," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote of Spruce's pro day.
Mar 13 - 4:46 PM

Colorado T Stephane Nembot had private interviews with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals after his pro day.

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Nembot clocked a 5.19 second forty. That's two-tenths of a second better than his Combine time (he checked into that event at an elephantine 6-foot-6, 322 pounds). In Boulder this week, Nembot added a 4.82 second short shuttle and a 7.88 second 3-cone. "I'm told he was impressive during drills," Pauline wrote.
Mar 12 - 6:26 PM


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