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Colorado hired Kentucky defensive coordinator/OLB coach D.J. Eliot as DC.

He'll replace Jim Leavitt, who recently left the Buffs for Oregon. Eliot, a longtime top lieutenant of HC Mark Stoops, was Stoops’ first hire when he took over at Kentucky in 2012. Stoops may have hurt the relationship by commandeering defensive play calling duties in Week 3 after Kentucky gave up 89 points in its first two games.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 18 - 5:49 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers "were engaged with" Colorado OLB Jimmie Gilbert during Monday's East-West Shrine Game practices.

He also passes along that the Patriots will likely meet with Gilbert in the coming days. We are so early in the draft process that meetings like these shouldn't be considered anything more than initial homework by NFL squads. After speaking with the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, Pauline writes that Gilbert "understands what’s ahead of him and is excited about the challenge of playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment." The analyst refers to him as "bright, engaging and very articulate."
Jan 17 - 6:40 PM

Colorado suspended S coach Joe Tumpkin indefinitely with pay in relation to a domestic violence investigation.

The Broomsfield Police Department is investigating Tumpkin due to several troubling allegations of domestic violence by an ex-girlfriend. Tumpkin's former girlfriend requested a temporary restraining order against the Colorado coach last month and is alleging that he assaulted her on multiple occasions. Most recently, she claims that an intoxicated Tumpkin choked her on November 18, the night before Colorado's game against Washington State. She said that another similarly troubling incident occurred the day after the game. In a statement, AD Rick George said, "I am very concerned by the allegations, which don't reflect the high conduct standards I have for our student-athletes and staff."
Jan 10 - 6:30 PM

Colorado awarded HC Mike MacIntyre a contract extension through the 2021 season.

MacIntyre's previous contract had run through 2018. He scooped up the Associated Press Coach of the Year Award (among many other such accolades) in mid-December after leading Colorado to a 10-3 regular-season record. The Buffaloes stumbled in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Washington and were essentially shut out in their Alamo Bowl showdown with Oklahoma State, but despite those late missteps, their 2016 campaign was one of the big surprises this year. In a statement, MacIntyre said, "We absolutely love it here, the people have been great and I truly believe this is just the beginning."
Source: NCAA.com
Jan 9 - 7:22 PM

An NFL executive says Colorado senior QB Sefo Liufau is the sleeper quarterback of the class.

Daniel Jeremiah asked five execs: Who's the next Dak Prescott? Two voted for C.J. Beathard, while one vote apiece was cast for Chad Kelly, Davis Webb and Liufau. Said the Liufau fan: "I'd say the Colorado QB. Very good intangibles, very good toughness, great size and a good enough arm. He's very accurate on the underneath and intermediate stuff."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 11:15 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Colorado sources say senior OLB Jimmie Gilbert played at only 211 pounds last season.

Pauline went on to write that he expects Gilbert to weigh close to 230 pounds at the Combine. While light, Gilbert put on a show in 2016, posting 10.5 sacks, 16 hurries and six forced fumbles. He better eat up before taking off for Indy.
Jan 5 - 12:17 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that some NFL teams are evaluating Colorado senior CB Chidobe Awuzie as a safety.

Pauline reported last month that some scouts were grading Awuzie as the No. 3 cornerback prospect. "[S]ome feel he could jump into the late part of round one with good showings at the Senior Bowl and pre-draft workouts," the analyst wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Awuzie does have some experience at safety, so the position change wouldn't be precarious.
Jan 4 - 2:39 PM

Colorado redshirt junior RB Phillip Lindsay totaled 166 yards from scrimmage in Thursday's 38-8 loss to Oklahoma State in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Lindsay led the Buffs with his 63 yards rushing. He also led the team with 103 yards receiving. No touchdowns, though, as Colorado's offense was almost completely locked down by an impassioned Oklahoma State defense. This was the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Lindsay's best statistical season in a Colorado uniform. He finishes up with 1,252 yards rushing (5.1 YPC) and 16 rushing touchdowns in 14 games. Plus a strong 53 catches for 493 yards and an additional score.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 04:32:00 PM

Colorado HC Mike MacIntyre was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year.

MacIntyre has cleaned up on end-of-the-season coaching awards this year. In addition to his award from the Associated Press, he has also picked up the Home Depot Award, Walter Camp Coach of the Year and Pac-12 Coach of the Year. All of these accolades come on the strength of Colorado's stampede to the Pac-12 Championship Game against Washington. The Huskies would come out victorious in that contest, but that takes nothing away from the Buffs' surprise 10-3 campaign. They will try to put the cherry on top of the sundae when they face off with Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 04:07:00 PM

Colorado senior QB Sefo Liufau accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Liufau turned in a magnificent comeback campaign after being waylaid a year ago November with a Lisfranc foot injury. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior finished the Buffs' run to the Pac-12 Championship Game having thrown for 2,171 yards (62.8% completions) with an 11/6 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 494 yards and seven touchdowns. In mid-October, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter forwarded the opinion that Liufau could represent a "potential steal" in the later rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Colorado senior S Tedric Thompson accepted an invitation to attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Thompson is a favorite among many evaluators, and there is definitely a chance he gets a call for the Senior Bowl. Thompson is a longtime starter, nearly three years, and is part of a loaded defensive back class form the Pac-12.
Source: Shrine Game
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Colorado senior QB Sefo Liufau (leg) participated in the Buffaloes' first pre-bowl practice.

Liufau is nursing a leg injury initially sustained against Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Following the Buffs' first pre-bowl practice, HC Mike MacIntyre offered an update on the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder's health, saying that he "moved around" and "did everything." Liufau's injury isn't completely out of the equation here, but given that Colorado will not be playing until December 29 (against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl), Friday's update would seem to indicate that he has a strong likelihood of starting against the Cowboys barring a setback.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Colorado HC Mike MacIntyre was named the winner of the Home Depot Award.

The Home Depot Award is handed out annually to the coach of the year. Last season, Clemson head honcho Dabo Swinney took home the honor. MacIntyre and Colorado had themselves a renaissance season in 2016, advancing to the Pac-12 Championship Game against Washington on the strength of a 10-2 record. They lost that title bout with the Huskies and subsequently received a berth in the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State. Prior to their rise from the ashes, the Buffs were just 10-27 over MacIntyre's first three seasons with the program.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre told reporters he will not be the next coach at Baylor.

It was only a rumor in the first place. The Baylor coaching search has already caused confusion, leading off with Tom Herman and Chad Morris. Herman is now at Texas and Morris locked up a long term deal at SMU. Cal head coach Sonny Dykes is the latest rumor, but this could take a while despite Baylor knowing they would have a new coach in 2017 since the start of this season.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 09:19:00 AM

Colorado redshirt junior RB Phillip Lindsay rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Friday's 41-10 loss to Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Lindsay's touchdown -- a three-yard score with under a minute remaining in the first quarter -- temporarily knotted the proceedings at 7-7. The Buffs would not find the end zone again. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Lindsay has rushed for just 108 yards over his last two games. He had posted at least 100 yards rushing in four of his previous five contests prior to this recent sluggishness.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 01:05:00 AM


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