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FOOTBALL NOTES & QUOTES PACKAGE
Release: February 02, 2005
By: CUBuffs.com
Photo Courtesy: CUBuffs.com

QUICKLY It’s the 2005 edition of national letter-of-intent day, as high school seniors around the nation were allowed to sign on the dotted line starting at 7:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, February 4... The signed letters are mailed in, but can be confirmed either by phone or FAX... The full team total cannot exceed 85 total scholarships at any point, or a maximum 25 qualifiers any single year... Of the NCAA maximum 56 visits allowed by the NCAA for recruiting, the Buffs have utilized 40 to date... The list of signees and their biographies are later in this packet.

NAMES & NUMBERS Here’s a look at the preliminary roster numbers when taking a look at the 2005 University of Colorado football roster:

 

Lettermen Returning:  51  (22 offense, 24 defense, 5 specialists)

Lettermen Lost:  14 (9 offense, 4 defense, 1 specialist)

 

Starters Returning (17)—Offense 7: OG Brian Daniels (22/13), C Mark Fenton (13/13), WR Evan Judge (11/11), QB Joel Klatt (22/12), TE Joe Klopfenstein (21/12), OT Clint O’Neal (17/13), VB Lawrence Vickers (13/7).  Defense 10: S Dominique Brooks (13/10), ILB Jordon Dizon (11/11), DE James Garee (21/13), S Tyrone Henderson (10/10), OLB Brian Iwuh (19/13), DE Alex Ligon (11/10), DT Vaka Manupuna (14/13), CB Lorenzo Sims (14/13), ILB Thaddaeus Washington (11/10), CB Terrence Wheatley (7/5).  (Career/2004 starts in parenthesis; calculated by those who had six or more starts in 2004 OR were starting at the end of the year.)

 

Others Returning With Significant Starting Experience (7; three or more career starts)— FS J.J. Billingsley (18/0), ILB Walter Boye-Doe (3/0), CB Gerett Burl (9/9), ILB Akarika Dawn (10/5), S Tom Hubbard (5/5), TE Quinn Sypniewski (11/0), DE Abraham Wright (3/3).

 

Others Returning With Significant Position Game Experience (13; two or fewer career starts)—DE Alonzo Barrett, TB Hugh Charles, QB James Cox, FB Paul Creighton, TB Byron Ellis, DT John Guydon, OT Edwin Harrison, LB Chris Hollis, WR Tyler Littlehales, WR Blake Mackey, OG Gary Moore, OLB Joe Sanders, WR Dusty Sprague. 

 

Starters Lost (5)—Offense 4: OG Terrance Barreau (13/13), WR Ron Monteilh (14/12), TB Bobby Purify (17/12), ST Sam Wilder (36/13).  Defense 1: DT Matt McChesney (25/13).

 

Others Lost With Significant Starting Experience (5)— DT Brandon Dabdoub (18/1), QB Erik Greenberg (2/0), OL Derek Stemrich (11/0), TE Jesse Wallace (14/6). 

 

Specialists Returning (5)— PK Mason Crosby, PK Kevin Eberhart, SN Greg Pace, KR Stephone Robinson, P John Torp.   Specialists Lost (0).

 

Base Spring Roster (87 players/69 scholarship)— 18 seniors, 28 juniors, 21 sophomores, 20 freshmen (18 redshirt/2 true). Includes transfers and walk-ons as of February 2.

HONOR CANDIDATES TO WATCH Looking ahead to this fall, there are a few Colorado players who should be in the mix for some individual honors.  Two Buffaloes should be among the favorites for their respective awards, P John Torp (Ray Guy Award) and PK Mason Crosby (Lou Groza Award).  TE Joe Klopfenstein is one of the nation’s best tight ends and should make some noise for the John Mackey Award.  Veteran QB Joel Klatt is one of the top returning signal callers in the nation and likely would be in the hunt for the Unitas and O’Brien awards.  VB Lawrence Vickers has a shot at the Doak Walker if he can have a breakout year stat-wise.  OLB Brian Iwuh is a legitimate Butkus Award candidate. The Buffs almost always have a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, as a healthy S J.J. Billingsley could be on the preseason list.  Other players to watch include OG Brian Daniels, ILB Jordon Dizon, DE James Garee and ILB Thaddaeus Washington, any of whom could contend for a trophy, All-American or All-Big 12 honors.

COACH GARY BARNETT Gary Barnett has spent six seasons as head coach of the Colorado program, and 15 overall as a collegiate head coach.  He owns a 42-33 record at Colorado, along with a 77-78-1 record in 13 seasons in the Division I-A ranks (the first seven at Northwestern), and has an overall career mark of 85-89-2 including two years at NAIA Fort Lewis (Durango, Colo.).  This is his second stint at Colorado, as he was an assistant in Boulder under Bill McCartney for eight years between 1984 and 1991.  During that span, CU was 59-34-2 in 95 games, including a 30-5-2 mark the last three years, when CU won three Big Eight titles and the 1990 national championship.  Northwestern hired Barnett as head coach on December 18, 1991 to replace Francis Peay, and he would take just four years to turn a dismal program into one of the nation's top teams.  Barnett led Northwestern to back-to-back Big Ten championships in 1995 and 1996, earning berths in the Rose and Citrus bowls; he was the national coach of the year for ’95 as selected by 18 different organizations.  He was the third McCartney assistant to land a head coaching position, following Gerry DiNardo (Vanderbilt) and Lou Tepper (Illinois), both of whom started their careers in 1991.  In both 2001 and 2004, he was selected as the Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year: in ’01, he became just the fourth man to ever coach two different teams to the NCAA Most Improved Team title in leading CU to the Big 12 Championship, and in ’04, he rallied the Buffs from a 1-4 start in league play to the North Division title.

COLORADO COUNTS There are nine Colorado high school products in the class of 2005, bringing the total in the Gary Barnett Era to 43.  CU has signed at five or more players from the state in six of the seven recruiting classes Barnett and his staff has assembled.

COUNTING BACK Two scholarships in this class will be able to be applied to last year (commonly known as counting back); CU had five scholarship players enroll in January (WR Alvin Barnett, TE Tyson DeVree, S Reggie Foster, DL Zach Jones and OL Bryce MacMartin).  If a student-athlete signs in a class and delays his enrollment until January, it’s called gray-shirting:  his scholarship can count back to the previous year if one is available.  CU had four 2000 and 2002 signees count toward previous classes, and none in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

CLASS NOTES Here are some quick tidbits about the 25 members of this year’s recruiting class:

 

OL Paul Backowski is the first prep recruit from Minnesota since FS Steve Rosga (Roseville Cretin-Derham Hall) signed with the Buffs in 1992 (and he was the first since 1979); Backowski is just the third signee from the land of 10,000 lakes in the last 33 classes...  WR Alvin Barnett had quite a prep career before winding up at NE Oklahoma A&M; at Tulsa’s East Central High, he had 129 catches for 1,708 yards as a junior and senior... FB Jake Behrens is the first Nebraska prep recruit to sign with Colorado since 1988, when DT John Parrella (Grand Island Central Catholic) signed; however, Parrella did not qualify academically to get into CU (he thus enrolled at Nebraska), so the last actual Nebraska high schooler to enroll was OL Dean Davis (Scottsbluff) in 1984... QB Mack Brown is the third recruit from Kansas to sign with CU in the last six classes; there were just four from the Sunflower State the previous 27 years; his father (Sam) was a teammate of Gary Barnett’s at Missouri in the late 1960’s... S Ben Burney is the youngest son of Denver Bronco defensive line coach Jacob Burney; of course, being the son of coach could involve moving around a bit: he’s moved nine times and has lived in nine different states...  ILB Marcus Burton wreaked about as much havoc in single game as one could in a 23-20 win over Forest Brook in the Texas state playoffs (which went eight OTs): he had 15 tackles, 10 for losses, with a quarterback sack.

 

QB Patrick Devenny is one of the biggest quarterbacks CU has ever signed; at 6-foot-4, he’s one of the tallest, but at 230 pounds, he’s definitely the heaviest.  And he arrives in college fresh off setting nine school records... P Matthew DiLallo played his prep ball in Florida, a state that was very good to the Buffaloes with the last punter it sent CU’s way: 2002 Ray Guy Award winner Mark Mariscal.  He also selected CU over two schools the Buffs seldom see on the recruiting trail, Columbia and the U.S. Military Academy... S Reggie Foster was a member of CU’s 2004 class, but just missed on his test scores to qualify and delayed enrolling anywhere until he met all NCAA requirements, which he did so last fall; he honored his commitment and stayed with the Buffs... TE Riar Geer played on both sides of the ball in high school; pretty common, sure, but how many played quarterback on offense and defensive end/tackle on defense?  Throw in that he was also the punter and it might be the most versatile trifecta of all-time... RB Maurice Greer rushed for over 5,400 yards and scored 98 touchdowns in his prep career.  Was he consistent?  He gained 100 or more yards in 36 of 39 games as a starter (and was never held under 63).

 

DL Jeremy Hauck has lettered in a very unusual combination of sports as a prep; there likely aren’t many who have combined letters in football and swimming, as he had 5.1 speed in the 40 and 1:05 speed in the 100-meters (breaststroke, that is)... OL Devin Head might be the steal of the class, as PrepStar called him the “most talented OL in California” in its postseason issue; he’s at the head of the class in wins, as he comes to college from a program that went 46-7 and won two CIF titles in his four years as a starter... DL George Hypolite is one of many recruits in this class that has an extensive and impressive resume of community service, but he might be the leader of the pack: he’s spent almost 1,000 hours cooking and preparing meals for homebound AIDS patients...  DL Zach Jones (Aurora Grandview) is reunited with a friendly rival, as Buff OT Tyler Polumbus prepped at Cherry Creek and the two squared off two years ago; Jones’ team won, 24-14, but he admitted Polumbus got the better of him all day with the exception of sneaking by to make a sack ... DE Taj Kaynor didn’t get a lot of mention in national circles, but he has a lot of similarities to a former Buff who arrived sort of under the national radar who made a big name for himself: Kanavis McGhee (DE, 1987-90).

 

ATH James Lewis just turned 18 in November and was skipped ahead a grade in elementary school.  He was a 2003 teammate of current Buff Byron Ellis at Venice (Calif.) High, petitioned to play another year, and when the appeal didn’t go through, he relocated with his grandmother in Texas...  DE Maurice Lucas was the first player to commit in the 2005 class, doing so on March 3, 2004; he and another Maurice (Greer) were considered the top two recruits in-state by most observers...  OL Bryce MacMartin stayed close to home for his first two years in college (CC of San Francisco), but he didn’t have to; he scored a 1410 on the SAT but wasn’t that heavily recruited... CB Gardner McKay, who’s stock has risen even since the end of the season, is from the same high school where Darian Hagan Jr. is a junior; the younger Hagan is the son of the former Buff great (and current defensive technical assistant)... RB Kevin Moyd hails from Miami Northwestern High School, which has been the prep roots for 19 National Football League players, including six this past season (the school also produced Vernand Morency, the Oklahoma State tailback who has declared for the NFL draft).

 

DL Chris Todd was a member of CU’s 2004 recruiting class; he went to NE Oklahoma A&M (same school as Alvin Barnett) as the JUCO is becoming a pipeline for the Buffaloes, now sending five players CU’s way in Gary Barnett’s tenure... CB Terry Washington has also returned to CU, as he was a member of the ’03 class, and went the JUCO route in winding up at Garden City Community College, where he had a big year last fall (6 INT/25 PBU)... WR Jarrell Yates was second in the state of Colorado in receiving (42-986-17 TDs), and he had 1,856 career yards in two years playing the position; as a sophomore, he played solely at defensive back before making the switch... DE Sam Zimmerer is just the second player from Air Academy to sign a letter-of-intent with CU; the only other was QB Steve Vogel, who played at CU from 1981-84.  Air Academy was the first school to hire Gary Barnett as a head coach as he spent nine years there (1973-81).

HISTORY LESSON The most players a Division I school can have on scholarship is 85; it had been 95 for several years, until a four-year reduction that started in 1988 by the NCAA scaled it down to the current 85 over a four-year period, ending in 1992).  At one time, there was no limit on the number of scholarships a school could offer (40 recruits were the norm back in the 1970s).  Though with attrition, the average number of players on scholarship in Division I-A has hovered around 80, according to the AFCA figures.

ALL-AMERICANS Colorado signed four high school seniors who earned some kind of All-American honor in 2004, two with multiple All-America accolades.  The most All-Americans in any single CU recruiting class has been 20 (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997), with the most multiple choices being 17 in the 1995 class.  However, there are no more Who’s Who All-Americans or USA Today honorable mention selections that added to the count quite a bit (well over half of those years with 20 were honored by one or the other).  There were three in last year’s class, but both classes racked up a bevy of state and regional honors.  Here’s a closer look at this year’s All-America honors; all listings are first-team and are postseason, unless otherwise indicated:

 

              DEVIN HEAD                                  Student Sports (h.m.)                                                                                                                                  

              MAURICE GREER                           PrepStar, SuperPrep, Student Sports (h.m.)                                                                                         

              JAMES LEWIS                                 Student Sports (3rd team—2003)                                                                                                               

              MAURICE LUCAS                           PrepStar, SuperPrep                                                                                                                                  

MORE IMPORTANTLY Coaches continue to see more and more recruits in person in their own camps than relying solely on film, something no recruiting service or publication can take into account.  For the second straight year, 10 of Colorado’s signees attended either CU’s football camp, CU’s Junior Day, a NIKE combine or other camp: FB Jake Behrens, ATH Mack Brown, S Ben Burney, RE Riar Geer, DL Jeremy Hauck, OL Devin Head, DL Zach Jones, DE Taj Kaynor, DE Maurice Lucas and DE Samuel Zimmerer.

FIRST CLASS WITH WRISTEN AS RECRUITING COORDINATOR This is CU’s first class with tight ends coach John Wristen as the CU’s official recruiting coordinator, as he moved into the role to serve as the main contact for prospect identification and inquiries.  The last CU coach to hold the title was Gregg Brandon in 2000; only coaches are permitted to make phone calls and contacts, whereas administrators are not.  David Hansburg, the director of football operations, continued to handle the administrative side of recruiting, including budget and staffing.

STAFF CHANGES There has been just one staff change to date, as receivers coach Ted Gilmore accepted a similar position at Nebraska on January 20.  Barnett is in the process of interviewing candidates to fill the vacancy.

POSITION CHANGES As of now, there are no position changes that have taken place, but that doesn’t mean one or some won’t be discussed prior to spring drills.

NOT RETURNING A few players from last year’s team will not return for 2005, most notably QB Erik Greenberg, who was recently married and will graduate this August.  A few walk-ons have left the team: TB Charlie Aweida, QB Casey Brown, WR Jordan Dame, ILB Andrew Ford, P J.P. Heaton, ILB John Martin and TB Lenny Miles, many of whom will likely transfer to Division II schools to seek playing time.  Others already documented as leaving include TB Isaiah Crawford (dismissed from team), VB Daniel Jolly (personal reasons, transferred closer to home) and CB Chris Russell (transferred to Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C., but he plans to return to CU in 2006).

SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE Spring practice will begin Wednesday, March 30, and end with the spring game on Saturday, April 23.  The tentative dates are as follows: March 30-April 1-2-4-6-8-9-11-13-15-16-18-29-22-23.  The team is allowed 15 practices over 29 days; it’s the second straight year the entire spring session will occur following spring brook (it has been split the previous five years before and after break).  How the practice sessions will break down, per NCAA rules: three in shorts (no contact), four in pads (no tackling), four in pads (tackling allowed 50 percent or less of the time), four in pads (tackling allowed throughout).

COMBINE The National Football League combine is this month at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis (February 18-24), but surprisingly, only two Buffaloes have been invited to participate.  TB Bobby Purify and OT Sam Wilder get the opportunity to show off their wares, but the likes of OG Terrance Barreau, DT Matt McChesney and WR Ron Monteilh will have to wait until CU’s own timing day.

 PRO TIMING DAY Colorado’s annual pro-timing day is set for Thursday, March 17, when usually 40-plus scouts from most, if not all, of the 32 National Football League teams visit Boulder.  They test CU’s seniors from last fall in an assortment of drills.  They’ll actually convene the previous afternoon for the bench press, and then meet at 9 a.m. in Balch Fieldhouse on Thursday; testing will be done in the weight room and in the fieldhouse.  CU had 27 alums in the NFL last year, for the second straight year both the 12th most in the nation and tying for the second most from the Big 12.  The current members of the CU team will go through similar workouts that afternoon, which many of the scouts stay around for.  It is not to open to the public, as all scouts must register with the football office; media can attend but must wear their 2004-05 CU Athletics credential.

 

TE TRANSFER Colorado has also picked up a four-year transfer this semester, as TE Tyson DeVree from Western Michigan has enrolled this semester; his biography:

 

TYSON DeVREE, TE

6-6, 250, Jr., TR, Hudsonville, Mich. (Hudsonville/Western Michigan)                                                                                                                         

 

AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)—Transferred to Colorado for the spring semester from Western Michigan, where he had lettered twice and was one of the top tight ends in the Mid-American Conference.  A four-year college transfer, he will have to sit out the 2005 season.

AT WESTERN MICHIGAN (2003, 2004; Fr./Soph.)—A two-year letterman under coach Gary Darnell, he was a 2004 second-team all-MAC selection and John Mackey Award watch list candidate, as well as a 2003 Freshman All-American (second team) by The Sporting News.  In his two seasons at WMU, he had 55 receptions for 549 yards (10.0 average) and six touchdowns, playing in 23 games overall.  As a sophomore, he played in 11 games and made 25 receptions for 218 yards (8.7 average) and three touchdowns, with his longest snag covering 23 yards.  He had a career high six receptions (for 46 yards and a TD) against Eastern Michigan in a tight 35-31 loss. He was a preseason second-team all-Mid-America Conference team member coming off a strong freshman campaign, when he had 331 yards on 30 receptions (11.0 average) with three touchdowns.  His top performance that season occurred in a tough loss to Virginia when he reeled in five grabs for 77 yards (15.4 yards per catch).  Western Michigan was 1-10 his sophomore season and 5-7 his freshman year.  

HIGH SCHOOL—A Grand Rapids Press All-State Dream Team member at tight end his senior year, he was named to the Detroit News Blue Chips list, Detroit Free Press Fab 50 Squad (No. 23) and was a first-team all- Ottawa-Kent Conference performer.  He also played in the Michigan high school All-Star game, after capping a brilliant career at Hudsonville where he finished with 98 career receptions, including a single-season school record 53 in his final year.  During that campaign, his 53 grabs were good for 828 yards (15.6 per) and he also scored five touchdowns.  His top prep moment was when he posted 10 receptions for 160 yards and one score in a loss to Jenison.  Under coach Dave Duran he lettered three times in football, as Hudsonville was 8-3 his senior season before surrendering in the semifinal round of the state playoffs.  He also lettered twice in basketball and baseball, where he was an all-conference selection on the diamond.     

ACADEMICS – He intends to major in business at Colorado.

PERSONAL–He was born November 11, 1984 in Hudsonville, Mich.  Hobbies include fishing.  His brother, Todd, was a 2001 All-American defensive tackle at Hillsdale College.  

 

 

OPPONENTS IN 2005 The 2005 schedule marks a first for the Buffaloes in Big 12 Conference play: CU will close its regular season schedule with its last five games against the other North Division teams (CU closed with four straight the first three years of the league’s existence, in 1996-97-98).  Colorado has five bowl teams on its 2005 schedule (Iowa State, Miami, Fla., Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M) with this year’s 11 foes combining overall for a 68-58 record in 2004, a winning percentage of 54.0.  Three teams just missed out on the postseason after recording 5-6 records (New Mexico State, Missouri, Nebraska), with the three remaining teams all posting 4-7 records, with all three playing schedules ranked in the top 31 in the nation last fall (Kansas No. 17, CSU No. 27, Kansas State No. 31).  The roll call of 2005 opponents and their 2004 records: Colorado State (4-7), New Mexico State (5-6), Miami, Fla. (9-3), Oklahoma State (7-5), Texas A&M (7-5), Texas (11-1), Kansas (4-7), Kansas State (4-7), Missouri (5-6), Iowa State (7-5) and Nebraska (5-6). 

 

’04 BOWL TEAMS Colorado played six bowl teams in 2004 (not including UTEP in the Houston Bowl), tied for the 15th most in the nation, and including the 2003 slate, CU has seen 16 of its last 24 opponents earn bowl bids.  Only one of CU’s non-conference opponents advanced to bowl play (North Texas), the fewest in recent memory.  In October, CU lined up against four consecutive bowl teams (Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Texas), and then added Oklahoma to the list in the title game.  .  MOST BOWL TEAMS PLAYED (2004): Texas A&M 9, Syracuse 8, Arkansas 7, Arizona 7, Arizona State 7, Iowa 7, Michigan 7, Louisiana Tech 7, Northwestern 7, Notre Dame 7, Ohio State 7, Oklahoma State 7, South Florida 7, USC 7, Colorado 6 (with 17 other schools).


 

ALL-COLORADO TEAM ANNOUNCED The 2004 Colorado Chapter/National Football Foundation-College Hall of Fame All-Colorado Team was announced February 1, and the Buffaloes were well represented.  Twelve Buffaloes made the team, as four earned first-team honors, six second-team accolades with two garnering honorable mention recognition.  Two CU players earned specialty awards, PK Mason Crosby for Special Teams Player of the Year, and ILB Jordon Dizon for Newcomer of the year; Dizon was a unanimous selection.  The 15-member Colorado Chapter board and the state’s sports information directors selected the team.  The complete list of Buffs honored:

 


PK   MASON CROSBY (first-team)

OG   BRIAN DANIELS (honorable mention)

OLB  BRIAN IWUH (second-team)

TE    JOE KLOPFENSTEIN (second-team)

DT    VAKA MANUPUNA (second-team)

DT    MATT McCHESNEY (first-team)

TB    BOBBY PURIFY (first-team)

KR   STEPHONE ROBINSON (second-team)

CB    LORENZO SIMS (second-team)

P      JOHN TORP (second-team)

OT    SAM WILDER (first-team)

ILB   THADDAEUS WASHINGTON

                (honorable mention)

 

SCORING STREAKS The Buffs have scored in a school record 197 consecutive games (dating back to 1988, the longest streak in the Big 12), last being shutout on Nov. 12, 1988 at Nebraska (7-0).  CU has scored in 106 straight games at home (last shutout: a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 15, 1986 in a game where the Sooners did not attempt a single pass).  The Buffs have scored in 78 consecutive road games (101 including neutral sites).  The Buffs have scored in 125 straight league games (all 75 in Big 12 play, including the three title games, and their final 50 in Big Eight competition, dating back to the ’88 shutout at Nebraska).  CU has scored in 112 straight games against non-conference opponents (last shutout: a 44-0 loss at home to LSU on September 15, 1979).  The home shutout losses to Oklahoma in ’86 and LSU in ’79 are the only two times CU has not scored at home over the course of the last 244 games (all the way back to 1963).  CU has been shutout just seven times in its last 429 games (dating to October 5, 1968), but only four schools have done it: Oklahoma (three times), Nebraska (twice), Louisiana State and Michigan.  Big 12 Conference Consecutive Game Scoring Streaks (through all games of 2004): Colorado 197, Nebraska 113, Kansas State 104, Texas Tech 92, Oklahoma 81, Oklahoma State 49, Kansas 26, Missouri 24, Iowa State 15, Texas A&M 14, Texas 7, Baylor 0.  CU was the last team to shutout Kansas State (12-0 in 1996).

 

SCORING STREAKS II The school record 197 consecutive games in which Colorado has scored is the sixth longest active streak in the nation.  The list of the nine Division I-A schools that have scored in every game since at least the start of the 1993 season, through all games of 2004 (the two schools entering 2004 with the longest streaks, Texas and Washington, both suffered shutouts to end their runs):

 


School                Streak      Last Shutout

Michigan                    250      Oct. 20, 1984 at Iowa (0-26)

Washington State      238      Sept. 15, 1984 at Ohio State (0-44)

Oregon                      232      Sept. 28, 1985 at Nebraska (0-63)

Florida State              210      Sept. 3, 1988 at Miami (0-31)

Florida                       204      Oct. 29, 1988 vs. Auburn (0-16)

School                Streak      Last Shutout

Colorado                 197      Nov. 12, 1988 at Nebraska (0-7)

TCU                           152      Nov. 16, 1992 at Texas (0-32)

Nevada                      150      *All games: joined Div I-A in 1992

Air Force                   145      #Dec. 31, 1992 vs. Mississippi (0-13)

(*—292 games dating back to I-AA days; #—Liberty Bowl)


 


TV LAND Colorado has now had 120 of its last 183 games dating back to 1990 broadcast nationally or regionally (66 percent).  That includes nine games in 2004, seven games in 2003, 12 in 2002, 10 games in 2001, plus 7 in 2000, 9 in both 1998 and 1999, 10 in 1996 and 1997. Since 1996, when the Big 12 began, 83 of CU’s 110 games have been either nationally or regionally televised, an impressive 75 percent.  Nationally, CU is likely in the top 15 in national/regional appearances in this time frame, but official records are not tracked.

 

CARRYING THE TV TORCH Colorado and Texas started carrying the torch in the 1990s when it came to scheduling regular season games against traditionally ranked opponents, games most likely to be selected for TV and making the conference some revenue.  Here are the counts (and records) of Big 12 schools since 1990 when it comes to playing ranked non-league teams (not including bowls): Colorado 24 (13-10-1), Texas 20 (6-12-2), Nebraska 12 (8-4), Oklahoma 12 (6-6), Texas A&M 12 (4-8), Texas Tech 11 (0-11), Baylor 9 (2-7), Missouri 9 (1-8), Iowa State 7 (0-7), Kansas 6 (0-6), Oklahoma State 5 (0-5) and Kansas State 2 (1-1).

OPPONENTS IN 2005 The 2005 schedule marks a first for the Buffaloes in Big 12 Conference play: CU will close its regular season schedule with its last five games against the other North Division teams (CU closed with four straight the first three years of the league’s existence, in 1996-97-98).  Colorado has five bowl teams on its 2005 schedule (Iowa State, Miami, Fla., Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M) with this year’s 11 foes combining overall for a 68-58 record in 2004, a winning percentage of 54.0.  Three teams just missed out on the postseason after recording 5-6 records (New Mexico State, Missouri, Nebraska), with the three remaining teams all posting 4-7 records, with all three playing schedules ranked in the top 31 in the nation last fall (Kansas No. 17, CSU No. 27, Kansas State No. 31).  The roll call of 2005 opponents and their 2004 records: Colorado State (4-7), New Mexico State (5-6), Miami, Fla. (9-3), Oklahoma State (7-5), Texas A&M (7-5), Texas (11-1), Kansas (4-7), Kansas State (4-7), Missouri (5-6), Iowa State (7-5) and Nebraska (5-6). 

 

’04 BOWL TEAMS Colorado played six bowl teams in 2004 (not including UTEP in the Houston Bowl), tied for the 15th most in the nation, and including the 2003 slate, CU has seen 16 of its last 24 opponents earn bowl bids.  Only one of CU’s non-conference opponents advanced to bowl play (North Texas), the fewest in recent memory.  In October, CU lined up against four consecutive bowl teams (Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Texas), and then added Oklahoma to the list in the title game.  .  MOST BOWL TEAMS PLAYED (2004): Texas A&M 9, Syracuse 8, Arkansas 7, Arizona 7, Arizona State 7, Iowa 7, Michigan 7, Louisiana Tech 7, Northwestern 7, Notre Dame 7, Ohio State 7, Oklahoma State 7, South Florida 7, USC 7, Colorado 6 (with 17 other schools).


 

 

ALL-COLORADO TEAM ANNOUNCED The 2004 Colorado Chapter/National Football Foundation-College Hall of Fame All-Colorado Team was announced February 1, and the Buffaloes were well represented.  Twelve Buffaloes made the team, as four earned first-team honors, six second-team accolades with two garnering honorable mention recognition.  Two CU players earned specialty awards, PK Mason Crosby for Special Teams Player of the Year, and ILB Jordon Dizon for Newcomer of the year; Dizon was a unanimous selection.  The 15-member Colorado Chapter board and the state’s sports information directors selected the team.  The complete list of Buffs honored:

 


 

PK   MASON CROSBY (first-team)

OG   BRIAN DANIELS (honorable mention)

OLB  BRIAN IWUH (second-team)

TE    JOE KLOPFENSTEIN (second-team)

DT    VAKA MANUPUNA (second-team)

DT    MATT McCHESNEY (first-team)

TB    BOBBY PURIFY (first-team)

KR   STEPHONE ROBINSON (second-team)

CB    LORENZO SIMS (second-team)

P      JOHN TORP (second-team)

OT    SAM WILDER (first-team)

ILB   THADDAEUS WASHINGTON

                (honorable mention)

SCORING STREAKS The Buffs have scored in a school record 197 consecutive games (dating back to 1988, the longest streak in the Big 12), last being shutout on Nov. 12, 1988 at Nebraska (7-0).  CU has scored in 106 straight games at home (last shutout: a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 15, 1986 in a game where the Sooners did not attempt a single pass).  The Buffs have scored in 78 consecutive road games (101 including neutral sites).  The Buffs have scored in 125 straight league games (all 75 in Big 12 play, including the three title games, and their final 50 in Big Eight competition, dating back to the ’88 shutout at Nebraska).  CU has scored in 112 straight games against non-conference opponents (last shutout: a 44-0 loss at home to LSU on September 15, 1979).  The home shutout losses to Oklahoma in ’86 and LSU in ’79 are the only two times CU has not scored at home over the course of the last 244 games (all the way back to 1963).  CU has been shutout just seven times in its last 429 games (dating to October 5, 1968), but only four schools have done it: Oklahoma (three times), Nebraska (twice), Louisiana State and Michigan.  Big 12 Conference Consecutive Game Scoring Streaks (through all games of 2004): Colorado 197, Nebraska 113, Kansas State 104, Texas Tech 92, Oklahoma 81, Oklahoma State 49, Kansas 26, Missouri 24, Iowa State 15, Texas A&M 14, Texas 7, Baylor 0.  CU was the last team to shutout Kansas State (12-0 in 1996).

SCORING STREAKS II The school record 197 consecutive games in which Colorado has scored is the sixth longest active streak in the nation.  The list of the nine Division I-A schools that have scored in every game since at least the start of the 1993 season, through all games of 2004 (the two schools entering 2004 with the longest streaks, Texas and Washington, both suffered shutouts to end their runs):


School                Streak      Last Shutout

Michigan                    250      Oct. 20, 1984 at Iowa (0-26)

Washington State      238      Sept. 15, 1984 at Ohio State (0-44)

Oregon                      232      Sept. 28, 1985 at Nebraska (0-63)

Florida State              210      Sept. 3, 1988 at Miami (0-31)

Florida                       204      Oct. 29, 1988 vs. Auburn (0-16)

Colorado                 197      Nov. 12, 1988 at Nebraska (0-7)

TCU                           152      Nov. 16, 1992 at Texas (0-32)

Nevada                      150      *All games: joined Div I-A in 1992

Air Force                   145      #Dec. 31, 1992 vs. Mississippi (0-13)

(*—292 games dating back to I-AA days; #—Liberty Bowl)


TV LAND Colorado has now had 120 of its last 183 games dating back to 1990 broadcast nationally or regionally (66 percent).  That includes nine games in 2004, seven games in 2003, 12 in 2002, 10 games in 2001, plus 7 in 2000, 9 in both 1998 and 1999, 10 in 1996 and 1997. Since 1996, when the Big 12 began, 83 of CU’s 110 games have been either nationally or regionally televised, an impressive 75 percent.  Nationally, CU is likely in the top 15 in national/regional appearances in this time frame, but official records are not tracked.

CARRYING THE TV TORCH Colorado and Texas started carrying the torch in the 1990s when it came to scheduling regular season games against traditionally ranked opponents, games most likely to be selected for TV and making the conference some revenue.  Here are the counts (and records) of Big 12 schools since 1990 when it comes to playing ranked non-league teams (not including bowls): Colorado 24 (13-10-1), Texas 20 (6-12-2), Nebraska 12 (8-4), Oklahoma 12 (6-6), Texas A&M 12 (4-8), Texas Tech 11 (0-11), Baylor 9 (2-7), Missouri 9 (1-8), Iowa State 7 (0-7), Kansas 6 (0-6), Oklahoma State 5 (0-5) and Kansas State 2 (1-1).

SENIOR ANALYSIS Colorado had 12 seniors on its 2004 roster, five of whom were starters: OG Terrance Barreau, DT Matt McChesney, WR Ron Monteilh, TB Bobby Purify and OT Sam Wilder.  Four others were in the regular rotation at their positions: DT Brandon Dabdoub, WR Mike Duren, OG Derek Stemrich and TE Jesse Wallace.  DT McKenzie Tilmon saw limited action, TE Quinn Sypniewski played in just two games due to a lower leg injury and school officials are seeking a sixth year for him, and the 12th senior, PK J.T. Eberly, missed the entire season with a torn Achilles tendon.

GRADUATION STAT(U)S Six of the 12 seniors on the 2004 Colorado roster have graduated, one doing so in August, TE Quinn Sypniewski (journalism/news-editorial) and five in December: DT Brandon Dabdoub (communication), WR Mike Duren (communication), PK J.T. Eberly (business/double major in finance and marketing), OL Derek Stemrich (architecture) and OT Sam Wilder (economics).  Five others are set to march next May: OL Terrance Barreau (business/finance), WR Ron Monteilh (economics), DT Matt McChesney (history), TB Bobby Purify (sociology) and TE Jesse Wallace (double major in communication and political science).  The 12th, DT McKenzie Tilmon (ethnic studies), will likely be done in December ’05.

u NOTE: Over the last two years (2002, 2003), Colorado has had 51 of its 56 seniors, including medicals, graduate; that translates to a 91.1 percent rate (with three of the five non-grads still in school and looking to all graduate by next May).   So including 2004, the number is 57 of 69 seniors, with eight more expected to join the 57 grads come May.

HANGING ON Colorado suffered only 18 fumbles, with eight lost, this season, only the fifth time the Buffaloes had fewer than 20 fumbles.   There were only four seasons where the Buffs haven’t had at least 20: 1948 (18 in 9 games), 1960 (17 in 10 games), 1961 (19 in 10 games) and 1993 (18 in 11 games).  CU’s lost at least 10 in all but five seasons, with the low of 5 occurring in 1956 (despite 23 fumbles), with 6 in ’93 and 7 in 1989.

28-100-72 Looking ahead to 2005, of the 1,465 rushing yards by the Buffaloes this year, 406 were put in the books by players expected back next fall, or 28 percent.  Players set to return accounted for all 2,462 passing yards, and as far as reception yards are concerned, there were 1,767 provided by non-seniors, or 72 percent.

BOWL WINS SINCE 1990 Only three schools have more bowl wins over the last 15 seasons than Colorado.  The Buffs check in at 8-4 in 12 games between 1990-2004, trailing only Miami, Fla. (10-4), Florida State (10-5) and Michigan (9-6) in wins.  A look at the top schools in bowl wins since 1990: 1. Miami, Fla. 10-4;  2. Florida State 10-5;  3. Michigan 9-6;  4. Colorado 8-4, Tennessee 8-7;  6. Syracuse 7-3, Penn State 7-4, Nebraska 7-6;  9. Auburn 6-3, North Carolina 6-3, Alabama 6-4, Kansas State 6-5, Florida 6-8, Ohio State 6-9;  15. Oklahoma 5-4.

BUFFS TOP BIG 12 NORTH MARKS The six Big 12 North Division teams’ struggles recently with their counterparts from the South have been well-documented; in fact, the six were 3-15 in 2004 (all wins versus Baylor) and Colorado has dropped nine straight to South schools.  But the Buffaloes own the best mark, 17-3, against Big 12 North opposition since the 2001 season; other records in the same span: Kansas State 14-6, Nebraska 11-9, Iowa State 8-12, Missouri 6-14 and Kansas 4-16.

BARNETT ANNOUNCES FOUNDATION Gary Barnett, and his wife, Mary announced the formation of the Gary Barnett Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to the support of educational programs for economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth.  “Mary and I have been discussing the possibility of creating a foundation for years,” Gary Barnett said,  “After the passing of Gabe Oderberg, we decided the time was now to make this happen.”

 

Oderberg, who was on the football team between 1999-2002 and worked as an undergraduate intern after back injuries ended his career, committed suicide last summer.  Former Buff and ’91 Orange Bowl MVP Charles Johnson is involved in the organization, as is Boulder physician Dr. John Meyer and Boston TV anchor Paul Burton.

 

For more information, go to www.GaryBarnettFoundation.org.

 

SIGNING DAY QUOTES Here are some select comments from Colorado head coach Gary Barnett regarding the newest recruiting class for Colorado football:

 

Head Coach Gary Barnett

 

On WR Alvin Barnett: “He is a returner and a wide receiver, and we see him as a guy who will fit into the mix right away.  He is an extremely strong athlete.  We see him helping in the return category and the wide receiver category.”

 

On OL Bryce MacMartin: “We really weren’t looking for a junior college offensive lineman, but we found Bryce out there.  He is a great student.  We needed another center and it ends up being another really good match for us.  He’s a chemical engineering major, so it’s a great match here.  He fills a need that we had on the line – an immediate need we had and we are very pleased to have him.”

 

On DT Chris Todd: “Chris played on the defensive line (at NEO in 2004) as a true freshman, and he had a great year.  He’ll have three years to play for us and four years to do that.  He will not be on campus until this summer.”

 

On CB Terry Washington: “Terry was a young man that we signed two years ago; he was a running back out of St. Louis.  We placed him in Garden City (Kan.) Junior College, and they turned him into a corner.  We knew that was a possibility because he was a really good defensive player in high school.  They turned him into a corner and he has really excelled there.  He became one of the top junior college corners in the country.  He’ll be here this summer.  He is an exceptional corner, and can play either corner or safety; he is also a great returner.  He is going to give us immediate depth and help in the secondary.”

 

On OL Paul Backowski: “He’s got great range, and is probably going to be a redshirt player.  He is also an outstanding basketball player and track athlete.  He is a guy who once again fits one of the need factors we have with big guys, and looks to be a tackle for us down the road.  He is also an exceptional student.  Just by reading his bio you can see what kind of character he has and what kind of family he comes from.”  

 

On FB Jake Behrens: “We needed a fullback, especially with Daniel Jolly transferring.  Jake was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska; he’s just a great student-athlete.  He rushed for 1,200 yards from the fullback position his senior season, which is really unusual.  He comes from a great program (Millard North).  He has been a stalwart in that program since he was a sophomore.  (Millard North) was Eric Crouch’s high school.  Behrens had some really good other colleges to choose from, and really chose us because of the opportunity to play here and the academics.  He is about 6-1, 230 and just a tremendous athlete; and as you can see, a really good student.”

 

On QB Mack Brown: “Mack is a guy who I think not many people knew about.  Mack was one of those guys in our camp, and we could tell in drills and a number of athletic tests that we put the kids through that he was a tremendous athlete.  He is sort of a Jake Plummer kind of player, as I see him.  He is really raw and really young; he will be a redshirt player (in 2005), but I do project him as a quarterback in our system.  He is a big, athletic youngster who I think will get even bigger.  So, he’s one of those guys who when you watch him in camp you can see the kind of potential he has.”

 

On S Ben Burney: “He tore an ACL his junior year and that really limited him.  He did not get much attention this year, but we had him in camp.  (Mullen) coach (Dave) Logan told us he was a guy who was under the radar, but that he had a tremendous upside to him.  Ben is extremely bright.  When we had him in camp, even after coming right off ACL surgery, we could see what his potential was.  He had a great shuttle time, great numbers and played on a great team.  He is a guy who we project down the road as being a great player for us.  He is also a tremendous student.”

 

On LB Marcus Burton: “We were not in the business for a linebacker this year; we were looking at other positions.  But, Marcus Burton was a Top 100 player in the Texas, and when he voiced the kind of interest that he had in us, we couldn’t pass him up.  Cedric Cormier, a former Buff, is one of his high school coaches, and Cedric just raved about him.  We knew he was a really good player and as we watched him and he continued to show interest, we just couldn’t pass him up.  He is just too good of a player.  Who knows if he is going to play as a freshman or not, but he certainly has great numbers, great explosiveness and tremendous speed.  You can just see his numbers and realize how much he was respected in the state of Texas.  He is also an excellent student and comes from a football family.”

 

On QB Patrick Devenny: “Also a guy a little bit under the radar, he didn’t play quarterback until his junior year of high school.  He is a tremendous athlete.  He has been working with a couple quarterback experts out in California, and they put us in touch with him and raved about his potential and what his ability is.  He is a young man who is probably going to redshirt.  He has a ton of upside and a very strong arm, and a great feel for the game even though he’s only played it two years.  We are excited about his future.”

 

On P Matt DiLallo: “He is a guy who we heard about through a couple kicking camps and a few kicking experts around the country.  We looked at our situation with John Torp, and we have one year left with him.  So we thought this would be a perfect time to pick up someone and let him work under John Torp for a year, and then be a four-year punter for us.  He has big numbers and big-time ability.  We all realize how valuable John Torp was for us this year, and we think Matt can be the same kind of player.”

 

On S Reggie Foster: “A year ago he was a guy we were really high one.  Everybody on the West Coast was, but we stole him and he ended up not qualifying.  He sat out the fall, worked on his test scores and has now qualified.  He is now taking classes here at CU.  He is a safety, a really great athlete.  Coach (Craig) Bray looked at him and was really impressed with him.  He will immediately help us in the safety position.  We are excited to have him here.”

 

On TE Riar Geer: “He was one of the Top 3 quarterbacks in the state.  We had him in camp and we asked him to line up and play tight end for a day.  Again, he just showed great natural ability there.  Coming in he sort of new he wasn’t going to be a quarterback.  Right now we’ll line him up at tight end, but he can also play defensive end; he is just a great athlete overall.  He is one of those guys who was under the radar over on the Western Slope.  But once we got him in camp there was no doubt that he is potentially going to be a big-time player for us somewhere.  He’s got great hands and is a big kid.”

 

On TB Maurice Greer: “Maurice is an absolutely fantastic player from Mullen High School.  He has been a four-year sensation there.  He has tremendous upside, is a difference-maker and is a guy who can come in and play immediately.  He had a really strong interest in coming Colorado, so we are looking forward to him being here and helping us as soon as possible.”

 

On DL/OL Jeremy Hauck: “We’ve had Jeremy in camp for a couple years, and every year he made a major gain in size and strength.  Even coming out of high school the guy has got great size potential; he also has great explosiveness.  We knew about him in camp and he committed to us early.  We think he is going to be an offensive lineman for us, because he’s also got great feet.  We see him as a redshirt player next year.”

 

On OL Devin Head: “Devin was an all-state performer in California, a guy we had in camp and somebody we’ve kept our eye on.  We are really excited about Devin joining us, but again, he is probably a redshirt player.”

 

On DL George Hypolite: “There is a great upside with George.  You could call him an athlete, because he’s played many different positions, including fullback.  I see him on the defensive line, but we’ll see when he gets here about how big he’s gotten.  He is one of those naturally big people with a lot of athletic ability.  To get a guy with his athleticism playing on the D-line would mean that we’ve got a great player there.  George is one of those guys, who with his athleticism, could playe very early for us.”

 

On DL Zach Jones: “He is a guy who is probably going to redshirt, and we are going to start him off as a defensive end.  He is one of those guys who I think will get really big and we’ll move inside before it’s all over.  To have him here in the spring is a huge advantage for him and for us.”

 

On DE Taj Kanor: “I think he’s a guy who as soon as he gets strong enough and figures everything out he will play immediately.  He will be an impact player for us.  He’s another one of those guys who grows daily.  Before it’s over he’s going to be a 6-6, 280-pound defensive end with tremendous athletic ability.  If you look around the country, you are not going to find anybody who fits the bill, is a better specimen or is a better football player than Taj is.”

 

On ATH James Lewis: “He is projected to be a safety.  He is a tremendous athlete, and a great story as well.” (see bio)

 

On DE Maurice Lucas: “He has great upside and had a great senior year.  You can just look at all his credentials.  There were a number of things he was able to accomplish, and he’s a tremendous student as well.  He has great size, range and we think he has got the potential to be as good as anybody we’ve had here.  He is going to be a great player.”

 

On CB Gardner McKay: “Gardner was one of those guys who everybody got on late.  He has great track speed, size and range.  He played in the California-Florida All-Star game, I went down and watched him, and he had a tremendous game.  After that everybody picked up on him really fast.  He is a return guy, a big corner and has great speed.  He is one of those guys who might come in and help us right away in the secondary.  He also is a really great student.”

 

On RB Kevin Moyd: “He is from a program (Northwestern High School in Miami, Fla.) with great tradition.  About five or six players come out of there a year.  He is about 5-8, 195 with great speed.  He was recruited by the Florida schools, and probably the second guy on their lists.  We got a tape on him right before the bowl game, watched it and did our homework on him and then offered him a scholarship.  He accepted right away, and there was no messing around with him.  If you read anything that his high school coaches say, they say that we’ve got a great catch here.  Some schools recruited him as a cornerback, but he wanted to be a running back.”  

 

On WR Jarrell Yates: “He is another speed guy.  He is one of those guys who is going to help us in that particular category at the receiver spot.  He is a youngster who is going to come in and have chance to get into the rotation and help us.  We really like Jarell and we’re excited about him being here.”

 

On DE Sam Zimmerer: “He’s another kid with great upside.  Right now he’s about 6-4, 240.  But he will probably be a 6-6, 270-pound defensive end.  We had him in camp and he had great explosiveness.  He played tight end a lot as a junior, and a lot of people recruited him as a tight end.  But, he wants to play defense.  I am not sure where he fits for next year.  He may be strong enough to play as a freshman, but more than likely, most of our incoming defensive lineman, other than Todd, will redshirt and be ready in a couple years.”           

 

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