The Buffs are officially in game week mode, as Colorado conducted its first practice since Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s game at Miami (10 a.m. MT, ABC).
In Miami, officials closed three University of Miami campuses today and Tuesday due to the threat of Hurricane Rita, including the main one in Coral Gables, where the football team practices.
The Miami football team, however, practiced today and plans to take Tuesday off because of the Hurricane. The ‘Canes usually take Mondays off.
In Boulder, after practice, a reporter asked CU head coach Gary Barnett if he had “any Hurricane fears?”
The coach said, “No.”
Then Barnett said, “Now do you mean players, or are you talking about the weather?”
The reporter clarified he was talking about Hurricane Rita.
Barnett replied, with a grin, “Oh, yeah, I worry about that all the time. I grew up in Missouri with tornados.”
Asked if he thought Rita could prove an advantage for the Buffs, implying it could be a distraction for the Miami football team, Barnett confessed, “I haven’t even thought about it. I’ve got too much to worry about trying to get ready for Hurricanes with two legs.”
Barnett has watched the Miami-Clemson game, one in which the Hurricanes beat the Tigers in three overtimes. UM running back Tyrone Moss earned ACC offensive player of the week honors after rushing for 139 yards and three TDs in the win. Free safety Kenny Phillips earned rookie of the week honors, after making 10 tackles, and the game-saving interception in overtime.
“I was impressed with how physical they were,” Barnett said about Miami. “I was impressed with the running back. When they had to, they just lined up and pounded on (Clemson). I was impressed with their speed. Their defense, it’s just so fast to the ball. We don’t see that kind of speed, and it’s hard to simulate in practice. And I thought their special teams were pretty good.
“They’re just stacked up. If one goes down, they’ve got two more that can go in. We just don’t have that kind of depth here yet.”
“A game like this tests everything that you have — psychologically, physically, special teams, your schemes. It tests everything.”
Starting offensive guard Brian Daniels, who suffered a rib injury vs. Colorado State and missed the New Mexico State game, is doubtful for Saturday’s game at Miami. There may be some kidney complications with Daniels’ injury, and he will be evaluated again Tuesday, according to Barnett. Barnett said the kidney issue doesn’t appear to be a long-term risk, but the team doctors want to be cautious with it.
“I’d be very surprised if he played in this game,” Barnett said. “We’re preparing to not have him.”
Redshirt-freshman Daniel Sanders started in Daniels’ absence vs. the Aggies. However, sophomore Edwin Harrison would likely get the start Saturday.
Meanwhile, LB Brian Iwuh, OL Tyler Polumbus, OL Bryce MacMartin and TB Hugh Charles were back at practice after missing most of last week.
Safety Dominique Brooks is still in the coach’s dog house. Barnett said he probably couldn’t play Saturday, due to his high-ankle sprain, anyway.
Holliday’s Appeal Denied
RB Mell Holliday’s appeal to receive an NCAA waiver and be eligible to play this season was denied Friday. Holliday walked on at Colorado after transferring to Colorado from Nebraska, where he was enrolled in school last year, but didn’t play football. The NCAA upheld its rule that Holliday must sit out the requisite transfer year.
Folsom Field Watch Party set for Saturday
Colorado Buff Club and the Boulder Buff Club will host a CU versus Miami watch party for the game which will be shown in the Stadium Club lounge in Folsom Field Saturday.
Doors will open at 9 a.m., with kickoff for the nationally televised game set for 10 a.m.
The event is free and open to the general public. Food will also be provided at no cost, including hotdogs, brats, wings, chips and soda. CU’s mascot Chip will be in attendance, and drawings for CU prizes will occur throughout the festivities, which will last until 2 p.m. The game will be shown on two dozen televisions across the lounge, as well as on two big screens, which will be brought in.
Entrance to the Stadium Club is adjacent to Gate 9 on the east side of Folsom Field. Parking if free and will be located in lot 436 on the corner of Colorado Ave. and Regent Dr. Handicapped parking will be available in lot 378, next to Folsom Field (please request handicapped parking with RSVP).
Please RSVP to the Buff Club at 303-541-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and
indicate the number attending.
CU-OSU game time set
The Colorado at Oklahoma State football game on Oct. 1 will kickoff at 1:05 p.m. central time, 12:05 p.m. mountain. The game will not be televised.