Trio Of Buffs Ineligible For Season

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Redshirt freshman wide out Markques Simas and sophomore linebacker Nate Vaiomounga were expected to impact the Colorado lineup this fall. Both players will be sitting on the sidelines, though, as will redshirt freshman offensive tackle Sione Tau. All three have been declared academically ineligible.

With head coach Dan Hawkins and seniors George Hypolite, Daniel Sanders and Ryan Walters in Kansas City today and Tuesday for the Big 12 Media Days, the CU athletic department released its annual pre-camp notes. That's when it was revealed Markques Simas, Sione Tau and Nate Vaiomounga won't be playing this fall. All three were declared academically ineligible "based on the first term of summer school."

Simas, a 6-foot-2 receiver from San Diego, had an impressive spring on the football field, and it appeared he was ready for lots of playing time in 2008. Vaiomounga saw action as a true freshman last season in four games. Tau was being counted on to add depth at offensive tackle.

Keep in mind, the second summer term ends Aug. 8. If there are more academic casualties, they wouldn't come to light until after final grades are turned in from that session.

The AD release also officially addressed tight end Riar Geer's situation for the first time.

"Riar Geer, who appealed a suspension by CU's Office of Judicial Affairs for his involvement in an off-campus incident last winter, received ‘a suspension in abeyance' on July 16," the release states. "That is CU's strictest probationary status, and meaning the suspension (usually a semester in length) can become active if any other issues arise. He is thus eligible to participate this fall after missing all of spring practice after being suspended from all football-related activity, though he was still allowed to attend class during the appeal process."

Also, walk-ons Daniel Modrovsky, a defensive tackle, and tight end Kyle Tompane have left the team.

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