April 17, 2008

Spring Game on Tap

The Buffaloes ran through their 14th practice of spring ball on Thursday afternoon, meaning all that's left is Saturday's annual spring game.

Former CU coach Bill McCartney challenged fans back in early February to fill up Folsom Field on April 19th. The record for the largest attendance at a CU spring game was set back in 1989 when 13,642 fans came out to support McCartney's squad. An estimated 5,800 fans attended the spring game last April.

For fans that are not able to make it to Folsom Field on Saturday, the Buffaloes' Sports Information website (CUBuffs.com) is scheduled to air live video of the game. The spring game can also be heard live on KOA (850 AM in the Denver-Boulder area).

FORMAT -

Head coach Dan Hawkins said earlier this week that the format of the spring game will be similar to the format of their first two spring scrimmages. The first spring scrum included 109 live plays and last Saturday's scrimmage included 147.

WEATHER -

Weather.com's forecast (as of midday Friday) calls for it to be 67 degrees and sunny at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -

10:30 am - Noon: Healthy Kids Day Presented by Outback Steakhouse and Qdoba

Kids in the eighth grade and under can meet their favorite student-athletes and participate in the skill/fitness stations on Folsom Field. The first 500 kids who complete all required activities will receive a free CU t-shirt and lunch from Outback Steakhouse. All Healthy Kids Day activities are free.

11:00 am - Noon: Autograph Session

CU football players and other student-athletes will be available for autographs.

11:30 am: Pregame Party

CU-Boulder Chancellor Bud Peterson, CU athletics and the CU Alumni Association in Boulder are hosting a pre-game party in the Balch Fieldhouse. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free hot dog, soda, chips, and cookie.

Noon: Byron R. White Club Level Open House

The Byron White Stadium Club will host an open house and Select-A-Seat event for new club seat purchases. If someone purchases Club Seats for the 2008 Season they will receive a commemorative 2007 Independence Bowl Game football autographed by Coach Hawkins. Everyone is welcome to head up to the club seats on the east side of Folsom Field to check out the great amenities and awesome views.

1:00 pm: CU Football Spring Game Presented by Qdoba

Catch a sneak peek at the 2008 CU Football team. Admission to the Spring Game is free.

10 PLAYERS TO WATCH ON SATURDAY -

# 1 - Wide receiver Josh Smith (Sophomore)

Arguably CU's top playmaker, Smith had the football in his hands a lot during the first 14 practices of spring ball.

# 3 - Quarterback Nick Nelson (Senior)

Nelson completed 22-of-32 passes in the Buffaloes' first two spring scrimmages.

# 8 - Running back Demetrius Sumler (Sophomore)

According to his position coach, Darian Hagan, Sumler has established himself as the Buffaloes' top tailback… for now.

#33 - Tight end Patrick Devenny (Junior)

The only scholarshiped tight end practicing with CU this spring, Devenny had 166 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the first two scrimmages.

#37 - Wide receiver and punt returner Jason Espinoza (Redshirt freshman)

Espinoza was the star of last Saturday's scrimmage. He had 161 all-purpose yards.

#46 - Safety Anthony Perkins (Redshirt freshman)

Perkins has worked with the first-team defense all spring in the absence of returning starter Ryan Walters, who had post-season shoulder surgery.

#54 - Inside linebacker Marcus Burton (Junior)

Burton is currently listed atop the depth chart at the Will linebacker position. He dolled out a number of punishing hits and finished with a team-high 10 tackles in the second spring scrimmage.

#59 - Outside linebacker B.J. Beatty (Sophomore)

Beatty is pushing two-year starter Brad Jones at outside linebacker. He ran with the first-team defense last Saturday.

#78 - Offensive tackle Nate Solder (Sophomore)

Solder, who has made the move from tight end to offensive tackle, has run with the first-team offensive line at left tackle this spring. Currently 278-pounds, Solder hopes to get as close to 300-pounds as possible by August.

#98 - Defensive tackle Eugene Goree (Redshirt freshman)

Returning starter Brandon Nicolas will not participate in the spring game, meaning Goree should get a chance to run with the first-team defense at nose tackle.

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