Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game!
While the calendar marches slowly towards the start of spring practice (March 31st), the news from Boulder has slackened, but has not completely withered.
In the past two weeks, the major stories have been the switch in position by running back Ray Polk (to safety), and the naming of the Buffs’ new offensive line coach, former Illinois State head coach Denver Johnson.
Also new at www.cuatthegame.com....the Buffs have a new preferred walk-on, Quentin Hildreth. The running back/cornerback/kick returner joins Denver East high recruits Zach Grossnickle and DaVaughn Thornton on the roster. "Quick" was a first-team all-metro running back in 2008.
Schedule changes? According to the Lincoln Journal Star and the Boulder Daily Camera, the CU/Nebraska and CU/Miami (Ohio) games will not be moved—but stay tuned ....
There is also the story of a former Buff who is already in Oxford, Ohio. Former CU wide receiver Cedric Cormier was named this week as the RedHawks’ new wide receivers coach (more on Cormier, below).
Program Note—for those of you who have been checking in on the site regularly, you know that I update the site with any new developments as they occur (e.g., the Polk and Johnson stories), with a weekly update of all things CU football each Sunday. This pattern will continue over the next few weeks. I will refrain from sending you email updates unless there is pressing news until we get closer to spring practice.
For today, though, for opening this email in the blah days of February, I will give you a little bonus:
Cedric Cormier as a Buff—a little more about the new wide receivers' coach at Miami (Ohio).
An all-state quarterback in high school, Cormier made a good first impression in his CU debut. The scene: The 1998 season-opener against CSU in Denver in the first-ever Mile High Showdown. Colorado was coming off a 5-6 season in 1997, the first losing season for the Buffs since 1984. The CSU Rams, meanwhile, were ranked 15th in the nation in the preseason polls, and were anxious to post their first win in the series since 1986. A nation-wide audience on ESPN tuned into the Saturday night contest.
Ralphie IV made her debut for the Buffs, and Cedric Cormier did his part in leading the Buffs to a big CU victory. With the Buffs holding a tenuous 20-14 lead in the third quarter, Cormier changed the tone of the game for good with an 82-yard punt return for a score. Cormier’s touchdown put CU up 27-14, and the rout was on. The Buffs never looked back on their way to a 42-14 win.
Unfortunately, Cormier’s career did not live up to the promise of that opening night. Against Oklahoma in the fifth game of 1998, Cormier suffered a torn ACL in his knee. Said head coach Rick Neuheisal of losing Cormier, the 12th Buff in 1998 to succumb to injury in only five games, "I’ve never seen anything like this, and neither has our trainer (Dave Burton)". [Sounds a bit like CU 2008].
Cormier would not find the end zone again until his senior season in 2001. Cormier’s first and only receiving touchdown as a Buff came in a four-yard touchdown reception in the Buffs’ 40-27 win over Iowa State (the game before the epic 62-36 win over Nebraska).
In his CU career, Cormier amassed 52 receptions for 529 yards, with another 227 yards in kick returns. His two touchdowns as a Buff came 37 games apart.
Best wishes, Cedric—except, of course, on September 12th!
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