Buff Guard Considering Mormon Mission / Buffs and the 3-4 Defense

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IJuly 11, 2009


Greetings, Buff fans, from CU at the Game.


It was another interesting week to be a Buff fan. There was a feel good story, a story which gives you pause, and a story which makes you shake your head, all this week at www.cuatthegame.com



Maxwell Tuioti-Mariner is considering leaving school to go on a Mormon mission. Out since the second game of 2008, MTM was slated to be back from his torn ACL by early October, so losing the outstanding guard for all of 2009, and perhaps for 2010, is news. There is also the issue of eligibility discussed on the site – how many years would MTM have left to play when, and if, he returns?


The feel good story of the week involved Kendrick Celestine. The wide receiver abruptly left the team just three weeks into the 2008 season, but Celestine is now back in Boulder taking classes. While the road back to Folsom Field as a Buff will be a long one, Celestine is off to a good start.  


Ever heard of Kenneth Scott? If your answer is “no”, consider yourself fortunate, or at least sane. Scott is a four-star wide receiver prospect in the recruiting class of 2010. There was a story on Kenneth Scott this week on Scout.com about how much the prospect liked the Buffs, their coaches, and Boulder, less than 24-hours later.  


Plus, posted this week, “CU and the 3-4 Defense – What to Expect this Fall”. With a lack of talent and depth along the defensive line, the Buffs installed more 3-4 sets this spring. We’ll take a look at the responsibilities of each player in a 3-4 defense, then discuss how the Buffs’ personnel fits into that scheme. I trust you’ll like this article.


Finally, it wouldn’t be a CU at the Game update without a 1989 Game update.


This week: Week Ten of “1989 – Things Have Changed” – #2 Colorado @ Oklahoma State


Long before he became the ranting head coach at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy was the quarterback for the Cowboys. In 1989, the Buffs were heavy favorites after taking down the Cornhuskers, but Gundy had the underdog Cowboys up 10-0 before the Buffs woke up …


Next week: Week Eleven - #2 Colorado v. Kansas State


The Buffs close out a perfect Big Eight slate with a rout of the Wildcats at home. The game was not notable for being close, but some of the players who scored were not regulars on the roster in 1989, but they are names you will remember.


Enjoy this week’s edition, and don’t forget to check out the article on the Buffs and the 3-4 defense.


Go Buffs!