Rodney Stewart Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
For the second week in a row, the University of Colorado has a Big 12 Player of the Week. Junior running back Rodney Stewart has succeeded his quarterback, Cody Hawkins, with the honor. Against Kansas State, Stewart rushed for a career-high 195 yards, had 49 yards receiving, and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Toney Clemons on a halfback option.
Stewart becomes just the third Buff to be honored as a Big 12 POTW this season. Stewart joins Hawkins and linebacker B.J. Beatty, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the win over Georgia.
"It's Nebraska Week"
"I'm very excited about this week", said interim head coach Brian Cabral, who pointed out that usually Colorado and Nebraska have a bye week before playing one another, but this year it's a short week of preparation. "I don't know how you get ready in less than a full game week," said Cabral. "I don't know how you prepare for that challenge. But our coaches have a plan to prepare, and we'll see whether or not we can get it done."
This year will mark the 26th time Cabral has been on the opposite sideline from the Big Red, and he is already in full "Nebraska Week" mode. He jokingly scolded a reporter who wore a red sweatshirt to the press luncheon (it should come as no surprise to many Buff fans that it was John Henderson from the Denver Post). Cabral also reminisced about what it felt like to win in Lincoln. "Anytime you sing that fight song in Lincoln, those are lasting and memorable moments," said Cabral. "I have experienced a Super Bowl (victory). I have experienced a national championship. Winning in Lincoln is just about as good as that."
Injury update - The only significant injury from the Kansas State game was suffered by safety Deji Olatoye. The red-shirt freshman suffered a fractured forearm, but still might be available for the Nebraska game.
Childress out as Minnesota Vikings head coach
ESPN is reporting that Brad Childress has been fired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been appointed as the interim head coach for the Vikings, who are 3-7 on the season.
What this means for running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is anyone's guess, but it would certainly seem to open the door for Bieniemy to explore other coaching opportunities. Childress last week confirmed that the Vikings had been contacted by the University of Colorado for the purpose of interviewing Bieniemy.
The Colorado head coach search committee meets for the first time this week ...
"The Greatest 18 Hours of football in Bozeman History ... "
Sorry, a little off topic, but I just had to share. So began the story in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sunday. This past weekend, the Bozeman Hawks completed an undefeated season with a 28-7 victory over Helena in the state championship game. The win was the first championship for Bozeman since 1917 (no pity party for Bozeman, thank you, for the long drought in football. The Great Falls Tribune awards an All Sports Trophy every year to the school which accumulates the most "points" in every sport. Bozeman was winning the trophy so often they had to reconfigure how the points were to be awarded - football has just not been Bozeman's thing).
Less than 18 hours later, Montana State defeated Montana, 21-16, in the annual "Brawl of the Wild". The victory was sweet on a number of levels. Montana State clinched the Big Sky Conference championship along with a bye in the FCS playoffs (a No. 4 seed, thank you very much). The win also kept the Grizzlies from earning a playoff spot for the first time since 1992.
It was a great weekend to be a football fan in Bozeman ... and in Boulder!!
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