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12/08/17 - (CB) - *Isaiah Oliver, Jr, 6-0, 195
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Isaiah Oliver, Jr., Colorado,...Oliver led the conference in passes defended (breakups plus interceptions) and tied for seventh in the FBS with 1.50 per game. He played in 10 contests, missing two due to injury, and despite that fact his 13 total pass breakups ranked in a tie for second in the league and tied for 12th nationally. Oliver also intercepted two passes on the season. Last Friday, Oliver declared his intentions to leave school early and enter 2018 NFL Draft. Thus, he finishes his career tied for 10th in Colorado history for the most pass breakups with 30 in his three seasons in Boulder. - Colorado Football

12/08/17 - (RB) - Phillip Lindsay, rSr, 5-07, 190
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Phillip Lindsay, Sr.,...Lindsay follows up his second-team selection from 2016 with his honorable mention pick this year. Lindsay not only led the Pac-12 in rushing attempts, he also led the nation with 301, which went for 1,474 yards and he scored 14 TDs on the ground. He also caught 23 passes that went for 257 yards and another score. In all, Lindsay had 324 touches and did not fumble one single time. He finishes his CU career with 24 school records to his name. He is Colorado's all-time leader in career all-purpose yards with 5,760 (3,635 rushing, 976 receiving, 1,077 kickoff returns) and yards from scrimmage with 4,683, second in rushing yards (3,707), and is fourth in scoring (234 points). - Colorado Football

12/08/17 - (OT) - Jeromy Irwin, rSr, 6-5, 300
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Jeromy Irwin, Sr.,...Irwin follows up his 2016 second-team selection with an honorable mention nod this year. CU's top graded lineman on the season, he led all CU linemen with 26 knockdown blocks. Additionally, Irwin had a team-high with 12 touchdown blocks (direct), he tied for the lead in perfect plays on passing touchdowns with 16 and allowed just 1 quarterback sacks in his 709 snaps from scrimmage in 10 games. - Colorado Football

12/08/17 - (ILB) - Rick Gamboa, rJr, 5-11, 240
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Rick Gamboa, Jr.,...Gamboa was second on the team with 117 tackles in starting all 12 games; he in fact has made 37 consecutive starts going back to 2015. He had one other tackle for a loss, another five for no gain, a half sack, a team-leading 10 third down stops, five quarterback pressures and seven pass breakups for the Buffs. - Colorado Football

12/08/17 - (SS) - Evan Worthington, rJr, 6-1, 200
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB Evan Worthington, Jr.,...Worthington led Colorado in interceptions with three and he finished third on the team with 86 tackles. He had five tackles for losses, one sack, eight third down stops, seven pass breakups, four quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He posted career-highs in tackles with 12 during the Oregon State and Utah contests and in all had seven or more tackles in 7-of-12 games. - Colorado Football

12/08/17 - (QB) - Steven Montez, rSo, 6-4, 225
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB Steven Montez, So.,...Montez, in his first full year as CU's starting quarterback, finished with 3,313 yards of total offense (2,975 passing, 338 rushing), which was just the third 3,000-yard season in CU history (and just behind the record of 3,336 set by Sefo Liufau in 2014). Montez threw 18 touchdown passes and was picked off nine times. He posted four 300-yard passing games on the year, including three-straight against California, Arizona State and No. 15 USC, marking the first time in school history a quarterback had three consecutive games passing for over 300. Additionally, from Sept. 23 through Nov. 4, Montez went 172 consecutive passes without being intercepted, setting a new school record in that regard. - Colorado Football

12/06/17 - (CB) - *Isaiah Oliver, Jr, 6-0, 195
Colorado junior Isaiah Oliver, considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the nation this year, announced Friday that he will forego his senior season with the Buffs and make himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. "I've been going back and forth with it over the last few weeks," Oliver said. "A lot went into the decision, but after having talks with my family, my dad and everybody, we felt like it was the best time after the season I had. We weren't necessarily against coming back for another year I loved playing for Colorado and I wouldn't have minded another year, as well as another year of track but we felt like where I am physically and mentally as a player, it's time to take the next step. We're really excited about it and looking forward to the next challenge."

Oliver's father, Muhammad Oliver, was a standout cornerback at Oregon and had a five-year NFL career. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Oliver played in 10 games this season after missing two late in the year with a leg injury. He finished with two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, five third-down stops, four touchdown saves and 27 tackles (22 solo). Opposing quarterbacks made it a point to avoid him whenever possible and he was seldom targeted over the last half of the season. For his career, Oliver finished with 71 tackles, three interceptions and 32 pass break-ups. He also returned punts for Colorado, and had a 68-yard return for a touchdown in 2016 against UCLA. - Colorado Football

10/30/17 - (FS) - Nick Fisher, Jr, 5-11, 190
Nick Fisher became the first Colorado player to return an interception 100 yards since Steve Rosga did it against Oklahoma State in 1996. Fisher's 100-yarder came in the fourth quarter against California. If NCAA statistical rules were the same as in the NFL, Fisher would have been credited with a 109-yard return. - AP College Football

10/28/17 - (RB) - Phillip Lindsay, rSr, 5-07, 190
Steven Montez responded to last week's benching by returning to Colorado's lineup and throwing for 347 yards to lead the Buffaloes to a 44-28 win over California on Saturday. The junior quarterback, who missed the second half of the Buffs' loss to Washington State, threw for three touchdowns as Colorado improved to 5-4, 2-4 in the Pac-12. Montez added a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Devin Ross, Shay Fields and Jay MacIntyre were the biggest benefactors of Montez's afternoon with each hauling in receiving touchdowns. Fields finished with 101 receiving yards, 65 of which came on a touchdown strike to put the Buffs up 21-7 in the second quarter. It was Nick Fisher's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown that essentially quashed any hope for Golden Bears, putting the Buffaloes up 44-21 with 2:34 remaining. Colorado tailback Phillip Lindsay rushed for 161 yards. It's the 11th 100-yard game for the Colorado senior, who pulled within 100 yards of Rodney Stewart for No. 2 on the program's career rushing list. California (4-5, 1-5) has lost two in a row and five of its last six games. - The Sports Xchange

10/15/17 - (WR) - Bryce Bobo, rSr, 6-1, 205
WR Bryce Bobo caught nine passes for 126 yards and two TDs, caught a 2-point conversion pass, and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Steven Montez in the win over Oregon State. The 126 yards were a career-high.

10/14/17 - (RB) - Phillip Lindsay, rSr, 5-07, 190
Steven Montez passed to Bryce Bobo for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:34 left to give Colorado a 36-33 win over Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. It was the second touchdown pass of the game from Montez to Bobo, and the pair also produced a touchdown with Bobo throwing to Montez. Phillip Lindsay rushed for 185 yards and two scores for the Buffaloes. The victory was the first for Colorado (4-3, 1-3) in the Pac-12 while it extended the losing streak for Oregon State (1-6, 0-4) to five games. It also spoiled the college head coaching debut of Oregon State's Cory Hall, named the interim coach earlier in the week when Gary Andersen walked away from the program in his third season.

The Buffaloes drove 82 yards for the winning score after Oregon State had taken a 29-26 lead on Ryan Nall's third rushing touchdown of the game with 4:22 left. A 52-yard field goal attempt that fell short ended Oregon State's final possession. A 43-yard interception return by Colorado's Evan Worthington, setting the Buffaloes up at the Oregon State 46-yard line, led to Colorado's first lead of the game. Colorado scored in six plays, the last a nine-yard run by Lindsay to give the visitors a 21-19 advantage. The Beavers retook the lead at 26-21 when Nall ran in from 13 yards for his second touchdown of the game. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/17 - (QB) - Steven Montez, rSo, 6-4, 225
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez threw for a career-high 357 yards and four touchdowns as the Buffaloes beat Northern Colorado 41-21 in a nonconference game Saturday in Boulder, Colo. It was the first meeting between the schools since 1934. Colorado receivers Devin Ross (143 yards), Bryce Bobo (77 yards), Shay Fields (69 yards) and Jay McIntyre (53 yards) each caught a touchdown pass. Northern Colorado wide receiver Alex Wesley (102 yards) caught the first of two touchdowns on a 33-yard pass from Jacob Knipp on the game's opening drive. It was the first touchdown yielded by the Buffs' defense this year. Colorado (3-0) responded quickly, tying the game less than two minutes later when Montez connected with Ross on a 4-yard scoring toss. Phillip Lindsay punched in a rushing touchdown moments later after an errant snap recovered by linebacker Jacob Callier set up the Buffs on the Bears' 5-yard line. Lindsay rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown. The senior moved into second place on the Buffs' career list for all-purpose yards and eighth among career rushing leaders. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/17 - (RB) - Phillip Lindsay, rSr, 5-07, 190
Ralphie the Buffalo wasn't the only one off and running to start the 2017 season as Phillip Lindsay and Colorado stampeded their way to a 17-3 victory over Colorado State in the 89th edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The senior rushed for 144 yards and a score as the incumbent Pac-12 South champion Buffaloes (1-0) began their title defense by dropping the rival Rams in front of a record crowd of 73,932 on Friday night in Denver. Lindsay, whose father Troy played was a fullback at Colorado State, earned the seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career, reaching the mark in the first half (101 yards). Colorado State made a late push, but had a drive stall on the Colorado 39-yard line after Trey Udoffia stripped Rams wide receiver Warren Jackson for a fumble recovered by Afolabi Laguda. Udoffia added an interception on Colorado State next drive to end the game. Quarterback Steven Montez was efficient, connecting on 21 of 29 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore threw two picks, both to Kevin Nutt Jr. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/17 - (RB) - Michael Adkins II, rSr, 5-09, 210
RB Michael Adkins II will be the last Colorado player to wear No. 19 for the Buffs. The school will retire the jersey, made famous by Rashaan Salaam, during a ceremony prior to the team's Oct. 28 home tilt versus California. The late Heisman winner Salaam joins Byron "Whizzer" White (No. 24), Joe Romig (No. 67) and Bobby Anderson (No. 11) among Colorado's retired numbers.

08/31/17 - (RB) - Phillip Lindsay, rSr, 5-07, 190
RB Phillip Lindsay is the second player in program history to be named team captain in three consecutive seasons, joining Pat Carney, who accomplished the feat between 1891 and 1893. Other team captains this year will be tight end George Frazier, left tackle Jeromy Irwin, safety Afolabi Laguda and linebackers Rick Gamboa and Derek McCartney.

08/31/17 - (DE) - Frank Umu, rSo, 6-4, 280
DE Frank Umu will serve an indefinite suspension after violating team rules. The suspension will cost the sophomore an opportunity to face Colorado State, whom he originally committed to prior to the departure of head coach Jim McElwain to Florida in 2015. The violation is reportedly not due to any legal issues.

08/31/17 - (FS) - Afolabi Laguda, Sr, 6-0, 205
S Afolabi Laguda could play a vital role in a Colorado secondary weakened by losses to graduation. Laguda was often overshadowed in 2016 by three defensive backs that were drafted into the NFL. That said, the senior finished third on the team with 69 tackles with a pair of them going for a loss.

08/18/17 - (OLB) - Derek McCartney, rSr, 6-2, 240
OLB Derek McCartney should once again be a major presence on Colorado's defensive front after a torn ACL cost him all but three games in 2016. McCartney bulldozed his way to 79 tackles as an underclassman and is expected to shoulder the Buffs' pass rush now that he's back to full health. McCartney can also be counted on to be a leader.

08/18/17 - (WR) - Jaylon Jackson, , 5-10, 150
WR Jaylon Jackson was carted off the practice field on a stretcher after sustaining an ankle injury. He will miss the season.

08/18/17 - (CB) - Anthony Julmisse, So, 6-0, 185
CB Anthony Julmisse was suspended indefinitely by head coach Mike MacIntyre after the sophomore was arrested on several charges, including domestic violence allegations. Julmisse made eight tackles in all 13 games and was one of a quartet of freshmen to suit up for the Buffs during the 2016 season.

08/18/17 - (RB) - Michael Adkins II, rSr, 5-09, 210
RB Michael Adkins II has been given a clean bill of health. That's big news for the Colorado running game. The fifth-year senior has 1,175 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, but has been limited to three games in each of the last two seasons because of knee and hamstring issues.

08/18/17 - (CB) - *Isaiah Oliver, Jr, 6-0, 195
CB Isaiah Oliver registered 34 tackles as a freshman, 22 of them solo. Colorado will rely on Oliver with the rest of the cornerbacks still battling it out for playing time. The Arizona native will also return punts. Last year, he scurried his way to 158 return yards, with 124 of them and a touchdown coming in a 20-10 win over UCLA.

08/18/17 - (WR) - K.D. Nixon, , 5-08, 181
WR K.D. Nixon, a four-star prospect, has the tools to make an impact ... if he can eke out playing time among the Buffs' crowded wide receivers. The same goes for fellow freshman receiver E.J. Scott, who turned down offers from Mississippi State and Vanderbilt for an opportunity to play for Colorado.

07/11/17 - (RB) - Phillip Lindsay, rSr, 5-07, 190
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: RB Phillip Lindsay, Colorado,...After garnering second-team All-Pac-12 honors a year ago when he led the league with 16 rushing touchdowns, Lindsay enters his senior season with a head of steam. Lindsay ranks ninth among all returning FBS players in career all-purpose yardage with 4,195 by the NCAA count (CU's count is 4,029 yards since Colorado does not include bowl statistics in official statistical records). That all-purpose figure has him within range of breaking CU's all-time record, one of many records the Denver South High prospect has on his radar for his final fall in Boulder.

In the CU record books, Lindsay ranks third in all-purpose yardage, 10th in yards from scrimmage (2,924), 13th all-time in rushing (2,233 yards), 23rd in scoring (144 points), 24th in receptions and 42nd in receiving yardage (719). Again, the numbers do not take into account bowl statistics. Lindsay will need 800 yards exactly to break the CU record for career all-purpose yardage, which Rodney Stewart (2008-11) currently owns at 4,828. He would need to rush for 1,708 yards in 2017 to surpass Eric Bieniemy (1987-90) as the all-time leading rusher in Buffalo history. - Colorado Football

03/09/17 - (OLB) - Jimmie Gilbert, Sr, 6-4, 231
Fourteen former Buffaloes participated in the University of Colorado's annual Pro Timing Day with 44 scouts from all 32 NFL teams in attendance. Wednesday marked the first time CU has hosted all NFL teams for Pro Day since 1995, when the NFL was a 30-team league. Defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie, Tedric Thompson and Ahkello Witherspoon as well as quarterback Sefo Liufau participated in a few events, including position drills. However, the four athletes opted to defer to their NFL Combine numbers in the 40-yard dash, bench press and shuttle runs. Other Buffs participating in Pro Timing Day included athlete Jaleel Awini, tight end Sean Irwin, offensive linemen Shane Callahan and Alex Kelley, linebackers Jimmie Gilbert, Kenneth Olugbode and Deaysean Rippy and defensive linemen Jordan Carrell, Samson Kafovalu and Josh Tupou. Gilbert turned in the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day at 4.64; Awuzie ran a 4.43, which was recorded in Indianapolis Monday at the NFL Combine. - Colorado Football

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