Steven Montez has been named on the Maxwell Trophy watch list and Colorado received one first place vote as PAC-12 champs, which leaves you wondering what the Buffs have in store for us after another sub-par season in 2017. The 2016 season left high hopes, as the Buffs were able to win ten games in the very talented PAC-12 for the first time under Coach MacIntyre. But instead of top recruits headlining Buffs news, it was a domestic violence case, which shed a negative light on the university and the football staff in Boulder. This led to another sub-par season in Boulder, which they are hoping this year will be different with a solid nucleus of leaders in the locker room returning and some key JuCo transfers that we highlight below.
With coach's abysmal 22 -38 record at CU, he can only hope that the plethora of talent coming in this year can save not only this season, but Coach MacIntyre's job, as the word is around town, his seat is getting rather hot. If the Buffs can eliminate needless distractions this season and figure out their 'why'? Then they can put the season into proper perspective and be able to operate on the gridiron at full capacity and have a great season in PAC-12 play. Rashaan Salaam brought fire and energy to the Kordell Stewart led offense in 1994 and was able to hoist the Heisman Trophy when it was all said and done. I would like send my condolences to his family as I know it was very hard to understand why such a talented and loving young man would take his own life.
After studying immensely the effects of CTE and constant brain trauma the hard way, I was able to realize that without proper holistic medicines and rehabilitation, all could be lost very quickly. This matter is becoming terrifying for football players globally because of the presentation of the subject. We must learn from our mistakes in the past that wound up costing families close loved ones or the game will fade into a cataclysm of lawsuits and anguish.
Players To Watch
Can the Buffs compete this year in the PAC-12?
Steven Montez had a memorable freshmen season, as the Buffs won ten games and were on their way to returning to national prominence. His sophomore season was productive, as he broke a school record with 172 pass attempts without an interception. Montez currently ranks 19th all-time in passing yards in CU history in only 22 games played and after a very competitive summer at the Manning Passing Academy, has found himself on the Maxwell Award "Watch List". This award honors College Football's top player every year and Montez will benefit intrinsically with the veteran leadership of former Hokie star running back Travon McMillian, a graduate transfer. This experience in the backfield will provide some much needed stability for Montez and will provide more openings to push the ball downfield, via play-action. JuCo Product Darrion Jones will bring a red-zone target and create match-up problems, as he reminds me a lot of a young Antonio Gates as a TE/H-Back. He runs routes like a wide receiver, as you can see below and comes to Boulder, Colorado from the city of Compton, California. With a unproven receiving core, Jones can provide instant offense for Montez and the Buffs, as they will face some stellar PAC-12 defenses.
Defensively, the Buffs went out and grabbed two more outstanding JuCo players in Davion Taylor and Delrick Adams Jr. With many returning players on the defensive side of the ball and the outstanding leadership shown by the Buffs 2018 team captains, we ranked the Buffs 19th in the Nation in our FBS Top 25. Is this a little to high? Possibly, but a week one rivalry match-up will need to be won handily against Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, and the Buffs will have to handle business on the road against Coach Scott Frost and the mighty Huskers of Lincoln, Nebraska in order to remain in the Top 25. With some of the talent that they have brought in this season, can Coach MacIntyre get his team to mold as a unit and keep his staff from causing off the field distractions? I guess time will tell, as we are in Denver, Colorado at the Crown Plaza preparing for the 2018 match-ups that will be featured here in beautiful Colorado.
The Miracle at Michigan
So there was the Miracle at Michigan where we had featured Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, NFL Star "Slash" Kordell Stewart, and Rae Carruth. The story of Carruth is one of the saddest in sports and one that should be told for the simple fact of it not being condoned and/or happening again. One man let his ego take control of not only his life, but the lives of his pregnant girlfriend and at the time a baby Chancellor. Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was adored by many off the field but fought internal battles daily after football. A 86 report found by Boulder police stated
"The 86 pages of interviews and evidence shed light on the last days of a man who, behind that signature smile, was tortured. Friends and family described a man haunted by his short-lived NFL stint, unable to find a career after football, and weighed down by a trophy he never felt he lived up to."
Kordell Stewart went on to be known as "slash" and had a great NFL career in my opinion. He also struggled with personal issues and recently won 3 million dollars in a settlement against the man who spread false accusations of his sexual orientation. I wore #10 to school after hearing the accusations, as I was always told, "all press is good press" growing up by another former Pittsburgh Steeler, my father David Trout. My father always used to say this when I would bring up anything negative said about me or any other athlete in the press. He took it as a sign that "you were doing something right", so once again Mr.Trout was right because Kordell Stewart is still one of the most versatile football players to ever take the field.
As you can see, there is much more to life than football and how we deal with the little things will keep u you happier down the road. If you are feeling any type of internal anguish or emotional discomfort please reach out to a family member or friend. If you cannot do this, please go see a doctor or someone who specializes in post-traumatic head injuries.
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