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A Tribute to the 2014 Seniors

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    [h=3]A Tribute to the CU Senior Class of 2014[/h] –
    Note: The University of Colorado lists 21 seniors on its roster. Some have been starters for most of their careers, while others have never started a game as a Buff. Regardless of their on field contribution, these 21 future Buffs-4-Life have given their all to their team, and deserve recognition. As a result, over the next week, CU at the Game will profile these 21 seniors, adding three players per day leading up to the game against Utah (Saturday, 11:00 a.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks). We will go in reverse alphabetical order, starting with defensive back Richard Yates, linebacker K.T. Tu’umalo, and defensive back Terrel Smith.
    These players all have two things in common. First, they will finish their careers without ever playing in a bowl game (the third straight Class with that ignoble distinction); but second, they are all on pace to graduate. Two have already graduated, six more will graduate this December, with the remainder slated for graduation next spring or summer.
    Note: The 2010 – 2013 career highlights for each player courtesy of the*roster section at cubuffs.com
    Thank you, seniors!
    Coming Monday … kicker Will Oliver; defensive lineman Juda Parker; and tight end Kyle Slavin
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    TERREL SMITH – Defensive Back
    Recruiting: Smith was rated as a two-star prospect from the Class of 2010 by Rivals. Smith, from Wayne, New*Jersey,*went unsigned on Signing Day, latching onto the Buffs a few weeks later. Smith had interest from schools like Pittsburgh and Maryland, but no offers until the Buffs came along.
    Graduation status: December, 2014 – Degree in Communications
    Career at Colorado:
    2014 (Sr.) – Despite missing all of the 2013 season, and being limited in spring practices, Smith was nonetheless elected as one of CU six captains for the fall. Smith played in the first six games, mostly on special teams, but did not find his way back into the starting lineup until the USC game, the 20th start of his career. Smith then started against UCLA before being injured and missing the Washington game. Smith returned to the starting lineup against Arizona and Oregon, starts No. 22 and 23 of his career. In the five games prior to the Oregon game, Smith had only 17 tackles on the season. Against the Ducks, though, Smith was second on the team with ten tackles (eight solo). Smith is also second on the team in special team points, with 21, including eight tackles and 11 knock down springing blocks.
    2013 (Sr.-RS) – He decided to use a redshirt year available to him and opted to have a chronic shoulder injury repaired; he underwent surgery on September 5 and started the rehabilitation process soon thereafter.
    2012 (Jr.) – He played in all 12 games, including seven starts, and was CU’s second-leading tackler with 70 (48 solo).* He recorded a team-high seven touchdown saves and added three third down stops, three passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and three quarterback pressures.* He had a season-high 12 tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery against Arizona State, with 11 (eight solo) at Oregon; he had six games in all with eight or more tackles.* He earned 11 special team points, on the strength of five solo tackles (one of which was inside-the-20), two knockdown blocks, a downed punt, a forced fair catch and a caused penalty.* He had a fine spring, with eight tackles and an interception in the main spring scrimmages.
    2011 (Soph.) – He saw action in all 13 games, 11 on defense including six starts.* He was in for exactly 400 snaps from scrimmage, recording 36 tackles (29 solo), with three third down stops, a quarterback chasedown (near sack) and an interception (which he made at Stanford).* He had a season-high eight tackles (seven solo) against Southern California, with six (five solo) at Washington and five (four solo) versus Arizona; one of the stops against the Wildcats was a key fourth down stop when he sniffed out a fake punt attempt on UA’s first drive of the second half.* He led the team in special team tackles with 14 (11 solo, three inside-the-20) and he was second in overall points with 25; he also had three forced fair catches, two first downfield credits that altered returns, a touchdown save, a knockdown block and a caused penalty.* His biggest tackle came on punt coverage, when he tackled Oregon’s Cliff Harris in the end zone for a safety, helping the Buffs avert a shutout as those were CU’s only points in a 45-2 loss.* He was the special teams award winner for his efforts in the Colorado State game.
    2010 (Fr.) – He was originally penciled in to redshirt, practicing at safety over the first half of the season, but after the season-ending injury to Anthony Perkins, he was “activated” and started the last six games of the year at strong safety (or in each one he appeared in).* He finished fourth on the team in tackles with 60 (30 solo, two for losses), but his 10.0 average per game was a team-best; the 60 tackles were the third-most in a single-season by a true freshman in school history (behind Jordan Dizon, 85 in 2007, and J.J. Billingsley, 67 in 2002).* In 414 snaps from scrimmage, he also had a quarterback sack, one tackle for zero, three third down stops, a pass broken up and an interception, the latter coming at Kansas.* In his first career game against Texas Tech, he tied the school record for the most tackles in a game by a true freshman with 15 (four solo including his sack); he matched the mark set by J.J. Billingsley against San Diego State in 2002.* He then took over the record for himself in the season finale at Nebraska, recording a career-high 17 tackles (11 solo); that matched the overall freshman mark by Matt Russell, who had 17 at Oklahoma State in 1993.* Those were his two double-figure tackle games, and he also had nine (four solo) at Kansas and eight (five solo) at Oklahoma.* He also had seven special team points on the strength of five tackles (three solo, one-inside-the 20) and a knockdown block.* He was one of seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in the 2010 season.
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    K.T. TU’UMALO – Linebacker
    Recruiting: Tu’umalo was rated as a three-star prospect from the Class of 2011 by Rivals. Considered to be the 5th-best player out of the state of Hawai’i that season, Tu’umalo had offers from Arizona and Oregon State from the Pac-12, as well as schools like Boise State, Hawai’i, and San Diego State
    Graduation status: December, 2014 – Degree in Communications
    Career at Colorado:
    2014 (Sr.) – Tu’umalo has seen action in every game this fall, but has not started. He has been only the field on defense in only one game this fall, and that was for only two plays. Tu’umalo has recorded one tackle and one knockdown block on special teams.
    2013 (Jr.) – He saw action in 11 games, one on defense, but in all of those on special teams.* *In his one game on defense, which came against Southern California, he was in for 14 plays, making four tackles (all solo, one of which was a 1-yard quarterback sack) along with a third down stop.* He earned seven points on special teams duty in CU’s elaborate point scoring system on the strength of three tackles (one solo, one inside-the-20) and three knockdown blocks.* He opened the year practicing at “will” inside linebacker position, but eventually practiced at “sam” outside spot as well; he returned to linebacker from the safety position, where he had moved to (from linebacker) as a sophomore.
    2012 (Soph.) – He saw action in nine games (no starts), all on special teams and in one on defense.* He was in for 16 snaps against Oregon, where he made four tackles, three of which were solo stops that included a tackle for zero gain and a third down stop.* He finished fourth on the team in special team points with 18, on the strength of five tackles (two solo, two inside-the-20), six knockdown blocks, two forced fair catches, a caused penalty, a first downfield credit that altered the path of the return and a forced fumble.* He moved from safety to linebacker during the spring, eventually settling on the outside.
    2011 (Fr.) – He saw action in eight games, five on defense (no starts).* In 78 plays from scrimmage, he had eight tackles (four solo), with a third down stop and pass broken up.* He played in the season opener on special teams, appearing in his native Hawai’i.* He saw the bulk of his defensive play against Oregon, when he was in for 56 plays; he had six tackles, three solo, with the third down stop and PBU; he had two tackles the next game at Arizona State.
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    RICHARD YATES – Defensive back
    Recruiting: An invited walk-on from Kent high school in Denver; first-team All-State 2A as both a quarterback and a safety
    Graduation status: May, 2014 – no degree listed
    Career at Colorado:
    2014 (Junior) – (Yates is a junior in eligibility but a senior in school. He has decided to forego his final year of eligibility, and play as a senior in 2014). Yates has seen action in every game this fall, mostly on special teams, and 33 games overall in his CU career. He is seventh on the team in special teams points, with 13 points, including four tackles and eight knockdown or springing blocks on kick returns. Due to the decimated secondary, Yates saw his first action as a defensive back this fall. His first game ever was against Arizona. Yates was in for 38 plays, and made five unassisted tackles.
    2013 (Soph.) – He saw action in all 12 games, all on special teams; he tied for third on the team with 15 points in CU’s elaborate special teams scoring system.* He was in on four tackles (one solo) and had 11 knockdown blocks on the kickoff return unit which helped clear the path for additional yardage.
    2012 (Fr.-RS) – He saw action in 10 games on special teams, but did not get in on defense.* He recorded six knockdown blocks on return unit duty to help clear the way for the return man.* He had seven tackles (three solo) in the main spring scrimmages but missed the spring game with a mild knee sprain.
    2011 (Fr.)Redshirted; practiced the entire fall in the secondary.* An invited walk-on, he joined team for August camp.
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    Note … The 2010 – 2013 career highlights for each player courtesy of the*roster section at cubuffs.com


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