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    Colorado Daily – May
    May 1st
    Way paved for CU’s “Transformational” project?
    On April 17th, Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn acknowledged*the university’s plans for the largest athletics facilities upgrade in history in and around Folsom Field.
    Bohn said he plans a formal announcement of the “transformational” project in September.
    Now it may be a step closer to reality …
    On Tuesday, Denver based Cordillera Energy Partners III, LLC announced the closing of its merger into Apache Corporation of Houston, Texas. Incorporating additional acreage and drilling since the merger was announced, Apache paid Cordillera $3.1 Billion comprised of $600 Million in common shares and $2.5 Billion in cash. With this closing, the shareholders of Cordillera will hold approximately 1.6% of Apache’s outstanding common shares.
    What does that announcement have to do with the facilities upgrade?
    Read on.
    Cordillera III was the third enterprise formed by George H. Solich, President and CEO, and his senior management team.
    Solich, as many of you know, is the CU donor the Buff Nation*is hoping*will be the multi-million dollar contributor to the facilities upgrade.
    And George Solich just had a very good May Day …

    April 30th
    Vote in CU poll to name Top 12 Buffs
    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the University of Colorado’s first All-American in football, Byron “Whizzer” White, KOA and CUBuffs.com are conducting a fan competition to select 12 of the best players since White to wear the Buffalo uniform.
    CUBuffs.com*has broken down the candidates into six groups, and fans will select two from each to “share the spotlight.” Thus two players from the following areas will be voted on to come up with a dozen Buffaloes since 1937 who have excelled at their positions: offensive skill (quarterback, tailback and receiver), offensive line (tackle, guard, center and tight end), defensive line (end, tackle, nose guard), linebacker (inside/outside), defensive back and specialists.
    For a player to be listed in a group, he must have been named a first- or second team All-American, earned multiple first-team All-Conference honors, had a distinguished NFL career, or be at or very near the top on CU’s all-time statistical lists.
    Here is a link to the poll
    Here is how I voted (you can vote for two in each category). Feel free to completely disagree:
    Offensive skill: Kordell Stewart; Eric Bieniemy
    Offensive line: Andre Gurode; Jay Leeuwenburg (Joe Garten would be a very close third)
    Defensive line: Joel Steed: Tyler Brayton
    Linebacker (impossibly hard category): Alfred Williams; Matt Russell
    Secondary (almost as difficult): Deon Figures; Dick Anderson (though I didn’t see*Anderson play. Of players I’ve seen play, I would put in Victor Scott)
    Specialists: Mason Crosby; Barry Helton
    What do you think?
    Oregon quarterback without an NFL contract
    Darron Thomas, who gave up his final season of eligibility at Oregon*to go pro, remains unsigned.
    He left Eugene as UO’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (66). He was also sixth in total offense (6,633 yards) and seventh in passing yards (5,910).
    Thomas went undrafted, and did not sign a free-agent contract with any NFL team. Thomas has been offered the opportunity to mini-camps by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, with a chance to try out for those teams.
    April 28th
    Ryan Miller and Toney Clemons drafted … Other Buffs sign as free agents
    Ryan Miller
    “With the 25th pick of the 5th round of the 2012 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select … Ryan Miller, offensive lineman, Colorado”.
    The Browns took Miller with the 160th overall pick, in a selection acquired from the Denver Broncos. Miller*said earlier this week that he believed he was able to change some opinions about his ability in February at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was the only Buff invited there this year. “People knew I was a big body, but they weren’t sure I could move,” he said. “I think I really proved a lot of that at the combine. … I’m thankful for wherever this opportunity is. It’s not one that many people get and I’m trying to make the most of it.”
    Miller’s selection marks the seventh consecutive year that at least one CU Buff has been taken in the NFL draft. Since*Colorado was last shut out of*the draft, in 2005, *at least two Buffs have been taken in every draft except for the 2009 draft, when linebacker Brad Jones (seventh round, Green Bay) was the only Buff chosen.
    “I’m thankful for it . . . I’m a Brown now and I couldn’t be happier,”*Miller*said. “It’s a dream come true; every kid whoever puts on a helmet wants to play in the NFL.”
    Miller’s first look from the Browns will come at right tackle, then on the left side, then possibly at either guard. He reports to Cleveland on May 10 for rookie orientation, then minicamp.
    “I’m an offensive lineman,” Miller said. “l’ll play wherever I need to play, wherever they need me.”*
    Colorado has a long history with the Cleveland, with Miller becoming the 15th Buff to be selected by the Browns. In the past 20 seasons, five other Buffs have been late round selections by Cleveland: Rico Smith, wide receiver*(6th round, 1992);*Darrin Chiaverini, wide receiver*(5th round, 1999); Brad Bedell, guard (6th round, 2000); Rashidi Barnes, safety (seventh round, 2000); and Lawrence Vickers, running back (6th round, 2006).
    The highest round of any CU player chosen by the Cleveland Browns? None other than Dave Logan, chosen in the third round by the Browns in 1976.
    Toney Clemons
    “With the 24th pick in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select … Toney Clemons, wide receiver, Colorado”.
    The Steelers took Clemons with the 231st overall pick. Clemons, a*Pennsylvania prep star (heading home!),*came to Colorado as a transfer from Michigan, but did not initially live up to expectations. Still, Clemons finished strong, completing his CU career 17th in all-time receiving yards (1,162) and tied for 18th in all-time receptions (86), with his 11 touchdown receptions tied for the ninth most.* When he reached the 1,000-yard plateau, he became the 22nd player in school annals to do so.* His 11 touchdown catches covered 284 total yards, or 25.8 per score.* He became the first player to play in the Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences in his career with*CU’s switch to the latter in 2011.**At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Clemons*was named by the coaches as the co-recipient (with*QB Tyler Hansen) of*CU’s John Mack Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive player.
    Clemons ended his senior season with a flourish, making 25 receptions in the final give games for 476 yards (19 yards per catch) and five touchdowns.
    Clemons, a Pittsburgh native, grew up “loving the Steelers” and called being drafted by them “a complete shock . . . this is such a blessing.” He was told Pittsburgh was contemplating taking him in the fifth round, but selected another player. Then, without a sixth round pick, the Steelers came back to him in round seven.
    He said the final month and a half of his college career opened Saturday’s door: “It didn’t matter what I tested, what my measurables were . . . making plays against the teams I did, that was huge for me. (Pittsburgh) said, ‘Let’s put tape on him against great competition’ – and I had that run of six of seven games. And then coach (Jon) Embree, coach (Eric) Bieniemy and coach (Rip) Scherer took a stand for me. I wouldn’t be in this position without them.”
    Clemons said he plans to “go in with the same positive attitude and get on as many (special) teams as I can . . . they’ve got a lot of great guys there. But I plan on working and doing whatever I can to stay.”
    Clemons becomes the 12th Buff selected by Pittsburgh, but there was a time*in the 1990′s when the black-and-gold lineup of the Steelers was filled with the black-and-gold of Colorado. Between 1991 and 1998, six Buffs were selected by Pittsburgh, including four in the first two rounds. The 1990′s Buffs who were drafted by Pittsburgh: Ariel Solomon, offensive tackle (10th round, 1991); Joel Steed, defensive lineman, (third round, 1992); Deon Figures, cornerback (first round, 1993); Chad Brown, linebacker (third round, 1993); Charles E. Johnson, wide receiver (first round, 1994); Kordell Stewart, quarterback (second round, 1995); Ryan Olson, defensive lineman, (sixth round, 1998).
    Of the 24 all-time first-round draft picks in CU history, three of them were chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to Deon Figures and Charles E. Johnson, above, the Steelers chose one Byron “Whizzer” White with the fourth overall pick of the 1938 NFL draft.
    Free Agent Buffs
    Colorado graduated 28 players this past season. Only two were drafted, leaving others to try and catch on with other teams as free agents. Below is a list of CU seniors who are reporting to have signed with NFL teams:
    Quarterback Tyler Hansen – Cincinnati Bengals
    Running back Rodney Stewart – Cincinnati Bengals
    Defensive lineman Conrad Obi – Arizona Cardinals
    Others …
    Former CU running back Darrell Scott – Dallas Cowboys
    UCLA wide receiver Tyler Embree – San Diego Chargers
    Infamous Oregon speedster Cliff Harris – Philadelphia Eagles
    Washington running back Chris Polk – Philadelphia Eagles
    Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore (50-3 in his collegiate career) – Detroit Lions
    Colorado State offensive lineman Paul Madsen – Buffalo Bills
    Colorado State running back Raymond Carter – Jacksonville Jaguars
    Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict – Cincinnati Bengals


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