Colorado Buffaloes

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 13:  Running back Patrick Carr #1 of the Colorado Buffaloes runs for a first down past linebacker Porter Gustin #45 of the USC Trojans and defensive tackle Delvon Simmons #52 during the third quarter at Folsom Field on November 13, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. The Trojans defeated the Buffaloes 27-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Houston adds Colorado’s fourth-leading 2015 rusher to roster

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In early July, Patrick Carr opted to transfer from Colorado.  Nearly two months later, he has a new college football home.

According to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle, Carr has been added to Houston’s roster.  The running back, at least for the 2016 season, will be a walk-on to the program.

Carr will also spend this season on the sidelines as he will be forced to sit out the season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws,.  Then, beginning in 2017, he’ll have three years of eligibility to use the next three seasons.

A three-star 2015 signee, Carr was rated as the No. 49 back in the country by 247sports.com.

As a true freshman last season, Carr was fourth on the Buffaloes with 272 yards rushing on 66 carries.  He also added 52 yards on five receptions.

A statement from CU head coach Mike MacIntyre at the time of his transfer said that “Patrick is a fine young man who needs to move closer to home back in Texas for family reasons.” He was the No. 84 player at any position in the state of Texas coming out of The Woodlands.

Muhammad Ali’s grandson commits to play football for Cal

19 Apr 1991:  Muhammad Ali looks on during a bout between Evander Holyfield and George Foreman at Caesar''s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Barry Jarvinan  /Allsport
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Earlier this year, the nation shared in Biaggio Ali Walsh‘s grief over the passing of his iconic grandfather.  On Sunday, Ali Walsh shared with the nation his decision on his future in football.

On his personal Twitter account this weekend, Ali Walsh revealed that he has decided to verbally commit to play his college football at Cal.  In the tweet, Ali Walsh included a photo of himself with, among others, Golden Bears head coach Sonny Dykes.

Ali Walsh’s grandfather is the legendary Muhammad Ali, who died this past June.

A three-star 2017 prospect, Ali Walsh is rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 11 all-purpose running back in the country and the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Nevada.  A product of national power Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, Ali Walsh was named the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year last fall, rushing for 2,451 yards and 36 touchdowns while averaging 12.1 yards per carry.

In addition to Cal, Ali Walsh held offers from, among others, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisville, UNLV and Vanderbilt.

Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s

2 JAN 1995:  COLORADO HEAD COACH BILL MCCARTNEY IS CARRIED OFF THE FIELD AFTER HIS TEAM DEFEATED NOTRE DAME 41-24 IN THE FIESTA BOWL AT SUN DEVIL STADIUM IN TEMPE, ARIZONA.  Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/ALLSPORT
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The extended Colorado football family is hurting thanks to a revelation by the family of one of the program’s legends.

Monday, the family of Bill McCartney announced that the former Buffaloes head coach has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s.  According to a statement, McCartney “is receiving treatment and we are hoping this slows the progression of the disease,” but he “is still the same Coach Mac – biking, golfing, supporting the Buffs and being an active member of his Church.”

Below is the family’s statement, in its entirety:

We would like to share the news that our father, Coach Bill McCartney has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s. We (his family) have been noticing memory issues for the past few years and he was recently diagnosed. He is receiving treatment and we are hoping this slows the progression of the disease. He is still the same Coach Mac – biking, golfing, supporting the Buffs and being an active member of his Church.

“We are making this public to ask for your understanding and patience as we know he frequently runs into fans, friends and former players. This is a frustrating and confusing disease, and if he appears disconnected or unknowing, please don’t take it personally.

“Please keep Coach Mac in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this difficult time.

McCartney, who played his college football at Missouri, was the head coach at CU from 1982-94.  In 1990, McCartney’s Buffaloes won a share of the national championship, the first, and only, in the school’s history.

Upon his retirement at the age of 54 after a 1994 season in which the Buffs went 11-1, McCartney was the winningest coach in the history of the program (93).

Prior to his time in Boulder, McCartney was an assistant under Bo Schembechler at Michigan from 1974-81.

Colorado QB Sefo Liufau gets all-clear for summer camp

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Sefo Liufau #13 of the Colorado Buffaloes throws a pass against defensive tackle Anthony Sarao #52 of the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After Davis Webb, once committed to Colorado, ditched CU for Cal and Cade Apsay was dismissed, the Buffaloes were left with a thin and dire situation at the quarterback position.  Enter Sefo Liufau.

Or, more specifically, re-enter.

Liufau sustained a Lis Franc injury in November and didn’t participate in spring practice as he continued his rehab.  There was even some speculation that the senior could miss the entire 2016 season, or at least the first portion.

This past week, both the player and his head coach put that notion to rest.

“He’s ready to go,” Mike MacIntyre said of Liufau being medically cleared to participate fully when summer camp kicks off Aug. 4. “Obviously, we’ll still be careful with him and take all necessary precautions. But his progress has been what we had hoped for. He worked extremely hard throughout the offseason to get to this point and we’re counting on big things from him.”

“I’m ready to go,” Liufau said. “Trainers and coaches are still going to be cautious, but I’ll see everyone in August. Since the day it happened, I was determined to come back and I worked hard to make it happen. Now I’m ready to play football.”

Prior to the injury, Liufau had started 29 of the previous 30 games for the Buffaloes.  He set career-highs in 2014 in completion percentage (65.3), yards (3,200) and passing touchdowns (28), as well as rushing touchdowns (five).  For that performance, he was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.

With Liufau returning, and provided he remains healthy, redshirt freshman Steven Montez and senior Jordan Gehrke, who started the regular-season finale in place of Liufau and has two career starts under his belt, are expected to battle for the backup job throughout camp.

Hornung Award watch list headlined by 2015 winner Christian McCaffrey

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Running back Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal stiff arms cornerback Iman Marshall #8 of the USC Trojans on a kick return during the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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And then there were none.

The avalanche of watch lists (I believe) (I hope) has come to a merciful end for another year, with the Hornung Award becoming the final college football honor to be released.  This year’s Hornung Award consists of 43 players, including 2015 winner Christian McCaffrey of Stanford.

Additionally, two other 2015 finalists have returned as watch listers — Adoree’ Jackson of USC and Jabrill Peppers of Michigan.

First given out in 2010, the Hornung Award, named in honor of Notre Dame legend Paul Hornung, honors the nation’s most versatile player.

“I’m ecstatic that the Paul Hornung Award has gained national prominence in such a short time,” Hornung said in a statement. “During the past six years the quality of our winners, finalists and weekly honorees has been impressive, and I’m pleased that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their teams win the way I did.

“I enjoy following the players on our Watch List and watching many of our winners and finalists from the first six years as they make their marks in the NFL.”

From the award’s release:

The 2016 Watch List is composed of 21 seniors, 13 juniors and nine sophomores who start at a total of seven different positions, and represent 42 universities and all 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Pac-12 leads the conferences with eight players followed by the ACC and SEC with seven players and the Big Ten with six players.

Below is the complete 2016 Paul Hornung Award preseason watch list:

Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Seth Collins, Oregon State
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
Tim Crawley, San Jose State
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Brisly Estime, Syracuse
Johnathan Ford, Auburn
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Nyheim Hines, NC State
Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
Adoree’ Jackson, USC
D’Ernest Johnson, South Florida
Quay Johnson, East Carolina
Xavier Johnson, South Alabama
Corey Jones, Toledo
Desmond King, Iowa
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Donovan Lee, Colorado
William Likely, Maryland
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Zach Pascal, Old Dominion
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
Trevor Ryen, Iowa State
Artavis Scott, Clemson
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois
KaVontae Turpin, TCU
Tim White, Arizona State
Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
Brandon Wilson, Houston
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia