Five players gone

Five scholarship players are no longer with the Colorado football team coach Jon Embree announced today. Three were not invited back for unspecified reasons and two others had their careers cut short by injury.

The Colorado football program parted ways this week with tight ends Harold Mobley and Henley Griffon and defensive end Forrest West.

Coach Jon Embree was not specific about why the three players were not being invited back next fall, but he said coaches would do what they can to help them transfer to other schools if they wish to continue their college football careers.

Mobley was suspended for most of spring football for academic reasons. Griffon and West competed throughout spring, though West did miss a handful of practices with an injury.

Mobley and Griffon were part of the 2010 recruiting class and redshirted last fall. Mobley was identified by former CU coach Dan Hawkins and his staff as the top recruit in the class that year.

West was a regular contributor to the defense last season and earned modest playing time as a true freshman in 2009 as well.

In addition to the three cuts, the program announced that offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner and wide receiver Will Jefferson would not be back because of knee injuries. Tuioti-Mariner endured three surgeries to repair torn ACL injuries between 2007 and early 2009 and has not fully recovered.

Jefferson was a late addition to the 2009 recruiting class and earned playing time as a true freshman and sophomore in Boulder.

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