In October, University of Colorado football coach Gary Barnett agreed to serve as an assistant coach for the Hula Bowl this week in Maui, with senior linebacker Sean Tufts joining him as an initial invitee in November. Over the weekend, three other Buffaloes were invited to help fill vacant roster spots.
Joining Barnett and Tufts are wide receiver D.J. Hackett, free safety Medford Moorer and defensive end Gabe Nyenhuis. It's the most players CU will have in the game since 1997, when five Buffs participated; it brings the total to 25 Colorado players in the Hula Bowl dating back to 1995.
In addition, CU director of equipment Mike Smith is working his fifth Hula Bowl as the game-week director of operations. The game will be played this Saturday, January 17, with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
So far, six Buffaloes have or will play in postseason all-star games; no Colorado players have been invited to the Senior Bowl, but game officials are finalizing rosters and there is an outside chance a CU player could be added to the game. Otherwise, Hackett and wide receiver Derek McCoy will play in the Villages Gridiron Classic on January 31. The list of postseason
WR D.J. HACKETT (Hula Bowl, Villages Gridiron Classic)
OG MARWAN HAGE (East-West Shrine)
WR DEREK McCOY (Villages Gridiron Classic)
FS MEDFORD MOORER (Hula Bowl)
DE GABE NYENHUIS (Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, Hula Bowl)
ILB SEAN TUFTS (East-West Shrine, Hula Bowl)