Colorado officially began its preseason camp Sunday, as 25 newcomers had their photos taken, took physicals and received equipment and an orientation. Later, 78 returners joined the rookies for a team meeting. One veteran did not report, while an incoming freshman is awaiting an appeal to qualify academically. The Buffs will have their first practice, a closed-door affair, Monday afternoon.
Redshirt freshman Chadd Evans
had asked for a release from his scholarship Friday, and was granted one. He did not show up at the team dinner Sunday, and plans to transfer. The defensive end joins Marques Harris, Sammy Josephy, Brian Calhoun, Del Scales and Fred Staugh as scholarship players who have left the program this offseason. Evans' departure leaves a hole at the rush end spot, where he was slated to back up junior James Garee.
Also, freshman Josh Hunt, a defensive lineman from Michigan, has not qualified academically, but an appeal has been filed on his behalf with the NCAA.
Eleven walk-ons joined 14 scholarship freshmen Sunday. Among the walk-ons are five Colorado high school products: tight end Justin Adams (Montbello), cornerback Charles Aweida (Fairview), cornerback Jordan Dame (Niwot), linebacker Andrew Ford (Alamosa) and wide receiver Chase McBride (Broomfield). All but Aweida and McBride are true freshmen; Aweida transferred to CU from Adams State, while McBride came from Wyoming. Both must sit out the season, but will be a sophomores in 2005.
Beginning Tuesday, preseason practices (through Aug. 27) will be open to the public.