Newman, Veikune to Transfer

A pair of redshirt-freshmen defensive ends are leaving the Colorado football team, the Buffalo Sports News has learned. Greg Newman and David Veikune asked for and received releases from their scholarships in recent days.

Greg Newman came to Colorado as an inside linebacker out of Westlake Village High School last fall. He was soon moved to defensive end. Newman sprained a knee in practice earlier this week, but it was considered serious.

He intends to transfer to the University of Utah in order to be among a large Mormon population. He intends to take a Mormon mission at some point.

"I am really proud of Greg's growth spiritually, academically and athletically," CU coach Gary Barnett said Thursday in a prepared statement. "We wish him the best."

David Veikune was recruited as a defensive end from Campbell High in Wahiawa, Hawaii. He will transfer to Fresno City College, with the hope of eventually continuing his college football career in Hawaii.

"David feels a need to be closer to home and felt as though he would struggle to play at Colorado," Barnett said. "He is a tremendous young man and we wish the best for him."

Newman and Veikune were listed No.'s 3 and 4 at defensive end, respectively, on the latest CU depth chart..

Their departure leave juniors Abraham Wright and Walter Boye-Doe at the position. Alex Ligon, Alonzo Barrett and Maurice Lucas have been manning the rush defensive end position opposite where Newman and Veikune played.

"It's kind of tough to see them leave," said freshman defensive lineman Zach Jones Thursday.

Barnett awarded one of the two available scholarships to fullback Brendan Schaub.