Moyd No Stranger to Orange Bowl

Before the BCS was formed, the Big Eight conference had ties to the Orange Bowl. Colorado has played in the venerable stadium in Miami several times over the years. However, that bowl tie-in no longer exists, and it's been over 14 years since the Buffs have played in the Orange Bowl. All except for freshman running back Kevin Moyd, that is.

The last time Colorado played in the Orange Bowl, good things happened. CU beat Notre Dame Jan. 1, 1991 and won the national championship.

Kevin Moyd grew up 15 minutes from the Orange Bowl, the site of Saturday's Colorado-Miami game. He prepped at Miami Northwestern, a football powerhouse. Moyd rushed for over 1,670 yards and 15 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons combined at Northwestern.

Moyd will be one of the 70 players the Buffs take to Saturday's game. He's looking forward to the trip home, even though it's unlikely he'll see the field.

The 5-7, 190-pound tailback is listed No. 3 on the depth chart behind starter Hugh Charles and backup Byron Ellis. When August football camp started, there was hope Moyd would be ready to push those two sophomores for playing time. But learning the blocking assignments and pass routes required of a Colorado tailback have proved more challenging than Moyd expected, and slowed his progress.

Moyd said Monday he wished he was assured of playing time in front of the hometown crowd Saturday, but that he's accepted his situation at this point.

"That should be everyone's goal, hoping they'll play," he said. "But right now, that's not my role. Right now my role is to encourage the people that's in front of me and if I get a chance, then I gotta do what I gotta do."

If by some chance he does see the field Saturday, it wouldn't be the first time he played in the Orange Bowl. Moyd said Miami Northwestern draws between 35,000 and 40,000 fans when it plays rivals Carol City, Miami Central and Miami Jackson, and those games are typically played at the Orange Bowl or at Pro Player Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. Moyd has twice played at the Orange Bowl.

As it is, Moyd is trying to work his teammates enough so that he can fill the "15 or 20" requests for tickets he's gotten from family and friends. He's also got four friends on the Miami roster.

UM true freshman offensive lineman Chris Barney blocked for Moyd at Northwestern, while redshirt-freshmen linebacker Romeo Davis and wide receiver Khalil Jones were also teammates with Moyd in high school. Safety Kenny Phillips (the 2004 national USA Today Defensive Player of the Year), a true freshman, is also Moyd's pal, and former rival at Carol City. Phillips made the game-ending pick in Miami's win over Clemson Saturday and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

When Moyd decided to sign with Colorado and took a look at the Buffs' schedule, he didn't hesitate to talk some smack with his friends. Moyd said he plans to speak with them on the phone this week.

"It's all fun and games," Moyd said of the trash talking. "But I just hope we go out there and do what we've got to do."


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