Colorado Football News and Notes

Inside, some news and notes about Colorado football, including a position move and some good news regarding incoming freshmen who have qualified academically.

Chapelle Brown came to CU as a true freshman last season with multiple skills that could be displayed on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He ended up playing cornerback in 2006. He saw action in 10 games, often in situations that required an extra defensive back.

Brown was then moved to wide receiver for spring ball, and turned some heads during several practices when he made plays with the ball in his hands.

Dan Hawkins said Friday Brown has moved back to defense. Though not set in stone, it's likely that's where he'll line up most of the time this fall.

"He's one of those guys where you're kind of going, ‘His body type is probably more suited to wide out, but then you talk to guys and they go, ‘He's one of the better cover guys,'" Hawkins said.

Brown, a feisty competitor who's listed generously at 5-7, had his share of struggles as a defensive back in 2006. But Hawkins said that was the result of getting thrown into the fire so early.

"It's probably a little unfair to judge him totally off of last year," Hawkins said. "He was a true freshman. Other than quarterback or O-line, cornerback is probably the hardest position to play."

As Hawkins and his staff like to do with some players, Brown could find himself playing multiple roles in certain situations. Brown's days as a pass catcher may not totally be gone.

"He does some very good things with the ball in his hands, so he might be one of those guys where we have a couple plays for him (on offense)," Hawkins said.

Having three talented incoming freshmen wide receivers — Kendrick Celestine, Markques Simas and Josh Smith — played into the decision.

Qualifiers
BSN has learned that among the incoming freshmen who have qualified academically to enroll in school this fall are safety Nate Vaiomounga, corner Lamont Smith and wide receiver Markques Simas. Simas is already in Boulder and working out.

The Daily Camera reported earlier this week that Juco transfer running back P.T. Gates may not finish his class load this summer. Gates had to complete 30 hours at Saddleback Community College in southern California between the spring semester and summer. If he doesn't, he could take the fall and finish the work, then enroll for the January semester in Boulder. If he does that, Gates would be a junior with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Sweet Days of Summer?
The Buffs have been going through voluntary, player-led 7 on 7 workouts this month. After the players take the first week of July off, they'll be back at it the following week, honing their skills as August camp looms.

The players are putting in 15 or more hours of work each week, divided between weightroom work, running, film study and 7 on 7 work. (7 on 7 consists of offensive skill players vs. linebackers and defensive backs. Offensive linemen often work on their own drills and punters/kickers do their thing, as well, during these workouts.)

Senior offensive lineman Edwin Harrison said his unit's film sessions include breaking down each play in spring practices. And, the offensive linemen have been watching film of the BYU Cougars when they were coached by current CU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.

No More Nonu
Linebacker Justin Nonu's football playing days at Colorado are over. Nonu came to CU with a back issue last fall as a true freshman. It eventually kept him from being able to practice as the fall wore on. He didn't practice fully in the spring either. Hawkins said Friday that Nonu was given a medical scholarship, meaning he's done playing but can still attend CU.

Finally, Terry Wilson, who would have been a junior safety this fall, has left the program.


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