Two more joining Buffs

Invited walk-ons have a long history of making meaningful contributions on game days for the Colorado football programs. Perhaps these two players will earn their way on the field in the future. Get inside for more.

Outside linebacker Zac Blaha, a standout performer in Class 3A football at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, has accepted an opportunity to join the Colorado program as a preferred walk-on.

The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper named Blaha the Class 3A player of the year after he led his team into the playoffs and anchored a defense that allowed an average of just nine points per game.

"I've just been so excited," Blaha said. "I love everything about the sport. I'm just psyched to get up there and kind of prove what I've got. There are not many football players coming from my school, so I've just got to represent, my school and my area.

"I take it as a challenge and I'm excited."

Blaha said he is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and he is working this summer to add a little more weight and strength as he prepares for his first college season. He plans to be in Boulder for the second summer session in early July.

Blaha said CU coaches said they like his speed and nose for the ball. They also told him they like the way he finishes every play.

Before he learned that Colorado and Colorado State were both interested in bringing him in as a walk-on, Blaha said he was considering several Division II schools he had been talking to.

"Those two schools really surprised me when we started talking," Blaha said of the in-state powers. "Honestly, I was just shocked."

Blaha's sister, Lydia, also is coming to CU this summer. She joined coach Liz Kritza's volleyball program as a transfer from Saint Louis.

Colorado also has added fullback/linebacker Greyson Gurnee to the program. Gurnee comes to Boulder after a strong prep career with one of the dominant high school programs in the nation at Mater Dei High School in California.

Blaha and Gurnee join a group of invited walk-ons in the 2010 class that already includes Heath Davis, a wide receiver from Grandview High School in Aurora; Justin Gorman, a quarterback from Manheim Central High School in Manheim, Pa.; Kasey Romero, a fullback from Ponahou High School in Hawaii; and Ryan Iverson, a longsnapper and linebacker from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif.


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