Former Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder will be the latest Buff to be honored with his name and number permanently placed on the facade of the Folsom Field pressbox, the school announced Monday.

The ceremony honoring Solder will take place Saturday during halftime of the annual spring game, which is being held at night for the first time.

Solder was a finalist for the Outland Trophy last fall after being named the Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big 12 Conference. Solder also became the first CU tackle to earn consensus All-American honors.

Solder was also a standout student during his CU career, which ended with him being named by his teammates the most valuable player on the team last fall. Solder was one of 16 players to earn $18,000 postgraduate scholarships from the National Football Foundation as finalists for the William Campbell Trophy, informally known as the academic Heisman.

He will be the 41st student-athlete to earn the honor of having his name permanently placed in Folsom Field and the 25th football player.

Scary moment

Tight end DaVaughn Thornton was taken from the practice fields in an ambulance Monday after a collision. Coach Jon Embree said Thornton was able to get up and walk off the field after the hit but continued to experience pain and paramedics were called as a precaution.

"He just landed and he got up and kept wiggling around.


It was like something in his back," Embree said. "They just wanted to make sure. It was his upper-back area."

Defense responds

After being picked apart in the second scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday, the CU defense responded with, perhaps, its best overall practice so far on Monday.

"They had a great practice," Embree said. "Very physical, they did a good job of tackling. Forced some turnovers. It`s been awhile since we`ve done that. They were good in all phases. They won every situation."

Givens suspension

CU offensive lineman Bryce Givens will be suspended from the program and the school through the fall semester and could return to the program next spring if he earns the opportunity. Givens was caught on video allegedly vandalizing three cars in a Denver parking garage in January. The CU Office of Judicial Affairs suspended him through the fall semester.