CU coach Jon Embree hopes fans will turn out in force to send off the Buffs seniors the right way on Senior Day when Colorado takes on Arizona on Saturday
CU coach Jon Embree hopes fans will turn out in force to send off the Buffs seniors the right way on Senior Day when Colorado takes on Arizona on Saturday at Folsom Field. ( Jack Dempsey )

Colorado coach Jon Embree is hoping CU fans will get to Folsom Field early on Saturday for the final home game of the season against Arizona to honor the 28 members of the senior class.

Embree plans to introduce the seniors after warmups before the team returns to the locker room. Embree said he wants the seniors to be sure to be able to run on to the field behind Ralphie one final time.

"I'd love if the fans can get there early for it," Embree said. "We're going to do it earlier than normal. I want the kids to be able to come in afterwards and get refocused and then I want them to be able to run out behind Ralphie one last time."

Many CU fans don't get to their seats until kickoff or even into the first quarter and the student section rarely fills up until the second quarter. Embree hopes that will change for this game.

"It would be great if we could have our fans and students in there early to thank these seniors because they've been through a lot. I know it hasn't been what they expected when they came here to the university but it would be nice to give them a nice warm send off."

Reason to stay late

For the 14th consecutive year, the fans behind the home bench in section 119 will honor one Buff with the Buffalo Heart Award on Saturday after the final home game.


The award was created by Pat Grimes, Craig Augustin and Ashley and Thaddeus Cernac in 1998 and presented to former wide receiver Darrin Chiaverini because the four friends admired the way he played the game.

Some of the greatest player to wear black, silver and gold over the past 13 seasons have earned the honor including Mike Moschetti, Bobby Purify, Joel Klatt, Cortlen Johnson, Medford Moorer, Thaddaeus Washington and Jordon Dizon.

This year's game has special significance in the history of the award because there will be three winners of the honor involved in the game, including this season's honoree. The 2008 winner was Ryan Walters, now the secondary coach for Arizona and the 2009 winner was Cha'pelle Brown, who has served as a volunteer student assistant this season for the Buffs.

It's possible a fourth winner of the award could be in the stadium if CU academic coordinator Medford Moorer attends the game.

Despite popular belief, any player on the team is eligible for the award, though it always has been earned by a senior. Senior quarterback Cody Hawkins was the recipient last season. Seven offensive players and six defenders have taken home the small plaque.

Buffs made for TV

Colorado's game at UCLA on Nov. 19 will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be televised nationally on VERSUS. The season finale at Utah was previously selected for television, meaning all 13 games this season will be televised. It is only the second time in history that has happened.

The last time all the Buffs' games were televised was 1995, but some of the games that season were broadcast only on local television. This is the first time all of CU's games have been televised nationally or regionally. Eleven of the Buffs games this season were considered national broadcasts.

Injury update

Safety Kyle Washington had not been cleared from his concussion Monday but will be tested today and hasn't been ruled out of Saturday's game. Wide receiver Kyle Cefalo said he plans to play this week. Embree said linebacker Brady Daigh will play with a cast. Daigh will have surgery after the season after suffering a compound fracture against USC. Free safety Ray Polk is questionable. Embree said senior safety Anthony Perkins is hoping to be able to play in his final home game, but he still has a long way to go recovering from an ankle injury.

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