During the frustrating moments after Colorado's 27-3 loss to Washington State on Saturday night, redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Apsay threw some criticism at his receivers and linemen.

On Tuesday, Apsay said he apologized to his teammates and doesn't feel there will be lingering issues from those comments.

"I've actually apologized to the receivers and the linemen, especially," said Apsay, who made his first career start last week. "I know I made some pretty harsh comments. I didn't realize I was at the time. The postgame emotions got the best of me. When I did apologize to them, they didn't really care much, especially the linemen. We're all pretty close anyway."

Head coach Mike MacIntyre said he didn't know about Apsay's postgame comments but was glad that his young quarterback took the initiative to apologize to his teammates.

Junior quarterback Sefo Liufau, who is injured and didn't make the trip to Washington, said it'll be a good learning experience for Apsay.

"In the heat of the battle and right after sometimes your emotions get the best of you," Liufau aid. "He means well. He's a great teammate to everyone."

Adkins, Moeller out

After weeks of trying to get tailback Michael Adkins II healthy, the Buffs have finally publicly admitted the junior will not play again this year.


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Of course, there's just one game left, but MacIntyre ruled Adkins out of Saturday's contest at Utah. Adkins injured his hamstring on his first carry against Colorado State on Sept. 19 and hasn't played since. He will wind up missing 10 of CU's 13 games and therefore should be eligible for a medical redshirt.

MacIntyre also said that Ryan Moeller, the starter at free safety, will not play this week as he has yet to fully recover from injuries sustained in a moped accident last month. Moeller will wind up missing six games.

Lineman Jonathan Huckins, who left Saturday's game on crutches, is also likely to miss the Utah game. Receiver Jay MacIntyre (concussion) and linebacker Ryan Severson (ankle) will be game-time decisions.

Budding rivalry?

It's rivalry week across college football, and for CU that means a date with Utah. It's a "rivalry" that has been set up by proximity more than anything, but neither head coach views this as a bitter rivalry.

"I think there's got to be ... a little animosity, a little bad blood, maybe, a little something that adds a little flavor to it," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I think that's probably the basis, and I just don't feel that with Colorado."

Whittingham said Utah respects CU, but said, "I don't think a rivalry can be manufactured. I just don't sense that Colorado is any more of a rivalry for us than any other team in the Pac-12."

Coach MacIntyre agrees, but he does see potential for it to grow into a rivalry at some point.

"As more and more games happen and more and more competition happens in those games and there's some wild finishes and wild games, it'll become more and more of a rivalry type aspect," MacIntyre said.

Since the two schools joined the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah is 3-1 against the Buffs but all four games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Notable

Coach MacIntyre said that junior defensive back John Walker is no longer a part of the team, but did not give a reason for his departure. Walker had played in each of the first 11 games, mostly on special teams, but did not make the trip to Washington State. ... Liufau said he received a congratulatory text from CU great Kordell Stewart after Liufau broke Stewart's school record for career total offense on Nov. 13. ... Several Buffs made the Pac-12 All-Academic team. First team: Adkins and receiver Nelson Spruce; second team: defensive lineman Aaron Howard; honorable mention: safety Jered Bell, kicker Chris Graham, fullback Jordan Murphy, tackle Stephane Nembot and linebacker Ryan Severson.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.