Colorado has confirmed that outside linebacker Pookie Maka has left the football program.

A true freshman last season, Maka redshirted in his one season on campus. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, selected CU in the final days before national signing day in 2016.

The Buffs loved Maka's pass rushing ability coming out of high school. On signing day in 2016, head coach Mike MacIntyre said, "I call him a heat seeking missile on the quarterback. The quarterback needs to find out where he is and he always plays with passion and effort."

Given the depth at outside linebacker, Maka may have had a hard time getting on the field this season, anyway. After the spring, MacIntyre said Maka wasn't up to the speed of some other players, but hoped Maka would emerge in fall camp.

Former Texas Tech receiver picks Buffs

Receiver Tony Brown, who played the past two seasons at Texas Tech, announced on Twitter on Monday that he will transfer to CU.

"... Talking with my folks I have decided to take my education and athletics to the University of Colorado," Brown wrote in a statement on Twitter.

CU co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini recruited Brown to Texas Tech in 2015 and coached him that season with the Red Raiders. Brown's head coach at La Mirada (Calif.) High School was former CU quarterback Mike Moschetti.

In two seasons at Tech, Brown caught 27 passes for 378 yards and one touchdown. Brown is planning to enroll at CU in January and be a part of the 2018 recruiting class. He would have two years to play with the Buffs.


Injury updates

As the Buffs get set to start summer workouts, the one player listed as "out" is running back Kyle Evans.

The junior former walk-on dislocated his hip in early March and faces a long recovery. The Buffs remain hopeful that Evans, who was third on the team in rushing last season with 346 yards on 84 carries, can return at some point this season, if not during fall camp.

Running back Donovan Lee, who broke his fibula in March, is running and expected to be ready for fall camp. Lee, receiver Juwann Winfree (knee) and tackle Isaac Miller (knee) are "doing things (they) can tolerate" at this point, according to CU.

Outside linebacker Derek McCartney (knee) has been cleared to resume normal workouts and guard Gerrad Kough (ankle) is limited to modified workouts.

Evans, Lee and Miller were injured during spring drills, while Kough, McCartney and Winfree all missed the spring as they recovered from their injuries.


Monday was the start of CU's summer bridge program for incoming freshmen. The majority of CU's incoming class is now on campus. ... The Buffs will have a private team party this week to receive their Pac-12 South championship rings. ... The documentary "Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story" will make its U.S. television premiere on Aug. 18. The film will air on CBS Sports Network at 5 p.m. Mountain. There will be an encore presentation at 9 p.m. Mountain.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.