Overland junior quarterback Austin Conway leads the state in passing.
Overland junior quarterback Austin Conway leads the state in passing. (Karl Gehring/The Denver Post)

1. Austin Conway

Aurora's Austin Conway is a two-sport "phenom" according to his football coach and the 16-year-old says if he gets the chance to play quarterback in college, he'll pick football over basketball.

The Denver Post's Joe Nguyen profiled the 2015 recruit from Overland High School and at 5-foot-9, Conway has to use his speed to overcome a lack of height. It's working out because the 5A QB leads the state in yards passing.

Overland football coach Seth Replogle has high praise for his quarterback: "He's definitely a two-sport phenom. When it's basketball season, he's working on basketball. When it's football season, he's working on football."

Numbers alert: As a junior QB, Conway is 71-of-107 for 1,251 yards and 13 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He's also rushed for 514 yards on 66 caries for four scores.

Conway has basketball offers from Indiana and Wyoming, with ColoradoPreps.com's Christian James reporting Nebraska has offered a football scholarship. Colorado State has also offered in football.

The big question for Buffs fans: Is there a spot for Conway at CU?

From a basketball standpoint, there might not be room on coach Tad Boyle's squad. The Buffs are looking at only scholarship available for 2015 and have Denver East PG Dominique Collier bound for Boulder in 2014. Making in-roads with Conway's Overland teammate and childhood friend, 2016 power forward De'Ron Davis, might be worth an offer alone.


On the football front, Nguyen said Conway is "stupid quick" but talking straight measurables, he's likely too short to be a quarterback in the Pac-12. Conway could be a weapon as a slot receiver in coach Mike MacIntyre's offense or tote the rock as a change-of-pace back though.

2. Sam Jones update

2014 ThunderRidge offensive lineman Sam Jones raved about his official Oregon trip to Rivals and says he'll likely take more visits (Kansas State/Arizona State), no mention of his homestate Buffaloes in the article ($). It's a long shot with the three-star landing a recent Oregon offer, but you have to hope CU finds a way to get Jones on campus for an official. One thing's for sure, the recruiting process isn't coming easy.

3. Ralphie in Denver

Here comes Ralphie ... to the Blake Street Tavern. Colorado's mascot Ralphie V will be making an appearance at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver on Saturday for the CU and Oregon State watch party. The nation's most famous female buffalo will be available for pictures from noon to 1 p.m. It's been a strange season for Ralphie after the game-opening ordeal against Central Arkansas and the Fresno State cancellation. She'll no doubt be ready to run next weekend when Oregon invades Folsom.

4. Flood relief

Help rebuild Boulder after the flood and land a sweet T-shirt in the process.

From CU's website:

"As numerous counties in the state of Colorado continue recovery and cleanup efforts after the recent floods, CU Athletics is teaming up with Original Retro Brand, a proud CU licensee, to create a T-shirt that will help raise money for those in need."

The Flood Relief T-shirt is short-sleeved and features the signature CU "Ralphie" logo along with the word "CARE." The care slogan is fitting with CU Athletics, sitting in line with a key emphasis head football coach Mike MacIntyre has instituted with the program."

Cost of the T-shirt is $15 with a portion of the proceeds going to the CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund.

The Flood Relief T-shirt is available exclusively at three retailers: the CU Campus Bookstore, Where the Buffalo Roam on Pearl Street and through the CUBuffs.com Online Store."

5. No NCAA 2015

Video game maker EA Sports has announced it will not continue the NCAA Football franchise, a product that sells about 2 million units per year.

From the USA Today: "The game maker also said in a filing to the U.S. District Court in Northern California that it has reached a settlement in the joint Sam Keller-Ed O'Bannon case. Attorneys for Keller-O'Bannon and two other cases involving former Rutgers football player Ryan Hart and former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston said EA reached a settlements in those actions as well."