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CU football notes: Buffs welcome 10 newcomers

Pac-12 schedule being released much later than normal

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Anna-Melissa Tribune
Quarterback Brendon Lewis, from Melissa (Tex.) High School, is one of 10 players that have enrolled at Colorado this month to join the football team.

The newest members of the Colorado football team have moved into their dorms or apartments and many of them began classes on Monday.

Ten new players are joining the Buffaloes this month, getting acclimated to campus and beginning preparation for spring workouts.

CU’s list of newcomers includes four high school players, three junior college transfers and three four-year transfers.

The four early enrollees from high school are offensive linemen Carson Lee (Cherry Creek High School) and Jake Wray (Marietta High School in Georgia), quarterback Brendon Lewis (Melissa High School in Texas) and linebacker Mister Williams (Oaks Christian High School in California).

Junior college transfers: defensive lineman Justin Jackson (Northwest Mississippi Community College); cornerback Jaylen Striker (Independence C.C. in Kansas); and outside linebacker Guy Thomas (Coahoma C.C. in Mississippi).

Defensive end Antonio Alfano, a transfer from Alabama; and punter Josh Watts, from Deakin University in Australia, are also in Boulder.

Brendan Pyne, a graduate transfer from Brown University, is also on campus, joining the Buffs as a walk-on.

The newcomers will join the returning players for the fourth quarter offseason workout program. Spring practices are tentatively slated to begin March 16, with the spring game scheduled for April 25 at 1 p.m.

Facing new coaches

With Mike Leach leaving Washington State and now ringing cowbells in Starkville, Miss., four of CU’s 12 opponents next season will have new head coaches, including the first two.

CU will open the 2020 season against Colorado State and their new coach, Steve Addazio, on Sept. 5. Addazio spent the past seven seasons at Boston College and has a 57-55 career record.

A week later, Fresno State, led by Kalen DeBoer, will come to Boulder. DeBoer, who was the offensive coordinator at Indiana this past season, will be in his first season as a Division I head coach. In five seasons at Sioux Falls (2005-09), he went 67-3 and won three NAIA titles.

Pac-12 foes Washington (Jimmy Lake) and Washington State (Nick Rolovich) will also have new coaches. Lake has spent the past six seasons as an assistant at Washington and takes over for the retired Chris Petersen.

Late Monday night, news broke that Rolovich, Hawaii’s head coach the past four seasons, was taking the job at Washington State – and he confirmed the news on Twitter. Rolovich went 28-27 at Hawaii, leading the Rainbow Warriors to a 10-5 record this season. He took them to three bowl games in four seasons.

Still waiting

Speaking of the 2020 schedule, the Pac-12 has not released the dates of conference games yet but is expected to do so fairly soon.

According to Dave Hirsch, vice president of communications for the Pac-12, “Several schedule models have been developed and are currently being reviewed and will be voted on by athletic directors.”

ADs are voting on models this week, so it’s possible the schedule could be announced within the next week.

The Pac-12 announced the 2019 schedules on Dec. 4, 2018, and the 2018 schedules on Nov. 16, 2017, so the conference is late this year, but the Pac-12 isn’t alone in waiting. The ACC has traditionally announced its schedules in mid- to late-January. The other Power 5 conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, SEC) have all announced their 2020 slates.

CU does at least know its conference opponents for next season: home dates with Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington State; and road trips to Arizona, Stanford, Southern California and Washington. The Buffs will not play California or Oregon State.

Notable

CU is still in the process of finding a replacement for Ralphie V, the school’s live mascot who retired last fall. … The football team will hold walk-on tryouts on Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. at the indoor practice facility. Those interested must be incoming freshmen, sophomores or juniors at CU, with a GPA of at least 2.7.