Hubbard Named to Lott Trophy List
BOULDER - Colorado safety Tom Hubbard was named to the 2005 Lott Trophy Watch List on Monday. The list is comprised of 42 players from around the nation. The trophy, named after NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, goes to the college defensive player of the year who has the biggest impact both on and off the field. Georgia's David Pollack won the award last season in its inaugural year.
Hubbard, who is first on CU's spring depth chart at free safety, had a coming out party last year after following up his solid season with a spectacular performance in CU's victory over the University of Texas-El Paso in the EV1.net Houston Bowl. He recorded four tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup, earning him Defensive MVP honors.
His accolades off the field are just as impressive. He is a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll with a cumulative 3.6 grade-point average in a double major. His academic success also predates college, as he graduated Limon High School with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and was class valedictorian. He also served as senior class president in his final year of high school.
Hubbard was a multi-sport talent in high school, and he considered trying out for CU's basketball team before weighing the potential time commitments involved with double majoring and "double sporting". Last season he was placed on scholarship, as he recorded 32 tackles (18 solo), four third down stops, four passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. Hubbard sprained his MCL early in spring drills this season, but the injury won't require surgery and he should be 100 percent by fall.
CU Announces New Spring Award to Honor Crowder
The University of Colorado Football Team has created a new spring award to honor one of the program's long-time greats, Barnett announced Monday.
The Eddie Crowder Leadership Award will be presented to the outstanding leader during spring drills, as it honors CU's former head coach (1963-1973) and athletic director (1965-1984).
Crowder will personally award the inaugural this Saturday at the annual CU Alumni-Team Breakfast, with the award winner to be made public at halftime of the spring game.
Crowder coached the Buffaloes to a 67-49-2 record in 11 seasons at the helm, including the highest ranking in school history at the time, a No. 3 finish in 1971. That team went 10-2 and set the standard for future CU teams to be judged by ? playing and defeating nationally ranked opponents in the non-conference portion of the schedule and then grinding out victories with a solid running attack in old Big Eight Conference play.
His legacy in 20 years as CU's athletic director included the hiring of three of the most successful coaches in school history, Bill McCartney, Ceal Barry and Mark Simpson.
"There can be no more meaningful award or anyone more deserving of having such an award named after him than Eddie Crowder," Barnett said.
Football Team to Host First Annual "Colorado Cookout"
To show appreciation for the student body's outstanding support last season and to provide a preview for the upcoming 2005 campaign, the University of Colorado football team will host the inaugural "Colorado Cookout" Wednesday at its afternoon practice session.
From 4:30?5:30 p.m., the first 1,000 CU students with a BuffOne card will receive a free hot dog and Pepsi while watching the Buffs in action. Located at the bottom of the hill north of the stadium (behind the Dal Ward Athletic Center and parallel to Folsom Street), the practice fields will be vibrant with action as CU prepares for its annual spring game this Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
The contest is open to the public with free admission, just as are CU's three remaining spring practices. The Buffs will drill Monday, Wednesday and Friday between approximately 3:30 and 5:45 p.m. All events for the April 23 Black and Gold Game have been transferred from Folsom Field to the practice fields due to the reseeding of the stadium grass.
Monday Practice Notes: The Buffs practiced for about two hours on Monday. Linebacker Brian Iwuh was limited in practice due to the high ankle sprain he suffered in Saturday's scrimmage. Hubbard (knee), Brian White (wrist), Edwin Harrison (shoulder), Terrence Wheatley (wrist), Jason Ackermann (knee) and Walter Boye-Doe (ankle) will not participate in the annual spring game on Saturday, April 23. Evan Judge (ankle) and Brandon Caesar (knee) are listed as questionable.