BUFFS TO HONOR SALAAM WITH HELMET DECAL
san antonio» — Colorado plans to pay a tribute at the Alamo Bowl to the former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, the late running back who died by apparent suicide Dec. 5.
The Buffs will have a decal with the initials “RS” above the No. 19, which Salaam wore during his time at CU from 1992 to 1994. Salaam become just the fourth player in college football to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in 1994, and he won the Heisman Trophy that season in a runaway.
CU coach Mike MacIntyre reflected on Salaam during a press conference Wednesday promoting the bowl game.
“Our guys walk by his trophy every day,” MacIntyre said. “There’s flowers around it now, and it’s something we notice every single day. I didn’t know him real well. I got to know him these last four years. I remember seeing him play as a player, of course, on television. Every time I remember Rahsaan, he always had a great smile. He was very, very humble. I really appreciate Rashaan and what he did for the program.”
The mullet going away?
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy’s mullet has been the talk of the River Walk this week.
But is the haircut that has spawned its own hashtag — #GundyMullet — approaching its final days?
“I think I’m going to make that decision based on my 12-year-old’s grades,” Gundy said. “If he improves in his math classes, then I’ll cut it. Otherwise, I may antagonize him for another month or two.”
The mullet, which made its first appearance at Big 12 media day this past summer, was spawned in part as a way to embarrass his kids, who didn’t believe their dad would truly go through with sprouting such a look.
“They’re very embarrassed,” Gundy said. “As a parent that has teenage boys, you can understand that I’ve gotten my point across to them.”
Stable signal callers.
One reason Colorado and Oklahoma State have reached this premier bowl matchups is the stability they’ve found at quarterback, which is not always easy to find in this era of college football.
CU’s Sefo Liufau has been the team’s starter since midway through his freshman season. Mason Rudolph, a junior at Oklahoma State who has thrown for the eighthmost passing yards in the country this season (3,777), is in his second full season as the team’s starter after going 2-1 at the end of his freshman season that included a victory in the Cactus Bowl over Washington.
That continuity has been a key factor for both teams.
“Even in Pop Warner football, you have to have a good quarterback to be able to win,” MacIntyre said. “I feel like both teams do, and hopefully our guy has the winning edge.”