BUFFS TO HONOR SALAAM WITH HEL­MET DECAL

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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.”

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