Olver on his way to Boul­der

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

While most of Colorado’s new class of fresh­men foot­ball play­ers has been in Boul­der for sev­eral weeks pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing sea­son, Se­bas­tian Olver has been in his na­tive Aus­tralia, his stress level ris­ing.

About a week ago, how­ever, Olver — and the Buffs — breathed a sigh of re­lief as his stu­dent visa came through. The 6-foot-4, 245pound ath­lete will ar­rive in Boul­der later this month, he said, just in time to re­port for CU’s first day of pre­sea­son camp July 28.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited,” he said. “I’ve sac­ri­ficed a lot to come to Amer­ica and play foot­ball. I knew it was go­ing to work out and I knew I wasn’t go­ing to give up. I’m just ex­cited it’s fi­nally in writ­ing and I’m com­ing, get­ting on a plane. It’s go­ing to be a very long flight, with a lot to think about.”

Olver, who is from Bris­bane, came to the U.S. two years ago and played two sea­sons at Marin Catholic High School in Kent­field, Calif. Af­ter high school, he went home to Aus­tralia to wait for his stu­dent visa to be re­newed.

“These visas can be a lit­tle tricky, es­pe­cially if it’s a stu­dent visa,” he said. “I’m just relieved.”

Olver has been home for about 2½ months, he said, and joked: “The ac­cent has grown back. It’s been fun see­ing my fam­ily, but at the same time, it’s been stress­ful.”

Dur­ing his time at home, Olver has been lift­ing weights and run­ning to stay in shape. Over the last cou­ple of weeks, he said he’s dropped a lit­tle weight as he works on his speed.

“This has been my dream and it was on hold for a while there, and it was scary,” he said. “I just want to play foot­ball. I want to get on the field and I want to get to work and I want to do what I can to help the team. I just want to be­come a Buf­falo. It’s been a long time com­ing.”

Olver played tight end and de­fen­sive end at Marin Catholic. On sign­ing day in Fe­bru­ary, CU coach Mike MacIn­tyre said Olver, “plays every­thing. When he gets here, we’ll see what he can play.”

Olver said he isn’t sure where he’ll end up, but be­lieves he will be­gin camp at tight end.

“I’ll play wher­ever Coach wants me to,” he said. “I’ll help wher­ever they need. I know peo­ple prob­a­bly say it and don’t mean it, but I hon­estly just want to play where they want me and where I can make a dif­fer­ence.”

In ad­di­tion to foot­ball, Olver said he’s ex­cited to meet fresh­man kicker James Ste­fanou, who is from Mel­bourne.

“It’s go­ing to be good to have a fel­low Aussie in Boul­der,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be cool.”

In ad­di­tion, Olver is ea­ger to get on the field with his new team.

“I’m ex­cited to play for coach Mac and the rest of the coaches and be­come a Buf­falo,” he said.

Foot­note. The CU ath­letic Hall of Fame will in­duct 10 mem­bers into its 13th class in Novem­ber. Go­ing in will be: Stan Brock (foot­ball, 1976-79), Chad Brown (foot­ball, 1989-92), Frank Brown (ski­ing, 1957-59), Karrie Downey (vol­ley­ball, 199194), Les Fowler (golf player and coach, 1946-76), Steve Hatchell (foot­ball and administration, 1966-75), Mark Haynes (foot­ball, 1976-79), Jay Humphries (bas­ket­ball, 1980-84), Jamil­lah Lang (bas­ket­ball, 1990-94) and Jorge Tor­res (cross coun­try and track, 1999-2003).

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