Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera has come out and said he doesn't believe Markques Simas will be on the team next year after talking with a few sources in the athletic department:
It’s a shame to see wide receiver Markques Simas just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He was arrested and charged with a DUI last week and his career at CU might be over.
Why do I say that?
Well, I’ve had a couple conversations with folks in the CU athletic department in the past few days, and one of them said to me, ‘If I had to say at this point, I don’t think he will be on the team next season.’
The decision is ultimately up to coach Dan Hawkins. Since he became coach at CU, his general approach has been to part ways with guys after a second infraction. Hawkins always says, "Once is a mistake, twice is behavior."
Ringo doesn't think this will be a huge blow but to me, it is a very large hit to the progression of this offense. Let's face it, Colorado hasn't had a big time receiver for a long time. Markques Simas was a big time receiver in November '09, a top 10 receiver in the nation in fact in the month of November last year. Simas and QB Tyler Hansen were developing a nice report together, something that doesn't happen overnight with receivers. He provided some big plays in an offense that prior to his arrival seemed to operate in a 15 yard by 15 yard box.
Yes, Colorado does "seem" to have some depth at the wide receiver position but other than Scotty McKnight, nobody has really proven themselves on the field in a Buff uniform. It is a similar situation to last year and the offensive line. It looks like tons of potential with some highly rated high school recruits but until you actually line them up and let them play, you never know. In 2009, the offensive line was a major dissapointment even with all the preseason accolades. The wide receiver corp may have some preseason potential in WR Toney Clemons, WR Andre Simmons, WR Will Jefferson, WR Jarrod Darden and WR Terdema Ussery but that combined list has a total of eight receptions for 92 yards in their Colorado Buffaloes' career. Markques Simas was turning into a proven commodity at the end of the year, something Colorado doesn't have a lot of regardless of position.