Quick, name the last Colorado quarterback to be selected in the NFL Draft? Not so easy is it? Here’s a hint, his oldest son is heading into his junior season as a backup signal caller for BYU. If you answered Koy Detmer, you really know your Buffs. Detmer was taken in the 7th round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. That was 20 years ago. Sefo Liufau is looking to change that.
Just days after competing in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, the Buffs all-time leading passer has been invited to next month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
A three-year captain for the Buffs, Liufau owns 98 schools records at Colorado including most passing yards (9,568) and most starts by a quarterback (39). In his senior campaign, the 22-year old from Tacoma, Washington led the Buffs to a 10-4 record including a Pac-12 South division title and their first bowl game since 2007. He threw for 2,366 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 494 yards and 8 scores in his final season. For his efforts, Liufau was named the 2016 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year joining former 1st Round NFL Draft picks Marcus Mariota (2014) and Ronnie Stanley (2015) as the only recipients of the award.
Two of Liufau’s uncles went on the play pro ball including the ‘Throwin Samoan’ Jack Thompson, a quarterback at Washington State who was drafted 3rd overall in 1979 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Per CBSSports.com, Liufau is projected to be selected in the 7th Round of this April’s Draft.
The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine begins Tuesday, February 28th. Quarterbacks, wideouts and tight ends perform on-field workouts on March 4th and can be seen on NFL Network.