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Colorado Buffaloes’ DE Frank Umu Suspended

Colorado’s defense continues to grow thin.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

The Colorado Buffaloes were needing a few breaks for them to have a respectable defense, but thanks to multiple suspensions over the summer, the defense has taken a step back. The latest suspension is that of Frank Umu, a sophomore defensive end who was expected to play a significant role this season.

Umu, a 6’4, 300-lbs. defensive end from Littleton, was suspended indefintely for a violation of team rules. The Buffs’ defensive depth has taken a hit with the indefinite suspension to defensive back Anthony Julmisse and the dismissal of linebacker N.J. Falo, but because the nature of Umu’s suspension isn’t anything to do with legal issues, his suspension will be short.

Umu will miss the Rocky Mountain Showdown, which is unfortunate considering his history with Colorado State. He originally committed to the Rams out of high school, but once head coach Jim McElwain left CSU for Florida, Umu switched his commitment to Colorado. Umu never wanted to be at CSU — it was his first significant scholarship offer and he was waiting for a better offer — so he jumped at the opportunity to be a Buffalo.

After winning the Dan Stavely Award for most improve defensive lineman, Umu was challenging for a starting position as a 3-4 defensive end, but now the Buffs will have to look elsewhere for a short while. Expect Leo Jackson, Timothy Coleman and Jase Franke to see the majority of snaps at that position.