Tuesday, October 15, 2013

His Time is Now

At my Alma mater  - on the most beautiful college campus in these United States - the responsibility for resuscitating the football program has now been placed squarely on the shoulders of a young man.  Particular emphasis should be placed on the "young". 
Sefo Liufau is eighteen years old.  He will turn 19 a couple of days prior to Halloween.  He is 6'4" tall.  His high school career was nothing short of spectacular.  When he gave his verbal commitment to the Buffs fairly early on in the process - and then watched from the State of Washington as the 2012 team staggered to a one-win season, which led to the coaches who had recruited him to come play for them get fired - more than one person in Boulder expected him to ultimately sign his binding Letter of Intent in February for one of the other schools that recruited him.  He did not.  Having given his word, he stood by it. 
The plan this year was to have Liufau spend the season on the bench - ready to play but not having to play - protecting his "redshirt".  Division I college athletes (as a general rule) have five academic years in which to play four seasons in their sport.  Unfortunately the best laid plans of mice and men - including Coach Mac II and his staff - came apart in the desert on Saturday night.  The Buffs ended up taking it on the chin - yet again - from a Pac-12 foe.  Early on in the demolition by ASU, it was decided that best chance for the Buffs to win came not from starting quarterback Connor Wood but - instead - from Liufau. 
Saturday night the Buffs ended up coming up a little bit short (to put it mildly).  When the dust settled the scoreboard read ASU 54, CU 13.  By turning his team over to a true freshman quarterback, Coach Mac may have effectively written off the rest of the 2013 season.  Such may be a luxury afforded to a man in the first year of a multi-year contract.  Or maybe he knows something that the rest of us who root hard for our beloved Buffaloes are about to find out for ourselves:  the best chance for winning this year, next year and for the years to come rests with one who - at age eighteen - was not even a gleam in the eyes of his parents when CU won its only National Championship following the 1990 season. 
I do not know the young man but this I know:  an eighteen-year-old who spends his time helping care for two autistic siblings not only has a throwing arm worth talking about but a head, a heart and a foundation that will serve him well.  On and off the field. 
It is a brave new world for the Buffs.  And a young man named Sefo is at the controls. 

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